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zack Aug 16, 2013 01:31 PM

I am arriving at Narita on a Thu 8pm. By the time I get through customs and travel to my hotel, it'll probably be past 10pm. Are there any good eats that are still open by that time, near south Tokyo? I'm staying at Intercontinental Tokyo Bay, with easy access to Yurikamome line (Shimbashi, Shiodome, Odaiba).

I should also mention this is my 1st visit to Japan, don't speak the language, but happy to explore.

  1. Tripeler Aug 17, 2013 06:30 AM

    A very good place for questions like this is the Tokyo Food Page at www.bento.com, which has listings for late-night places on the east and west sides of Tokyo. For the area you are interested in, it would be best to try the east side listings at
    http://bento.com/r-latee.html and scroll pretty far down. There are quite a number of good places open until 4 or 5 am.
    Please note that the Yurikamome Line stops running around midnight.

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    1. re: Tripeler
      Robb S Aug 17, 2013 01:58 PM

      that's actually a tough neighborhood to find late-night spots, although if you wander around shimbashi station you'll probably find something. but if it gets much later than 10:30 or 11 it might be better to try the hotel...

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        shake N baik Sep 12, 2013 01:22 PM

        Robb - I went to Yuain almost three years ago based on bento.com review and it was exactly what I was looking for in food and décor. Do you know if the quality has stayed the same or know of other izakaya's with western/modern décor?

        1. re: shake N baik
          Robb S Sep 13, 2013 05:22 AM

          Glad to hear you enjoyed it. If you're talking about Yuian in Nishi-Shinjuku (not western decor, located in a skyscraper), then they're still as good as three years ago, and I visit there fairly often. If you're talking about Yuuan in Ebisu, they're gone.

          Another place you might like is the relatively newly opened Kushiro in Marunouchi (http://www.bento.com/rev/4173.html ). I think most upscale izakaya have modern decor these days, although few have "western" decor.

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            shake N baik Sep 13, 2013 01:42 PM

            I was indeed referring to Yuian in Nishi-Shinjuku. And you're right, describing the décor as western is horribly inaccurate. My only problem was the amount of cigarette smoke in the restaurant. Has that changed at all? I want to take my friends but hesitant since we are all non-smokers.

            1. re: shake N baik
              Robb S Sep 13, 2013 02:05 PM

              I've been lucky at Yuian mostly, but as I recall the room farthest from the entrance was kind of smoky once or twice.

              I've also dined in their private rooms a few times, but you'd have to inquire about group sizes, extra charges, etc.

              Other than that I don't think they have a non-smoking section, but it's worth asking; if it's not crowded they may be accommodating by seating you somewhere a bit removed from other diners.

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