These counters are like small sushi bars sans chairs, and they cater to busy salarymen and curious visitors. Walk in and up to a spot, tell the sushi chef (who's about two feet directly in front of you) what you want, and he'll lay out a leaf "placemat" and start delivering your order as fast as his hands can form the perfect pieces. Gorging at a stand-up sushi joint and downing all the green tea you can handle averages $11-$15, and we're talking fresh sushi.
Not a big fan of sushi? Instead of calling you weird, we'll just note that oftentimes the stand-up sushi bars will also offer tempura, rice bowls and they definitely have miso soup. Scheduling conflicts have kept us away from our beloved Tokyo sushi bars for nearly a year, but it's only a matter of time before we're right back in there, and we'll happily show you how to break your o-hashi and add o-shoyu without offending the chef. Deal?