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Mar 27, 2012 12:04 AM

24-hour restaurants in Tokyo

Does anyone have any favorite 24-hour restaurants in Tokyo?

I like Myondon Norimaki in Okubo - Korean futomaki sushi rolls and great spicy stir-fried pork.

And of course the Peking Duck and phenomenally cheap gyoza at the four branches of Chinese Cafe Eight.

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  1. How often do you go to roppongi, shinjuku, shibuya ebisu at night?

        1. re: chefkaori

          Kaori, thanks for that, but I'm more curious about genuine 24-hour restaurants, as opposed to places that are open until 2am or whatever. The only one on that list that I know was 24 hours was the American pie specialist Anna Miller's, and that branch has been out of business for years now.

          1. re: Robb S

            It occurred to me that Kaori may be interpreting "24-hour" through Japanese-English. Whenever businesses say they're open "24-hour" in Japan, it usually means until midnight (24:00 which is also misguided since midnight is 00:00) or until the wee hours of the morning.

            (I found out the hard way that 24-hour does not mean "open 24 hours", when I showed up at my gym at 6am thinking it was open 24 hours, only to find it closed. The hours on the door showed 8:00 to 24:00)

            1. re: prasantrin

              Interesting - I don't remember ever seeing that usage in Tokyo. I see "24 hour" signs a lot, but usually on McDonald's or family restaurants.

              Anyway she says "I can show good sushi, ramen and any kind of restaurants that work 24hrs" so I assumed that that's what she meant.

              1. re: Robb S

                Konami Sports Center uses that phrasing, even on some of their advertising (like on the big signs at train stations). At least the ones in Nishinomiya and Sannomiya do (both open till midnight).

                But other than KSC, I only recall seeing it at McD's or family restaurants, too.