Food & Drink

Where to go after the bars close in NYC

Published On 12/10/2013 Published On 12/10/2013

When the sun sets on December 21st, it’ll officially be the start of the longest night of the year... and what we're calling the "Best Night of Your Life". Why? Because you’ll be spending it enjoying the fun-est nightlife the city has to offer, thanks to our recommendations on everything from the bestest happy hours, to the most epic dive bars, to today's contribution: eight of the raddest places in NYC to do some late-ass eating. Check out the picks below!

Empire Biscuit
Alphabet City
Take advantage of the last part of their "Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner. Drunk." motto at this all-day-and-night biscuitorium that's plying you with fried chicken numbers, Scotch egg joints, and about a billion types of butter and jam.


East Village
This OG (58yrs-old!) East Village Eastern-Euro diner is still the go-to spot for 24/7 'rogies, gravy-drenched pork & beef meatballs, and a buncha' other late-night eats you can also drench with your leftover gravy.

Blue Ribbon
West Village
A long-time food and drink industry favorite, Blue Ribbon serves its legendary fried chicken 'til 4a, as well as other bistro eats like lobster, New York strip, and rack of lamb.

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Crif Dogs
East Village
Everyone's got a favorite here, but the fact is, they're all pretty great... and almost nothing beats a hot dog and Ms. Pac-Man after partying all night.

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Tacos Morelos
East Village
Perfect for taking home to late-night-watch Saving Silverman on your couch, this Williamsburg cart (or really any of its other spots throughout the city) makes superlative burritos that can occasionally catch you off-guard with their heat… and deliciousness.

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69 Bayard
Lined with dollar bills, this funky Chinatown dive has better-than-average greasy Chinese, and if you ask, they've also got dare-you-to-eat plates of snails and killer whole fish.

New Wonjo

New Wonjo/ Wonjo
Midtown West
Always bright and seemingly always packed, this 24hr Korean BBQ place is the perfect last stop of the evening, with Korean beef you can DIY on in-table grills, and all kinds of late-night-/early-morning-appropriate greasy noodles and dumplings.

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The Meatball Shop
Lower East Side
TMS's famed balls come on awesome choose-your-own-adventure-style menus, which will unavoidably lead you to order pretty much everything on top of everything.

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1. Empire Biscuit 198 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009 (Alphabet City)

Empire Biscuit is exactly as it sounds... a manically obsessive eatery based around the wonder that are biscuits. They're not ordinary, either -- try one of their custom biscuits, or go with a friend and split the the Snuggah Boo -- a plum, prune & port, goat cheese, and black pepper buttered wonder.

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2. Veselka 144 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003 (East Village)

Since 1954, New Yorkers have depended on Veselka’s cabbage soup as the cure for a hangover. And where else can you get some of the city’s best banana pancakes alongside pierogies and a cheeseburger? Nowhere. On the pierogi front, it doesn’t matter what filling you choose, each fork-tender pocket feels like it came straight out of baba’s kitchen and tastes like a Polish heaven.

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3. Blue Ribbon 97 Sullivan Street, New York, NY 10012 (Soho)

Blue Ribbon's a stellar late-night joint, cozying up great 'tails with great (and interesting) company.

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4. Crif Dogs 113 Saint Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009 (East Village)

Crif Dogs is to hot dogs like Katz's is to pastrami and Russ & Daughters is to lox. The house-made dogs come in a variety of styles -- go big with one of the bacon-wrapped dogs, like the Tsunami, which comes with a healthy dosage of teriyaki, pineapple, and green onions, or keep it simple with the deep-fried corn dog (made with a super secret batter, of course). Crif Dogs' original location, in the heart of Alphabet City, is home to the phone booth entrance that leads to one of the city's most iconic speakeasies, PDT.

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5. Tacos Morelos 25 Ave A, New York, NY 10009 (East Village)

TM is the best late-night grub spot. Be sure to indulge in some crazy beef tongue (or get your more-inebriated friend to).

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6. 69 Bayard Restaurant 69 Bayard St, New York, NY 10013 (Chinatown)

This late-night, post-drinking spot is a hub for those craving delicious, fast Chinese food.

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7. New Wonjo 23 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001 (Korea Town)

New Wonjo's doling out awesome late night Korean grub. Try the seafood pancake or some sizzling banchan.

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8. The Meatball Shop 84 Stanton St, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

The Meatball Shop's LES location is doling out delicious 'balls and even more delicious libations... it's a definite latenight spot!



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