Also, I hardly ever spend time in Ueno (it's far from my place, I live a block from Pizza Strada) but have been to the modern museum that was done by Corbusier, with the Thinker out front - is that the one you went to, or did you go to the one across from it?
What is next on your Japan itinerary? It seems like a waste to go all the way to Japan to eat a hamburger, but seriously, you need to try to get back over to Ebisu and try Blacows, it is truly one of the best hamburgers in the world. Matt won't let you post the burger pics in the WAYET threak but it's worth the trip, twice over. Just nix their house sauce and relish, I dislike both and prefer a 'normal' burger there.
Good burger; tasty burger even --- best in the world is a BOLD STATEMENT. I can't agree with that one.
1> Beef tasted great, but Waygu is wasted on a burger... most of the fat cooks out.
2> Bun did not hold up. Best burger in the world MUST have a pretzel bun. Only bun that holds up to the juice and keeps a consistent bread/meat ratio throughout the meal.
3> Too much lettuce, but that's easily fixed.
The tomato sauce was great. Fries were tasty and a good size portion (not overdone). I also had mixed greens and waygu consomme onion soup gratinee.
So - other plans...
Tomorrow night we're going to a pork shabu shabu place that someone from my Japan practice picked out. Thursday morning I will do the pilgrimage to Tsukiji market in the AM, and for dinner I'm going to try and check out this place - Han no daidokoru (I can't tell if it's more Korean or Yakiniku, but it LOOKS amazing, and it's in Shibuya near the club I'm going to see Charlie Hunter and Scott Amendola play latenight - very fortunate coincidence that they're in town).
Friday Evening I'm doing La Rochelle (one more Iron Chef, since it's basically in my hotel). Not sure on Sat. yet. Probably Soba for lunch and teppan for dinner, or more yakiniku.