Shinjuku is known as the busiest railway station not only in Japan but the whole world as well. Since it is one of the busiest hubs in the country, it is also home to many restaurants that caters to people of varying ages.
One of the best things about Shinjuku is that it is a treasure trove of delicacies for people who loves to eat. It is almost impossible not to find something delicious to eat as you stroll around the hustle and bustle of the city.
Here are some of the best foods that you can find in Shinjuku
1.Sushi Rosan (鮨 魯山)
Sushi Rosan is conveniently located inside the Isetan Department Store, just a stone throw away from Shinjuku station. Going there for lunch to enjoy affordable and delicious sushi when you are in Shinjuku is a great choice. While walk-ins are possible, having a reservation can make things easier.
Address: 3-14-1 Shinjuku Shinjuku Tokyo
Website: http://www.tsukijisushisay.co.jp/store/r_sinjuku.html (Japanese Only)
2.Menya Syo (麺や 翔)
Ramen is a very popular dish in Japan, and if you ever find yourself in Shinjuku, Menya Syo is one of the best places to enjoy delicious Japanese ramen. The most recommended item in their menu is the Shio Ramen, the simple salt flavored soup. The taste of the light chicken broth will definitely increase your appetite.
Address: 7-22-34 Nishi-shinjuku Shinjuku-ku Tokyo
Website: http://www.menya-syo.com (Japanese Only)
3. Udon Shin (うどん 慎)
When you go to Udon Shin, prepare to wait for half an hour or more, before you can enter this popular udon restaurant. They have various menu, including some unique ones, such as cold udon with char siu slices and egg tempura or warm udon with cheese, butter, pepper, and bacon tempura.
Address: Tokyo, Shibuya, Yoyogi 2-20-16
Website: https://www.udonshin.com (Japanese Only)
4. Itamae Gokoro Kikuura (板前心 菊うら)
Itamae Gokoro Kikuura is a traditional Japanese restaurant located not far from the hustle and bustle of Shinjuku. Take note that this restaurant is almost always crowded. Making a reservation a few days or even a week ahead would be ideal (their reservation only applies for their lunch course menus). You can enjoy their donburi set for ¥1,130 and a dinner course for ¥5,250.
Address: 1F Fuji Bldg No.18, 7-16-3 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku
Website: http://www.kikuura.com (Japanese Only)
5. Curry Kusamakura (Curry 草枕)
In Japan, they go out of their way to develop different curry recipes that will make your mouth water. Curry Kusamakura is one of those places on which they try to create their very own style and taste. However, they don’t specialize in Japanese curry, but Indian style curry. Their chicken and eggplant curry are one of their recommended dishes, and you have the option of adjusting the level of spiciness.
Address: Nakae Bldg 2F, 2-4-9 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku Tokyo
6. Mitsuya (みつや)
Mitsuya is located in front of the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. Here you will be able to enjoy Japanese cuisines along with branded domestic wines. The chef is quite friendly, and the atmosphere of the restaurant is relaxed and comfortable.
Address: 2-3-16 Shinjuku Shinjuku Tokyo
Website: http://www.mitsuya-shinjuku.com (Japanese Only)
7. Takano Fruits Parlor (高野フルーツパーラー)
Takano Fruits Parlor is simply a haven for fruit and dessert lovers. Seasonal fruits and ice cream go hand in hand to create the perfect combination. Indulge yourself and enjoy a healthy and satisfying experience. As the saying goes, there is always room for dessert!
Address: 5F, 3-26-11 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku Tokyo
8. Le Petit Mec TOKYO (ル・プチメック東京)
Le Petit Mec TOKYO is an amazing place to enjoy all kinds of pastries. You can find it just across the Isetan Department Store, and it will instantly become one of your favorite hangout joints. Sit back, relax and enjoy your pastry with a hot cup of coffee.Address: 3-30-13 Shinjuku Shinjuku Tokyo
9. Tempura Funabashiya (天ぷら 船橋屋)
Golden brown fried tempura awaits you at Funabashiya. This restaurant has been around for over 130 years. Experience tempura being cooked right before your eyes and get a chance to watch the entire food preparation. The delicious smell of deep fried perfection will assail your nose and will without a doubt whet your appetite. They also have an English menu for those who can’t read Japanese, and the service of the staff is pretty good as well.
Address: 3-28-14 Shinjuku, Shinjuku 160-0022, Tokyo
Website: https://tempura-funabashiya.jimdo.com (Japanese Only)
10. Tontake (とん竹)
Tontake is the ideal place to enjoy mouth-watering tonkatsu in Shinjuku. Tonkatsu is considered as one of the guilty food in Japan because it is irresistibly good. Experience delicious tonkatsu that is crispy on the outside but tender on the inside. Truly an experience that will be worth your while.
Address: 2-7-6 Yoyogi, Shibuya 151-0053, Tokyo
Are you interested in discovering delicious foods with locals? There is a plan to have ramen with a local in Shinjuku Golden Gai. A local guide will navigate through the Golden Gai alleyways, and you can feast on the best tonkotsu ramen in Golden Gai. Check out their website for the details.Eat ramen with a local in Shinjuku Golden Gai (View at Voyagin)
All information in this article is as of May 2017