American Brunch Food Without the Wait at Bubby’s Yaechika
If you’re craving the comfort of American brunch food—without the intimidating lines spurred by Tokyo’s recent pancake craze—Bubby’s Yaechika is the place to go.
Don’t be fooled: just because it’s possible to get a seat doesn’t mean the food is no good. Far from it, in fact. Bubby’s serves up an assortment of fluffy pancakes, juicy burgers and most famously, American pie. Choose from delicacies like the whisky apple, authentic key lime or my favorite, Michigan sour cherry, all reasonably priced at ¥650 a piece. A good cherry pie is a rare find in Tokyo, and Bubby’s Michigan sour cherry is a healthy slice of tart yet sweet cherries with a buttery, flakey crust. Pair it up with coffee or the homemade pink lemonade. There is also a savory eggs benedict that comes with a serving of seasoned home fries at ¥1,400.
Imported from New York, Bubby’s strives to create that comfy, American dinner atmosphere. It’s debatable whether the Yaechika branch has succeeded at this. The windowless, basement location makes the space seem a tad dim. However, perhaps it’s the locale (hidden away in the Yaesu Underground Shopping Area) that makes seating at Bubby’s Yaechika so accessible compared to its counterparts. Whereas some of the other well-known brunch spots in Tokyo require waits of 20 minutes at the least, no matter the time of day, at Bubby’s I was able to get a seat on a weekday evening without any fuss, though there was a good crowd of diners within. The chain also has locations at Ark Hills, Shiodome, and Yokohama’s Landmark Plaza, although those may be a bit more crowded at certain times.
Prices at Bubby’s are average, and servings are not disappointing. Expect to pay around ¥2,500 to ¥3,000 for lunch or dinner.
Address: B1, 2-1 Yaesu, Tokyo (Yaesu Underground Shopping Center 3rd Avenue).
Open: Mon–Fri 7:30 a.m.–10:30 p.m. (L.O. 9:30 p.m.); Sat, Sun, and hols 9 a.m.–10 p.m. (L.O. 9 p.m.)