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Best Late Night Menu (post 11pm)

spectra21 Aug 12, 2010 08:04 AM

Want to have a late night dinner/snack at around 11pm on a Thursday night. I heard about Stella. Are there any other tasty options in Boston proper? Don't need anything too fancy, but anything at least a step above greasy bar food.


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  1. cassoulady RE: spectra21 Aug 12, 2010 08:10 AM

    The Franklin Cafe serves til 130am. They offer thier full menu.

    1. hotoynoodle RE: spectra21 Aug 12, 2010 08:18 AM

      lots of places serve late. what neighborhood will be in?

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      1. re: hotoynoodle
        spectra21 RE: hotoynoodle Aug 12, 2010 12:06 PM

        Thank you for the Franklin Cafe rec. Prefer near Back Bay. Looking for sit-down restaurant, not counter.

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        trueblu RE: spectra21 Aug 12, 2010 02:56 PM

        Chinatown used to be open v. late, but since we've had our daughter, it's not something we've done, so I've not kept up. It's not in Back bay, but is a short cab-ride away.


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          bear RE: spectra21 Aug 12, 2010 04:57 PM

          I usually recommend checking out Lucca Back Bay (formerly Sasso) on Huntington. They have very good food, and an appealing late-night bar menu. Interesting space, too. They serve until around 1 a.m.

          Lucca Back Bay
          116 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116

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          1. re: bear
            greenzebra RE: bear Aug 13, 2010 05:14 AM

            Second Lucca Back Bay. Brasserie Jo also serves their bar menu until 1 am.

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              spectra21 RE: greenzebra Aug 26, 2010 06:44 AM

              Ended up going to Lucca Back Bay - it was perfect for our needs and provided a nice atmosphere in their bar/lounge area. Had the bolognese rigatoni which was delicious. Other dishes were just okay. Thanks so much for the rec!

              Lucca Back Bay
              116 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116

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                bear RE: spectra21 Aug 26, 2010 07:09 AM

                Glad it worked out!

          2. yarm RE: spectra21 Aug 13, 2010 01:14 PM

            Eastern Standard has a late night menu that is pretty decent. Plus, they put even later night specials on the mirror above the bar -- large portions for the price. Their twitter page has some examples of the latter:

            Eastern Standard
            528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

            1. ecwashere7 RE: spectra21 Aug 13, 2010 05:17 PM

              Via Matta has awesome pizzas and bar foods until 1 AM in their enoteca. The polpette are so damn good, and I always recommend adding a fried egg to the top of your pizza.

              Via Matta
              79 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116

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                Wannabfoode RE: spectra21 Aug 14, 2010 08:25 AM

                coppa until 12:45

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                  thebumbles RE: spectra21 Mar 24, 2011 08:10 AM

                  I'm actually compiling a list of late night Boston kitchens for a post for UpTake's Restaurants Blog. So, any suggestions in Greater Boston? Can be diner/cart/spiffy - the bigger the variety and range of neighborhoods the better. Some suggestions I've had already, in addition to those named above, are:
                  -Stella in South End
                  -Eastern Standard in Kenmore
                  -Golden Temple in Brookline
                  -Back Bay Social Club in Back Bay
                  -Tasty Burger in Fenway
                  -Boloco Berklee in Back Bay
                  -Little Stevie's in Back Bay
                  -Moody's Falafel in Central Square
                  -Roxy's Gourmet Grilled Cheese Truck in Brighton

                  Would love any thoughts on these spots as well as your recommendations for others. Thanks!

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                    tysonmcneely RE: thebumbles Mar 24, 2011 09:25 AM

                    I've never been to Roxy's Gourmet Grilled Cheese, but If they are around late night, they would be one of the very few food trucks (if not only) who are.

                    To add to the list (both have late night menus.)
                    Beacon St Tavern

                    1. re: tysonmcneely
                      thebumbles RE: tysonmcneely Mar 24, 2011 09:59 AM

                      Roxy's has been open until 2AM at Cleveland Circle.

                      What's ICOB?

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                        Gabatta RE: thebumbles Mar 24, 2011 10:06 AM

                        Island Creek Oyster Bar. It would have been the first thing that popped out if you used the search box at the top of the page (since you know, you are doing research and all).

                        I'm not sure if you are just compiling a laundry list, but Little Stevie's is pretty awful (unless I was completely wasted and could time machine back at least 10 years).

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                          thebumbles RE: Gabatta Mar 24, 2011 10:22 AM

                          Thanks. I'm just compiling suggestions now. Research about each will follow.

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                      robwat36 RE: thebumbles Mar 24, 2011 09:43 AM

                      Are we saying anything after midnight? Hungry Mother, Craigie, Citizen, Peach Farm, Victoria's, South Street Diner, The Hen House

                      Peach Farm
                      4 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111

                      Hungry Mother
                      Cambridge, MA, Cambridge, MA

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                        thebumbles RE: robwat36 Mar 24, 2011 09:53 AM

                        Yes - after midnight - anything goes. Thanks for the suggestions.

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                          tysonmcneely RE: robwat36 Mar 24, 2011 10:23 AM

                          If it's anything after midnight, then you could go on forever.

                          Something I am curious about are which places offer a good Late-night Menu (Different from the regular menu, usually cheaper, i.e ICOB, Eastern Standard.)

                          Eastern Standard
                          528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

                        2. re: thebumbles
                          bizkat RE: thebumbles Mar 29, 2011 08:59 PM

                          New York Diner in Watertown.

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                          y2000k RE: spectra21 Mar 24, 2011 11:56 AM

                          Does anyone have a good list of restaurants in Chinatown that's still open after 11pm? Sometimes we feel like getting a quick bite after seeing a show in the Theatre District.

                          EDIT TO ADD: I'm looking for places with cheap rice plate dishes or noodle soups w/fast service so that we can be in/out in 30 minutes.

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                            thebumbles RE: y2000k Mar 24, 2011 12:08 PM

                            robwat36 above mentioned Peach Farm which is open until 3AM. Are you looking for Chinese food or any food?

                            Peach Farm
                            4 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111

                            1. re: y2000k
                              y2000k RE: y2000k Mar 31, 2011 10:46 AM

                              Answering my own Question:

                              Dumpling Cafe on Washington Street is open until 2am. Next door, Penang is open until 11:30p weekdays; MN on w/e.

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                              purple bot RE: spectra21 Mar 25, 2011 10:58 AM

                              Was at Basho in the Fenway the other night (quite good, actually!) and noticed that they serve until 1am., every day.

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                                robwat36 RE: spectra21 Mar 25, 2011 11:13 AM

                                In today's Herald, Mat Schaefer's review of The Abbey in Brookline notes that they serve food till 1:30 nightly.

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                                  jajjguy RE: spectra21 Mar 26, 2011 08:28 AM

                                  Not in Boston, but for others' benefit I heartily recommend the bar menu at Bergamot, available til midnight every day.

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                                    t19103 RE: spectra21 Nov 9, 2011 10:17 PM

                                    So, quite a few places are open late. Which ones have GREAT and/or unique or local food? I am from out of town so I don't recognize anything on the lists. I will be between Woburn, Boston and Auburndale.


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