Ideal for Nights Out and K-pop Meetups! 13 All-You-Can-Eat Spots in Shin-Okubo

Publish-date: Feb 22 2018 Update-date: Nov 15 2018
Author: SAVOR JAPAN

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Ideal for Nights Out and K-pop Meetups! 13 All-Youp-Can-Eat Spots in Shin-Okubo

You don't need to go to Korea when you have Shin-Okubo - a fascinating area oozing out Korean vibes! While there are lots of Korean restaurants here, you'll also find plenty of interesting places with different cuisines. This is a selection of the most recommended all-you-can-eat options in Shin-Okubo, ranging from the popular samgyeopsal (grilled pork belly) to cafe-style dishes. Thanks to their reasonable prices and fulfilling courses, these are just the right places for nights out, K-pop meetups, and even Shin-Okubo first-timers!

1. Omuni Shokudo

1. Omuni Shokudo

Hungry for yakiniku (Japanese BBQ)? Then the all-you-can-eat and all-you-can-drink courses at Omuni Shokudo might be suitable for you! Stuff your mouth with handmade Korean dishes, and enjoy the Korean atmosphere of this restaurant. Their dishes are a reproduction of Korean home cooking, made with great attention to the freshness and production area of the ingredients, and carefully prepared in order to enhance their flavor. They have a wide offering of alcohol - from draft beers to Asian products like makgeolli (Korean alcohol), shochu (a type of Japanese alcohol), and sake (another type of Japanese alcohol). The restaurant's bright and spacious interior also offers horigotatsu (sunken kotatsu table) seating in tatami rooms that ooze out a sense of freedom and relaxation. This makes it suitable for many situations: meals with family or friends, dates, nights out, and so on.

Omuni Shokudo

Open: Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm, Dinner 3:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:30 pm)
Closed: None
Average price: 2,001 - 2,500 JPY
Address: 2F, Sakurai Bldg., 1-5-15, Okubo, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

2. Seoul Honke

At Seoul Honke, you can taste authentic Korean delicacies like the classic [Charcoal-smoked Samgyeopsal]. Other than courses, their rich menu also includes à la carte specialties from Korea, super-fresh vegetables (more than 10 types), Korean alcohol, and cocktails. The most popular option is the 3,780 JPY [All-You-Can-Eat and All-You-Can-Drink] plan that includes samgyeopsal of thick (3cm) slices of domestic pork belly! For lunch, there is also a rich buffet (from 980 JPY) where you can choose from many different side dishes and buchimgae (Korean savory pancake). The 4th floor is furnished with a beautiful horigotatsu banquet room that can seat up to 40 people. This place is recommended for all kinds of events, like after-parties!

Seoul Honke

Open: 11:00 am - 12:00 am (admission allowed from 10:50 am)
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY - 3,999 JPY / [Lunch] 1,000 JPY - 1,999 JPY
Address: K-PLAZA3, 2-1-3, Hyakunin-cho, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

3. Yaki Banzai

Why not try Yaki Banzai's new style of grilling samgyeopsal on a stone plate? Ingredients, drinks, cookware, and even recipes are carefully selected. The stone plate allows the meat to lose its bad smell and strong, greasy flavor. The staff will grill it for you, so you can rest assured that it will still be juicy yet well-cooked inside, meaning that it will be incredibly tender and succulent. If you feel thirsty, try one of their extremely good-looking drinks made by an ex-bartender with fresh fruit. Their [Samgyeopsal 2-hour All-You-Can-Drink (available for a limited time only)] with premium domestic meat includes 11 dishes and comes at a great price of 1,620 JPY!

Yaki Banzai

Open: 11:00 am - 12:00 am Lunch 11:00 am - 3:00 pm New style of samgyeopsal♪ So exciting♪ Of course, it's delicious!
Closed: Irregular
Average price: [Dinner] 2,000 JPY - 2,999 JPY / [Lunch] 1,000 JPY - 1,999 JPY
Address: 1F, Shin-Okubo Bldg., 1-11-31, Hyakunin-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

4. Pungumu Shin-Okubo Main Branch

The main branch of Pungumu Shin-Okubo has been featured on various media sources, and becomes full almost as soon as they open their doors! Their order-style all-you-can-eat system allows you to choose from 50 types of Korean and yakiniku dishes. If you're in the mood for yakiniku, there are 6 types of meat: [Samgyeopsal (Raw, Gochujang, Miso, Canna)], [Pork Chuck Roll], and [Pork Galbi] (ribs). Their jjigae (Korean stew) options range from [Yukgaejang] to [Sundubu-jjigae], but the restaurant's most recommended item is [Yangnyeom Chicken]. Their all-you-can-eat plan also includes vegetables, such as [Sangchu] (Korean lettuce). While the evening buffet costs 2,980 JPY, the price drops to only 1,574 JPY for lunch, so don't miss this chance to taste delicious dishes at an affordable price!

Pungumu Shin-Okubo Main Branch

Open: 11:00 am - 5:00 am (L.O. 4:30 am) Lunch 11:00 am - 4:00 pm (L.O. 3:15 pm)
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY - 3,999 JPY / [Lunch] 1,000 JPY - 1,999 JPY
Address: 2F, 1-10-15, Okubo, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

5. Pungumu 3rd Branch

In the spacious wooden interior that gives this restaurant a classy and stylish touch, you can enjoy lots of Korean dishes. Besides their luxurious set meals containing both samgyeopsal and seafood like shrimp, abalone, and scallops, they also offer a wide selection of other options, such as donburi (rice bowl dishes) and jjigae dishes. The banchan (side dishes) that come with every lunch set can be refilled for free! Moreover, there's also an all-you-can-eat sangchu bar with daily fresh vegetables and various special services that customers would delight in. They play the newest K-pop music videos, so it is perfect for a K-pop night!

Pungumu 3rd Branch

Open: 11:00 am - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm) Lunch 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY - 3,999 JPY / [Lunch] 1,000 JPY - 1,999 JPY
Address: 1F, Sansuirin Bldg., 1-16-14, Okubo, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

6. Yasai Nouka

Specializing in authentic ssambap (rice wrap dish with leafy vegetables), Yasai Nouka offers all-you-can-eat fresh organic vegetables and samgyeopsal! Their ssambap set includes a [Self-service Organic Vegetables Bar], where you can eat your fill of fresh seasonal vegetables harvested and directly delivered from their contract farmers that morning. Their great-value course allows you to get a free refill of organic vegetables and meat, as well as the daily special Korean namul, which varies in accordance with the seasons! Their [Special Ssambap Set] is priced at 2,592 JPY, while their [Manpuku All-You-Can-Eat] that has 2 types of meat and 15 types of vegetables with a free refill costs 3,218 JPY. They also have a rich offering of authentic Korean shochu, including some rare and famous brands, along with makgeolli to complete your Korean meal.

Yasai Nouka

Open: [Weekdays] Lunch 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, Dinner 4:00 pm - 11:30 pm (L.O. 10:30 pm)
[Weekends] Lunch 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, Dinner 4:00 pm - 11:30 pm (L.O. 10:30 pm)
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 2,000 JPY - 2,999 JPY / [Lunch] 1,000 JPY - 1,999 JPY
Address: B1F, Toriniku Kenkyujo Bldg., 1-16-22, Okubo, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

7. Xiao Wei Yang Shabu-Shabu Shin-Okubo Branch

Xiao Wei Yang (translated as "Little Lamb") is famous for its [Yakuzen Hi-nabe] (Chinese medicinal hot pot). Here, you can get delicious [Yakuzen Nabe] made with large amounts of 60 different medicinal herbs, plants, and spices. Another popular option, the [Xiao Wei Yang Sanmi Yakuzen Hi-nabe Party Course with All-You-Can-Drink], is a luxurious and healthy plan that includes all-you-can-eat medicinal hot pot dishes, a variety of meat - such as pork, beef, chicken, and lamb - and an all-you-can-drink course. They also serve a huge variety of traditional Mongolian dishes and alcoholic drinks. Other than table seats, there are also box seats and private rooms, but only one of the latter has space for 10 people, so it is recommended to make a reservation beforehand if you plan to come as a medium-sized group.

Xiao Wei Yang Shabu-Shabu Shin-Okubo Branch

Open: 11:30 am - 11:30 pm (L.O.)
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 2,000 JPY - 2,999 JPY / [Lunch] Up to 999 JPY
Address: 2-17-3, Hyakunin-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

8. Healthy Hanuga Okubo Branch

Head to the Okubo branch of Healthy Hanuga for a Korean-style dinner buffet. This restaurant is popular for its 120-minute buffet course that includes 20 types of Korean dishes, like the ever-present samgyeopsal, and 10 soft drinks. Besides yakiniku, there are other options like the Korean classic, [Dak-galbi] (spicy stir-fried chicken), and authentic [Bossam] (thinly sliced spiced pork). Their healthy Korean dishes, made with Toko-ton (a brand of pork raised on Gunma's delicious water and plums) and fresh vegetables directly stocked from farms, are all-time favorites with both Korean and Japanese customers! Their tables are properly distanced from each other to allow you to enjoy your meal in complete relaxation. Ideal for nights out with your friends and all kinds of parties!

Healthy Hanuga Okubo Branch

Open: 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 2,000 JPY - 2,999 JPY / [Lunch] Up to 999 JPY
Address: 2F, Taiyodo Bldg., 1-18-10, Hyakunin-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

9. Jongno Shin-Okubo Branch

Even celebrities secretly love this long-established and popular restaurant! Right now, it's a hot spot among K-pop fans. Their [Samgyeopsal and Korean Cuisine All-You-Can-Eat & All-You-Can-Drink] plan costs as little as 2,980 JPY! Alternatively, you can choose from over 100 different à la carte dishes, which make meat lovers happy as well. The warmth of wood and natural lighting give the spacious 2nd floor a sense of luxury and elegance. It truly feels like a hideaway for adults. There is also a TV monitor where you can watch DVDs of your favorite artists while you eat. It's open until late in the night, so you don't need to rush to catch the last train. Don't forget to make a reservation, as it's extremely popular.

Jongno Shin-Okubo Branch

Open: 10:30 am - 5:00 am
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY - 3,999 JPY / [Lunch] Up to 999 JPY
Address: Forum Shin-Okubo, 1-7-16, Hyakunin-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

10. Ensyankan

Come to Ensyankan to savor sweet, spicy, and sour dishes from Yanbian - an area whose food culture is a mix of Korean and Chinese cuisine. Their kimchi, which is the base of Yanbian and Korean cuisine, is handmade. Their top dish is the [Yoniku Kushi] that consists of truly addictive lamb skewers that have been carefully grilled and seasoned with cumin and other delicious spices! Some people say that their lamb, packed full of condensed umami (Japanese savory taste), tastes even better than beef! There are also lots of course meals, like the 3,500 JPY [Samgyeopsal All-You-Can-Eat Course with 2.5-hour All-You-Can-Drink]. There are private rooms for 4, 6, 8, 16, and even 56 customers, so it's suitable for every occasion.

Ensyankan

Open: Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm, Dinner 5:00 pm - 2:00 am (L.O. 1:30 am)
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 2,000 JPY - 2,999 JPY / [Lunch] Up to 999 JPY
Address: 2-20-23, Hyakunin-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

11. Furusato

Furusato specializes in Korean delicacies, such as buchimgae topped with plenty of cheese, offal, and samgyeopsal. They cook authentic Korean dishes that taste like what you would eat at home, handmade by their chef with 30 years of experience. There are 3 all-you-can-drink and all-you-can-eat courses. Their [Nyumon A Course] is a basic course to give you a taste of Korean dishes (30 items for 3,600 JPY). Their [Manten B Course] is the most popular one (40 items for 4,300 JPY), while their luxurious [Gokujo C Course] will allow you to enjoy all the handmade Korean dishes from the experienced chef (50 items for 5,400 JPY). Their flagship samgyeopsal is made with 100% domestic pork. Another recommended dish is [Gochujang Samgyeopsal], where their domestic pork is marinated in gochujang (Korean red chili paste) over a long time.

Furusato

Open: [Sunday, Monday - Thursday] 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
[Friday, Saturday, Day before National Holidays] 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Lunch 11:30 am - 4:00 pm, Dinner from 4:00 pm
*The restaurant is furnished with a large TV, and can host private parties with large groups too♪
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 2,000 JPY - 2,999 JPY / [Lunch] Up to 999 JPY
Address: 2F, Okubo Center Bldg., 1-18-9, Hyakunin-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

12. Ushisan

Ushisan serves genuine yakiniku that gets twice as delicious when grilled on a charcoal fire. They carefully select their umami-rich Wagyu (a type of high-quality beef) from all over Japan. Their meat is grilled on a charcoal fire, with natural blue oak burning at a temperature of 1,000°C, which burns up any excess fat. Thanks to the far-infrared rays, the surface turns out crispy while the inside stays juicy! Their super-popular all-you-can-eat yakiniku plan starts from 2,980 JPY. As for samgyeopsal, you can have all-you-can-eat of their premium three-layered pork belly! Another hot all-you-can-eat menu comprises of more than 50 items, such as shio tan (salted tongue), galbi, skirt steak, offal, samgyeopsal, grilled vegetables, salad, buchimgae, and even desserts! As if that wasn't enough, it includes all-you-can-drink service as well. You'll never forget their fantastic delicacies.

Ushisan

Open: Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm *Except Sunday, Dinner 5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY - 3,999 JPY / [Lunch] 3,000 JPY - 3,999 JPY
Address: 2-20-23, Hyakunin-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

13. TAK CAFE

If you're in the mood for chicken and pancakes, try this Korean place. Cafe by day and restaurant by night, this restaurant has a vintage-style interior and a stylish atmosphere. Their 90-minute lunch buffet offers 26 different main dishes to choose from, as well as a buffet of around 20 more Korean delicacies and sweets, and even a drinks bar - all for a great price of 1,500 JPY! For dinner, you can enjoy Korean cuisine and chicken dishes like BBQ and Yangnyeom chicken, plus a rich selection of beer, popular shochu cocktails, and wines. Upgrade your nights out and K-pop meetups with their large monitor that plays the latest K-pop music videos!

TAK CAFE

Open: 10:30 am - 11:30 pm (L.O. 11:00 pm)
[Weekdays] Lunch 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
[Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] Lunch 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
*It is possible to enter the restaurant after 10:00 pm
Closed: None
Access: 4-minute walk (224 meters) from Shin-Okubo Station
10-minute walk from Shinjuku Station
*Along Okubo Street. The restaurant is located above Pungumu 3rd.
Address: 2F, Sansuirin Bldg., 1-16-14, Okubo, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Source: Official Website (Japanese Only)


Disclaimer: All information is accurate at time of publication.
Publish-date: Feb 22 2018 Update-date: Nov 15 2018
Author: SAVOR JAPAN

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