I was showing my new friend Matt (in the middle) around Shinjuku with Pete when we decided to eat at Volga. Matt teaches at the University of Illinois in Urbana with an old college friend.
This is a really old school style izakaya, that a student first brought me to around 10 years ago. I'm surprised it's still around.
The grill master works at an open air charcoal grill at the entrance.