Going to a yakiniku restaurant with a group of friends is always a good thing. Aside from enjoying the company of people, you get to enjoy grilling delicious meat at your leisure. But what makes yakiniku very popular in Japan is because of the quality of meat that they serve in their restaurants.
Yes, the quality of meat is sometimes more important than the quantity. Some yakiniku restaurants only serve A5 Wagyu Beef, while others serve lesser quality but more quantity. If you’re the type of person who LOVE to eat grilled meat, then going to yakiniku restaurants will always be an enjoyable experience.
Here are the 10 best yakiniku restaurants in Shinjuku.
1. Gyu No Tatsujin Private Nishi Shinjuku (牛の達人Private 西新宿店)
Gyu No Tatsujin aka the “Master of Beef” is among the best restaurants in Shinjuku that specialize in high quality A5 Rank beef. The soft and delicious pieces of grilled meat accompanied by their best wines will satisfy your hunger. The staff is quite attentive and willing to give recommendations for people who don’t have any idea what to order. Just be sure to make a reservation in advance!
Address: YS Building 2F 7-16-12 Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
2. NO MEAT NO LIFE
NO MEAT NO LIFE is a unique name for a restaurant and is conveniently located near the Robot Restaurant. Due to its eye catching name, many people who love to dine in yakiniku restaurants find it irresistible. The restaurant is always crowded because their A5 beef live up to its reputation. The thick and juicy grilled meat is bound to make you want to crave for more. If you want to be a bit adventurous, you can order the Yukke on their menu. It is a Korean dish made up of raw beef topped with an egg yolk. Just one bite and you’ll know that you made the right choice.
Address: Nakano Buld. 2F, 1-11-1 Kabukicho Shinjuku Tokyo
Website: http://www.firstring.jp/shoplist.html#yakinikubar2nd (Japanese Only)
3. Nikutei Futago (肉亭ふたご)
Nikutei Futago can make your ordinary day, an extraordinary one. If you are craving for wagyu beef, then look no further and head straight to this restaurant. It is an excellent place accompanied by a great view of the city. They have an assorted meat package which allows you to taste many types of beef at your leisure. Private rooms are also available for those who prefer to dine with family and friends. Their staff is very polite and willing to make your stay as comfortable as possible.
Address: WaMall Kabukicho 10F, 1-18-9, Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
4. Rokkasen (六歌仙)
Rokkasen is an ideal place for heavy meat eaters. When you go there, it is highly recommended that you try their Yuki Buffet Course. The food and meat portions are very generous and the staff also speak good English which is an advantage for those who don’t speak and understand Japanese. You can eat as much as you want, but make sure that you also keep yourself in moderation. Although the food is delicious, over-eating is not something that you want to suffer from!
Address: Sunflower buld. 6/7F, 1-3-1 Nishishinjuku Shinjuku Tokyo
5. Hanamonya (はなもんや)
Hanamonya is one of the hidden gems of Shinjuku. It is just a minute walk from the South Exit of Shinjuku Station. It may take you a while to find the place, but once you do you will absolutely love it. A high end Japanese yakiniku restaurant that have a lot of things to offer. They serve premium domestic Japanese Beef which guarantee its quality and taste. Their wines are also highly recommended for those who want to have an enjoyable dining experience.
Address: 4-1-9 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 6th Floor Shinjuku Youth Building
Website: http://www.totalwell.co.jp/hanamonya/index.html (Japanese Only)
6. Jiromaru (治郎丸)
Jiromaru is a small restaurant that offers a lot. It is not advisable to go there in big groups because the seats are limited. Their Wagyu beef is quite delicious and is great for people who just want to give it a taste. The only downside is that they don’t have an English menu and they also know very little English. Aside from that, everything else is great and is an ideal place to enjoy Japanese style Yakiniku in Shinjuku.
Address: 1-26-3 Kabuki Bldg 1F Kabukicho Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
7. Wagyu Yakiniku Kei (和牛焼肉慶)
Yakiniku Kei is a Korean BBQ Restaurant that is just a minute walk from the South Exit of Shinjuku Station. A place where you can be your own chef when it comes to grilling yakiniku. If you’re a beginner when it comes to grilling meat, the staff will be more than happy to teach you how to do it. Enjoy the delicious taste of their Wagyu Beef accompanied by their two very special home-made sauces. A small restaurant that will give you a pleasurable dining experience.
Address: 2-6-8 Yoyogi Shibuya-ku, Tokyo Nakajima Building B1F
8. Tokori (土古里)
Tokori is one of the places that you can visit in Shinjuku if you plan to PIG OUT on Yamagata Beef. For ¥5,000 you can eat and drink all you can for 2 hours. Is it pricey? Yes, but if you are a big eater then it’s worth it. Have your fill with Japanese sake, spirits, cocktails and shochu. The restaurant is quite spacious so feel free to bring a group of friends that likes to eat and drink a lot!
Address: 3-37-12 Shinjuku NOWA Building 5F, Shinjuku Tokyo
Website: http://www.to-ko-ri.jp/shop/tokori-shinjuku-nowa/ (Japanese Only)
9. Mirakutei (味楽亭)
Mirakutei is a long established Yakiniku restaurant in Shinjuku. A place to enjoy a glass of draft beer while grilling your meat. The restaurant is clean and the atmosphere is nice which is ideal for a yakiniku restaurant. If you like to have spicy sauces, then you have the option to choose the level that suits your taste. Overall, Mirakutei is a place to enjoy yakiniku at reasonable prices.
Address: 2-23-10 Kabukicho Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 1st Homma Building 1F
10. Morinomiyako Tasuke（杜の都太助）
Morynomiyaki Tasuke is a Yakiniku restaurant where you can enjoy Beef tongue and other regional cuisines. Their appetizers like pickled cabbages, peppers and miso soup is nice and helps enhance the flavor of the food. For most people, they come here to try the beef tongue which is something that only a few is willing to eat. A good place to enjoy lunch at Shinjuku.
Address: Shinjuku Takano second building B1F, 3-chome, 30-11, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Website: https://www.tokyo-tasuke.jp (Japanese Only)
Data is as of December 2017
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