Being a long time lurker on chowhound I’m fairly familiar with the Japanese board there which, to put it mildly, is extremely high end sushi focused and rather unfriendly to the idea of children in any eating establishments so I’m hoping for more friendlier responses here. My wife and I have decided to take our two young kids to Tokyo in late February and could really use some recommendations. We’ve been to Tokyo several times in the past before kids and once after kids. Now that our oldest is a little older we were hoping to venture beyond the family restaurants, depachikas and department store restaurants that would be okay with us bringing our two girls along.
We aren’t looking for Michelin star restaurants here but hopefully good examples of Japanese cooking of any cuisine to expose our children to new foods. For example we were able to bring our kids to Aburiya Raku in Las Vegas and they loved it. We’ve also been to Fuku yakitori near Shibuya before kids and were hoping to experience something similar again.
So to be more specific I was hoping for recs on yakitori, traditional handmade soba, interesting izakaya fair similar to Raku, Japanese style Italian food, etc. Basically if it’s uniquely japanese in a way and difficult to find in the States we are game. We love excuses to walk and explore new neighborhoods as long as the restaurant is fairly accessible from central tokyo by train or subway.
So hopefully there are some kind souls here that could help us out.