Tokyo's most multi-purpose hipster hangout, Fort Greene (which opened on February 8 in Yoyogi-Uehara) crams an impressive amount into its cosy premises. It's a snug, 10-seater eatery, but it's also a wine bar, café and vintage select shop, where you can even try out the cutlery and kitchenware before you buy it. Owner Makoto Asamoto – who's also the brains behind popular bakery Jiyugaoka Bakeshop – used to live in Brooklyn, and Fort Greene feels like the kind of place you might stumble across on a lazy day in Williamsburg. The interior is crowded with East Coast antiques and old vinyl (complete with portable record player if you want to listen to it), while the menu brazenly mixes bistro fodder (omelettes, foie gras terrine) with American comfort-food staples (meatballs, clam chowder). Asamoto spent a decade working as a sommelier before his move to NYC, and his wine list bucks the current trend for ever-cheaper bottles in favour of high-end French vintages from the '80s and '90s, sold at prices that practically force you to savour each glass.


18-8 Motoyoyogicho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Transport Yoyogi-Uehara (Odakyu, Chiyoda lines)

Telephone 03 5738 5515

Open Mon-Fri 1pm-midnight, Sat, Sun noon-midnight / Closed Wed


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

Restaurants & Cafés near Fort Greene

Sushikan Bunten

A renowned Tokyo sushi restaurant located in a quiet residential area, Sushikan Bunten is ...

Anda Gyoza

Gyoza – the ravioli-like fried dumplings that are usually filled with minced pork – come in ...

Karankoron Shokudo

There's a lot of organic veg on the menu – and not much else – at this Yoyogi-Uehara eatery, a ...

Haritts Donuts

Haritts is so hidden, it's a surprise they get any custom at all. Luckily, their reputation is ...

Gatemo Tabum

Tokyo diners with a penchant for obscure national cuisines are probably going to enjoy this ...

Mi Choripan

Anyone who's visited Argentina should be familiar with choripán, those gut-busting sandwiches ...


Add your comment

Copyright © 2014 Time Out Tokyo