Newly arrived in New York, Ito is a literate yet tongue-tied sushi chef. Alone in his apartment at night, he reads pornographic comics, dreaming of Mariane, a lost, alcoholic waitress who works with him at a Chelsea sushi bar. Across town, Mariane lies in her bath with a drink, longing for the baby she abandoned almost fifteen years before. As they attempt to make sense of their lives, they encounter immigrants from around the world, each of them bringing their varied cuisines, histories and expectations to new lives in the New World. Crawling at Night brilliantly reveals the cityscape of today's global city in the late night Chinatown clubs; in the downtown restaurants alter the CLOSED sign goes up; and behind the doors of the studio apartments in Manhattan's high-rises and walk ups.