3 Top-Tier Alternatives to Tokyo's Sukiyabashi Jiro

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Three foodies reveal their picks for where to eat beyond Tokyo's most famous sushi restaurant.

Everyone wants to dine at Ginza station’s Sukiyabashi Jiro (4-2-15 Ginza, Chuo-ku; www.sushi-jiro.jp), a difficult reservation to score since the 2011 documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi propelled the chef to stardom. But consider the facts: Talking is frowned upon. There is no menu. Diners have 30, hyper-regimented minutes. It may be the most expensive meal you’ve ever eaten in terms of spending speed (the tasting menu is $300 per person, $10 a minute). But there's a world beyond Jiro in Tokyo. Here, these three experts offer up their picks from the city’s 5,000 sushiya.
 

Bentenyama Miyako
2 Chome-1-16 Asakusa, Taito-ku
81-03/3844-0034
bentenyama-miyakosushi.com

“According to its chef, Tadashi Uchida, this one-room restaurant is the favorite of Jiro himself. Its history dates back 150 years.” —Michael Booth, author of Super Sushi Ramen Express: One Family’s Journey Through the Belly of Japan (Picador)
 

Matoi Sushi
7-8-13 Roppongi, Minato-ku
81-3/3404-6051

“This restaurant is easy to miss. You feel like you discovered a secret. There is a price tag that goes with the quality, but there is no hype, like at other restaurants.” —Masa Takayama, chef-owner of New York’s three-Michelin-starred Masa
 

Sushi Sho
Yorindo Building 1F, 1-11 Yotsuya, Shinjuku-ku
81-3/3351-6387

“If you don’t have any seafood restrictions and would enjoy pairing microbrew craft sake, Shushi Sho is for you.” —Shinji Nohara, the food guide known as the Tokyo Fixer.