It’s 11pm. Do you know where your late-night grub is? We do. Check out our top picks for after-hours dining in New York City.
1 La Esquina Brasserie
Delightful bites in a glam dungeon after normal restaurants have shuttered their doors for the evening. That about sums up La Esquina's subterranean brasserie, accessible via the ground-level taco stand and in full swing nightly until 2am. Sure, it may take being important, looking important, or knowing someone important to be granted access past the "employees only" sign and into the lower level eatery/tequila bar, but a little smooth talking usually does the trick. And the veal tongue taco with avocado cream is udderly worth it. (See what we did there?)
114 Kenmare Street (lower level) at Centre Street
2 The Breslin
Let's face it: everything about the Ace Hotel is cool. The Breslin is no exception. With its memorabilia-clad saloon-inspired interior and meat-centric menu staples shuttled tableside by a brigade of mustachioed and tattooed waitstaff, this gastropub draws late night crowds in need of some serious hearty grub. April Bloomfield's renowned "nose-to-tail" culinary methods and rich, roasted flavors shine. When the restaurant closes at midnight, bring the party approximately 100 feet west into the Ace lobby for killer cocktails and a DJ spinning into the wee hours of the morning. If the group is still mobile after that meal, that is.
16 West 29th Street between Broadway and Fifth Avenue
3 Bubby's TriBeCa
Midnight brunch. That's right, folks. When one is simply too busy during standard brunch hours, one need not fret. Bubby's understands. Late night breakfasters gather at the TriBeCa outpost from 11pm to 7am for traditional baked-from-scratch family recipes, market fresh ingredients, and honest, fresh fare from local purveyors. Also, bacon. At midnight.
120 Hudson Street at North Moore Street
A cozy little nook of a trattoria lies tucked away in the West Village, helmed by owner/Executive Chef Gabe Thompson, an impassioned Italophile and co-owner of L'Artusi and Anfora, along with wife Katharine Thompson and sommelier extraordinaire Joe Campanale. Also unofficially known as The Dream Team. This intimate 50-seat haunt flaunts an open kitchen for six lucky diners, daring dishes, and an extensive (understatement) wine list. Said kitchen stays open until midnight on weekdays and 1am on weekends, serving up family specials from 11pm to close on Friday evenings. Be sure to save room for Signora Thompson's desserts.
38 Eighth Avenue between West 12th and Jane Streets
5 Blue Ribbon
Since 1992, Blue Ribbon's flagship location has been a local favorite for conventional diners as well as home to loyal late night noshers. From a raw bar selection to fried chicken and paella, there's something for everyone at all hours of the day (and night). Brothers and Michelin-starred chefs Bruce and Eric Bromberg attract the post-dinner crowd until 4am seven days a week. Add this one to the to-dine list; that Blue Ribbon burger isn't going to devour itself.
97 Sullivan Street between Spring and Prince Streets