Here we are with a new list of good lunch spots, all with different characteristics but always with a reasonable price! Shinjuku district has many attractions, and it may be hard to visit them with an empty stomach. So, try some of the following restaurants and cafes for a shopping/sightseeing break: your tongue will thank you!
Vina Vin Vino (ヴィーニャ ヴァン ヴィーノ)
Here you can taste some freshly baked bread…with an all you can eat option! So, enjoy as many types of bread as you want, matching it with some of the Italian/Spanish restaurant’s specialties. This solution is quite budget-friendly and is guaranteed to make you full and happy! Vina Vin Vino also serves pizza and Italian appetizers, to widen even more your food choices.
Address: Juraku Twin B Blg. B1F, 3-34-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Access: 3 min walk from JR Shinjuku Station
This is a very good place to experience Japanese cuisine without too many claims. Thanks to its proximity to Shinjuku Station, you can choose this option as a lunch break after shopping and sightseeing, sure to find a relaxed atmosphere and an all you can drink option! Drinking Japanese sparkling wine is a perfect start for your lunch time, don’t you think?
Address: Isetan Kaikan 4F, 3-15-17, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Access: 5 min walk from JR Shinjuku Station
Website: http://www.mosdining.co.jp/aen/isetankaikan.php (Japanese only)
Hayashiya offers a complete meal set for a very reasonable price, and the food quality is always guaranteed! For special occasions, for example Christmas, Hayashiya staff also prepares special set menus for the customers who will choose to have lunch there during the holidays. Finally, the specialty of this restaurant is the steak, which you can taste in many sizes and add a wide range of sauces.
Address: 3-21-5, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Access: 2 min walk from JR Shinjuku Station
Takara Sushi (宝寿司)
A small, traditional sushi restaurant just near Shinjuku Station, for the ones who always crave sushi! Here you can taste delicious sushi bowls or the classic set menus for cheap, having lunch in a quiet place with very friendly staff.
Address: 3-8-5, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Access: about 10 min from JR Shinjuku Station
Tokyo Dominica (東京ドミニカ)
Guaranteed that you won’t be able to stop at a small-size meal! The staff of Tokyo Dominica knows very well, so they made available a big-portion option straight in the menu. They mostly serve chicken soup curry bowls, but you can try them in many variations of spiciness, so you’ll go there again, sure thing! If you want to eat on the go, they also have a teak-out option.
Address: 3-31-1, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Access: about 4 min walk from JR Shinjuku Station
Sankai Rakuyo Oyoyo (山海楽酒 およよ)
This is the cheapest option around Shinjuku if you want a full, succulent steak for lunch! The price for one portion is, in fact, just ¥590: your wallet will thank you. Being basically a Japanese cuisine restaurant, you can also accompany the meat with rice or other vegetable appetizers. This restaurant is also particularly attentive for Japanese sake, so why don’t match your delicious steak with some of their best shots?
Address: 8-5-8 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Access: 2 min walk from Nishi-Shinjuku Station exit 1
Website: http://www.ohyoyo.jp/ (Japanese only)
Zenmaru Buffet (膳丸)
If you feel like eating a lot, but from many different dishes, then we advise this buffet option. It’s more like a dining bar, and the atmosphere is somehow elegant even though it’s been served buffet food at lunch time. The dishes are European-style, but always with an inch of Japanese influence, making them always original in both look and taste. Their specialties are dishes using fresh vegetables, so it is a great option for people with special diets as well.
Address: Keio Frente Shinjuku-Sanchome 7F, 3-4-8 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Access: about 5 min walk from JR Shinjuku Station
Website: https://zenmaru-shinjuku.com/ (Japanese only)
The main dish for Berg is the pork aspic, made in a jelly-consistence, that will simply melt in your mouth! Being an alehouse, the artisanal beer of Berg is surely worth a try, even better if matched with sausages & bacon dish. It’s a small café, and the available seats are limited, but if you manage to find an opening (better on week days) you’re sure to have a satisfying meal and the right recharge to continue your day trip.
Address: Lumine Est B1, 3-38-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Access: right at the left of the east exit of JR Shinjuku Station
Kuboyan offers a good alternative for a spaghetti lunch. It’s a small, 12 seat restaurant, but its Japanized spaghetti are a delicacy for the tongue, for no more than ¥1,000! Most quoted choices are napolitan, soy sauce, carbonara, and meat sauce spaghetti, and the system here allows you to make your order through a small machine at the entrance, making the process simple and efficient.
Address: B1, 8-11-1 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Access: 1 min walk from Nishi-Shinjuku Station, exit 1
Website: http://ameblo.jp/kuboyan-spa/ (Japanese only)
For a relaxing break eating a meal that will warm you up body and soul, here is Manrai, with its delicious ramen. The atmosphere is also very cozy, with wide seats and friendly staff, who will advise you for the best ramen option. Their menu is very simple, and you have only two choices; ramen or zaru (tsukemen – dipping noodles). Soup is also simple based on chicken broth. They put huge pieces of toppings so the dish is quite filling.
Address: 1-4-10 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Access: 5 min walk from the west exit of JR Shinjuku Station
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