If you want to try a typical Japanese Izakaya in Shimokitazawa, EKI is the perfect option. Fresh out of the kitchen are many kinds of Yakitori (grilled, skewered chicken) and homemade snacks, and everything is affordable. They have some tables, but the counter seats facing the kitchen are also fun. English menu available.
2-38-10, Kitazawa, Setagaya City, Tokyo 155-0031