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Not many reasons other than this place to go into times square. By midnight most of the tourists are gone and Hagi is crawling with industry professionals and foodies alike. I would strongly suggest the pork belly skewers as well as fried chicken gizzards! Many different sakis to choose from as well as wine and Japanese beers. Great place for late night night snacking!
When I'm not working, I'm cooking
Fried chicken gizzards sounds like it would tasty great with a beer (or two!)
almost 2 years ago
Sommelier at Aureole Restaurant
You must order the creamy mentai (mackerel roe?) pasta. It's out of control. Also, $15 (maybe $12) pitchers of Sapporo and Kirin!
As Morgan points out food and drinks are pretty inexpensive.
Sommelier at The Modern
Omusaba is hands down my favorite item. It's a huge omelette filled with noodles and pork. Do that with an overflowing sake box shot and you are in great shape. Anything there that is tempura-fried is outstanding!
Moved to San Francisco, doing Istanbul-themed pop-ups every week with my wife at www.feastly.com/lauraandsayat
We go here all the time after service, it's not only a block away but the food is always delicious and offers good value. Just two blocks from Le Bernardin.
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If you want to have a decent bottle of wine and real food (i.e. not something out of a bar kitchen) after midnight, this is by far one of your best downtown options. Many of the other parts of the Blue Ribbon empire are open very late, but this one has a special spot in the hearts of service industry professionals. You can start with a great selection of raw bar and a bottle of grower champagne, followed by an appetizer of bone marrow. Finish strong with their signature fried chicken and a burger with a bottle of Cru Beajolais. In the mood for something more haute? Have a surf and turf with 1er Cru Meursault. I've never been to the Brasserie before 1:00 AM, and this is probably the only place in New York to dine this way between 2:00 and 4:00 AM (when they close). Absolutely do not attempt this on a Friday or Saturday unless you're prepared for a long wait.
Marilyn La Jeunesse
New York City
Writer & self-proclaimed foodie
Marilyn La Jeunesse
It must be good if the lines are that long so late at night!
Sous chef at Buddakan, NY
There are not too many place that serve good food after you get out of your shift at midnight or 1 am, but Oh! Taisho has always been my go-to spot. It's not fancy, it's not the cleanest place, but it never fails to leave a smile on my face. The whiff of charcoal grill as you walk in is very welcoming. Yakitori is the main attraction here, and I'd suggest you order a lot of it. The variety is big enough to satisfy everyone in your party. I always go for chicken gizzard and well-done chicken skin. Besides yakitori, they also serve other great dishes; Fried potatoes with Mentai sauce, which is to die for (combination of Japanese mayo and fish roe), Raw octopus marinaded in wasabi, which is a great side dish to enjoy with sake or sapporo, and Kumbocha Squash Tempura. Plus, after you're done, you can walk down the block to Bull McCabe's to drink while shooting pool or throwing darts (++)
East village resident, major sweet tooth
This would be my number 1 on the list I'll go out of my way for the Yakitori here
Chef and father of 5 of the pickiest eaters in the world
I've walked by here many times and never thought to stop in. I like the description will have to check it out!
Executive Chef at Millesime at the Carlton Hotel
I've been going here for years. Now that it's close to work I stop in many late nights. Saburi is an interesting mix of Japanese food with a strong Chinese accent.
The menu is long and allows plenty of space for adventure if not a little failure. Noodle soups and fried rice always hit the the spot as do most salads. It's a drinking place and the food matches. You may even see the chef sitting at the bar dipping his Doritos into a tin of fish roe!
Taking life one delicious bite at a time
Love that he enjoys his Doritos :)
Food writer and lover of all things chocolate
+1 for saburi, great addition :)
Cooking at Huertas
This place is great! Extra Fancy is always bumping late. Whether I'm in the mood for champers and oysters or a frozen G&T and a pimento cheese patty melt I always leave satisfied if not a bit over indulged. Fried chicken is pretty good too!
Probably the only place in North Brooklyn you can get non-diner, non-deli food this late. Decent selection of wines as well. The only problem is the crowd in the bar can be kind of obnoxious sometimes, but the eating area in back is usually chill.
The best! Stellar menu, amazing cocktails and the best service in Brooklyn.
Pastry Chef at American Cut
Bubby's has saved my life on more than one occasion. When I get out of work (and pastry is pretty much always the last to leave), I am starving. Working down in Tribeca, there's not too many great late-night options, and even some of the pizza places close up on the early end. What I like about Bubby's is you can get real, quality food, even though it's past midnight. And they're open 24 hours, with the exception of Tuesday nights. I miss when they used to feature the full menu all night, but you can't go wrong with a Bubby's burger and a side of mac and cheese.
Bubby's is my favorite. I've never had a bad burger here!
Have to try it out sometime, I'm in Tribeca as well, thanks Tara!
Sous Chef @ The Musket Room
It doesn't look like much from the outside but they bang out some super legit and seriously delicious tacos 24/7. I used to go there almost every night after work and fill up on carnitas (2 for $2 by the way) before crossing the road to my apartment and passing out for the night. There aren't many reasons to go up to East 116th but if you do find yourself up there with a grumbling stomach, pop your head into El Aguila for a bite to eat.
Journalist, aspiring food critic, amateur cook
Such great tacos, and so cheap. Can't beat this spot!
over 1 year ago
Studying in Paris ignited my love of French cuisine
This sounds like a late night life saver!
Chef de Cuisine at Boilermaker
A place that seems to be full of diners all day and all night, Kunjip is my go-to late night eatery. Their extensive menu features well executed favorites like seafood pancakes and dumplings, korean bbq cooked at your table (items like brisket, short rib, pork loin or shrimp). I always gravitate towards their soup bowls- often spicy, yet amazing flavors and always a great value. Writing this now, I find myself craving the Budae Chigae, a bowl of spicy kimchee, noodles, sausage, and tofu. Try it sometime, thank me later.
Passionate cook specializing in Asian cuisine
I love this spot I will have to try out the Budae Chigae thank you!
So many good options here, the korean BBQ is definitely the go to!
Chef de Cuisine at Empellon Taqueria
Corner Bistro has served me very well after long shifts on the line. Its really crazy it hasn’t been brought up yet, it’s an institution as far as I’m concerned. Shuffle to the back and find a booth with your buds. Order some Bistro Burgers, fries and McSorleys Ale and a McSorleys Ale and a McSorleys Ale and a… You get the point.
Its fun, delicious and exactly what you need after midnight.
Or head to Noodletown during soft shell crab season. Just saying…
Media Account Executive with a passion for organic cooking
I'm also surprised this wasn't on the list, this would easily qualify as my favorite late night spot. Top 10 burger in the city without a doubt!
If you like it then you shoulda put sriracha on it
Your description somehow perfectly describes the vibe and what CB is all about :)
Pastry chef at Craft, Craftbar
They have friendly service, good cocktails, and a nice sour beer selection at Maiden Lane, but I really come here for the smoked whitefish salad. Served in a sandwich or on a platter you can't go wrong. They have an awesome tinned seafood selection, which they sometimes offer in a flight of three. They serve food until 2 am and usually have a more mellow crowd than their surrounding East Village bars. Definitely a great spot for a nice late snack.
SF-native living in NYC
The smoked whitefish salad looks ridiculously good. A great reason to stop by there again!
I am with you on that Abby, the whitefish salad is my go to at Maiden!
Whole animal butcher. Formerly head butcher at Dicksons Farmstand (NY) and Lindy & Grundy (LA).
(Disclaimer: This is a bar, not a restaurant. If you plan on soaking up alcohol with food, it's definitely possible at Daddy-O. And then you can just order more alcohol.)
I've been hanging out at Daddy-O for over a decade. The bartenders are always nice, the beers are always delicious, and the crowd is only seldomly douche-y.
BESIDES ALL THAT GREAT STUFF... These folks serve food 'til 4AM. FOUR. AM. And it's not just a crappy slice from the corner. It's a nitrate-free BLT on Sullivan Street Pullman loaf. Or a dry-aged brisket burger with house-made ketchup. Or, and this is my favorite, a pair of Zweigle's hot dogs with macaroni salad, home fries, and hot sauce. Plus they're bunless! So if you're not doing carbs, you can still pretend like you're a super fun person.
But, honestly, if you're getting after a pair of dogs or with tater tots and bread pudding at 2am, you won't remember to count calories.
Midwest girl, love to cook and dine out in NYC!
Ok I love Daddy-O, so happy to see it on this list! I have a hard time getting friends to go there because they think it's a dingy sports bar, but the food is incredible!
Co-founder of RoundTable
How could you not mention the moroccan spiced chicken sandwich! :) Seriously, it's one of the best chicken sandies I've had in the city. If you haven't had it yet, might be time for another trip to Daddy-O!
Sommelier, Eleven Madison Park
One of the greatest wine bars in New York, with an ex-Eleven Madison Park somm and chef running the show. Delicious cheeses and meats, along with small dishes like buffalo chicken rillettes and radishes with brown butter. Comfortable, lovely, calm, and fun. Hard things to come by after midnight.
My friends think I'm a food snob
You just described the perfect late night spot IMHO. I will certainly be checking it out! Thank you!
Buffalo chicken rillettes?! Yes please!
Beverage Direction, Chef des Boissons, Bartender, 16 yrs a NYer and counting
guys, the website says kitchen open until 11 nightly, this shouldnt even be on the list, but hey I work for Estela and Ryan Sutton tried to make us seem like a late night spot when we only serve food after 11 on two nights a week... still the title of the thread implies eating after 12 no?
I talked to Caleb, the GM, and he told me that the cheese and charcuterie is currently available until 1:30am and they are working on a more extensive late night menu. I totally hear what you're saying, Eric, but I think it can still count!
Line cook at Gramercy Tavern
For snacks and drinks as late as the karaoke in k-town, Woorijip, offers an extensive buffet of authentic delights that are as numerous as you can imagine, on top of a cool place to grab that fifth round of drinks. Low key and frequented by those who know about the quality brings the feeling of a safe haven inbetween sets at the karaoke bar, or after a long night at work.
Cheap eats to fine dining and everything in between
So glad this got added to the list....can't go wrong with a late night buffet! So good!
NYC bartender & specialty cocktail creationist
I think I would be really into this. Any standout dishes here you'd recommend?
Pastry Chef, Entrepenuer, Positivity
I love Cuban food, well... I love all cuisines. Coppelia is open 24/7 and used to be a spot where I'd take my cooks out after a long dinner service. I have tried so many items on their menu. Everything is delicious. Its the cuban diner! There used to be a old diner right before them. Must order: mac and cheese (they put chiccharon!!), sweet corn empanada, blue corn calamari, and yeah pretty much everything else. Their burgers are really good as well. Must go!
Mac and cheese with Chiccharon....wow! You've definitely sold me on this place :)
Wine lover, world traveler
Making me hungry on a Friday night. I'm particularly intrigued by the sweet corn empanada and blue corn calimari
Should def go tonight!
I just went there for the first time a couple days ago. Their menu is so extensive. They have things like 'tagine spices' and 'sambal' on the menu as well. To me they represent how diners are going to be in 20 years as the demographics shift in America. So much more flavor, so much more diversity!
Freelance Food Writer
Somewhat hidden on the corner of E.13 and 1st Avenue lies the little late-night Japanese spot Ichibantei. Japanese food and reggae, who could have thought of such combination. With covers of Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Buju Banton, Shaba Ranks, Dennis Brown, Rita Marley, and many others fill up the walls while reggae cranks up in the background in the dim light, Ichibantei speaks straight to my heart. Open till 3am on weekdays and 4am on Friday & Saturday, Ichibantei is always my choice for a late night guilty pleasure. Many times after long days, their comforting chicken nanban or tuna steak are all I need. Their chicken nanban is possibly the best in town. The juicy tender chunks of chicken perfectly combine with the tartar sauce. I still can't explain how the lovely couple owner of this spot and their simple yet amazing food can make me feel so much like home, so much at ease. NYC is the kingdom of good food with many good restaurants but Ichibantei is for sure my top favorite.
Queens native, freelance writer, food obsessed
So glad to see Ichibantei on RoundTable! This is one of my late night favorites as well, and love the personality of this place :) You definitely did them justice!
Originally from Shenzhen region of China, living in NYC for 4+ years
I have walked by here many times and never thought to go in. I loved your description though this will definitely be something I go try late night, maybe this weekend!
Foodie, Travel Lover, Deloitte Consultant
Haha reggae and japanese food...that's what I love about the east village!
Culinary Director of Fleishers Craft Butchery
After a particularly rough service we would always hit up this spot on St. Marks. There really isnt anything bad on the menu, especially after a few of the carafes of Soju Cocktail. Order the Veggie Korean Pancake, The Jap Chae, and an order of the Bon Chon Chicken. Your welcome...
Dessert before dinner!
This is definitely my favorite of the late night St. Marks spots, highly recommend!
Moved to New York City for work, stayed because of the food
If they have bon chon chicken I will most definitely be stopping here
Executive Sous Chef at BR Guest Hospitality
Gyro King is a little family run place in Kensington, BK by the Church Ave F&G train stop. They make the falafel in house and have a great lamb gyro as well. Just make sure to get them with everything on it including white and hot sauce, you'll thank me. They also have baklava for dessert. Typically you'll find cabbies hanging out with an Uber office in the back. It's open 24 hours so you can stop by and then catch a ride at any time.
My dream is to own a food truck
I second this, best damn Gyros in the city
Ho Ho Kus
Corporate Beverage Director
Sant Ambroeus, Felice Wine Bars, Regency Grill, Casa Lever
good French bistro food available 24 hours, the late late night people watching is very entertaining
Executive Chef, Harvest Restaurant Group, NJ
Spent a lot of near overnights here, strong dependable bistro fare
New Jersey Restaurant Association 2013 Restaurateur of the Year, New York native, New York University, Dartmouth College,
Move over Blue Ribbon Sushi because downtown New York has a new late night sushi spot that's even better!
Wish I could work as an ice cream tester for Ben & Jerry's
Haven't heard much about Sushi Seki looks very interesting!
Marketing consultant, food network voyeur
What do you like better about Sushi Seki? Is it at a similar price point to Blue Ribbon?
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