Shinjuku Takano Fruit Parlor
Locals come to this café, just steps from Shinjuku Station, for special occasions. Fruit is revered in Japan (case in point: In July, a bunch of about 30 Ruby Roman grapes sold at auction for a record $10,900), and the menu here demonstrates how it can be flawless, aromatic, and juicy. Order a seasonal parfait of Okinawan mangoes with mango purée and yogurt for $20, or a concentrated fresh juice made of Shizuoka Prefecture cantaloupes for $15. In the lower-level fruit emporium, whole melons and cherries are displayed in glass cases and go for hundreds of dollars.