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Harajuku BBQ: Smokehouse by TY Harbor Brewery

Harajuku Cat Street is probably my favorite in Shibuya. It's the cute little houses, the Castillo de Handa, the boutiques, the cafés, the lack of cars and abundance of people that creates the magic. If you walk around early in a Saturday morning, it's likely that you meet models or people queueing for the next opening.

That was the case when Ralph Lauren Denim Supply opened up. Ironically, just beside, a new smokehouse/american cafe was recently open by the renown TY Harbor Brewery group. Indeed, the owner was having dinner in there, when Natsuki guided me there.

What I like about this place, is that it suits the Ralph Lauren store so very well that it seems part of it. Buy your jeans, eat like a cowboy among industrial-old-fashioned-yet-cool pieces of furniture.
Let's get into it.

At the lower floor, there is a low key café. At the upper, is the smokehouse. Pretty much same concept from the Ivy Place (cafe together with more upscale restaurant) but on cowboy version.

The interior is welcoming, nicely designed and casual. Makes you feel comfortable without being too noisy or feeling cheap.

The details are taken care of. Even the serviette keeps some far west vibe.

This is a place for new couples, for old friends, for skateboarders and salarymen. To create a space that attracts different kinds of people that are just after having a good time, sharing some food and relaxing is, to me, the secret of TY Harbor's success - besides the english menu, obviously.

We shared some salad - the iceberg wedge was superb - and a BBQ platter. I am not really into meat, specially not at night. Still, I reckon it was really nice - would have preferred it a bit more rare though. If anything, I would recommend you to pick a varied option and share. Different pieces of meat are smoked differently, so they create a nice contrast with each other.

Smokehouse TY Harbor Brewery [WEB] [MAP]
Booking: 03-6450-5855

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