Thoughts on either of these 2: Bo sonoIchi, Kozue at the Park Hyatt
We are considering both of these restaurants for an upcoming trip.
Does anybody have any experiences, opinions, or thoughts on these?
For context, the other nights in Tokyo will be:
Tapas Molecular Bar
Then, in Kyoto:
And, also, we have one extra unplanned night in Kyoto if you have a favorite to balance out the others.
(note, there are no sushi places on the list 'cuz my buddy can not eat raw fish, much as I love it myself).
re: Nancee Swartz
This won't be a date, I'll be with my best friend. But, our other venues are more exclusively about the food and we are afraid that with the exception of kaikaya, all of them will be rather quiet and restrained.
So we thought a loungey stylish place would be nice.
Cold and sterile however, is not what I had in mind.
Do you know of any cool loungey happening type places?
Where the combination of food and atmosphere makes it worth the trip?
Well there are a lot of stylish dining bars with good food, but I don't know if I would call them loungey. Then there are cafes that are very loungey, but they tend to have mostly limited, non-Japanese menus.
Lois in Shinjuku station (http://bento.com/rev/2637.html ) might be a good combo of loungey with Japanese food (if you don't mind brown rice), although it might not be all that exciting on any given night.
Or maybe Ai Ai in Jingumae 2-chome - it's a very laid-back basement space with lots of odd nooks and crannies, and decent Okinawan food. (http://bento.com/rev/0232.html ) Then you can pop in across the street for a drink at Mother Kurkku, which has a hip crowd and snooty service (http://bento.com/rev/2892.html ).
re: Uncle Yabai
Mother Kurkku employs what might be the most incompetent restaurant workers in the known universe.
Sorry I don't have anything to say about stylish places, but if you want a loud and fun place with good food, try some of the yakiniku joints around Okubo or Akasaka. Not a great atmosphere unless the smell of grilled meat, kimchi and garlic gets you going.