Gourmet / Alcohol Spots in Nagaoka / Teradomari / Kashiwazaki Area

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Miyoya
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Niigata Santo-gun Izumozaki Machi Hagurocho 101-1
    A Japanese kappo cuisine restaurant and inn operating out of a two-story building adorned with two plaster angels and characters spelling the establishment’s name. Here you can stay in a room commanding a view of the Sea of Japan just outside. The establishment is also renowned as one of the leading restaurants in the prefecture, and customers rave about the outstanding seafood, bought fresh from Izumozaki Fishing Port just a stone’s throw away. The restaurant serves food from the Sea of Japan prepared with as little manipulation as possible in order to draw out the innate flavors of the high quality, fresh ingredients. The establishment’s eastern facade, facing the Hokkoku Highway, is 37 square meters in area and is a registered Tangible Cultural Property. The establishment two-story structure is capped by a tiled, gabled roof and is acclaimed as an excellent example of Western-style architecture prevalent between the late Meiji period and the Taisho period.
  • Restaurant Jinya
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Niigata Santo-gun Izumozaki Machi Amaze 6-57
    A restaurant adjoining Roadside Station Echigo-Izumozaki Tenryo-no-Sato. Located on the second floor of the Izumozaki Tourism & Local Products Information Center, here you can enjoy seafood delicacies of unparalleled freshness. Particularly recommended is the Jinya Gozen meal; limited to just a few customers each day, it comes with takikomi gohan rice made with Izumozaki’s famed turban shell, sashimi, and mozukusu seaweed in vinegar. The chewy turban shells pairs perfectly with the seafood flavor of the rice. Other popular choices include the shogayaki meal made with an abundance of tender, juicy Nagaoka pork sauteed with ginger; and the seasonal seafood rice bowl.
  • Suzukaya
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Niigata Ojiya Kowada 1721-1
    A soba noodle shop that resembles a stately classical house. They offer handmade soba noodles served in a relaxed setting. They offer the Tokamachi specialty Hegi-Soba, which is soba noodles made with kaiso seaweed and funori marine algae. It's a bit more firm compared to standard soba noodles and gets its name from how it's served in bite sized bundles called Hegi. The noodles have an enjoyable smooth mouthfeel and the scent of the funori will softly tickle your nose. There's a well known saying, 'If you say Ojiya Soba you think Suzukaya', and people come day after day from all around the country.
  • Shiosai
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Niigata Nagaoka-shi Teradomari Shimo Aramachi 9772-35
    A restaurant on the second floor of the Teradomari Hamayaki Center situated along the Teradomari Fish Market Street, also known as the “Ameyoko of Fish.” Here you can enjoy the same fresh-caught fish sold in the market, which is visited by 5,000 tourists a day on average. The only establishment in the Teradomari Fish Market Street which has its own fish preserve for crabs, many customers find themselves unconsciously stopping to look at the large snow crabs shipped straight to the restaurant each day. The fresh-boiled crab served inside is not only outstandingly tasty, it’s perfectly cooked as well. The establishment is also located close to a tourist bus parking area, ensuring it bustles with customers no matter the season.
  • Nanten
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Niigata Nagaoka-shi Higashi Sakanouemachi 1-2-1 Nagaoka GRAND HOTEL
    A restaurant located on floor B1 of the Nagaoka Grand Hotel, a hotel perfectly positioned for both sightseeing and business located a three-minute walk from Nagaoka Station. Here customers can enjoy dishes made with seasonal Nagaoka vegetables and other choice ingredients, as well as renowned sakes from 16 breweries located in Nagaoka City. The restaurant’s hearty donburi rice bowls, topped with colorful ingredients and visually appealing as well as tasty, are popular during lunchtime. The toppings differ depending on the season, and customers rave that you can enjoy something different no matter how many times you come. Also nice is the restaurant can provide tatami mat seating, table seating, and zataku low table seating depending on the number of people in your party. The tatami mat seating area also has partitions which can be used to create private dining spaces, making this an excellent place to for banquets, birthday parties, and other celebrations.
  • Lievre Handmade Cake and Bread Main Shop
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Niigata Nagaoka-shi Misono 1-3-22
    The bread and cake bakery sits in a quiet residential neighborhood about five minutes' drive from Kita-Nagaoka station. Look for the green sign with a picture of a white rabbit. The bright, cozy interior offers a wide variety, including the usual square white-bread loaves, as well as snack breads, and cake. Their popular salty buns are mildly salted and buttery for the perfect mix of flavors, and are the shop's pride and joy. The bread is light and not at all oily, and its unique texture has earned it lots of repeat customers. They have a full pastry menu, as well, with custard-packed Rabbit's Tail cream puffs, cake rolls, and more.
  • Beniya Shigemasa
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Niigata Nagaoka-shi Omotemachi 1-chome 10-35
    A long-established Japanese confectionary shop which has continued to pursue and build on a philosophy of confection creation and works hard every daysince it opened in 1805. The establishment offers authentic confections unchanged since the Edo period, diligently crafting its sweets using choice, high quality ingredients and tools passed down through the years. Its signature Ote Manju buns are a sakamoto manju made with sweet, top quality Hokkaido adzuki strainedbean paste mixed with kokuto brown sugar from Okinawa, wrapped in a fine dough bearing the faintest sake fragrance. The shop’s buns are bigger than standard and are made without the use of any preservatives whatsoever. Customers can enjoy them fresh or lightly fried in butter almost like a donut.
  • Koshino Yuki Hompo Yamatoya
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Niigata Nagaoka-shi Yanagihara Machi 3-3
    This long-standing Japanese confectionary shop has been in business for over 230 years. The shop continues to make the koshi no yuki, a renowned confection records state was invented in 1778 to present to the then-lord of Nagaoka Domain when he was sick in bed. Considered one of Japan’s three greatest traditional confections, the cakes are made by kneading together flour made from delicious mochi rice, a specialty produce of the Echigo region; and wasanbon fine-grained Japanese sugar from Shikoku. The simple ingredients and simple production method mean its flavor is nothing but to real thing, and this fine establishment continues to share the tasty treat with the world today. The shop also carries an abundant array of other confections, including higashi dried candies inspired by seasonal scenery; namagashi fresh Japanese sweets; and yokan jelly made with Le Lectier pears, a Niigata specialty product.
  • Grande Pierre Oishi Main Shop
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Niigata Nagaoka-shi Yoitamachi Yoita 444
    "This western confectioner is marked by its chic brick exterior. They have made western style pastries based on their motto ""freshness is flavor"" without compromise since their founding in 1927. Their focus is on Guernsey Sweets, made using milk from rare Guernsey cows, of which there are only about 300 in all of Japan. This milk is marked by its rich flavor and light aftertaste. They avoid the use of added flavorings to preserve the charm of its natural flavor. This shop is a local favorite, with many people coming daily for their limited custard pudding and pie-crust cream puffs."
  • Bekko-ya
    Shopping
    Niigata Nagaoka-shi Yoitamachi Yoita 527
    A bakery on the arcade street in Yoita-machi, also known as Echigo's Little Kyoto. The flavor of their products hasn't changed over the years. The locals have loved it since long ago and stop by frequently. Although the shop is small, they have a large variety of items. There are baguettes, sweet and savory baked goods, namashokupan loaves, and more. The soft, light, and fluffy bread tastes a little nostalgic. Their products are perfect for breakfast, work breaks, and children's snacks.
  • Aranoya
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Niigata Kashiwazaki-shi Ekimae 1-5-14
    A long-standing Japanese confectionary shop established in 1894. The shop continues to make its signature Kuro Yokan jelly according to a secret family recipe passed down to only one son “isshisoden” from the day it was founded. Notable for its pitch black color, the jelly has a traditional, old-fashioned flavor and is made by kneading mineral-rich Okinawan kokuto brown sugar to its limits and carefully mixing it with Hokkaido adzuki beans, zarame granulated sugar, and ito kanten algae gelatin. The shop still performs the entire production process in-house, starting with the making of the jelly paste and ending with its packaging. The beautiful, lustrous jelly is visually stunning and is a perfect gift for Mother’s Day, birthdays, and other events. One recommended way to enjoy the jelly is to let it sit for a short time, which results in the brown sugar hardening and giving the jelly a slightly crunchy texture.
  • Ayakomai Honpo Takahashi
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Niigata Kashiwazaki Ichiharacho 6-40
    This Japanese and Western-style confectionary shop, established in 1961, is one of the most prominent in Kashiwazaki. Situated one street down from National Route 8, the shop can be identified by its whipped cream white and chocolate brown exterior. Since it was founded, the shop’s most celebrated product has been the Ayakomai, an elegant baked sweet filled with a brown sugar, walnut, and sweet adzuki bean paste. The confection is said to have been invented in order to preserve for future generations the name of the “Ayakomai,” a traditional dance dating back more than 500 years in Kashiwazaki which was in danger of dying out. Also popular are the shop’s assortments which include the soft, milk-flavored, baked Symphonia; and the Kaze no Mai Sable hazelnut cream-filled wafer cake.
  • Shionohana
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Nagaokashi Teradomarishimoaramachi 9772-27 square head office 2F
    A cafeteria operating out of the second floor of the Kakujoe fish seller’s annex along Teradomari Fish Market Street (Sakana no ameyoko) in Nagaoka City, Niigata Prefecture. The restaurant primarily serves rice bowls and set meals which let diners enjoy fresh delights from the Sea of Japan, including crab, ikura salmon roe, and Alaskan pink shrimp. The restaurant’s most popular item is the exciting crab ramen—a whole red snow crab served in a bowl of ramen broth. The flavorful broth, made with chicken bones, soy sauce, and crab, becomes even more delicious when you mix in the red snow crab’s innards. Shionohana’s seafood rice bowls, piled high with seasonal fish, are also well-reviewed.
  • Teradomari Hamayaki Center Kinpachi
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Nagaokashi Teradomarishimoaramachi As market street
    This shop of live crab and hamayaki cooked food, located on Teradomari Fish Market Street in Teradomari, Nagaoka City, Niigata Prefecture, is unmistakable with the huge crab hanging on the shop front. Inside is a large tank full of crabs and not surprisingly the shop’s specialties are boiled crab and crab soup. As for the hamayaki-style seafood barbecue, the restaurant serves a wide variety including squid and mackerel. The well-cooked seasonal seafood is a popular take away choice too. The restaurant on the second floor offers dishes of crab and seafood.
  • trattoria A alla Z (Nagaoka Branch)
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Nagaokashi Takabatakemachi 660S.HS Nagaoka branch 3F
    This Italian restaurant on the third floor of S.H.S Nagaoka in Takabatake Town, Nagaoka City, Niigata Prefecture, has a charmingly romantic atmosphere to the place with its hanging chandeliers. In the wide openness, surrounded by greenery, guests can enjoy the taste of authentic Italian cuisine using local Nagaoka ingredients sourced by the restaurant chefs. As well as course meals the restaurant offers individual dishes too with their homemade fresh pasta and Napoli pizza cooked in a brick oven proving very popular. It is also a popular venue for wedding parties.
  • Echigonokura Wagokorozukushi Asahiyama
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Nagaokashi Jounaichou 1-611-1 Nagaoka Station building CoCoLo1F
    Echigonokura Wagokorozukushi Asahiyama located in CoCoLo Nagaoka, a commercial facility just next to Nagaoka Station, is an izakaya (Japanese-style pub) and directly managed by a brewery called Asahi Shuzo. It has a true Japanese style atmosphere with the image of a sake storehouse, and you can enjoy seasonal liquor and treasured sake as well as the range of famous sake that Asahi Shuzo boasts, such as Kubota and Asahiyama. It offers a range of food paired with sake using seafood from Niigata and seasonal delicacies from all over Japan and local cuisine such as wappameshi. A sake brewery dish using sake lees, which is exclusive to breweries, is also popular.
  • Ganso Ojiyasoba Noodles Kadoya Main Shop
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Odiyashi Sakuramachi 4992
    Ganso Ojiyasoba Noodles Kadoya Main Shop located on National Route 117 in Sakura Town, Ojiya City is a well-established soba noodle restaurant which opened in 1889. Hegisoba for which soba noodles using funori seaweed as a binding agent are boiled and placed on a square tray features a chewy texture resulting from high quality buckwheat flour, natural spring water and a traditional technique passed down for generations.
  • Wataya (Hirasawa Restaurant)
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Odiyashi Hirasawa 1-8-5
    Wataya is a venerable soba restaurant, in business since 1921, located in Hirasawa 1 Chome in the city of Ojiya. It serves generous portions of Hegi Soba, made with carefully selected buckwheat flour and seaweed, in a box called a “hegi.” This kind of soba is noted for its firm texture. The restaurant also sells Donburi, rice bowl topped with tempura or a breaded pork cutlet.

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