In the past, we’ve tapped Ivan Orkin, chef of Ivan Ramen, to share his favorite five ramen shops in Tokyo. But there’s more to Tokyo than ramen, of course, and Ivan is our go-to when we need recommendations for where to eat when we’re there. Now, we’re sharing his list now of places to eat when you’re not eating ramen. With all of these recs, it must be noted that having someone make the reservation for you is important, as no one speaks English. It’s easiest to go with a fixed menu, which most provide anyway.
A restaurant specializing in seafood, with some of the best sake in Tokyo.
A tiny, cozy sushi bar completely unlike anything you'll find in the US.
Don't leave Tokyo without visiting this famous hotel with fantastic tempura.
Go here for heartwarming comfort food.
A take on Western food from a cutting-edge restaurant owner.
Tokyo has the most elegant Chinese food.