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New York City
Manager at Blue Ribbon Federal Grill
This spot is legendary for "after the bars close" eats. There are few places that delivery the goods at 4am like Wo Hop does while also providing that weird, underground, one table set up special for some unknown VIP kind of late night vibe. The food is great, consistent and meant to be eaten while drunk. Always eat downstairs. Order beer.
Any time's a good time for a margarita
I am so curious about this place now. I've been to many of the chinatown classics like peking duck, joes shanghai, etc. but never really heard of this. Sounds pretty friggin cool!
over 1 year ago
Food writer and lover of all things chocolate
Really glad to see Wo Hop show up on RoundTable finally! Good call Liam!
Adalyn Van Witten
Dutch pastry chef studying in NYC
Adalyn Van Witten
Super excited to try this out after work one night!
High-end Caterer using restaurants as my R&D
It's been my go to late night spot since before 2000
about 1 year ago
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Moved to San Francisco, doing Istanbul-themed pop-ups every week with my wife at www.feastly.com/lauraandsayat
Vaselka is a Ukrainian diner. Borscht, kielbasa, bigos, kapusta, pierogies, blintzes, potato pancakes, Ukrainian sandwiches, and fantastic soups. Eastern European comfort food. This is the restaurant my wife and I visited more than any other in the last year. Whoever finishes service first, picks the other one up and we had to East Village.
We fell in love with one of the soups when we first went there. The cabbage and meat soup. The pork shoulder was falling apart in the soup. The broth was perfectly seasoned, slightly sweet from from the cabbage and rich from the pork. Finishing the soup with a tiny bit of lemon juice made this the best soup we had in a long time.
No frills, just food, made humbly and with respect.
Latin American food enthusiast
I live in the EV but hadn't really considered this place before, I like the sound of trying some Ukrainian comfort food though
over 1 year ago
I think you could live in EV for years and try a different restaurant every other day and still have options by the end of a decade! Enjoy, let me know what you think.
over 1 year ago
Mother first, chef second
Mmm sounds perfect for the winter, delightful!
Winter exists after all so we can eat food such as this!
Chief Culinary Officer/ Chef Partner Honeybrains
I am not only recognizing EO because I have a personal relationship with the owners and employees of this great establishment, but because if I didn't mention EO, someone else would have. Besides winning numerous awards at Tales of the Cocktail (including best bar in the world), this small, prohibition styled speakeasy also possesses a fantastic array of dishes from their kitchen. From Oysters, Marrow Poppers, an enormous Ribeye with all the accoutrements, to amazing desserts that will make you regret not having enough room for them; it's easily noted how people come here for the food and not only the amazing drinks. No matter how crowded, and on what day of the week, I can always rely on seeing a friendly face at EO on both sides of the bar. I'd say most people in the industry will agree with me, that even though the small space and tight standing areas can sometimes be overwhelming after a long shift at work, everyone there will show you what makes our industry so special, and that is hospitality, **If you find yourself there until closing, make sure you grab a bowl of their "famous" chicken soup, because chances are you'll need it.**
Private chef, specialize in latin american cuisine
Fantastic post! No idea they passed out a late night chicken soup, strikes me as slightly strange and awesome.
Cheap eats to fine dining and everything in between
This is the best description of EO I've ever read...seriously.
Bartender at CUT by Wolfgang Puck
Yes! It's all of this and some magic.
New York City
Wine Director at La Sirena
I would say, the crowds here on the weekend are not my favorite to deal with, but coming here late night on a weekday after a long shift is an absolute treat. The bar is located behind the Stone Street coffee shop in Chelsea (I don't like to use the term speakeasy... but I suppose this counts) and you have to walk through the shop to get in. But, once the door opens you are invited into a softly lit, intimate space with a bar that's large enough to serve without feeling bulky and tables that inspire getting cozy with a drink. Their drink selection is solid, but I'm often most surprised by the food they offer, even at later hours (although I think food service ends at 2). I find many times "late night" spots serve food as an afterthought, and it becomes something I'm disappointed in and wish I had either made myself or just ate a slice. Here, food is tasty and satisfying, offering a portion that will curb your hunger but not leave you feeling it in the morning. This is a great spot to migrate to after work, or plan ahead and reserve a spot for a group of friends. Sometimes drinks can take a little bit of time, but I find that to be the case at any of these spots trying to let the bar's craft shine. My recommendation: order a cocktail and a beer together to satisfy the thirst.
Restaurant Marketing / PR
I remember hearing about this a while back but totally forgot about it. Sounds rad!
I'm on a seefood diet. I see food, and I eat it.
I feel a little bit cheesy admitting it but I definitely like the 'secret passageway' gimmick. Looks like they have a really nice space!
Coffee addict and proud
Thank you Luke I loved reading about this! I've read about La Sirena as well excited to check it out when you guys open!
Regina Myers Maganzini
Owner/operator of four small establishments in Carroll Gardens Brooklyn. Black Mountain Wine House, Bar San Miguel, Union Grounds and PDQ.
This is the original late night servers dinner. Its fine dining establishment with servers specifically in mind; they serve until 4am. Even the latest shift can come in and be served a delicious meal. I will say the general population has sniffed it out, so its super busy all of the time. However, its still awesome and really does the trick when you need to be taken care off. Awesome wine list and raw bar!
My favorite late night spot when I was an NYU student pulling all nighters. One of the few places you can get high quality fare so late.
Sommelier at Colicchio and Sons.
There are a number of reasons to go to Corkbuzz beyond the scope of this short review: The dimly-lit ambiance; the impossibly knowledgable staff; the comically oversized and comfortable chairs in the front window...I could go on, but there is really one overarching reason industry folk flock to Corkbuzz after they've changed back into street clothes: Half-price bottles of champagne after 10pm. Every night. Champagne is often intimidating and always expensive. It's also a wine that became lost to the idea of being consumed only during times of celebration. The combination of those facts has lead to many people passing it over for other bubbly beverages such as cava and prosecco. Corkbuzz has made it a point since day one to make champagne something people can enjoy regularly, without breaking the bank. You'll find some familiar large houses on the list, but also a lot of smaller grower-producers, as well. You'll also find everyone; from servers, to sommeliers, to chefs; hanging out at the bar because half-priced champagne is literally the best deal in NYC.
perfected the art of eating
One of my favorite venues in the city. You definitely did them justice, awesome description!
Thanks Jerry! Much appreciated!
Halcyon / Egan & Sons
Laura Maniec is one of the most talented Sommeliers around. Corkbuzz is a really fun spot for truly well thought out & unique wine.
True, Tess! Thanks!
Midwest girl, love to cook and dine out in NYC!
Loved reading this piece! It's been too long since I've been to Corkbuzz, but I will definitely stop by for a late night bottle of champagne :)
Thanks for reading, Dana!
Grill Cook at Marta
I love this place! It has a very cozy decor, it's not fancy at all and the food is great! The kitchen closes at 1am and the bar closes at 4. Best for late night good food and good wine. I've gone to this place many times that I've actually tried almost everything on the menu and nothing disappointed me. This is definitely my favorite after work spot. If you go, order the Pate, it's to die for!
I have gone here too many late nights to count. One of my top five favorite restaurants in the city
It is a gem for industry people!
Brooklynite, freelance journalist/photographer
I'm a big fan of all of bloomfield's restaurants but this one definitely takes the cake! Also nice coming here later at night when the wait isn't so bad.
Yeah, I haven't been there during regular dinner service but I heard it's a pain to wait! So best to come after dinner rush (11pm or later).
I went here for their famed burger but this reminds me I need to try more on the menu. And this is unrelated but -- I looove Marta!
Hi Anita! I love Marta too ^_^ Come and visit for lunch and sit at the counter, you'll find me grilling with open fire which is AWESOME to watch!
Private chef specializing in Italian, French
Very nicely said! I go here at least once or twice a year so I'll be sure to try that pate next time :)
Sommelier, Restaurant Marc Forgione
This spot is definitely one of the most popular spots for many of my industry friends to grab a bite and a glass of wine after work. The menu consists of a range of food, from small bites to more substantial portions, which from Thursday-Saturday they serve until 1 am. The wine list is extensive, with beers on tap and a brand new spirits program as well. Personally, the yoshi fried chicken is a perfect cure for any long night when paired with a gigantic glass of bubbles (or two!).
Life is too short to skip dessert
This sounds like my dream come true! Yoshi fried chicken...YES!
Baker, Blogger, Dog-Lover
This is a new spot for me to try :) Thank you Erin!
Founder of The Inherited Plate
Spicy squid bibimbap? yes please. kimchi pancake. oui chef. I am such a huge fan of this place. If it's not Kunjip, Wonjo is definitely a competitive place to hit up for it's great BBQ, pickled and such salads of daikon, cabbage, bean sprouts, greens, and of course an array of soups, casseroles and rice cake and dumplings. If there's one little thing I love to get it's the fluffy korean steamed eggs called gyeranjjim. Once that comes, it's time for a blankie and some chelsea handler.
Lawyer, Brooklyn native, lover of authentic ethnic foods
I'm a big fan of Kunjip so if you think this is on their level I will most certainly stop by and try it out. Thanks!
Current wine rep for Savio Soares Selections and bartender at Sweet Chick Ludlow. Past lives include The Modern, Craft and Raines Law Room.
This is a new-ish spot from The Wayland team and I'm in love! They are open until 4 every day, which is great for those nights when you get out of work at 2:30 and think, "God, I could really go for some oysters and a killer steak tartare, but I don't have $100 to spend at Blue Ribbon." (Seriously, I love you Blue Ribbon- but I try to hang on to the money I make for a minimum of 24 hours) Goodnight Sonny to the rescue! They have a solid assortment of oysters, the steamed littlenecks are SO good. I had a martini and a steak tartare the other day and by the time I left I was like "Did I work today? I've completely forgotten." If you're up for it, swing by Holiday Cocktail Lounge around the corner afterwards. You know, for a night cap.
I have walked by here a bunch but never went in, never realized it was by the wayland guys. That's probably my favorite EV bar so I will most definitely be checking this out!
I went here when it first opened and I don't know if they were serving food yet...I will be back!!!
Corporate Executive Chef of Paige Hospitality
Everything is delicious here, and the service is awesome. The Beef Tartare is one of the best in the area.
Queens native, freelance writer, food obsessed
One of my favorites in K-town!
Pastry Chef, Entrepenuer, Positivity
Hi Stephen 🤗
Morgan Reeds Ammerman
New York City and Sonoma County
Sous chef patissier at The Farmhouse Inn and Restaurant, Russian River Valley
At any of the Bar Veloce locations you can get a great glass of wine and some tasty late night snacks, including panini, salads, and a variety of bruschette. It's a grown up place to get a drink and a bite after work.
Shawn Radar Burnette
Chef at Delaney Resaurant Group
Hands down Grand Army is the industry place. Great seafood and cocktails, amazing staff and a real respect for what we do. Family Meal visiting chefs is an idea not to be missed.
I've been here a few times for drinks since they've opened and always had great service and met new kind people with that knowing after-shift look in our eye. I met up recently with a good friend/ brand ambassador who was showing some out-of-town industry folks around so I was eager to suggest this for late night food since it was a carte blanche to try a lot of things. All of the food was really great and everyone was more than happy. Its a comfortable place with great drinks, food, and service, the ambiance and music are good and theres not a lot of riff-raff, what more could you want after service?
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