24 hour 'diners' in Boston?
I hate the puritan ethic! What is the deal with the 'so-called' diners in the Boston area? You cannot call it a 'diner' if it closes at 11pm. Ok, no more sniveling.
I have only aware of two places to get chow to soak up the beer after the bars close (12:45 last call? But that is for another rant)
Blue Diner - Weekdays until 3am? Weekends 24h
South Street Diner - 24h
Both next to each other outside South Station -
Any opinions on these places?
Do you know any other places that sling hash until the sun comes up?
The deli haus is good. There is also at least one place in Boston's North End that stays open all night (not sure of the name, but go down Hanover Street and look for lights that are still on!). Anything you eat in the North End is pretty much good. For the absolutely desperate needing to soak up beer at 4 a.m., there is also a 24 hr McDonald's right off Rt. 3 in Weymouth. (NOT that I'm suggesting you drink & drive to get there of course).
There are a couple of places in Watertown. The New Yorker (or maybe the New York?) Diner and Pat's are both late night joints. I recommend against Pat's unless you're truly desparate (coffee cups with plastic throw-away inserts -- 'nuff said), but the New Yorker was ok last time I went (several years back, but diners tend not to have wild swings in quality). They had french toast made with challah.
There's also a 24 hour IHOP on Soldiers Field Road, if you can stand that kind of thing.
re: Gabe Handel
pat's has changed quite a bit, not called pat's any longer, not sure if they keep the late hours like pat's
did. when we were in the new place i noticed portraits of george and his wife the founders of the nyer. i was told new place was owned by relatives. new place is
very clean but homefries not nearly as good as the nyer
peter the son in law is running the nyer, it's been years since i've been a regular there, sorry i can't come up with the name of the new place
There's Deli Haus, on Commonwealth Ave. near Kenmore Square; it's a punk rock greasy spoon that serves food & suds until 3am. The Franklin Cafe, in the South End, which serves more upscale eats until 1:30am, but good luck finding a parking space. There are a few Bickford's in Dorchester; I think that they're open 24hrs. on weekends, but don't quote me on that.
re: Seth Ditchik
One needs to remember for 24 hour food in Boston the area of South Station. Not only is there the much hyped Blue Diner, but there is also the South St. Diner. Both are great greasy spoon late night havens. The Blue Diner certainly attracts a more trendy crowd, but the South Street has a better over all rough around the edges diner experience. I love the Banana French Toast at the South St.
Thanks for the input folks.
That IHOP on Soldier's Field is always mobbed.
You would think that someone would keep a place open 24h given the crowds that it attracts. I don't mind IHOP personally, it is what it is.
The various responses, while appreciated, only serve to point out that there is a serious dearth of late-night dining options.
One more recommendation -
Rainbow Noodle House on Washington St. just south of Beacon is open to at least 1am on weekdays -
It is quick and dirty but I find that after several beers, their shrimp lo mein soaks it up like a sponge.
Problem with Blue Diner/South St. Diner is that one used to be the other! Blue Diner used to occupy the car that South St is in now - those of you who are old time Bostoners will remember this (pre Big Dig). Hasn't been the same since they moved. . .
The place in the North End that is open 24 hours is called Bova Bakery - not bad if you need deep dish pizza or a pizzelle at 4 am, but not a place you can hang out at, since there isn't a sit down area.