Izakayas are dime a dozen in Takadanobaba, but Manaita is a different breed. Housed in a building that’s seen its best years and with space for maybe 10 patrons, it may not be much to look at, but appearances can be deceptive: this is heaven for nihonshu lovers, with quality sake from top brands like Kaiun and Akishika always available. The real treasure here, however, is the food: handmade udon, fresh fish and various cheese dishes are just the beginning, while most of the vegetables are sourced directly from farmers. Sake beginners will appreciate the owner-chef’s guidance – he'll even recommend different drinks for every dish, so you'll be sure to end the night happy.
3-33-3 Takadanobaba, Shinjuku-ku
|Opening hours:||6pm-12midnight (last orders 11pm) / closed Sun, 2nd & 4th Mon of every month|
|Transport:||Takadanobaba Station (Seibu Shinjuku, Yamanote lines); Ochiai Station (Tozai line), exit 4|