July 13, 2017
The 10 Best Yakiniku Restaurants You Must Eat in Shinjuku, Tokyo
When it comes to Yakiniku, Shinjuku stands out as city that not only provides great variety in the preparation, but also offers many stores ranging from small stands to well established shops serving Yakiniku. There are many shops that Yakiniku lovers visit secretly and regularly to enjoy different the varieties in Shinjuku. I have tried to collate a list of the most popular and highly recommended Yakiniku shops of the city.
1． Yakiniku Hiromiya
Located about 5 minutes by foot from the Toei Shinjuku line, the “Yakiniku Hiromiya” is often introduced as a hidden gem on popular gourmet websites, where you can if you reserve a table.
The store is divided into 2 floors – 1F and 2F. The first floor caters to the regular customers while the second floor is reserved for members only and serves only one pair per day. Also, in the first floor waiters and waitresses serve the food, but the second floor is a completely private space with personalized service.
Along with the homely service, you can taste the fine meat while the alcohol flows in an unrestrained manner through the evening. Since the guests on the second floor are allowed to carry their own condiments, they can make the menu even more personalized by adding their own seasonings.
Meals served on both floors are priced at 5400 Yen (with unlimited beverages). Why don’t you utilize the facilities to suit your purpose – if you just want to enjoy good Yakiniku, go for 1F, but if you want to pamper yourself while enjoying your meal, try 2F.
Name: Yakiniku Hiromiya
Address: 4-1 Ichigayadaimachi, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Telephone: +81 3-3353-6101
Opening Hours: 17:00~25:00
Holiday: Sundays and public holidays
Access 1: 5 minutes by foot from Akebono Bashi station
Access 2: 8 minutes by foot from Yotsuya Sanchome station
Map: Map to Yakiniku Hiromiya
Situated just 4 minutes from the JR Shinjuku station, “Hananonya” is a Yakiniku restaurant that pursues the fine taste and superior quality of meat. The inside of the shop is arranged as a full-seating private room so that guests can relax while they enjoy their meal.
Since “Hananona” focuses on the finest selection of meat, they buy a whole Ohmi cow. From this, they not only prepare high-quality, A5 & A4 grade meat, but also utilize the rare parts. As the meat is fresh, you can taste the deliciousness of fine meats such as liver that does not have any smell or even eat the hamburger while it is rare!
For lunch, the popular item on the menu is the “beef tongue hamburger”, while for dinner its “Chef’s Choice” priced at 10,000 Yen. Although the dinner menu can be a bit expensive while you eat and drink to your heart’s content, you can also enjoy a relatively cheaper lunch menu that is priced at around 1000 Yen. Why don’t you try to adjust with either your time or budget to enjoy a meal at “Hanamonya”? It will surely bring a smile to your face!
Address: Shinjuku yu-su building 6F, 4-1-9 Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Telephone: +81 3-6457-7211
Opening Hours (Monday to Friday): 11:30~15:00 / 17:00~23:30
Opening Hours (Saturday): 11:30~23:30
Opening Hours (Sundays and public holidays): 11:30~15:00 / 17:00~23:30
Holiday: New Year’s Day
Access: 4 minutes by foot from the Shinjuku station
Map: Map to Hanamonya
3． Stand Yakiniku Jiromaru
Just a 2-minute walk from the Seibu Shinjuku Station, the “Jiromaru” is located inside the Kabuki Building in Kabuki-cho. Although it is unique and rare to find Yakiniku stands, what is more surprising is the great value for money that you get!
Usually, the price is set for one dish, but this shop sets the price by slices of meat starting from 30 yen. Due to this price setting, you can select and enjoy your favorite part of the meat.
The price tag of 30 Yen may lead you to doubt the quality and grade of the meat used, but you will be surprised to find high quality meat such as the “Zabuton Hokkaido (A4 rank)” and the “Rib Core Miyazaki beef (A5 rank)” being served here. An extremely popular item on the menu is the Nikomi or broiled pieces of beef innards. Why don’t you visit the casual Yakiniku stand where you can enjoy your favorite meat with just one coin?
Address: Kabuki building 1F, 1 -26-3 Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Telephone: +81 3-6380-3292
Opening Hours: 11:30~29:00
Holiday: Open all days
Access: 2 minutes by foot from the Seibu Shinjuku station
Map: Map to Jiromaru
Only a minute from the Western Gate of the Shinjuku Nishiguchi Station, the “Rokkosen” is a famous Yakiniku restaurant that was ranked as number one in a nationwide contest held on a special TV show.
Constantly rated amongst restaurants on TV shows and gourmet websites, this shop is a proud recipient of the “TripAdvisor Excellence Certification” for three consecutive years since 2014. Although the price may be a little expensive, the quality of meat is guaranteed and it is cut reasonably thick to ensure your full satisfaction.
With its cheaper price, the lunch menu is more famous here and the “Ro-su Gozen (Loin)” is a popular item on the lunch menu. The “Tokusen Karubi (Specialty Ribs)” and the “Gyu Tan (Beef Tongue)” are popular items on the dinner menu. Please come here to enjoy the taste and the softness of the meat!
Address: 6F Shinjuku Sun flower building 1-3-1 Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00~29:00
Holidays: New Year’s Holiday
Access: 1 minute walk from the western gate of the Shinjuku Nishiguchi station
Map: Map to Rokkasen
5． Karubi-chan Shinjuku store
“Karubi-chan Shinjuku store” is near the Yamada Denki (LABI Shinjuku east exit pavilion) and is just a 5-minute walk from the JR Shinjuku station. You can eat as much as you want of different cuts of meat such as ribs, loin, broiled pieces of beef innards, etc. for 60 minutes at a price of 1980 Yen. You may need to pay an extra 300 Yen for enjoying an appetizer, but it’s still surprisingly good value for money at a cost of around 2000 yen.
Despite offering great prices compared to the surrounding “All-you-can-eat” shops that charge around 3000 Yen, value for money is also seen in drinks. A mug of beer will cost you 100 Yen till the first three drinks, while the heavy drinkers have an All-you-can-drink option for 1000 Yen.
There is another All-you-can-drink menu that is priced at 2480 yen and lasts for 2 hours. The menu is reasonably priced with the option to upgrade your course depending on the quality of the meat. Highly recommended for people with a big appetite for Yakiniku and would like to eat a lot rather than just cheer from the sidelines.
Name: Karubi-chan Shinjuku store
Address: 32311 Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 16:00~2:00
Holiday: Open all days
Access: 5 minutes walk from the Shinjuku station
Map: Map to Karubi-chan Shinjuku store
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6． Sumibi Yakiniku Icchome
Known for its high-quality Japanese grilled meat at a reasonable price in a modern in stylish and calm atmosphere, the “Sumibi Yakiniku Icchome” is a Yakiniku restaurant that is located on the second floor at Fugetsuki Kaikan and is just a 3 minutes walk from the JR Shinjuku station.
Generally, Yakiniku stores serve groups, but this restaurant also has tables for single individuals that are also known as “Hitori (solo) Yakiniku”, a concept that has gained popularity in the recent years. This makes it ideal if you are alone but still want to enjoy Yakiniku.
The extraordinarily thick and marbled meat is definitely addictive! Single item prices start from 580 Yen for a plate of Karubi (Ribs) and the set menu is priced at 2000 yen where you get 3 items of beef.
All beef items served on the menu are Japanese Beef only. There is also the option of a course menu with the addition of an All-you-can-drink menu for 90 minutes that starts from 4090 yen. If you want to drink while you enjoy the meal, it is a good idea to order this menu.
Name: Sumibu Yakiniku Icchome
Address: Fugetsuki Kaikan 2F, 1261 Kabuki cho, Shinjyuku, Tokyo
Opening Hours (Monday to Friday): 17:00~24:00
Opening Hours (Saturday, Sunday and public holidays): 13:00~24:00
Holiday: Open all days
Access: 3 minute walk from Shinjuku station
Map: Map to Sumibu Yakiniku Icchome
7． Shinjuku meat center Kiwame
“Shinjuku meat center Kiwame” is a 7-minute walk from the Marunouchi Shinjuku Subway Station and is located in Kabukicho 2 chome. This is a late-night type of Yakiniku restaurant where the opening hours start late from 16:00 but it is open till early morning 09:00 the next day. The Shinjuku store is a branch of the main store with its head office in Jimbocho.
The main item on the menu is the All-you-can-eat course for 45 minutes that starts everyday at 23:00! You can enjoy this at a reasonable price of 980 yen till 02:00 at night.
For All-you-can-eat, there are a set menu from A to C. You can initially ask for one set and in case you want more, you can change the set with the additional order. Of course, you can also ask for as much rice, soup, salad as you want. There will be no additional charges for the same.
Since this is an All-you-can-eat menu with a time limit of 45 minutes, you may be kept waiting until the previous group finishes their meal. However, the queues aren’t too long as the All-you-can-eat menu starts after the last train departs. Would you like to try the store while you wait for the first train or when you want have a reasonably priced meal?
Name: Shinjuku meat center Kiwame
Address: 1F G1 building, 2-10-5 Kabukicho Shinjuku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 16:00~09:00
Holiday: Open all days
Access: 8 minutes walk from Shinjuku station
Map: Map to Shinjuku meat center Kiwame
Only 30 seconds from the C5 Exit of the Shinjuku Sanchome station, “Choshunkan” is a well-established restaurant in Shinjuku that was founded in 1951. Despite the high quality, the meat is reasonably priced and its production are is displayed. You can get a plate starting from 850 Yen.
There is also a smoke evacuation facility inside the old-fashioned Yakiniku restaurant. You can enjoy the Yakiniku without worrying about the smoke. You can taste the Korean-style seasoned meat while savoring its refreshing sweetness.
The refreshing taste and tenderness of the meat are outstandingly compatible with the accompanying sake. Although the menu is listed with expensive dishes, the quality matches the price. The restaurant is popular for its pure taste and has favorable reviews on quite a few gourmet websites. It’s definitely worth a visit!
Address: 3-8-10 Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Holiday: Open all days
Access: 7 minute walk from Shinjuku Station
Map: Map to Choshunkan
9． Beef Masters Seibu Shinjuku Ekimae Main Store
“Beef Masters Seibu Shinjuku Ekimae Main Store” is situated in Kabuki-cho 2 chome and is only a minute’s walk from the northern exit of Shibuya Station on the Seibu Shinjuku Line. It is a Yakiniku restaurant that is well known for its Kouhaku Aburi Yukke (Roasted Red & White Japanese-style Tartare).
Their Yukke maintains its persistent popularity as the restaurant uses A5 class Wagyu beef. You can enjoy the taste of meat as it is with this speciality dish. Of course, it is also possible to mix it with egg yolks so that you can enjoy it in your preferred way of eating.
The menu also contains other types of dishes – While the “5 types of meat” comes with rock salt collected in the Himalayas, the “Tokkyu Akami No Kiwami (red meat)” priced at 3800 Yen, comes with Misuji (Top Shoulder Blade), Harami (Diaphragm), Tougarashi (Capsicum), etc.
What makes it even more special is that they serve only A5 ranked meat! They also have individual items such as Karubi (Ribs), Harami (Diaphragm), Tan (Tongue) and Liver. If delicious meat is what you crave, please go!
Name: Beef Masters Seibu Shinjuku Ekimae Main Store
Address: Chiyoda Building 3F, 2-45-6 Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Opening Hours (Monday to Saturday): 17:00~23:30
Opening Hours (Sunday & public holidays): 17:00~23:00
Holiday: Open all days
Access: 5 minute walk from Shinjuku Station
Map: Map to Beef Masters Seibu Shinjuku Ekimae Main Store
10． Shizen Dou Shinjyuku Nishiguchi Ekimae store
“Shizen dou Shinjyuku Nishi guchi ekimae store”, located at a minute’s walk from the JR Shinjuku station, is a private dining Yakiniku restaurant. As you enter the store after taking off your shoes at the entrance, you can spend a relaxing time without feeling the troubles of your feet.
Some rooms equipped the Hori Gotatsu (a cavity in the floor with a table covering it, allowing guests to sit on the floor with their legs hanging as they enjoy meals while relaxing their feet) and the service is outstanding.
While you spend a pleasant time enjoying the comforts, the food also served quickly. The popularly of the restaurant is fueled by the private room where you can relax while you enjoy the Yakiniku. Why don’t you try filling your stomach with great tasting meat while healing the tiredness from the trip?
Name: Shizen dou Shinjyuku Nishi guchi ekimae store
Address: Prince building ６Ｆ, 1-4-1 Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjyuku, Tokyo
Telephone: +81- 3-3343-1511
Opening Hours: 11:30~14:30 / 17:00~23:30
Holiday: Open all days
Access: 1 minute walk from JR Shinjuku Station
Map: Map to Shizen dou Shinjyuku Nishi guchi ekimae store
Let’s explore the tasty Yakiniku that you can only try in Shinjuku!
So, What did you think? It is hard to choose one store since all the shops serve such delicious food. Shinjuku, also known as the “Sleepless City”, is a bustling night-spot with many good Yakiniku restaurants. Why don’t you try to find your favorite Yakiniku shop in this vibrant city? Surely, you will have some pleasant memories of your trip!