“Communist Gyoza” in Tachikawa (Gyoza 1059)

This restaurant is known by Americans as “Communist Gyoza”  but its real name is Gyoza Ten-Go-Kyo, which means “Gyoza Heaven.” (Just to confuse things, the owners do a little bilingual word and number play and write it as “Gyoza 1059.”) Tucked away on a side street in Tachikawa, this hole in the wall makes the best gyoza around! Gyoza is a small dumpling (similar to a wonton) which is steamed and pan fried. The gyoza served here are HUGE, about the size of a fist.  Flavors include mushroom, vegetable, garlic, green onion, potato, cheese, corn and shrimp. Seating is limited. Each plate (five very large gyoza) averages ¥700. The restaurant has a policy requiring each person to order a gyoza plate (versus sharing an order) and a drink. You can order more drinks later, but you are forbidden to order any more plates after your initial order. This policy and its enforcement has given rise to the “Communist Gyoza” moniker. No matter, because one plate will be plenty for anyone. Just be warned that the garlic order is essentially like eating a handful of nearly raw garlic. Most people can’t handle it, but you’ll definitely be safe from vampires. The restaurant is colorful and deliciously worthwhile. If Japan had a Seinfeld series, this place would be in it. Because it’s so popular and seating limited, you might want to arrive when it opens at 5:30pm. Otherwise, you may have a long wait. But they do take reservations. Hours: 5:30-10pm  (last order 9:30 pm),  Tuesday-Saturday. Tel: 042-526-2283. GPS: 35.6977,139.4179

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DIRECTIONS: Exit Tachikawa Station from the Granduo side. Turn left and follow the road that borders the Granduo and the railroad tracks. Stay to the left when the road branches. When you see the pedestrian path heading under the railroad tracks to the left, keep your eyes on the right, trained on the small alleys. Turn right to go up the second small alley. Now look at the apartment buildings on your left. There will be a very small black and white sign for Gyoza 1059 at the entrance of the first one. Go up a few steps and enter the restaurant. 
Teresa Negley, Karen Ozment, Kerri Wright, 1996. Liz Ruskin updated 2010. Directions verified 2011.

6 Responses to “Communist Gyoza” in Tachikawa (Gyoza 1059)

  1. Do you know if Communist Gyoza is family friendly? Don’t want to pull a George Costanza (and get turned away) when my wife and I roll up there with 2 kids.

    • We put this question on the YT facebook page and comments are as follows: “Not very family friendly. Seating is very limited as they only have 3 tables and 5-6 seats at the bar area.” (Maniesha) “Not really. If you sit at tables, there are no high chairs. If you sit in the back room on the floor, a little more so since everyone’s on the floor. Like most Japanese restaurants, smoking is allowed and it’s TINY so if even one or two people are smoking there’s no escaping it.” (Jenni)

  2. Totally family friendly!! We went there with five kids – not a problem at all!! Just know you have to pay an extra fee if you plan on sharing orders.

  3. I believe the name of the restaurant is “Gyoza Ten-go-ku”. It was on the news a while back for having had a fire. I hope it’s open again. A friend from Yokota highly recommended it to us.

  4. Visited last night, and here are a few updates:
    - The small sign outside says “New Gyoza 1059″.
    - The menu: 788 yen (squid, asari-clam, pork, vegetable, potato, corn, green-onion), 893 yen (shrimp, shiitake-mushroom, leek, garlic), 945 yen (cheese, octopus, crab, scallop), 998 yen (oyster – only in winter, and it was available), Japanese pickles (368 yen), cold tomato (315 yen). Drinks are 368 yen for soft drinks and more for alcoholic bevs.
    - The policy still stands: 1 drink & 1 gyoza per person minimum (315 yen penalty, except under 7 yrs old, and beer pitcher, etc covers 3 persons), and one-time gyoza order per group. And no take out for left over food.
    - 2 tables w/ about 6 chairs each, and add’l 6 seats at the counter. We got there before 1730, but wasn’t crowded at all. Only 6 ppl by the time we left at 1830. Smoking is allowed, and that’s what made me leave when the new customers started smoking next to our seat.
    - Go w/ reasonable expectations – they manually press standard sized gyoza skin to make it larger, put in meat (tasted like pork), and in the middle is the ingredient you choose from the menu (so probably no true “vegetarian” gyoza). Then it gets steam-fried. Pretty good, but nothing special, just bigger gyoza w/ thin skin, if I may says so. They provide soy sauce, vinegar, hot oil sauce, and minced garlic for dipping. My 12 yr daughter had 4, and I had 6 – it’s not that huge, but will serve as a pretty big meal.

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