Sukiyaki has always been a very popular dish in Japan, especially during cold weather. Thinly sliced beef slowly cooked with soy sauce, sugar, mirin, and vegetables (like green onions, shirataki, tofu and shiitake mushrooms) in a hotpot. Some households even have their own special homemade sauce for sukiyaki.
You can even say that this is one of those special dishes that people enjoy during cold weather. Of course, you can enjoy sukiyaki in any season as long as you crave for it. If you think that beef is too expensive, then you can use pork and even chicken when you cook at home! When all the meat is gone, you can pour in udon noodles to have a delicious finishing touch. At the end of the day, sukiyaki is best enjoyed with the company of family and friends.
Check out the 10 sukiyaki restaurants in Shinjuku and enjoy delicious hotpot.
1. Ibuki (伊吹)
Ibuki is a highly recommended family restaurant that serves sukiyaki and shabu-shabu in Shinjuku. Do take note that It is found on the 2nd floor of the Kawano Annex Building. It seems like some staffs speak fluent English and they also teach beginners how to properly cook their hot pot. Very caring and hospitable staff, accompanied by great food will easily make Ibuki one of your favorites.
Address: 2F Kawano Annex Bldg., 1-16-8 Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo
2. Kurumaya Bekkan (車屋 別館)
Kurumaya Bekkan is one of those restaurants that have their own special sauce for their sukiyaki and teppanyaki. The blend of wagyu beef, vegetables, tofu, noodles and their special home-made sauce creates a delicious and sumptuous experience. A highly recommended place for anyone who wants to experience excellent sukiyaki and teppanyaki in Shinjuku.
Address: 3-21-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
3. Takuan Botantei (たくあん・牡丹亭)
Takuan Botantei also serves steak and other beef dishes aside from sukiyaki and shabu-shabu. Naturally, they only serve premium Japanese Wagyu Beef for their dishes. They have private rooms for those who prefer to dine around with only their family and friends. You can expect good food and service from this restaurant.
Address: 4-15-1 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo
4. Rokkasen (六歌仙)
Rokkasen is an amazing place for those who love to eat a LOT of meat. The all-you-can-eat will put your tummy to the test as you indulge in sukiyaki, yakiniku, shabu-shabu and other meat dishes like short beef ribs, scallops, etc. If you and a few of your friends are craving Wagyu Beef, then look no further and head straight to Rokkasen.
Address: Sunflower Bldg.6 to 7F, 1-3-1 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo
5. Omi Genji (近江源氏)
Omi Genji is simply amazing. This family restaurant will give you a taste of what excellent sukiyaki is all about. Although the restaurant is only 10 minutes away from the station, it may not be that easy to find it. The interior design is quite simple, but the food is great. For those who don’t know how to cook sukiyaki, staffs are more than happy to cook it for you.
Address: 1F Dama Bldg., 2-39-8, Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo
6. Imahan Banyo (今半万窯 新宿店)
Imahan Banyo is another great place to enjoy a sukiyaki meal. The staff will ask you if you prefer to dip your meat in raw egg. Not everyone likes to do so, but it comes with the experience so you might want to give it a try at least once (Of course, you don’t have to if you don’t like it!). A nice restaurant that you can recommend to your friends that are looking for a place to experience sukiyaki in Shinjuku.
Address: 2-2-1 Yoyogi Shibuya Tokyo
Website: https://www.imahan.com/guide/shop/banyoh_shop.html (Japanese Only)
7. Yoneshin (米新)
Yoneshin is one of those places that will make you fall in love. Why? Delicious and affordable dishes without too much fuss. Have your fill with their sukiyaki, steak, and shabu-shabu accompanied by their side dishes for a complete and satisfying meal. It’s a cozy small restaurant with only 27 seats so relax and enjoy the atmosphere.
Address: 1-16-12 Kabukicho Shinjuku Tokyo
Website: https://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1304/A130401/13082959/ (Japanese Only)
8. Gold Kan (ゴールド館)
Gold Kan may not be as famous or spacious compared t other sukiyaki and shabu-shabu restaurants in Shinjuku, but their all-you-can-eat style theme will not fail to attract a lot of people (especially for those who love to eat). The all-you-can-eat is very affordable and even students frequent this restaurant because of its affordability and practicality. If you don’t mind narrow and noisy places, then Gold Kan may be a great place to eat to your fill in Shinjuku.
Address: 4F Gold Bldg., 1-6-5 Kabukicho Shinjuku Tokyo
Website: https://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1304/A130401/13036695/ (Japanese Only)
9. Momo Paradise (モーモーパラダイス 歌舞伎町本店)
Momo Paradise sounds like a pun of “Moo Moo” (the cry of a cow), but it is indeed a paradise for those who are hearty meat lovers. The restaurant is not fancy nor pretentious. However, it is hard to refute that their sukiyaki and shabu-shabu are one of the best that you’ll ever have in Shinjuku. So, you may want to add this “paradise” to your list of must-visit restaurants in Shinjuku.
Address: 8F Humax Bldg., 1-20-1 Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo
10. Nabezo (鍋ぞう)
Nabezo is another fantastic sukiyaki and shabu-shabu restaurant in Shinjuku. The all-you-can-eat of meat, vegetables, side dishes, and desserts makes Nabezo one of the best places to dine with your family and friends. Great service and great value accompanied by premium beef and pork make Nabezo an ideal destination for those craving for sukiyaki and shabu- shabu.
Address: 3F Humax Pavilion Shinjuku Higashi Exit, 3-28-10 Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Website: http://nabe-zo.com (Japanese Only)
Data is as of August 2018
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