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Tokyo Pizza

I took my family to Da Isa a couple months back. Tasty pizza, but I think the biggest selling point here is the atmosphere. The pizzas I thought were comparable to Salvatore Cuomo. Definitely worth going to though.

Jul 23, 2012
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Tokyo Pizza

Devilcraft makes a great Chicago style deep dish pizza. I've been there a few times and think they have great beer and pizza.

Jul 23, 2012
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White Smoke Texas smokehouse - anyone been?

Went to White Smoke a few months ago. Like others have mentioned here, I think it is waaay overpriced. Bu then again looking at the area where they put it, it is the corporate accounts they are looking for. I doubt I'll be going anytime soon, but must say their Dinosaur brisket was pretty good and although pricey, would be very tempting. BUT probably will go with something else. Pulled pork sandwich sounds like a good move.

May 20, 2012
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Top Gaijin eats or Non-Japanese foods in Tokyo

Philly Cheese Steak?

Has anyone come across decent attempts at Philly Cheese Steak sandwiches in Tokyo?
I just found out about a place called "2 Papas" in Kichijoji, but probably won't be able to try it for a couple weeks. If anyone has any information, would appreciate it if you can post any details here.

Sep 19, 2011
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Top Gaijin eats or Non-Japanese foods in Tokyo

Took a chance and went to Suji's in Azabu Juban/Roppongi area yesterday for their Wed night Pastrami special where you get an extra 100g of Pastrami for free. A total of 300g of Pastrami meat piled into a sandwich with Mustardy/mayo dressing (not too much to overpower anything) on toasted rye. To my surprise it was decent sandwich and would recommend it to anyone who is craving Pastrami. The meat was tender and pretty much melted in my mouth. A little bit too greasy though, but definitely would go again. Attached is a photo.

Apr 13, 2011
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Top Gaijin eats or Non-Japanese foods in Tokyo

Pastrami sandwiches...
I recent saw an advertisement for SKY HIGH Pastrami Sandwich at Suji's in Azabu Juban. Has anyone had the Pastrami sandwich there? Or has anyone had a good pastrami sandwich or reuben sandwich in the Tokyo area? Hope everyone still here is doing alright considering everything going on...

Mar 27, 2011
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Tokyo Pizza

Glad other people are writing about Rocco's. True NYC style pizza. Who woulda thought we'd enjoy this in Tokyo. Attaching a photo of a slice I had the other week for those who still find it hard to believe....

Mar 01, 2011
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Top Gaijin eats or Non-Japanese foods in Tokyo

Chicken Fried Steak and Biscuits & Gravy are two Southern staples that I never would have thought I'd find in Japan. Although I was born and raised in NY these two dishes bring out the South in me I never knew existed. I used to frequent Cowgirl hall of Fame in NYC to get my fix of Chicken Fried Steak. Biscuits and gravy were occasional treats if I found myself down South or made it myself. Hato's bar (the BBQ place) now serves Chicken Fried Steak (Country Fried Steak on their menu to avoid any confusion for those unfamiliar with the dish) and Biscuits and gravy. The steak comes with mashed potatoes and a biscuit and is covered with the cream gravy (sausage gravy with chunks of breakfast sausage in it). For those who know what I'm talking about, check it out if you get a chance. Good stuff. Attaching a pict. Mind you the gravy is never something that looks very appealing but you'd be over that if you know what the stuff tastes like.

Feb 13, 2011
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Best noodles in the city (ramen)

One of my personal favorites (before I moved to Japan), believe it or not, was the Tonkotsu Ramen at Yakitori Taisho. I was hooked on the stuff whenever I went there. Although there were times when the chashuu was a bit disappointing (cold, if not partly frozen even), which kinda brought the level of that meal down as well. But in general, it was my favorite before all these ramen places like Ippudo and Minca, etc. opened up.

I also used to hit up Menkuitei as well as Menchanko-tei as well. I always ordered the tonkotsu ramen and both restaurants were pretty good, consistent and have been around for ages. Also hit up Ajisen (a Japanese chain) in Chinatown pretty often. Not sure if it is still around though, since no one has mentioned it, but I thought they were pretty good.

I used to work at RaiRaiKen for a short stint and thought at the time they had decent ramen at the time, so I have to give them a mention, but one thing for sure I thought that their gyoza rocked. Mind you this is going back over 7 years ago so don't know if anything has changed (My taste buds or the shop's food)

Many swear by Minca and I went there once shortly after they opened up (going back over 6 years now I guess) but I really didn't think much of it. I love ramen, and thought of becoming a ramen chef myself, but Minca failed to inspire me at the time, same for Momofuku which I thought was alright.

But I guess if we are thinking of the "Best" currently in the city, maybe Ippudo may be one of the top contenders, judging from my experience as well as seeing other's posts about it. I only ate there once, while visiting NY, and the meal was pretty good. Although it wasn't as good compared to the Ippudo shops I eat at in Japan. I don't know what it was exactly but something was just missing in the taste, but thought it was pretty good nevertheless.

I'll have to hit up some of these other places that are mentioned on this thread as well as re-try some others next time I go back to NYC.

By the way those who love ramen and have not yet seen the movie "Tampopo", check it out.

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Ajisen
14 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

Minca
536 E 5th St, New York, NY 10009

Yakitori Taisho
5 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

Ippudo
65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

Feb 01, 2011
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Tokyo Pizza

Have heard great things about Seirinkan in Naka-Meguro. I thought that Seirinkan chef won the best pizza chef award in Napoli or something like that...? Quite honestly it sounds like something that a lot of pizza chefs are claiming these days here in Japan. But in any case, definitely want to try those places out in Nakameguro.

Jan 31, 2011
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Top Gaijin eats or Non-Japanese foods in Tokyo

Tried the Bashamichi Taproom BBQ in Yokohama last night.
They have some decent BBQ and craft beers to wash it down.
I tried the beef brisket sandwich and a slab of the "Fat" Japanese BBQ rib, both were great!
However I found the pork sandwich to be a disappointment.
They have 3 different BBQ sauces; mustard based, vinegar based and just plain BBQ.
For pork I prefer Hato's Bar (Nakameguro) pork sandwich, which has never disappointed but glad to see places in Japan finally catching up with true US style BBQ. With the Bashamichi Taproom on one end and Hato's bar in Nakameguro on the other, the Tokyu Toyoko line should be dubbed the BBQ express. Still haven't tried Bubby's BBQ sandwich in the Sakuragicho/Minato Mirai area, but not in any rush.

Jan 31, 2011
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Top Gaijin eats or Non-Japanese foods in Tokyo

Gkanai-
I used to hit up MIKE DUE on 3rd and 25th?... I'd say Rocco's is as good as most decent pizza joints in NYC. At least in my humble opinion.
Yeah Oji is a trek for me too, but I think I need to make a trek this weekend. I'll have to hit it on a trip to Ueno or something. It's like 10-15 minutes from that area.

Jan 31, 2011
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Top Gaijin eats or Non-Japanese foods in Tokyo

Never heard of the place but just punched it up on google. I like their menu. Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Sweet Potato Fries.... nice. A lot on their menu sounds really good. Need to check them out at some point soon. Especially since they have a BYOB night on the first Friday of every month. Thanks for the heads up.

Jan 31, 2011
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Tokyo Pizza

P.I.G.- (Great name by the way...)
Back home in NYC I frequented Maffei's (Chelsea), Mike DUE (Murray Hill), and Joe's Pizza (West Vill), and I would say that Rocco's (at least the 2 slices I had) were very close to what I consider decent pizza. They would be a busy shop in New York City.
But that said, maybe best to go there with low expectations like I did. I haven't had a slice close to NY style in over a year and a half, so was pleasantly surprised by a taste I never expected in the outer regions of Tokyo.

Jan 31, 2011
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Top Gaijin eats or Non-Japanese foods in Tokyo

Love US style pit BBQ. I heard about that place and glad it opened up close to my work.
I've been following their blog, so expecting some good BBQ.
Hato's bar in Nakameguro was the first place I had true BBQ here in Japan.
The guys that run the place are cool and I've got to give them credit for pulling it off.
Their pulled pork (smoked with cherry wood) is impressive. Their ribs are great as well.
They also have biscuits and gravy which was a nice surprise.
Looking forward to trying bairdbeer/taproom's new BBQ place though.
To me it's a long time coming for decent BBQ in Japan. Bubby's (the Yokohama branch of the TriBeCa/NYC Restaurant) is now serving "pit BBQ" according to an advertisement poster my friend saw, so I think this is the start of the US BBQ trend in Japan. Though I'm hoping it isn't just a trend.

Jan 21, 2011
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Top Gaijin eats or Non-Japanese foods in Tokyo

Those looking for a decent burrito (like Chipotle) should check out Frijoles in Azabu Juban. The closest I've come across to "American-ized" Burritos. Good burritos. The size is a little small but that's Japan for you. Google them and you'll find them. English OK, in fact I think most of the customers that I'e seen there are foreigners.

Jan 20, 2011
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Top Gaijin eats or Non-Japanese foods in Tokyo

yeah...lol. It's been too long without NY pizza. I used to have it a couple times a week before coming out here and was pretty much raised on the stuff. I want people to know about it because I want them to stay around a while! Also I know a lot of foreigners say the same thing about pizza so want to make sure people know about the place. But, yeah... good slices that I can actually call NY style.

Jan 20, 2011
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Top Gaijin eats or Non-Japanese foods in Tokyo

Hoping to start a decent list of places that us foreigners here in Tokyo like to hit up for some food that take our taste buds back to wherever we came from. In my case, off the top of my head those would be New York style Pizza and Pit BBQ. Both were almost impossible to come by until recently. In mid-2010 a NY style pizza place called Rocco's opened up in Oji, Tokyo and a bar that serves Pit BBQ (pulled pork and ribs, etc) and craft beer called Hato's bar opening in Nakameguro. Rocco's serves up a true NY slice of cheese pizza and Hato's bar serves up some great pit BBQ. Google them and you'll find them.

Anyone have other favorites they like to hit up for a taste of home?

Jan 18, 2011
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Japan Board is dead, lets discuss Pizza

Theres plenty of good pizza here in Japan, but if you are looking for a slice of a "New York" style pizza in a place that sells by the slice and feels just like a real NY pizza place head over to Rocco's New York style pizza place in Oji, Tokyo. It's a couple minutes walk from Oji station.
Pizza by the slice for about 350 yen!!! Any New Yorker craving pizza from home has got to check it out at least once.

Jan 18, 2011
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Tokyo Pizza

Although this won't help Lane, it will help others looking for a real slice of NY pizza. I am reposting about Rocco's New York style pizza in Oji, Tokyo. Just found out about it last week (January 2011) but the place has been open since June of last year. Can't believe it was off my pizza radar for so long. A good ole slice of NY style cheese pizza can be had there. A nice crisp slightly charred crust, perfectly melted mozzarella cheese and a good sauce to hold it all together. Also the size of the slice is NY size as well not these skimpy things Sbarro's is selling. I think a slice cost 350 yen and an extra 25 yen per topping of all "NY standard" toppings or Japanese toppings. The placec feels like a NY pizza place. I got 2 slices, one regular and one with sausage (see picture).

Jan 18, 2011
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Ramen in Tokyo

Hey, I know this helps the original poster in no way since it was posted a year ago, but hopefully if they ever make it back or anyone else looking for suggestions for decent bowl of ramen (ラーメン or らーめん) can benefit from these...

As others have pointed out Ichiran (一蘭) makes a some great ramen.

I also love Jangara Ramen (ジャンガラ) (they have an English menu as well) located in Harajuku and Akihabara. I'm sure a quick google search will give all details of locations.

I also like Ippudo (一風堂). A chain but consistent great ramen. They tend to have a lunch set that gets you a bow of your choice of ramen and for an additional couple hundred yen, some gyoza and rice (you can fill up on the rice as well if you are hungry since it is all you can eat). Ippudo is probably where I go most since it is located near my work. Expect lines almost anytime you go.
There are quite a few locations, so again Google will set you straight on where to go. English OK too from my experiences.

Another ramen chain is Kagetsu (花月). They are all over the place so probably one of the bigger chains, but they tend to have a variety of different ramen on rotation at times from some of the master ramen chefs. No English menus from my experience but I'm sure some employee (or English speaking customer) will be glad to help you out. I go to the store in my hood after a night of drinking and always a great way to top off a night.

Also a somewhat "recent" popular variation of ramen is the "Tsuke ramen" which is "dipping ramen". I've been eating at random places and haven't found any real "bad" places yet. But just stick to the places where they only seem to specialize and serve the dipping variety since it seems almost everyone is jumping on the "dipping" bandwagon and my only 2 mediocre experiences were at ramen "soup" places dabbling with the dipping variety. However Kagetsu makes a great dipping ramen, for the record. Hope this helps and sorry for the drawn out posting.

Jan 17, 2011
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