Kizuna Sushi Nishi Shinjuku Location (Sushi)
Kizuna Sushi is located about a 5-minute walk from the West Exit of Shinjuku Station. Kizuna Sushi has the merit of being an overall great sushi restaurant, known for its freshness and relaxed traditional style ambiance, that won't cost you too much whether you go for lunch or dinner. They have an all-you-can-eat course (2-hour limit) of 3,980 yen for men and 3,480 yen for women that has 100 types of sushi to choose from and that even includes some delicacies such as uni (sea urchin) and ikura (salmon roe)! It doesn't get any better than that. Look at the picture below to have an idea of what your meal could look like.
Don't miss that blue signboard, otherwise, you'll be missing out on some of the best ramen you can possibly have in Tokyo. The restaurant is on the basement floor, has only 15 counter seats, yet has become one of the iconic ramen joints of Shinjuku. Whenever you visit, you'll see a long line for this very popular shop. While it is famous for its thick seafood-based Tsukemen (noodles and broth are served separately), you also might want to try the simple ramen too. Kamatama ramen (like Kamatama Udon, a popular type of Udon with a raw egg inside the dish) is also worth a try. Located a 6-minute walk from the South Exit of Shinjuku Station. The ramen dish is just around 1,000 yen.
Tonkatsu Santa ("Tonkatsu" Deep Fried Pork Cutlets)
Tonkotsu Santa is located a 5-minute walk from the east exit of the Shinjuku Station. Their claim to fame is their super crispy tonkatsu crust. How they do it is a mystery but some people speculate that they add bread crusts to their batter. The result gives an amazing crunchy texture which is an important point since that's what many people love about tonkatsu. Not only can you have the pork cutlets fried that way, but also shrimps! The tonkatsu-shrimp mix set is quite popular. Most plates are 1,300 yen or less.
Torimitsu ("Yakitori" Japanese Skewered Grilled Chicken)
Granted this little back alley restaurant may be hard to find, but you won't regret getting there once you've tried the amazing yakitori! It's at a 4-minute walk from the Seibu Shinjuku Station. The quaint little yakitori restaurant really has a local feel to it. With only 12 seats it's quite popular with the locals and for any out-of-town visitors wanting to try some great grub! If you're unsure what to order just ask the chef to grill you up a few different things so you can try some local favourites. If you're feeling a little thirsty, pair your meal with some Japanese Sake or Shochu. You can have a filling meal with drinks for less than 4,000 yen.
Kouei Honten ("Yakiniku" Japanese BBQ)
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.
Darumaya ("Jingisukan"-Style Yakiniku)
Darumaya is the best-rated "jingisukan"-style (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!
Shabujo ("Shabu Shabu" Japanese Hotpot of Thinly Sliced Meat)
This restaurant is definitely one of the best for shabu shabu in Shinjuku. It is located in Kabukicho (east side of Shinjuku), among the crowded streets and the bright lights, but the interior is so warm and calming. The restaurant has some excellent quality meat and vegetables. The presentation of the dishes is also quite something. It adds an extra touch that makes it feel more sophisticated than other shabu shabu restaurants. Another point of merit of this restaurant is the excellent homemade sesame dipping sauce served with every meal. Set meals start at 3,800 yen.
Buchiumaya ("Okonomiyaki" Japanese Savoury Pancake)
Located around an 8-minute walk from Shinjuku station, you will find a very popular Okonomiyaki restaurant that has been featured several times on TV shows. They are specialized in serving Hiroshima style okonomiyaki, and this is probably one of the most famous okonomiyaki restaurants in Tokyo! You can experience exquisite okonomiyaki with a local atmosphere! Making a reservation is highly recommended. Expect to pay 2,000 to 3,000 yen for dinner and about 1,000 yen for lunch.
Daian (Soba Noodles)
Daian is one of the most famous soba restaurants. Just a minute walk from the south-east exit of JR Shinjuku station. You can enjoy a soba set meal during the lunchtime for around 1,500 yen and various appetizers and sake besides soba during the dinner time (expect to pay about 4,000 yen for dinner). The soba is handmade and they offer a variety of toppings such as vegetables, mushrooms, fish, and meat, and all of them are around 1000 yen.
These are quite arguably the best restaurants in their respective genre where you can eat a meal for 4,000 yen or less in Shinjuku. Hope you found this article useful and that you'll get to enjoy these outstanding restaurants in Tokyo's downtown area.