Been watching this on Netflix. Anyone know what part of town it is supposed to be in?
Yes, it's supposed to be in Golden Gai, but the actual dinner you see in the series is not. I suppose the Midnight Diner is in a man-made studio. I can tell you it's not in Golden Gai for sure.
I love that series and waiting for season 4 on Netflix.
It is fiction after all but there are documentaries of that kind of shokudo welcoming the hosts and hostesses after work in Shinjuku.
The bars at Golden Gai are usually tiny.
“The setting of Midnight Diner is a small 12-seat Izakaya called Meshiya in Shinjuku, Tokyo. Despite being open from midnight to 7 am, it is popular in the Shinjuku's busy and diverse nightlife.“
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midnight_Diner_(Japanese_TV_series)#SettingEdited: 25 August 2020, 07:36
The actual model seems to be Kushikatsu Yagura in Osaka.
No I didn’t think it was a real place. But I thought that street they showed might be real and wondered where it might be. They show the flashy busy modern streets at the beginning.
If it were real we’d probably pass because we tend to go to places that have pictures. Even if you can find a menu with western script about half the time we don’t have a clue what the dish was. But this has drawbacks. Two nights in a row we ate on a street down from our hotel. We found out after the fact the first night it was Korean and the second Chinese.
If you do some homework before setting out to eat, you can ID various items outside a Japanese restaurant that tells you what they focus on. That helps a lot. We have found that even small, cheaper places serve great food. Fresh, tasty and affordable, though we are 40 miles from Tokyo.
It would be better to dine at a different area if you could because the small bars without ventilations could be hot spot of the pandemic.
Otoya, a popular chain of Teishoku, has English menus. The majority of Japanese restaurants have menus in English. You just need to ask for them or in case they don't look at the plastic samples in front of the restaurants and point to them.