Although the past few decades have seen sushi secure its place in the hallowed halls of global haute cuisine, there's no forgetting its Edo-era fast food roots. Served at street stalls and hole-in-the-wall haunts, nigirizushi was originally meant as a quick bite, often eaten on the run. Despite the modern-day dominance of conveyor belt-style eateries, Tokyo still hosts quite a few old-school, standing-only sushi shops where the fish is fresh, the atmosphere is down-to-earth and the prices remain enticing. Here are our top picks for satisfying those sudden and recurring raw fish cravings – meanwhile, sit-down diners will want to check out our pick of Tokyo's best sushi restaurants.
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It certainly doesn't look like much, but this spirited little shop under the tracks at Gotanda Station serves up unbelievably tasty fare at reasonable prices. In the evening, go for the nine-piece set (¥900) for a quick bite, or dine in style with the special nigiri set (¥1,600), which comes with a maki roll and provides serious value. There's no sense of rush here (unlike at some other standing-only places), so go ahead and take your time.
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