Food & Drink

NYC's Best Late-Night Eats Open 'Til 2am or Later

Published On 01/15/2016 Published On 01/15/2016
cheeseburger, shoestring fries, The Spotted Pig
The Spotted Pig | Zoran Jelenic
Bagelsmith

Bagels

Bagelsmith (address and info)

Williamsburg
Open ‘til: 24 hours every day
One of the only places in NYC where you can get the Jersey breakfast staple: Taylor ham, egg, and cheese. Few things will do as good of a job soaking up whatever else you’ve consumed that night.

Bagels on the Square (address and info)

West Village
Open ‘til: 24 hours every day
This Washington Square Park-adjacent spot has a huge selection of bagels and cream cheeses (including bacon & cheddar), plus a very solid -- and large -- bacon, egg & cheese.

H&H Midtown Bagels East (address and info)

Open ‘til: 24 hours every day
Upper East Side
It’s not the original (the loss of which we’re still mourning to this day), but this distant relative across town has bagels that are basically just as perfect (and they’re available 24/7).

Bubby’s

Breakfast

Bubby’s (address and info)

Tribeca
Open ‘til: 24 hours Fri & Sat
Midnight brunch starts at 11pm, so it’ll be running smoothly by the time you get there. The griddle special will embrace you with a choice of pancakes, meat, and eggs.

L’Express (address and info)

Gramercy
Open ‘til: 24 hours every day
You won’t need to remember what you learned in eighth-grade French to eat at this 24-hour spot offering croque-madames and steak frites -- or the slightly less French-sounding croissant sandwich and fresh-fruit pancakes.

Odessa (address and info)

East Village
Open ‘til: 3am Mon & Tues; 24 hours Thurs-Sun
It’s arguably THE diner of the East Village, with old-school flair and older-school prices. Get the pierogies.

Waverly Restaurant (address and info)

West Village
Open ‘til: 24 hours every day
Neon signs, 24-hour service, and eggs served in skillets.

Coppelia (address and info)

Chelsea
Open ‘til: 24 hours every day
The whole menu at this 24-hour Cuban diner is delicious (who doesn’t want huevos rancheros after a long night?!). For the sweet tooth in your group, the blue corn pancakes will be a showstopper.

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Burgers

The Spotted Pig (address and info)

West Village
Open ‘til: 2am every day
While the gnudi is a big hit, after midnight all we can think about is the burger -- one of the best in the city any time of day. The place sells over 75,000 of these per year.

J.G. Melon (address and info)

Upper East Side
Open ‘til: 2:30am Mon-Thurs & Sun; 3am Fri & Sat
The burger at this classic UES joint is simple and juicy. It matches the restaurant’s old-school decor and doesn’t require any fancy aioli.

Corner Bistro (address and info)

West Village
Open ‘til: 4am every day
Another one of NYC’s best of the best, the Bistro burger at this West Village institution is a flame-broiled behemoth and clocks in at under $10.

Harlem Shake (address and info)

Harlem
Open ‘til: 2am Fri & Sat
If you’re not feeling a bistro-style burger late at night, Harlem Shake serves a thin double patty. Go for the barbecue onion burger or the Hot Mess -- a classic burger with pickled cherry pepper bacon relish and smoky chipotle mayo.

P.J. Clarke’s (address and info)

Upper West Side
Open ‘til: 4am every day
Another classic NYC burger spot, P.J. Clarke’s on the UWS serves up its famed Cadillac (with double-smoked country bacon and American cheese) until 4am every day.

Dram Shop (address and info)

Park Slope
Open ‘til: 4am every day
One of New York’s best double-patty burgers (made with grass-fed beef, melty American, chopped onions, lettuce, and tomato) can be yours after a late night out in Park Slope.

Insomnia Cookies

Dessert

Butter & Scotch (address and info)

Crown Heights
Open ‘til: 2am Fri & Sat
A bar in its own right, Butter & Scotch will gladly serve you a milkshaked White Russian called an El Duderino, if your night isn’t over yet (or, if it is, just a regular milkshake). To close off the night, opt for the seasonal fruit pie a la mode.

Insomnia Cookies (address and info)

Greenwich Village
Open ‘til: 3am every night
Warm, gooey cookies are always great, but they’re something truly magical after a night out. Get the double-chocolate mint.

The Donut Pub (address and info)

Chelsea
Open ‘til: 24 hours a day
This mom-and-pop Chelsea joint has some of NYC's best donuts, 24/7. The move here is the honey dipped (traditional glazed).

Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken | Andrew Zimmer/Thrillist

Fried chicken

Birds & Bubbles (address and info)

Lower East Side
Open ‘til: 2am Fri & Sat
You’ll have to come back a little earlier next time for the Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner but you can wet your beak with the late-night menu’s chicken & egg biscuit, jerk wings, and chicken tender basket.

Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken (address and info)

East Village
Open ‘til: 2am every day
Rally the squad together and order The Bird and all of the sandwiches. There isn’t a bad one.

Jacob’s Pickles (address and info)

Upper West Side
Open ‘til: 2am Thurs-Sat
It’s hard to go wrong here with eight ways to dress up buttermilk fried chicken -- six stomach-calming biscuit sandwiches and two salads (for the health-conscious fried chicken eater amongst you). Keep it chill with honey chicken & pickles or grab a chicken, bacon, egg & cheese if you don’t need to be able to move for a while.

Empire Biscuit (address and info)

East Village
Open ‘til: 24 hours every day
Who doesn’t want spiced chicken on a biscuit at 4am?

Bonchon Chicken (address and info)

Koreatown
Open ‘til: 2am Mon-Wed & Sun; 3am Thurs; 4am Fri & Sat
With the option of spicy or soy garlic, the major-league choice here is to go half & half and always wings.

Crif Dogs | Andrew Zimmer/Thrillist

Hot dogs

Crif Dogs (address and info)

East Village
Open ‘til: 2am Mon-Thurs & Sun; 4am Fri & Sat
Do you ever get the feeling that you need a deep-fried hot dog with bacon, pineapples, scallions, and teriyaki sauce in your life? This is the solution.

Gray’s Papaya (address and info)

Upper West Side
Open ‘til: 24 hours every day
There’s not as many of these around anymore, but the Gray’s Papayas left are not messing around. A recession meal = two hot dogs and a drink.

Rosamunde Sausage Grill (address and info)

Williamsburg
Open ‘til: 2am Mon-Wed & Sun, 4am Thurs-Sat
At this West Coast transplant, choose from 20 options of bangers, from boar to duck to multiple vegan options. And if you’re still thirsty, pick from the vast beer menu.

Nathan’s Famous (address and info)

Coney Island
Open ‘til: 2am Fri & Sat
It’s a New York institution, and while you’re obviously getting a hot dog (or several...), your biggest regret the next morning would be not ordering bacon cheese fries as well.

Artichoke Basille's Pizza | Flickr/Edward Kimber

Pizza

Prince Street Pizza (address and info)

Nolita
Open ‘til: 2am Fri & Sat
In the historical landmark that was considered the original Ray’s Pizza, Prince Street Pizza parlays a late-night square that’ll bring you new appreciation for the shape. For a decadent and flavorful option, get the Spicy Spring with fra diavolo or the Boozy Broome with vodka.

Artichoke Basille's Pizza (address and info)

East Village
Open ‘til: 3am every day
What’s a party without the dip? The hearty artichoke slice packs a punch with artichoke hearts, spinach, and cream sauce. If you’re not feeling like a full meal, the sicilian slice will satiate your hunger.

Lil’ Frankie’s (address and info)

East Village
Open ‘til: 2am Mon-Thurs & Sun; 4am Fri & Sat
Delicious Neapolitan pizza with a perfect thin crust. Get the salame piccante.

Two Boots (address and info)

East Village
Open ‘til: 2am Fri & Sat
If you’re looking for something a little more gluten-free or vegan, Two Boots has those options for you -- in addition to pizzas like the Cleopatra Jones (sweet Italian sausage, roasted peppers) and The Bird (Buffalo chicken and blue cheese dressing).

2 Bros. (address and info)

East Village
Open ‘til: 3am every day
For those times when you just need a solid regular dollar slice.

Joe’s Pizza (address and info)

West Village
Open ‘til: 4am Mon-Thurs & Sun; 5am Fri & Sat
For those times when you want a regular slice, but not just any old regular slice. Joe’s has the prototypical NY slice, pairing thin crust with beautifully even layers of cheese and sauce.

Bleecker Street Pizza (address and info)

West Village
Open ‘til: 2am Mon-Wed & Sun; 3am Thurs; 5am Fri & Sat
Another classic NYC slice with great crust and the perfect amount of cheese (read: a lot of it).

Williamsburg Pizza (address and info)

Williamsburg
Open ‘til: 4am Fri & Sat
Yes, inventive pizza is possible to eat post-2am, especially in Williamsburg. The most popular slices are the Brooklyn and grandma slices, but the pizza slingers here aren’t afraid to push a pizza with goat cheese or kale.

Empellón Al Pastor | Andrew Zimmer/Thrillist

Tacos/burritos/nachos

Empellón Al Pastor (address and info)

East Village
Open ‘til: 2am Fri & Sat
The spit-roast pork with pineapple taco is what the restaurant is named after, and it’ll fill all your late-night authentic Mexican cravings. Other tacos stand up to West Coast hatred and the salsas are a secret crowd-pleaser.

Grand Morelos (address and info)

East Williamsburg
Open ‘til: 24 hours every day
With the full menu of a diner -- burgers, souvlaki, and breakfast -- this spot's real heroes are found in the Mexican section of the menu. The tacos, tortas, and tamales are all delicious.

Zaragoza (address and info)

East Village
Open ‘til: 4am Fri & Sat
One of the best burritos in NYC during the day is also a late-night all-star. You won’t be able to settle in and get comfortable at this bodega, but your stomach will think you took a red eye to California with all the flavors that’ll be coming your way.

Taquitoria (address and info)

Lower East Side
Open ‘til: 2am Tues-Thurs; 4am Fri & Sat
For a less authentic, yet consistently delicious experience, the Lower East Side’s Taquitoria offers a rolled taco that is then fried. You won’t be disappointed.

Chilo's (address and info)

Bed-Stuy
Open ‘til: 2am Mon-Thurs & Sun; 4am Friday & Sat
A bar with its own taco truck and an outside chance of running into Michael Cera (one of the owners). Pick from monstrous tortas and tacos with eight different meats or veggies.

Katz’s Deli | Sarah Anderson/Thrillist

Etc.

Veselka (address and info)

East Village
Open ‘til: 2am Fri & Sat
Since 1954, people have been depending on Veselka’s cabbage soup as a hangover cure. And where else can you get some of the city’s best banana pancakes alongside pierogies and a cheeseburger?! Nowhere.

Katz’s Deli (address and info)

Lower East Side
Open ‘til: 2:45 Thurs; all night Fri & Sat
A fixture of the LES since 1888, this deli turns 24 hours on Friday and Saturday offering hot pastrami and corned beef sandwiches, the best of their kinds in New York. And hold on to your ticket.

The Meatball Shop (address and info)

Lower East Side
Open ‘til: 2am Mon-Thurs & Sun; 4am Fri & Sat
All-meatball everything. The optimal afterhours choice is the Smash -- two beef, chicken, pork, or veggie balls on a bun with cheese and a sauce like pesto, spicy meat, or Parmesan.

Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong (address and info)

Koreatown
Open ‘til: 2am Mon-Thurs; 6am Fri-Sun
Open until a whopping 6am on the weekends, Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong is one of the only Korean barbecue spots with a classically trained chef. It’s got the atmosphere of a Korean barbecue with meats the quality of a steakhouse.

Hide-Chan Ramen (address and info)

Midtown East
Open ‘til: 4am Fri
Slurp your way to the sunrise with the Hakata Kuro ramen that comes darkened with burned garlic in oil and crunchy mushrooms and scallions. It’s miles away from the instant ramen in your cupboard at home.

Sushi Seki (address and info)

Upper East Side
Open ‘til: 2:30am Mon-Sat
If you’ve had a fancy night already, continue to Sushi Seki and you’ll be presented with one of the most satisfying (and elegant) sushi meals you’ve ever had.

Great NY Noodletown (address and info)

Chinatown
Open ‘til: 4am every day
A Chinatown classic and great place to end your night. Anything with ginger scallion sauce and the roast duck or roast pork will make for a solid path to deliciousness.

Sake Bar Hagi (address and info)

Midtown West
Open ‘til: 2am every day
Be transported to Tokyo simply by walking down some stairs in Times Square. Seriously. This izakaya-style restaurant features a menu of delicious and cheap hits and ice-cold beers.

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