You’ve just seen the newest show playing in the Theatre District, but didn’t have time beforehand to eat dinner. Now that’s it’s almost midnight, where can you go for that nocturnal fix? From deviled eggs in Kenmore Square to miso glazed salmon in the South End, here are our picks for five haute spots for late night bites in Boston:
1 Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks
Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks sits prominently in the heart of Kenmore Square just steps from Fenway Park. Open until 2 a.m. every day, they have created a special late night menu designed especially for late risers who come here to curb the cravings with snacks like deviled eggs with pickled jalapeno or potato chips with French onion dip. Heartier hunger pangs are sated with crispy fried calamari, a charcuterie plate, steak tartare or a juicy cheddar burger.
528 Commonwealth Avenue Boston, MA 02215
2 The Franklin Café
The Franklin Café has been a favorite late night spot for Boston chefs since it opened due in part to its late night hours, but mostly for its full menu served every night here until 1:30 a.m. Snack on a skillet of smoked mussels, herbed goat cheese with fig puree or sweet and spicy Thai wings. Larger plates include miso glazed salmon with cashews and bok choy, steak frites with port and Roquefort butter and penne carbonara with shredded chicken.
278 Shawmut Avenue Boston, MA 02118
3 Peach Farm
There are many late night haunts in Chinatown, but one worthy of mention is Peach Farm. The Chinese restaurant is open until 3 a.m. every night offering satisfactions for every craving imaginable. Sure, you can find traditional American favorites like the pu pu platter, scallion pancakes and Peking ravioli, but late night diners in the know come here for the seafood specialties (think sea conch, jumbo crab, steamed black fish and eel with black bean sauce). There are also fish tanks at the front of the house where you can choose your own tank-to-table delicacy.
4 Tyler Street Boston, MA 02111
An unexpected late night find in Chinatown is the Japanese Shojo restaurant. One of the latest newcomers to the area, it has already gained popularity for its small plates, sake and seasonal dishes. Open until 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights, here you can indulge in some of the best ramen dishes in town, duck fat fries with Sriracha aioli, Japanese eggplant, crispy shrimp or suckling pig bao and Wu-Tang tiger style ribs made with Thai basil, shallots and peanuts.
9A Tyler Street Boston, MA 02111
Over in the North End, Bricco caters to late night crowds, who flock to the Italian restaurant Friday and Saturday nights for a taste of fresh beef carpaccio, seared scallops with crispy pancetta, a prosciutto topped pizza, an eggplant bake or hearty bowl of shrimp scampi. Before you head home for some much needed beauty rest, tantalize your taste buds with the ricotta pillows, a heavenly combination of truffle butter, wild mushrooms and fluffy ricotta tucked away in homemade pasta that will leave you dreaming of your next visit.
241 Hanover Street Boston, MA 02113