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Dining In New York City After Midnight

Updated on March 17, 2013

New York City is well-known as the city that never sleeps. However, it is not easy to find a good place to have a dinner after midnight. Of course, you always can find snack in a regular deli (New York City delis sell food 24 hours), but what about a great meal, say, at midnight or later? Majority of New York restaurant kitchens stop serving meals after 11 p.m. Any concert or Broadway show usually ends around 10 p.m., where are you going to have dinner in New York City after that? You certainly don't want to rush to a restaurant and try to order meal at the last second before it is closed. Nothing ruins a meal more than agitated waiters who want to go home, or cleaning personnel who start cleaning a restaurant in a middle of your dinner. Actually, trendy and upscale New York City restaurants use a different technique to get rid of late night dining customers. They turn on air conditioners to very "high cool" around midnight, so you simply start to freeze and have to leave. Well, as we know, New York City has any possible kind of services to satisfy New Yorkers and tourists, and there are several New York City restaurants with very decent food and very friendly for late night dining customers. You can even have fresh oysters at three o'clock in the morning if you crave for them. Here are some suggestions where to eat out late in New York City.

For those who love French food, you are in luck. In Manhattan there are several French brasseries and bistros that are open late. Here are some suggestions for escargot and steak frites lovers. Les Halles (411 Park Ave. South), a great place for late night romantic dining, serves dinners till midnight. Well-known among meat eaters this Anthony Bourdain's restaurant offers variety creative meat and poultry dishes and traditional specialties of French cuisine. L'Express (249 Park Ave. South) is a typical French bistro with typical for bistro food and great cocktails, open 24 hours. Le Bateau Ivre (translation: drunken boat) is a lovely French restaurant with great food and long wine list with 200 different wine available by glass, and open till 4 a.m.

For romantic late dinner go to SoHo where one of New Yorkers favorite spot Blue Ribbon (97 Sullivan St.) is serving delicious meal including one of the best seafood in town, till 4 o'clock in the morning. SoHo and West Village has a lot of places for late dining. Balthazar (80 Spring St.), upscale brasserie in SoHo, offers fantastic food with French accent and great seafood Mon.-Thurs. till 1am and Fri.-Sat. till 2 am. Casablanca Tea Room (164 Mercer St.), romantic Moroccan restaurant, serves romantic dinners Thurs.-Sat. till 2 am. This place is actually great for a romantic dinner at anytime, and for those who are not in a romantic mood - the food is still very authentic and great here. Lucky Strike (59 Grand St.), shabby-chic SoHo bistro, locals' favorite for almost 20 years, is great place to eat after midnight for Gallic comfort food lovers. Fatty Crab (643 Hudson St.), Malaysian restaurant in West Villages serves high quality Malaysian food (great duck and pork ribs) Thurs.-Sat. till 2 am.

For those who can be easily satisfy with simple dinner with cheeseburger or very early breakfast at 3:30 am with Western omelet, there are many diners in New York City, which serve food and drinks till 4 a.m. or even 24 hours. Here are a few of them you have to try. Katz's Delicatessen (205 E Houston St.), the oldest delicatessen in New York City, serves its famous pastrami, corned beef and sausages since 1888 and Friday and Saturday they do it till 2:30 a.m. Maybe you even can get lucky and sit at the table where Harry Met Sally. 2nd Avenue Deli (162 E 33rd St) is the landmark of New York City. Formerly located on 2Ave., the deli continues its service 24 hours in a new location and still offers its famous great pastrami-and-tongue sandwiches, delicious chopped liver and mushroom-barley soup. Cafeteria (119 Seventh Ave. at 17 St.), located in trendy Chelsea and opened 24 hours, is a very popular place to eat after night out among club goers and party lovers. Well-known for its mac 'n cheese, Cobb salad and celebrity customers.


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      Nadia Archuleta 

      6 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Wonderful Writing -- it makes me want (even more) to return to NYC for a visit! If you're thinking of heading west, check out my reviews of Denver dining.

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      simply beautiful 

      7 years ago

      I went to soho and I didn't know what or where to go so I came across this page.. And boy did it helped me a lot.. I went to the blue ribbon pretty nice place food was great service splendid.. Definitely plan on going back.. I even saw a few celebs

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      Gerald McConway 

      8 years ago from Conway, AR

      Thanks for the great information. I am definitely a late night starter, so this will help me quite a bit the next time I am in NY. Thanks a bunch for the info!

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      8 years ago

      Blue ribbon great fried chicken and great good

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      Clara Ghomes 

      10 years ago

      Useful Information. I have been to SoHo and had enjoyed delicious meals there. With plentiful places you can really enjoy late dining in SoHo and West Village.


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