Late night options close to W 32nd
- Johnresa Aug 15, 2007 11:58 AM
I will be staying at a hotel on W. 32 St. in mid September and was looking for some good late night eats in the area....well something fairly decent that will be open between 10pm and 1am. i will be having an early dinner around 5 and just wondering where I could grab something else if I got hungry later in the night. I do not want to go too far from the area. I am open to ANY and ALL cuisine...what can i say i am adventurous...lol
Skylight Diner. 302 W. 34, just west of the intersection of W. 34 and 9th Ave. Googgle it.
24 hrs. Utterly reliable and predictable. Very good coffee. Their muffins and danish are superb. Everything else is average to above average. The Daily News is a few blocks away. The News rated Skylight the best diner in Manhattan. I wouldn't argue with them, despite their bias.
if you're on w 32nd, you'll be doing yourself a huge disservice if you don't eat at least one meal in k-town (i've never heard people call it little korea, it's k-town to us koreans). heck, there's even an independent film out called w 32nd street, based on the korean nightlife culture of k-town.
anyway, korean restaurants stay open very late, some 24 hours (i believe that kum kang san is). they cater to the after drinking crowd, people stagger in after 4am. honestly, i've never been dazzled by k-town korean food, but then i'm biased since i grew up queens. :-)
but if i had to choose:
1) kunjip is solid and consistent. try the kalbi or sam gyup sal.
2) if you're intimidated, then go to kum kang san. they are very accommodating to nonkoreans.
3) ga mee ohk for the true afterdrinking korean experience. they specialize in suhl lung tahng, korean oxtail soup with noodles. it's a comfort food for koreans.
4) and if you've heard anything about the korean fried chicken explosion, i suggest checking out a korean fried chicken place. the ideal late night as well. i'm not sure what's in k-town - i believe it's bon chon chicken.
When I lived in NYC during my college days, there were several late nights when we would venture out for some good eats. Ga Mee Ohk was one of our favorites but it was
a small hike from NYU. Even so, it was well worth the "trip." The restaurant is located at 43 West 32nd Street. Try the potato pancakes and the seol-leong tang. If you are staying more than one night and you try this place on the first night, you will probably find yourself going again the next night. The bi-bim bap is outstanding.
If you don't want a full meal, try Worijip. It is takeout and very good, and you can get anything from small snacks to full meals. It's in the middle of the block on the south side of 32nd. St. between B'way and 5th.
If you're a Korean newbie, I would not do Gam Mi Ok. Although I love it, they only have a few things on the menu. They're known for Sul Long tang, a soothing (bland for some) beef broth topped with salt and scallions. That is probably not the best intro to Korean food. Won Jo or Kum Gang San is a better bet. Won Jo has better food, but Kum Gang San has better banchan. I've only been to Shilla once, but I thought their banchan was awesome as well.
If you're willing to go slightly earlier, Artisanal on 32nd and Park is terrific as well. They're closed at midnight, and have wonderful cheese and wine flights, a perfect ending to your evening. They also have a cheesecake to die for -- my favorite in the city.