Very early breakfast around Shinjuku or Tokyo Stn
I'll be in Tokyo for a one-day business trip next week and am considering taking the night bus. Is there anything around Tokyo Station or Shinjuku open around 7am that's worth trying for breakfast? Preferably not a hotel, a Starbucks, or family chain restaurant, though.
I should add that it will be a Sunday morning which will probably make things more difficult.
That's a tough one, since usually the only places in Japan that serve breakfast are hotels, Starbucks and places like Denny-ya (as I'm sure you know).
I don't know anything near Shinjuku. Near Tokyo Station though, there's a Dean & Deluca in Marunouchi, and Maison Kaiser in Nihonbashi. Ease Cafe in the Maru Biru opens at 7:30. (You should probably double-check the hours though before you go.)
re: Robb S
Thanks! I checked their websites and unfortunately, none of them open until 10 on Sundays, but Dean & Deluca has a branch in Tokyo Station GranSta that has an espresso bar that opens at 7! I'm hoping they have little stools that I can sit at for a bit, but if not, I guess McD's or Starbucks will have to do!
When I arrived in Tokyo Sunday morning it was raining, so I got off at Shinjuku at wandered around looking for something. I couldn't find any restaurants other than McD's and the like, so I settled for Starbucks (one of the places I wanted to avoid!).
If anyone is ever stuck in Shinjuku at 7am, I would highly recommend the Starbucks at Marui Honten--you have to go through the doors by GROM and take the elevator up, but at 7am it's clean and quiet. I sat around drinking tea for 3 hours until Isetan opened and I could buy my goodies!
While I know you did not want to go to a hotel, I would like to recommend Shangri-La Hotel which has recently opened next to tokyo station. It is located about 500 feet past the starbucks on the Nihombashi bus terminal exit. It occupies the 27-37 floor of Marunouchi Trust Tower. Even if it is just for a cup of coffee, there are excellent views of Tokyo station which is amazing with 4000 trains a day...
disclosure - I work there