Gourmet / Alcohol Spots in Niigata Area

  • Sushi-Benkei (Niigata Pier Bandai Store)
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Bandaijima In 2-4 peers bandai
    This popular kaiten-zushi restaurant sources all of its fish and rice from Sado. It is located in Pier Bandai, in Chuo Ward, Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture. The restaurant expertly selects fish freshly caught in the morning off the coast of Sado, and uses them that very same day. The many different types of sushi prepared by the chefs in front of their customers are a harmony of fresh fish and plump, glossy rice. For customers interested in the individual dishes, the salt-grilled blackthroat perch and assorted sashimi set are popular. There are both table seating and counter seats available, and the restaurant is very convenient for families and group.
  • Tonjiru Tachibana
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Myoukoushi Kurihara 2-3-10
    Tonjiru Tachibana located on National Route 292 at 2 Chome, Kurihara, Myoko City is a specialty tonjiru (pork soup) restaurant. Its simple tonjiru made from pork, onions, tofu and white miso (soybean paste) features a mild sweetness while having a stew-like richness. It offers noodles such as tonjiru ramen noodles and tonjiru soba noodles as well as a tonjiru set meal served with Koshihikari rice produced in Yashiro.
  • Shinbashi
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Minamiuonumagunyuzawamachi Yuzawa 488-1
    Shinbashi located near Sanroku Station on the Yuzawa Kogen Ropeway in Oazayuzawa, Yuzawa Town, Minamiuonuma County is a soba noodle restaurant. It offers handmade soba noodles using handmade buckwheat soba flour and water from Uonuma. It also has a range of dishes using seasonal local ingredients such as kagura nanban, a local vegetable, and local sake in Uonuma.
  • Kojimaya Souhonten
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Tokamachishi Nakayashiki 758-1
    Kojimaya Souhonten, said to be the birthplace of local specialty Hegisoba, located in Nakayashiki, Tokamachi City, Niigata Prefecture. Hegisoba is a type of soba that is served in a wooden dish called a hegi. Funori seaweed is added to the homemade buckwheat flour ground on a millstone to make this popular Niigata specialty. The restaurant serves a variety of dishes from bowls of noodles to more formal dishes, priding itself on always sticking to the three principles of freshly ground, freshly kneaded, and freshly boiled. A popular dish on the menu is their seasonal Tenbara-zen served with a large portion of kakiage (mixed vegetable and seafood tempura). There is also an area in the restaurant which introduces the history of the biggest water mills in the prefecture and the story behind hegisoba.
  • Eguchi Dango Main Shop
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Nagaokashi Miyamotohigashikatamachi 52-1
    Eguchi Dango Main Shop located on Nagaoka Bypass in Miyamotohigashikata Town, Nagaoka City is a dango (sweet dumpling) shop which opened in 1902. It has a shop to sell sasadango made at the adjacent factory while a shop for freshly baked dango, a sweet parlor restaurant, and a café are attached. It also has Yukikangetsu which is a café with a sales area for European-style sweets, and the Mochidoma where you can experience sweet-making such as kushidango making.
  • Koshu Hanten
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tsubame-shi Niigata prefecture Nishiyan 49-4
    A long-established shop of the famous tsubamesanjo style of ramen in Tsubame city, Niigata prefecture. Tsubamesanjo-style ramen features extremely thick noodles, with creamy soy soup made with small dried sardines or seafood stock, and completed with a large amount of park back fat. It’s so popular that people will say “Koshu Hanten” whenever Tsubamesanjo-style ramen is mentioned. They also offer fried rice, curry rice, large-sized dumplings, stir-fried vegetables, beef stew and many wonderful dishes.
  • Menya Agosuke
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Jouetsushi Shimomonzen 1650
    Located in Joetsu City, Niigata Prefecture, this popular ramen shop is known for lines of customers at lunch. Their signature “shio ramen” offers a Japanese taste through its exquisite blend of fish soup (flying fish from Sado) and animal soup. The lunch-only “shio tonkotsu” and dinner-only “kuro tonkotsu” are popular. Different variations of homemade noodles are used for different dishes. The wood-like interior offers a warm atmosphere with bare light bulb lighting.
  • Tonkatsu Taro
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Furumachidori 6-973
    This restaurant located in Chuo Ward, Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture, specializing in tonkatsu (breaded, deep-fried pork cutlet) was founded in the early Showa period and is famous for being the birthplace of the Niigata specialty tarekatsu-don. They continued to open many more branches and franchises while safeguarding the unique taste created on the food stall where it all began. The tarekatsu-don with five thinly cut, tender pork cutlets dipped in a sweet soy-sauce based tare, or sauce, and combined with a piping hot bowl of rice, is a unique Niigata taste popular with many people outside of the prefecture. Upstairs you’ll find seating at tables while downstairs it’s all at the counter, making it an easy place to grab some food even when you’re by yourself.
  • Nadai Kisoba Yoshiya
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Tokamachishi Toichi Area 4
    Located in Tokamachi City, Niigata Prefecture, this soba restaurant is famous for the local specialty hegisoba, a type of soba that is beautifully arranged and served in a wooden dish called a “hegi”. Funori seaweed is added to carefully selected, local buckwheat flour ground on a millstone to make this wonderfully tasting and aromatic soba. The noodle broth is packed full of flavor from niboshi (dried infant sardines) making for a rich tasting soup. Lots of customers come here to this restaurant from inside and outside of the prefecture. The restaurant is a relaxing place which overlooks Uonuma Basin.
  • Ponshukan Niigata Station
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Hanazono 1-96-47 CoCoLo Niigata West Building 3F
    A sake-tasting corner situated inside the Ponshukan shopping mall in JR Niigata Station. Here you can compare the flavors of all 93 sake brewers in Niigata. Pay 500 yen at the reception counter to receive five special coins, then place your sake cup in one of the sake tasting dispensers. Put in one of your coins and sake will be automatically dispensed into the cup. Here you can enjoy lovely Niigata sakes to your hearts content together with free salty snacks from around the country.
  • Meibutsu Bandai Soba
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Bandai 1-6-1 Bus Center Building 1F
    This standing soba restaurant is on the first floor of the Bus Center building, a seven-minute walk from JR Niigata Station. The curry and rice served here has fans both within and outside the prefecture, and it has even been introduced on national television, so there’s often a line in peak hours. The yellow, spicy curry roux is full of the rich flavor of the meat and vegetables. Add the sauce on the table to enjoy a different taste with the same dish.
  • Kashiwazaki Tourist Exchange Center Yumi
    Travel / Tourism
    Nigata Pref. Kashiwazakishi Banjin 1-7-67
    This tourist exchange center is approximately a 20-minute drive from the Kashiwazaki Interchange. The perfect base for sightseeing around the sea makes this more like a seaside rest area. Here you can find all sorts of information about sea related events and leisure activities. It also functions as a place for people who enjoy fishing. Inside there's a tourist pamphlet and information corner offering information that visitors might need. It's also used as an event venue for seaside events. Food options include dam curry, with the rice forming a dam for the curry, and sea bream chazuke (rice and fish with green tea poured over). The jointly managed Kashiwazaki Bay west breakwater fishing spot was closed on March 1st, 2018.
  • Komadori
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Nishikan-ku Takenomachi 2454-1
    This famous ramen shop is a representative shop for its miso ramen. It is located in Nishikan Ward, Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture. The miso ramen for which it is famous, is made by slowly boiling carefully selected ingredients, and creating a rich red miso base soup. The deep flavor of the garlic compliments the homemade noodles created with wheat produced in Japan. When adding the “original diluted soup,” customers can enjoy the light, refreshing flavor. The interior of the shop is spacious, with both slightly raised seating and counter seats. It becomes quite crowded during peak times.
  • Aoshima Shokudo (Miyauchi Station Shop)
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Nagaokashi Miyauchi 3-5-3
    This popular ramen shop located right near JR Miyauchi Station has several branches in Nagaoka City, Niigata City and Tokyo. It is known as the father of “Nagaoka-style” ramen with the soy sauce soup base flavored with ginger. The flavor’s charm is its clean, crisp taste while still getting the rich, deep umami of the ingredients and soy sauce. The chewy noodles that go down smooth and the chasiu (roasted pork) are both well received. All seating is counter seating.
  • Umi no Sachi Ajidokoro Gunchan Naoetsu Restaurant
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Niigata Joetsu-shi Nishihoncho 1-14-2
    A casual izakaya pub just a five-minute walk from Naoetsu Station. Enjoy the flavors of Niigata in a lively atmosphere reminiscent of a sushi restaurant. Enjoy the seasonal local seafood flavors caught from the Sea of Japan right nearby. Come taste the changing seasonal seafood cuisine that varies as they deal only in whatever they can source from what's caught. Their menu includes a wide variety of dishes including assorted sashimi, grilled fish, poached fish, and fried fish and no matter how many times you visit there will always be something new to try. They also offer rice bowls and local sake made with their own home-grown rice.
  • Shunno Sankai Ryori Yururi
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Murakamishi Shiomachi 4-5
    Shunno Sankai Ryori Yururi on Prefectural Route 3 in Shiomachi Town, Murakami City is a Japanese cuisine restaurant. It is under the direct management of Nagatoku which processes and sells salmon products such as salted salmon, and situated next to the shop area of the head office. It offers soba noodles, salmon dishes such as a special harakodon as well as rice bowls and set meals using local seafood and Murakami beef. It also offers full-course meals in the evening.
  • Kamadaki-meshiya Kometaro
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Minamiuonumashi Kamihitoichi 323-5
    Located in Minamiuonuma City, Niigata Prefecture, this Japanese food restaurant has a large iron pot for cooking rice as its landmark and is in an old house said to be over 200 years old. The floor hearths and large cooking stove give it a distinctive atmosphere. Its rice is made by boiling Minamiuonuma-produced Koshihikari rice provided directly by contracted farmers. Homegrown vegetables, char, summer sweetfish, and other seasonal ingredients are also used. The kamameshi hot pot with local chicken, crab, matsutake mushrooms, and more is especially popular.
  • Gelateria Regalo
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Nishikan-ku Hashimoto 240-7
    Located along Prefectural Route 2 in Hashimoto, Nishikan District, Niigata City, this shop specializes in gelatos. They sell gelatos that use in-season organic fruits and vegetables and Fujita Farm pasteurized milk. 15 of the 100 varieties are available at any time. The gelatos do not use preservatives or artificial starch adhesive, and the recipes take into account natural conditions like temperature.
  • Gourmet Restaurant Yamashin
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Murakamishi Ino 3-2-1
    Yamashin is a shop and restaurant specializing in the Murakami brand beef, Murakami-gyu, twice awarded the top grade from the Japan Meat Grading Association. Guests can enjoy the soft juicy texture, and full flavor of Murakami beef at the restaurant with a wide range of dishes on the menu from reasonably priced gyudon (beef on a bowl of rice), to set meals and fine course meals of the highest ranked A-5 sirloin steak. Their yakiniku (grilled meat) menu, available only during the week, and individual dishes such as their handmade croquettes are also popular. This popular restaurant will often have a queue of people waiting outside during peak times on the weekend. They also have a take away menu too. The nearest station is Murakami Station.
  • Seafood Restaurant Negi-bouzu (South Entrance Store)
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Sasaguchi 1-10-1
    This Japanese-style restaurant is located near the JR Niigata Station. Its purely Japanese appearance, like a sake brewery, is attractive to customers. The relaxing interior, from which the garden can be seen, is an elegant space that can be used for both course meals and for entertaining guests. The Sado Koshihikari rice, cooked in copper pots and traditional cooking stoves, is highly reputed, and there are an abundance of dishes that use Niigata’s specialty products, such as blackthroat perch, Sado sushi and A4 and A5 rank Murakami beef. The alcohol-tasting six drinks of Echigo menu, which allows customers to compare the taste of six different sake, is also very popular.

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Found along the northwestern coast of Japan, Niigata prefecture is celebrated for its high-quality rice and breathtaking nature, most notably its spectacular mountains, whose white peaks draw in snow sports lovers from far and wide over the winter months. Hit the slopes at Yuzawa, pick out your favourite modern artist at Echigo Tsumari, or take a ferry over to Sado Island for an extra adventure.

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