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Honeymoon in Tokyo/Kyoto for foodies!

Thanks!

Aug 24, 2014
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Lunch close to Sumo stadium Ryōgoku Kokugikan in Sumida?

Thanks guys!! Great suggestions really appreciate it. Any idea if lunch is packed during a rush or if either accept reserve rations? Boar stew sounds amazing but may be a bit too heavy before sumo (pun intended)

Aug 24, 2014
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Lunch close to Sumo stadium Ryōgoku Kokugikan in Sumida?

We have tickets for Sumo on Thursday, September 18th. Our tentative plan was to go to the area around noon, have a great lunch, go to the Edo Museum, and then go to Sumo from about 2:30 - 5 (or so).

No sushi since we have reservations that evening at Mizutani.

Any suggestions? All I've been reading about is Sumo style restaurants (huge bowls of soup with meat and veggies) but that doesn't sound like a must try.

Any noodle places or great izikayas in the area? (or something I don't even know about?) Doesn't have to be right in Sumida - subway stop or two away is fine.

Thanks!

Aug 24, 2014
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Upcoming culinary events in Tokyo?

I'm going to Tokyo around the same time (September 16 - 20) and have been looking for the same. The only thing I found is that (and I'm not sure if this is even accurate) since the Grand Sumo tournament will be then, the Chankonabe or "sumo cuisine" restaurants in the area all have specials.

It doesn't seem that interesting to me, to be honest, but thought I'd share.

Aug 24, 2014
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Recommended cooking classes in Kyoto or Osaka? Preferably lunch time/afternoon classes.

Funny post as I am looking for the same thing. Randomly, the #1 ranked "activity" in Kyoto based on Tripadvisor is Haru Cooking Class.

246 people said excellent
1 said very good
1 said average

Pretty solid all around. I'm e-mailing with him (her?) and trying to figure out if it's worth it

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction...

Oren

Aug 24, 2014
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Wings in Manhattan?

I second Bon-Chon. Amazing place, very cool scene, phenomenal wings.

Aug 06, 2014
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where would you go for some classy bachelorette drink/food celebrations?

I would say Sammy's Romanian Steakhouse is a lock for this.

Aug 06, 2014
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Best Cocktails 2014

I second ZZ's clam bar. Incredible place and delicious cocktails.

But I think the best drinks I've had in NYC are in Apotheke in chinatown. Such a cool vibe, cool location, AMAZING cocktails.

Aug 06, 2014
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Honeymoon in Tokyo/Kyoto for foodies!

So before I write to the Ritz in Kyoto and ask them to book a reservation at Shoraian, what are some other places you all recommend?

I like the idea of a tofu restaurant, even though I am definitively a carnivore, because it seems like something special and out of the ordinary.

Am I better off going with a beef place, or a seafood place? We are already doing a Kaiseki meal at our Ryokan, Tawaraya. We'll have plenty of sushi and noodles in Tokyo.

Thanks!

Aug 06, 2014
orenshapiro in Japan

Honeymoon in Tokyo/Kyoto for foodies!

Thank you so much! Very helpful info!

Currently I'm waiting to hear back from my concierge in regards to the possibility of getting reservations at some of the "best-ranked" sushi places...

I heard cabs are a nightmare cost-wise and the subway is the way to go...

The first day and night it just really depends on how we feel. I hope that we are so amped up from our wedding and to finally be celebrating our honeymoon that we crush it all night! But, after a 14 hour flight, we may very well crash in which case we'd want to be close to the hotel.

Thanks again!

Aug 05, 2014
orenshapiro in Japan

Honeymoon in Tokyo/Kyoto for foodies!

Thanks again!

Aug 05, 2014
orenshapiro in Japan

Honeymoon in Tokyo/Kyoto for foodies!

Right - appreciate that... Just trying to combine "experiencing Japan" while also the food.

Have you heard anything, good or bad, about the following places in Asakusa: Raishuken, Koyanagi, Asakisa Namiki Yabu Soba, Sansada, Kamiya Bar, Suzuyo?

Aug 05, 2014
orenshapiro in Japan

Honeymoon in Tokyo/Kyoto for foodies!

Thanks so much, Silverjay.

Would you recommend Morishita over Asakusa?

Really, really appreciate it!

Oren

Aug 05, 2014
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Honeymoon in Tokyo/Kyoto for foodies!

And that's why I'm posting! Because I wasn't sure. Gonpachi is OUT.

Aug 05, 2014
orenshapiro in Japan

Honeymoon in Tokyo/Kyoto for foodies!

so I'm guessing totally nix Gonpachi from my list... Done!

Aug 05, 2014
orenshapiro in Japan

Honeymoon in Tokyo/Kyoto for foodies!

Thanks Everyone!

Really appreciate all the feedback - love this site.

I think I am going to do the following:

Day 1 Lunch/Dinner - Follow Robb S. advice - easy, close and apparently delicious.

For Dinners, I am going to do the following:

E-mail the hotel - for night 2, I am still kind of lost. Based on the discussion, I think I will shy away from the Tempura and take care of that in Kyoto, maybe for lunch. I will look up a number of places and maybe ask them to try and get me reservations at Den, Gonpachi, do a food crawl as mentioned previously, or just get lost with the wife and walk around for drinks and food - maybe drinks at Park Hyatt to start.

For night 3, I will e-mail the hotel and ask to try and get reservations for:

Saito
Sawada
Mizutani
Miyako
Yoshitake
Kyubey (although I read somewhere that this place is 'big business' which I don't really like the sound of), but a client of mine that goes frequently says he loves it. Any thoughts?

**we will be going to sumo that day - any of these places close to the arena?

For lunch, just kind of go with the flow and use all your suggestions to try some different ramen, udon, soba, okonomiyaki and tonkatsu - depends on where I am.

Kyoto: I think I will still try and get a reservation at Shoraian - I want to try the tofu experience, and Pao, you loved everything except for one "old" shrimp - I'm hoping that's just a mess up on there part. And then maybe go for a teppanyaki place like Hafuu, or go to Yamashita which I've read all over chowhound as a great place.

What do you guys think? Any more advice??

THANK YOU!! Can't wait for a very memorable honeymoon.

Aug 05, 2014
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Honeymoon in Tokyo/Kyoto for foodies!

Well we want to go to one amazing sushi place - Jiro is too expensive and more-so, too fast of a meal for my fiancé to enjoy it so I was deciding between mizutank, Saito and kyubey.

Do you have a preference or one that I haven't even mentioned?

Any recommendations for an excellent seafood/sake place instead of the tempura?

Was hoping the concierge at the hotel could help with reservations...

Thanks again - appreciate this so much.

Aug 04, 2014
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Honeymoon in Tokyo/Kyoto for foodies!

Thanks Robb and Silverjay!

Totally understand and recognize the irony of the places I wrote and what I ideally envision my trip being. While I would love to find the hidden places and drink and eat with locals, I do only have 3 nights, so I have to try and get things set up, and understand they will be touristy.

I do have some suggestions for snacks and late-night drinks and stuff like that along the way: Chibo for okonomiyaki, Tonki for katsu, Naniwaya for taiyaki.

In regards to dinner, we are pretty set on Kondo (assuming we can get in, but not sure what we should do the next night for dinner. Narisawa, Sushi Saito, Sushi Mizutani - just not sure what we should do. Any thoughts? And feel free to say "none of these - go to this amazing place that is cool and the food is delicious - it has no michelin stars and is not written up. That's fine by me).

Definitely going to try and branch out aside from sushi and noodles, but when in Rome... for only three days... and the wife-to-be loves sushi... well, I'm sure you get it.

Lastly, and places close to the hotels for late-night snacking/drinking?

Aug 04, 2014
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Honeymoon in Tokyo/Kyoto for foodies!

Hi Everyone,

Thanks for taking the time to read this. Really appreciate any and all help.

My fiance and I will be heading to Tokyo on September 16th after our wedding and will spend three nights there and three nights in Kyoto. Here is what I have so far, and need help on:

Tokyo:

Staying at the Ritz Carlton (in Minato-ku)

Arrive at about 12:30pm

Lunch: We'll be tired, but will walk around to try and beat the jet-lag. Something easy and relatively quick. Any suggestion on a ramen/udon/soba place nearby? Please note: Not ippudo, we have one in NYC and while I'm sure Tokyo is better, I'd like to branch out.

Dinner: Again, something easy, fun, preferably close to the hotel. I've heard a lot of talk (good and bad... mostly good) about Birdland, Kushimura and Gonpachi - not sure which is considered "best" and which is closest to hotel.

Following Day:

Fish Market, Sushi Breakfast (probably Sushi Dai depending on the line)
During the day we'll probably do the following:

Meji Shrine -> walk to Harajuku -> walk to Omotesando -> walk around and get lost.

If anyone knows any good lunch spots along that route, that would be great. Again, noodles sound great - but we're totally open, would eat anything. Your recommendations are valued.

Dinner: Tempura Kondo (is this place stuffy? Or cool?)

Following Day:

Breakfast: No idea, probably hotel
Lunch: Maybe Sushi Saito? Heard it's the "best lunch deal in town" or I read an article about doing a food crawl through Asakusa stopping at places like: Raishuken, Koyanagi, Asakisa Namiki Yabu Soba, Sansada, Kamiya Bar, Suzuyo

We have sumo tickets for that day, but I understand that this starts around 3-4pm

During the day I've heard Naka-Meguro and Daikanyama are great neighborhoods to walk around and get lost. Maybe we go to the major anime area (forget the name).

Dinner: No idea really - so many options and I have been reading until my eyes bleed.

I think Park Hyatt for drinks (a bit cliche but heard it's still great)

then for dinner:

Sushi Mizutani
Sushi Kyubey
Narisawa
Ramen: Gogyo, Yatai Nagahamya #1, Maisan for tonkotsu. Menya Kissou for Ramen (any of these near where we will be in previous days? or by the hotel?)
This place apparently called Yakitori Alley by Westerners only: http://blog.wandr.me/2011/07/dining-u...

Obviously if we went to Mizutani or Kyubey (or any other sushi place for dinner we wouldn't do Saito for lunch

)

The next day we travel to Kyoto and are staying at Ryoken Tawaraya that night. So dinner that night and breakfast the next morning are done. Then we check into the Ritz.

I've been focusing all my efforts on Tokyo, so Kyoto is totally up in the air. I've heard of the following:

Shoraian: Tofu place, right? Could be cool
Yamashita: Is all over chowhound as an awesome spot

Samboa Bar (and some steak place that the bartender will take you to if you ask)

A friend of mine said the following:

There is a duck ramen joint which was hard to find but delicious. There is a long strip that used to be the red light district which is now all converted to restaurants and bars. we found an amazing counter only sushi spot there - marble topped and sushi put straight on it bit by bit.

For both Tokyo and Kyoto - we like cool spots, great food, great drinks - I don't want to go to the Robot Restaurant, I don't want to go where there are all ex-pats and Westerners. I really want to experience Japan and blow my mind.

Well, that's all I got. Really appreciate you reading all the way through and helping me figure out the important parts of my honeymoon.

Oren

Aug 03, 2014
orenshapiro in Japan

8 Night Tokyo/Kyoto/Hiroshima Itinerary - Feedback Greatly Appreciated

Hey Bmdaniel -

My fiance and I are doing our honeymoon in Japan - Tokyo/Kyoto and I am just doing some preliminary research and found this post (GREAT INFO).

Just wondering, how did you make these decisions? Tons of research?

Please be sure to write another post after your trip to tell us how everything was! We are going in September.

Thanks!

Feb 11, 2014
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Technical Question

Is there a a way I can change my username or my name that appears when I post? Many thanks.

Oct 19, 2008
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Chinese - NYU Area

Whats the best? Standard Chinese.... Solid Dumps, egg rolls, lo mein, sesame chicken, etc...

Thank you.

Oct 19, 2008
orenshapiro in Manhattan

Where to go for a great omakase

Try Soto on 6th avenue and like West 4th.... Very good, very DL - great Omakase

Aug 04, 2008
orenshapiro in Manhattan

New spot in Chinatown for lunch?

Dim-Sum, Noodles, Soups, whatever... Just looking for a new spot for lunch. Done the Joe's Shanghai and Nyonya plenty. Was thinking about the Ramen King (Ippudo, I think) but just want something new... Any ideas?

Thanks.

Aug 04, 2008
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Business Meeting \ Coffee \ Quiet Bar - Hells Kitchen\Times Square

Hello -

I am looking for a quiet bar\restaurant\coffee shop in the times square\hells kitchen area to have a quiet drink or coffee around 5pm during the week. I realize Times Square is probably not the most conducive area to find a 'quiet spot', however I am hoping there is one in Hells Kitchen. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks.

Dec 04, 2007
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solid restaurant around 51st and bway

not le bernadin prices but price isn't really a factor. Any cuisine.

Jul 08, 2007
orenshapiro in Manhattan

outside drinks

What are some good spots for drinks outside? I know of Rio, Luna, the rooftop at Rare, 230 5th, etc.. All those places are slightly cheesy and are going to be packed with this early spring weather. Any neighborhood is good. Hook me up!

Mar 27, 2007
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Pizza Delivery around E. 57th Street

Just wondering what a solid pizza joint was around the E. 57th Street area... Can anyone help?

Feb 19, 2007
orenshapiro in Manhattan

UES -- colleague needs last minute "cool & fun" rec tonight (Tues)

Rughetta's is solid Italian on UES... If price doesn't matter, Cafe Boulud.

Jul 18, 2006
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Please...Have a heart! Highly Anticipated Second Date!

go to bolo. fun date place.

Jul 17, 2006
orenshapiro in Manhattan