Good restaurant for a date
my girlfriend is coming over for 2 weeks to visit me in Tokyo (she is working in NYC), so now I am looking for a few restaurants which are good for dating. Nice, romantic atmosphere, great view etc.
While Ms. Scharn is pretty picky, she is not that fanatic about food. So, I am looking for -good- restaurants, but for this occasion atmosphere is more important than food. Also, as I will have to pay for everything I would happily take her to a few places were I can get a decent dinner for 2 for not much above 10,000.
I am a newbie here, but no stranger to the food scene in Tokyo.
Date place -
Asterix in Akasaka is very cozy, great French homecooking and superb value (10,000 yen should do you for food and drink - just come hungry as portions are large). In a basement, so no view, but I think that is secondary. I've been on dates there before and women were all impressed - though a bit overwhelmed by the portions. Highly highly recommend this place.
If she is not so into food, but wants a view, there are numerous decent restaurants on top of Skyscrapers in West Shinjuku, though none really blow me away for food - still most are above average and total bill shouldn't kill you.
Another place that *might* work, depending again on how you define romantic atmosphere, is Akira in Nakameguro. It is a supposedly-excellent yakitori place, with kind of traditional decor and a tatami area, and jazz on the background. Place is apparently popular with the Nakameguro/Daikanyama hipsters. It is right by the cherry-tree-lined Meguro river, and in the latter part of March you might already see some flowers (this is the romantic part). I used to live quite close, and it is a nice area. I have not eaten there, but I have had several lunches in their Marunouchi branch and the food was indeed good. If you go, go mid-week, make a reservation and make sure to get a table on the tatami area by the window (river). Btw I think the tatami seating is the real deal, no horigotatsu, so not sure if Ms. Scharn will like it.
If Ms. Scharn really likes to eat her veggies, you could also try Yasaiya Mei. It is a vegetable-centered counter restaurant. Not romantic in a chandelier way, but very cool / elegant, can I say kind of a "contemporary Japanese" place if that makes sense.
I have been to the Roppongi Hills one for lunch and really enjoyed the food, there is another one in Omotesando.
Medusa in Ebisu? Cool atmosphere - jellyfish tank, fire chandelier - decent Italian-ish food. Lounge area with big chairs, dining area with tables. It's definitely something most Japanese girls would think is a cool date.
No view though, it's underground. Right across from the back exit of JR, behind Atre escalators.
Medusa in Ebisu although relatively new, looks like a bubble period high end izakaya with people in their 40s on gokans (group dates). Good place to take a mistress as it is in a basement, is dark, has high end Italian which the Japanese ladies go crazy over, is near the high end love hotels, and you can get her back on the train without much street exposure to your peers and co-workers-but for a special woman visiting from the US-Elio Locando is a fun, classy, high end Southern Italian or Cicada as it gets a good mixture of classy expatriates and high end Japanese with most dishes hitting well most nights.