Kinsai in Nakameguro is a great Izakaya
a little more upscale
If you are looking for tasty small plates of great japanese food that goes well with sake, beer and wine- but you don't want a low end chain or a disney-fake experience- check out KINSAI in nakameguro.
The food is always great, and there is a good seasonal variety
I especially recommended grilled items, the fish and duck dishes area always amazing.
They don't speak a lot of english BUT they are willing to try!
Naka-Meguro / Izakaya
Aobadai 1-27-12. Open 5pm-1am daily.