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  1. 肉人 ゴールデン街
    Photo: Keisuke Tanigawa
  2. 肉人 ゴールデン街
    Photo: Keisuke Tanigawa

Time Out Says

Golden Gai is best known for its quirky watering holes, but the narrow alleys are also home to a handful of food joints that are highly regarded by Golden Gai regulars as well as bartenders from neighbouring bars who come for a quick bite at the end of their shift. Nikuto specialises in beef and chicken dishes cooked over charcoal and the mouthwatering smell of sizzling meat is difficult for anyone to resist after a couple of pints.

Some of the popular dishes sell out fast, so you won’t want to get here too late if you’re keen on sampling the full menu. Crowd favourites include the skewered chicken liver, which is served medium-rare and sprinkled with spring onions, sesame oil and salt, as well as the kimchi beef, which comes on a hot skillet topped with melted cheese. There’s no cover charge, but you are asked to order a drink and a food item each due to the limited seats.


東京都新宿区歌舞伎町1-1-5 ゴールデン街内まねき通り
Shinjuku-Sanchome Station
Opening hours:
6.30pm-4am, Sat 6.30pm-12midnight, closed Sun
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