Although this is technically an izakaya (Japanese-style pub), its library-like setting (note the bookshelves as you walk in) and mouthwatering nouvelle Japanese cuisine, not to mention the fact that it's open also for lunch on weekends and holidays, make this an excellent choice for some sustenance with your shochu or cocktails. The a-la-carte menu changes often but may include starters like Korean-style soft-shell crab fritters or bagna cauda "daidaya-style," served with an original dip made from miso, bacon, and anchovies. Mains have included such temptations as grilled pork loin with Tasmanian mustard, Japanese-style roast lamb, and Japanese blue fish marinated with saikyou miso and grilled and steamed with potato shochu. If there are two of you, however, you might be tempted to order the ¥5,000 kaiseki set for two. Subdued lighting, jazz as background music, and booth seating give this a much more refined setting than the usual izakaya.
Nowa Building 3F, 3-37-12 Shinjuku
Our Rating Neighborhood Shinjuku Hours Sat–Sun and holidays 11:30am–2pm, Mon–Thurs and Sat 5–11pm, Fri 5pm–midnight, Sun and holidays 5–10pm (last order) Transportation Station: Shinjuku (central east exit, 1 min.) Phone 03/5362-7173 Prices Main dishes ¥1,400–¥2,200, set lunches ¥1,000–¥3,200 Cuisine Type Modern Japanese Web site daidaiya
MapNowa Building 3F, 3-37-12 Shinjuku Tokyo
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