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Strut your stuff through designer boutiques and Cat Street
Omotesando (表参道), Aoyama (青山) and Gaienmae (外苑前) are each both workplace and playground for the modern adult, complete with designer stores, stylish bars, cool restaurants and taxis waiting to take you anywhere you want to go. Omotesando—a grand avenue lined with maple trees leading up to Meiji-Jingu shrine (明治神宮)—is a catwalk for the cosmopolitan. Freeway 246 (affectionately called “ni-yon-roku” [“2-4-6” in Japanese]) is perpendicular to Omotesando and is lined with great restaurants, both casual and fancy.
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Barbacoa Grill

Mouth-watering churrasco (grilled meat) sliced at the table isn't the only reason to come to this cavernous and popular Omotesando establishment. A salad bar worthy of its own restaurant license guarantees your herbivorous friends don't just tag along because they're being nice. Choose from over 20 types of skewered beef, chicken and vegetables alongside 30+ salad bar items. Dinner from around ¥6,000. Menu in Portuguese, English and Japanese.
Address Tokyu Reit Omotesando Square B1, 4-3-24 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
tel 03-3796-0571
station Station: Omotesando (metro exit A2)
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This young offspring of Groupe Alain Ducasse is a chic French restaurant headed by Massimo Pasquarelli, formerly sous-chef at the Groupe's restaurants in New York and Tuscany. The menu reflects their affinity to classic French cuisine like hand-cut beef tartar and beef fillet "Rossini style". Pronounced "boo-NWA." Dinner from around ¥15,000. Menu in French, English and Japanese.
Address La Porte Aoyama 10F, 5-51-8 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
tel 03-5468-0881
station Station: Omotesando (metro exit B2)
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Fujimamas' large, renovated wooden house (formerly a tatami mat factory) has long been a second dining room to foreigners in this city. Their original fusion cuisine―familiar dishes from home with an Asian twist―doubles as soul food for the regulars and a culinary adventure for the out-of-town guest. In the warmer months, the upper deck and first-floor terrace become open-air seating, and small dogs are allowed. Recommended: For a party of six or more, reserve one of the partitioned private rooms with zabuton (floor cushion) seating. Dinner from around ¥4,000. Menu in English and Japanese.

Address 6-3-2 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
tel 03-5485-2262
station Station: Omotesando (metro exit A1), Meiji-Jingumae (metro exit 4), Harajuku (JR Omotesando exit)
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Kyushu Jangara Ramen (九州じゃんがらラーメン)

tonkotsu ramen (Japanese)
Kyushu is the southernmost of the four main islands of Japan, and one signature dish of the prefecture famous for its tasty dishes is tonkotsu ramen(豚骨ラーメン, thin al dente noodles in a rich white pork broth). Some traditional toppings are chopped green onions and bright red mentaiko (明太子, spicy cod roe)―another Kyushu specialty―which add vibrant colors against the white canvas. This counter-seating restaurant is open late, making it the perfect way to sober up after a night out on the town. Recommended: you have to pay the cashier before sitting down, so take a good look at the menu posted outside by the steps. Also, keep in mind the first and second stories are the same company, but different shops. The following shop information is for the first floor. A bowl of basic ramen is ¥700. Menu in Japanese.
Address 1-13-21 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
tel 03-3404-5572
station Station: Harajuku (JR Omotesando exit), Meiji-Jingumae (metro exit 3)
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Maisen (まい泉)

tonkatsu (Japanese)
Pork is cooked a thousand different ways in Japanese cooking, but hands-down the best loved is tonkatsu: a deep-fried, breaded cutlet. Maisen does okasan's (Mom's) justice and then some. Using tender Kagoshima pork, the cutlets can be sliced using only your chopsticks, just as their slogan promises. What you get is juicy, flavorful meat that isn't greasy and won't leave your stomach feeling heavy. Recommended: go during lunch for a gorgeous and reasonably priced meal. A to-go stand is open next door at the same hours. Dinner from around ¥3,000. Menu in Japanese.
Address 4-8-5 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
tel 03-3470-0071
station Station: Omotesando (metro exit A2)
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Smoky ( スモーキー)

Two dozen varieties of no-nonsense sausages using no artificial flavorings and no preservatives for the true links-lover. With its classy interior, a la carte dishes that change daily, attentive staff and nearly 25 years of experience under its belt, it's no wonder Smoky is always busy. Recommended: Smoky Best Plate offers two links each of the restaurant's most popular sausages. Also, make sure to choose a few appetizers from the cart as they often feature unique seasonal Japanese vegetables. Dinner from around ¥4,000. Menu in English and Japanese.
Address Aoyama Bldg. 1F, 5-16-1 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku
tel 03-3400-3242
station Station: Omotesando (metro exit B1)
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Tony Roma's Aoyama

barbeque ribs
Hail to the King of Barbeque Ribs. Tony Roma's has won over two dozen "Best Rib" awards across the USA over the past 15 years, and their original recipe is available in Tokyo, too. When in Tony Roma's, do as the "Tony Romans" do... by ordering the barbeque ribs with onion rings on the side. The casual interior turns romantic at dinnertime when the lights go down and candles are lit. Dinner from around ¥3,500. Menu in English and Japanese.
Address 3-1-30 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku
tel 03-3479-5214
station Station: Gaienmae (metro), Omotesando (metro)
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Yoku Moku (ヨックモック)

This famous Japanese confectioner is best known for their 'cigars,' a delicate cookie rolled to resemble its namesake. At the Aoyama café, familiar sweets like these cigars and others that line countertops at depa-chika (デパ地下, department store basement floors) are available, as well as original eat-in desserts, packaged chocolates and more.

Address 5-3-3 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku
tel 03-5485-3330
station Station: Omotesando (metro exit A5)
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