Wagyu Beef is a general term that is used to describe all the Japanese cattle breeds. The word Wagyu in Japanese is a combination of words that mean Japanese (wa) and beef (gyu). For most people, Wagyu beef is a high-end delicacy that they can only enjoy during special events or occasions. The reason why Wagyu meat is very expensive is partly due to the strict guidelines that are imposed when raising and slaughtering the cow.
In Shinjuku, you can enjoy Wagyu beef when you go to shabu-shabu, sukiyaki, or yakiniku restaurants, etc. Grilled Wagyu beef is delicious. The meat is tender and has a buttery taste, and the high-grade meat melt in your mouth. Make sure to drop by these 10 places to taste Wagyu beef in Shinjuku for meaty delicacies.
1. Tokyo Nikushabuya (東京肉しゃぶ家)
Tokyo Nikushabuya is a cozy restaurant that offers delicious shabu-shabu, sukiyaki, and beef tongue. Although the restaurant only has 12 seats, it gives an atmosphere of professionalism and class. It is an open-kitchen style restaurant, so the guests are able to see the chefs at work. They also have a good selection of sake and wine that goes well with the meaty feast that you will partake in.
Address: Casa Daini-Shinjuku 1F, 1-12-3 Okubo, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
2. Kobe Beef Specialized Restaurant Gyutatsu (神戸牛専門店 牛龍)
Kobe Beef Specialized Restaurant Gyutatsu is an izakaya that offers premium Kobe beef. It is located on the 5th floor of the Kabukicho Shopping Association Building. You have the option to choose between the shabu-shabu or sukiyaki courses, but regardless of your choice, you are bound to have an enjoyable experience. The quality of the meat is superb, and the service is top-notch as well. One of the hidden gems of Shinjuku when it comes to shabu-shabu and sukiyaki.
Address: Kabukicho Shopping District Promotion Association Bldg. 5F, 1-19-3 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
3. NO MEAT, NO LIFE.1st
NO MEAT, NO LIFE. 1st is one of those places where you can’t help but smile upon seeing the store’s name. It is a 5-minute walk from the East Exit of the JR Shinjuku Station. You can’t miss it because it is right in front of the Robot Restaurant. All you need is a glass of your favorite beer or shochu while waiting for your meat to be cooked on the hot plate. Everything here is delicious, and the quality and volume of the meat are perfect. They also serve Korean Yukhoe made with wagyu beef in the menu. It is a Korean style dish of raw beef with egg yolk on top. It may be a challenge for some people to eat raw beef, but it is surprisingly delicious.
Address: Nakano Bldg. 2F, 1-11-1 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://www.firstring.jp/shoplist.html#yakinikubar (Japanese Only)
4. Shinjuku Sukiyaki Iida (新宿すき焼き 飯田)
Shinjuku Sukiyaki lida is a 3-minute walk from the Southeast Exit of the JR Shinjuku Station. The meaty feast they have to offer is quite impressive which include A5 Rank Kobe Beef, Matsusaka beef, Omi beef, Miyazaki beef, Yamagata beef, and Sendai beef. They also have private rooms perfect for business talks, couple dates, and special events like birthdays and anniversaries.
Address: 7F, 3-31-3 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Website: https://sh-shinjuku3.gorp.jp (Japanese Only)
5. Shabusho Tsumabira Shinjuku (しゃぶ匠 一ニ 新宿)
Shabusho Tsumabira Shinjuku is just 1-minute walk from the subway exit of the Marunouchi Line in Shinjuku Station. The restaurant gives you a calm and relaxing feeling. The private rooms offer a sense of security because you can talk to your friends or acquaintances without worrying about other people. The main course and the appetizers are all delicious and quite reasonable for its price. They also have a wide variety of drinks that you can enjoy while waiting for your meat to be cooked.
Address: Daini Sun Park 3F, 3-21-4 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
6. Choshunkan (長春館)
Choshunkan is a 2-minute walk from the Shinjuku Sanchome Station B2 Exit on the Marunouchi Subway Line. It is also one of the most reasonably priced restaurants that offer yakiniku in the area. They are a well-established yakiniku (Korean BBQ) shop in Shinjuku, and their customers are quite satisfied with the food, prices, and services that they offer. If you want to enjoy yakiniku at a reasonable price, then this will be the restaurant for you.
Address: 3-8-10 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://www.choushunkan.co.jp/index.html (Japanese Only)
7. Shabujo (しゃぶ叙)
Shabujo is a 6-minute walk from the East Exit of JR Shinjuku Station. They have both a la carte and set menu courses that will satisfy you and your budget. The set courses come with many side dishes like vegetable and mushrooms, assorted seafood platter (snow crabs/prawns/scallops), pickles, udon/dumpling/rice, salad, your choice of beer/wine/soft drink and ice cream as a dessert after you’re done with your meal (The content differs by prices). Without a doubt, dining at Shabujo is a great experience best enjoyed with family and friends.
Address: Jojoen Shinjuku Dai 2 Bldg. 1F, 2-22-5 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://shabujo.com (Japanese Only)
8. Rokkasen (六歌仙)
Rokkasen is a very popular shabu-shabu, yakiniku, and sukiyaki restaurant in Shinjuku. It is a 3-minute walk from the JR Line, Shinjuku Station. They have all-you-can-eat and all-you-can-drink courses that are available for those who don’t want to limit themselves from enjoying everything Rokkasen has to offer. Take note that the food here is a bit pricey so be prepared if you plan to take the “all-you-can” courses. If you can afford the extravagant courses, then be prepared for a delicious feast of wagyu beef.
Address: Sunflower Bldg.6 to 7F, 1-3-1 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
9. Ninja Shinjuku
Ninja Shinjuku is not part of a hidden organization where they train ninjas in Shinjuku. It is an amazing place where you get ushered into a private room, and that is where the amazing part begins. The food is great and the entertainment provided by their ninja staff fantastic. Some even say that not going here while you’re in Shinjuku is a grave mistake on your part. So, bring your family and friends and be part of the fantastic experience that can only be found in Ninja Shinjuku!
Address: Kono Bldg. 1F, 1-11-11, Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
10. Tokori Shinjuku (土古里 新宿)
Tokori Shinjuku is a restaurant that serves high-quality Yamagata beef. They have an all-you-can-eat course, which is a bit pricey but the taste and service are worth it. The wide variety of meat pieces is also an eye opener for those who are not familiar with how meat is graded and divided in Japan.
Address: Shinjuku NOWA Bldg. 5F, 3-37-12, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://www.to-ko-ri.jp/shop/tokori-shinjuku-nowa/ (Japanese Only)
Data is as of June 2019
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