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midnite Shinjuku eat?

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midnite Shinjuku eat?

I'll be strolling around Shinjuku after checking into Hilton midnite Saturday. Where is the best late nite eatery with English menu? I'd love to try the 'yakitori alley' but probably none of them speak English.

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1. Re: midnite Shinjuku eat?

You might still improvise by asking for "Omakase. Yakitori. Half Tare, Half Shio. Yon-sen En. Nama Biiru Onegai" ("Chef's choice. Yakitori. Half with sauce, half with salt. 4,000 Yen. Draft Beer, please").

Or, show them a printed paper:

焼鳥を中心に、お任せでお願いします。焼鳥は半分はタレ、半分は塩でお願いします。予算は四千円です。

初めにビールをください。(日本語は分かりません)

As long as you eat things up and happy to pay in cash, they'll welcome you. What staffs at yakitori eateries don't like is people insisting on English menus (they might not have any menu book, English or Japanese. Food items are usually written on walls in Japanese), pondering for a long time what to eat and taking up places, being picky about things already ordered and leaving out (it's just cheap bars snack. Eat what's given, drink up, and go).

This menu of Kushidori chain might help you:

http://www.kushidori.com/tokyo/kusi-01.pdf

http://www.kushidori.com/tokyo/dr-02.pdf

I don't think many individually run yakitori places will be open after midnight. You should go to an izakaya like Watami (和民) or Shirokiya (白木屋) which might be open until four or five.

At chain izakayas, you'll be given a menu with pictures like this:

watamifoodservice.jp/menus/…

Edited: 06 April 2013, 06:31
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2. Re: midnite Shinjuku eat?

If you want to order on your own at yakitori places, first you order a drink after being seated. Usually draft beer.

>>1. Hajimeni Nama Beeru (Draft beer to start with)<<

You might place fast served snacks to accompany with the first drink, like:

>>2. Moro-kyu (cucumber with miso paste)<<

>>3. Hiya-yakko (plain cold bean curd)<<

>>4. Kimuchi (Korean hot pickles)<<

>>5. Edamame (green soy beans)<<

After that, when you and the kitchen seem ready, you order (with sauce, or salt):

>>5. Tori go-hon (5 plain chicken)<<

>>6. Negima yon-bon (4 chicken with spring onion)<<

>>7. Kawa san-bon (3 chicken skin)<<

>>8. Lebaa ni-hon (2 chicken liver)<<

>>9. Hatsu ippon (1 chicken heart)<<

>>10. Nankotsu ippon (1 chicken gristle)<<

Upon availability, you may order other things, too, like:

>>9. Bacon maki (wrapped in bacon)<<

>>10. Shishamo (smelt fish)<<

>>11. Mirin-boshi (fish marinated in sweet mirin, baked)<<

>>12. Daikon salad (radish salad)<<

>>13. Koya dofu (frozen been curd)<<

>>14. Yaki-onigiri (roasted rice balls)<<

Sake has many different brands and ranks.

Kubota, Hakkaisan, Ichinokura, Dewazakura, Koshino Kambai, Nambu Bijin are all good.

Gekkeikan is most popular, standard.

You might try izakayas like these (with English menus):

Toho Kenbunroku http://r.gnavi.co.jp/g078832/lang/en/

http://r.gnavi.co.jp/g859524/lang/en/

Edited: 06 April 2013, 07:19
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3. Re: midnite Shinjuku eat?

Sorry, that was "Negima yon-hon", not "yon-bon". Just a typo.

Katsuo no tataki (Sashimi of lightly roasted bonitos) is my favorite izakaya food item.

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4. Re: midnite Shinjuku eat?

This is important.....:-) I am writing all types of yakitori above....

Sorry toothxt, Can I ask two questions here? (I assume you will say "yes")...

1. Other than beer, what type of cold drinks do these yakitori stalls sell? (Maybe bottled lemon tea? Soda?)

2. How can I order them?? (How to say that in Japanese?)

Thank you....

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5. Re: midnite Shinjuku eat?

I hope OP knows how to properly pronounce Japanese when ordering using reply #2. Otherwise, the information is not very useful.

There is a yakitori place on the east side of Shinjuku station with English menu,  http://r.gnavi.co.jp/6202711/

With google maps and a smartphone, it's very easy to find. I believe they open till after midnight.

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6. Re: midnite Shinjuku eat?

If you go to a big Izakaya (kind of Japanese tapas), they often have menu with English or pictures. Most places have yakitori. That can be a part of experience from guessing what it is. Of course, you can try more local close to the station where Japanese might be required.

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