1. Mandarin Oriental
2. Park Hyatt
4. Executive House Zen at New Otani
2-8-1 Uehara, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo; 03-3465-8471
With a chef who has trained at both elBulli and Noma, this spot quietly opened in 2015. The nine-course tasting menu incorporates French technique with Scandinavian, Japanese and other global influences. -Kelly Dobkin
2-3-18 Jingumae Shibuya-ku, Tokyo . +81 3 6455 5433
The ambiance/decor is lacking here, but is ranked 17th in the world. Recommendations: signature foie gras monaka (wafer sandwich) as an appetizer; the 20-plus-vegetable Den garden salad, invariably incorporating a few surprises; and the now-classic Den-tucky Fried Chicken. Also, try donabe-gohan, claypot-cooked rice with wagyu beef or seafood.
This city has more Michelin stars than anywhere else in the world and this place has 3 of them. Japanese French fusion restaurant. It’s difficult to reserve a table in the restaurant and it’s been listed as among the 50 best restaurants in Asia.
4. Ginza Ukai-tei
American Hibatchi = Japanese Teppanyaki. A hundred-year-old zelkova beam and a mosaic wall. The restaurant, with its array of Japanese and Western antique furniture, has an atmosphere where art-nouveau and Japanese style meet, and it is just like a museum.
5. Sushi Sora
A better alternative to the “Jiro dreams of sushi” restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro - where talking is frowned upon, there’s no menu, and diners have 30, hyper-regimented minutes.