Omoide Yokocho ('memory lane')3.8
If you want to chat with locals in a small counter bar offering beer and yakitori skewers, Omoide Yokocho ('memory lane') along the tracks northwest of Shinjuku station is the place. This might be of B-class gourmet and you have to squeeze yourselves into tiny space, but dining out with friends and other customers is a great fun. The izakaya bars usually provide English menu but you can just point to what others are having.
For those interested in noodles, there is an area with soba, udon and ramen all with reasonable prices. Enjoy a contrast between the old smokey alleys and the high-tech streetscapes in Shinjuku.
Airport/Sta.Tokyo International Airport (about 17.8km) Google Transit