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NYC's Best Late Night Eats

shaneferro Jul 11, 2008 08:36 AM

I am looking for the absolute BEST late night eats in the city. I am a college student, tend to be out and hungry past midnight and looking to entertain a friend that is coming to town for the next couple of weekends. Cheap, expensive, doesn't matter. Where is the best place to be a foodie at 2 in the morning?

  1. kcijones001 Jul 11, 2008 08:43 AM

    I love getting Pommes Frites all drunk
    La Lanterna

    1. Spends Rent on Food Jul 11, 2008 09:01 AM

      Personally I like Sarges, Blue Ribbon, or Pop Burger - all depending on where I am in the city.

      Some other thoughts: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/525166

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      1. re: Spends Rent on Food
        jenniebnyc Jul 11, 2008 12:14 PM

        i am with you. (used to be fan of Florent too .. boo hoo). Sarges has gotten even more dirty recently. my food was not good the last time i ordered from here. be careful...they re-use everything, like pickles cole slaw, bread, etc.

        i will add to the list velselka and republic.

        1. re: jenniebnyc
          RGR Jul 11, 2008 08:32 PM

          I think Sarge's, which is open 24/7, is great anytime.

          Obviously, jenniebnyc, you haven't been there that recently. We were just there last weekend, and they have spruced up the place. The booths have been reupholstered, and the freshly-painted walls are awaiting the rehanging of stored artwork.

          We had chicken soup with matzoh ball, cold borsht, pastrami sandwiches, and fries. All delicious!

          Oh, and do you have proof that they "re-use everything"?

          1. re: RGR
            jenniebnyc Jul 14, 2008 02:28 PM

            Yes. I sat at a table facing the kitchen where they scooped used coleslaw from one dish to another, re-used bread, ect. I would never state something on this board unless I had proof.

            I ordered from here about a month ago and it was pretty much inedible. Believe me, I used to love this place, but my past two dining experiences were not good.

            1. re: jenniebnyc
              RGR Jul 14, 2008 03:08 PM

              I certainly won't dispute what you say you saw. All I can say is the food we had when we were last there was excellent.

              1. re: jenniebnyc
                Spends Rent on Food Jul 14, 2008 03:49 PM

                Yikes! That sounds sounds very bad.

                But it is also very different from my breakfast there two weeks ago (the corned beef & pastrami omelette was fantastic) and the whole chicken I picked up from the deli counter on my way home last week, which they kindly quartered and heated for me to take home.

                I've got to say Jennieb that if I had your same experience it would turn me off as well. I'll be keeping a careful eye on them on my next visit.

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          chow_gal Jul 11, 2008 01:07 PM

          Ble Ribbon Brasserie; Mas

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            craig_g Jul 11, 2008 01:42 PM


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            1. re: craig_g
              Simon Jul 11, 2008 07:47 PM

              agreed: the salt baked squid and the roast pig at NY Noodletown may be the tastiest thing one can find in Manhattan after 3am...

              at 1am, there are some other options out there: Balthazar is really fun late at night...and it pairs nicely w/ drinking (and some average tapas) at n33 down the street at 33 Crosby...

              An ambitious night owl might even grab some Balthazar vittles (oysters, fine truffled salads) 'round midnight, then drink elsewhere til 3am and get some softshell crab at Noodletown afterwards...

            2. RHplus Jul 11, 2008 08:03 PM

              French Roast is always an option...it was for me when I was in college way back when...

              1. DarthEater Jul 13, 2008 10:17 AM

                Hagi, Yummy noodle.

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                  cricri7 Jul 13, 2008 02:42 PM

                  L'Express on park avenue south is open 24 hours a day

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                    small h Jul 13, 2008 03:00 PM

                    2nd JennieB for pierogies at Veselka (only because Kiev is gone). Nothing prepares your addled drunken soul for sleep like mashed potatoes wrapped in dough.


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                      UES Mayor Jul 14, 2008 05:11 AM

                      Most of the Korean restaurants on 32nd St open 24hrs!

                      1. erin07nyc Jul 14, 2008 07:03 AM

                        Snack Dragon - a great taco stand on e 3rd between A & B. Not open until 5 or 6pm.

                        1. il Trifulau Jul 14, 2008 03:29 PM

                          Why has no one mentioned Wo Hop?

                          Is it because it's insanely bright and the food's not that good?

                          Big deal. Still a classic late night drunky party.

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                          1. re: il Trifulau
                            small h Jul 14, 2008 03:44 PM

                            Well, it was that pesky word "best" in the original post. But really, quality is so subjective.

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                            shivohum Jul 15, 2008 06:37 AM

                            Pizza 33 is a nice slice of pizza at 2:00 in the morning (though its late-nightness exists only from Wed through Saturday).

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