“Yanaka goes alright”
Yanaka is kind of "Stuck in time" The main street "Yanaka Ginza" is reminiscent of 1950s-1970s style streets, filled with small cheap food stalls (Go before 5pm as things start to sell out) and many cheap liqueur stores, along with many of your general things (Grocery stores, etc)
There's pretty neat stuff all around the Yanaka area so I recommend a wander around. It's a pretty short wander away from Nippori or Ueno so you can explore more of Taito Ward in the same day. All in all, I would go back.
Get a glimpse of old Japan in Yanaka with its 70 temples