Need late night dining recomendation...
I'm seeing a play on a Friday, that won't get out until 10:30pm, so I'm looking for a restaurant that serves late where I can make a 11pm reservation. Cuisine doesn't matter, just looking for good food, and still a vibrant scene at that time (don't want to just make the last seating, and be the only two people left there at midnight).
I currently have reservations at dell'anima, but have also thought of Momofuku Ssam since they both serve until 2am.
Are there any other places you'd recommend?
Are you OK with trying to walk-in somewhere? Or do you want a reservation for sure? I would wager that places that are walk-in only would be more reliably busy/full of people although a lot of the popular restaurants (McNally and Batali ones for sure) will still have people.
It's often difficult to get a prime time reservation at places like Balthazar, Lupa, Casa Mono, etc. so that would be where I'd go. If I was willing to wait for a table or seat at the barthen Blue Ribbon Brasserie or Bakery, Spotted Pig, 'inoteca, or Babbo.
This list is fairly accurate with the exception of Talbot's push cart (gone):
Re: 'inoteca. I've not been to the one on the LES, but I have been to the Gramercy location a couple of times, and I think the food is excellent. The dining room (which is where we've eaten) is on the left; bar room on the right. They are open every day until 3 a.m., and at 11 p.m. on Friday nights, it's a hoppin' place.