Updated: November 22, 2017
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5 Selected Yakiniku Restaurants in Shinjuku

Shinjuku has everything in terms of food, including some of the best yakiniku (Japanese BBQ) restaurants in the city. Here are 5 places that locals rave about and that visitors love to try!

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Rokkasen

Rokkasen, located near Shinjuku Station's South Exit, has made it to the number 1 spot on the tripadvisor website for restaurants in Shinjuku, so you know you can't go wrong with that. It's actually a "shabu-shabu", "yakiniku" AND "sukiyaki" restaurant. For the yakiniku, they bring you beautiful cuts of meat that you can cook yourself at the table. Some cuts are ¥12,960, so you might be better choosing the course if you don't want to blow your budget. There are tons of courses to choose from, the most popular being the all-you-can-eat yakiniku course. Lunch sets start at around 3,000 yen and evening ones are around 7,000 yen.

Kouei Honten

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Kouei is located in Kabukicho (east side of the Shinjuku Station).The restaurant specializes in "horumon" (innards) but you can get regular cuts too that are amazing. They have a huge variety of meat cuts available, including marbled Japanese beef. Everything is reasonably priced for the quality you receive. A plate of premium quality Japanese beef is just 1,500 yen for instance. The restaurant has many side orders of soups and salads as well.
2-4-11 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 11:30 AM - 5 AM

Choushunkan

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Choushunkan has a beautiful traditional interior with large windows. There are some western-style tables and counter seats, but the Japanese low tables are the best to enjoy yakiniku. It specializes in Korean cuisine, so be sure to try the amazing Korean hot pots they serve as well as the kimchi. Courses are available for 3,000 to 8,000 yen and you can also order a la carte plates for about 1,500 yen. The restaurant is located very near the Shinjuku Sanchome Station's C5 Exit.
3-8-10 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 11:30 AM - 1 AM (closes at midnight on Sunday)

Yakiniku Masuo Shinjuku

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A special mention for this yakiniku restaurant, not just for the yakiniku but also for the raw beef sushi and sashimi made from Ozaki beef. Ozaki beef is known as the miraculous wagyu beef, as only 30 Ozaki cows can be used for the beef in a month. Several stores have Ozaki wagyu beef on their menu, but "Yakiniku Masuo Shinjuku Main Store" is the only place in Shinjuku, Tokyo that serves it raw! The cost of your evening meal may add up to 10,000 yen but it's definitely worth the try. Menus are available in English so you'll know exactly what you are ordering even if you don't know Japanese.
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Darumaya (Jingisukan Yakiniku)

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Darumaya is the best-rated "jingisukan" (a type of lamb yakiniku from Hokkaido) restaurant according to many online sources. Rarely is lamb used in other yakiniku restaurants, so it's definitely worth a try. The restaurant is located on a second floor (above the Le Coupe Chou restaurant), at a 5-minute walk from Shinjuku Station's West Exit. The place is pretty small with only 14 counter seats. You're better to make a reservation to be safe! They use Australian lamb meat which isn't frozen but chilled so the meat keeps a fresher taste. The succulent meat and its affordability are what makes this place so popular! Also, you can have the house's original lamb patty grilled with a torch on the skillet!
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Lastly...

This article introduced some of the best places in Shinjuku to have yakiniku. Next time you want great Japanese-style BBQ in that area, make sure to use it as a reference!
tabikamome
Japanese food culture enthusiast. Love to explore new areas and discover local specialties.

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