Leaving for Tokyo in One Week - Rate My Restaurant Picks
Well... I leave for Japan next Saturday and I think I've got most of my restaurants picked out... let me know what you guys think!
Tapas Molecular Bar*
L'Atelier de Joel Robouchon*
Ippudo Ramen (Need to compare it with the NY branch.)
Churasquira Manuel (Need something to remind me of home!)
I'm still looking for a good spot to try the famed Japanese beef as well as a tempura lunch so any suggestions there would be appreciated!
* = already made reservations
Many rave about Dons as the best steak house.
Shabu shabu: I like Seryna.
Sukiyaki: you can try Yoshihashi which Uncle Yabai raved about.
Yakiniku: If you are looking for high end, try Ayanokouji near Midtown. Or mid range chain like Jojoen or Toraji is good for reasonable budget.
Teppanyaki: many like Ukai-tei or Morimoto.
Yen 20,000pp is good enough for all except perhaps Dons.
Unless you're dead set on comparing Ippudo with the NY, I'd reconsider and give a different kind of ramen a try.
Maybe try Menya Kissou, Men Dokurokururi, Nidaime Tsujita, Kanzan Ramen, Ramen Jiro or a Taisho-ken location.
I think that you should consider Sushi Bun as an alternative to Daiwa Sushi or Sushi Dai, they don't generally encourage magazine coverage, etc. so normally short or no line. That being said, Sushi Dai I believe is marginally better than Daiwa Sushi and Sushi Bun, so if you can take the hour or so wait. Do not go on Saturday, lines are massive everywhere.
I guess I'm too late, but I'd skip Robouchon. It is really good, but I see no need to eat at the one in Tokyo. Also, reservations aren't really necessary - I walked in there on a weekend evening with no problem. I also agree with trying a different Ramen place (actually I'd recommend several different ramen places). Ippudo is good, but not uncommonly good for Tokyo ramen.