Bars, Restaurants & Cafés


Izakayas are dime a dozen in Takadanobaba, but Manaita is a different breed. Housed in a building that’s seen its best years and with space for maybe 10 patrons, it may not be much to look at, but appearances can be deceptive: this is heaven for nihonshu lovers, with quality sake from top brands like Kaiun and Akishika always available. The real treasure here, however, is the food: handmade udon, fresh fish and various cheese dishes are just the beginning, while most of the vegetables are sourced directly from farmers. Sake beginners will appreciate the owner-chef’s guidance – he'll even recommend different drinks for every dish, so you'll be sure to end the night happy.


3-33-3 Takadanobaba, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

Transport Takadanobaba Station; Ochiai Station (Tozai line), exit 4

Telephone 03 3362 1198

Open 6pm-midnight / closed Sundays and some Mondays


Please note: All information is correct at the time of writing but is subject to change without notice.

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