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Los Angeles Hound with 8 hour layover at JFK goes to NYC for Food 10PM-6AM

Hi there,

Los Angeles Hound arrives at JFK 10:00 p.m. and needs to be back at JFK at 6:00 a.m. I arrive on Friday December 3rd , and depart early the next morning .

Im planning on taking the Airtrain to the LIRR and be in Penn Station by 11:30 p.m. ( sooner I am told it could take 45 minutes if you hit the right conection ) and would like to be back at Penn Station at 4:30 a.m.

Okay NYC, what shoud I do? Would like the Foodie Tour, with a drink or two thrown in. Im up for taking the train or taxi while in NYC , it not much time but I would like to work in a few places.
I like small, ethnic, hangs with good food and turnover. I remember my college days: eating $1 Falafel at Mamouns in the Village, Payapa King on Broadway Uptown, Coal Oven Pizza at Johns.
I like those kind of spots, any type of food is fine.

Thanks in advance..

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    other links if you search (above right) with jfk may given additional info.

    1. Not sure what day of the week, but Katz's is open late on weekends. Get the pastrami. Halal cart on 53rd and 6th. South Brooklyn Pizza on First Ave by 7th.

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      South Brooklyn Pizza
      122 1st Ave, New York, NY 10009

      1. A lot of the interesting ethnic food carts & restaurants are going to be closed when you get here. But there is some variety in both the more casual places and the more expensive places that stay open late (Spotted Pig, Blue Ribbon, Minetta Tavern, etc.)

        Txikito for Basque tapas, not terribly far from Penn and open until 1am
        Momofuku Ssam Bar, open until 2am on weekends
        Great NY Noodle Town for Cantonese roast duck/pork/pig
        Artichoke Pizza for their square slice, note that there is no seating. Also South Brooklyn Pizza, Joe's, Bleecker St Pizza are other options and open until 4 or 5am
        Halal cart on 53rd and 6th, SW corner, across from the Hilton

        For cocktails, given that you'll not really be in Manhattan until midnight, it's going to be difficult to get into somewhere like PDT or Death & Co. Maybe Pegu Club or Mayahuel (tequila/mezcal temple).

        The Breslin also has decent drinks and is not super far away from Penn Station.

        See also some of the Japanese izakayas and other more upscale experiences listed here:
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/674480

        Here's some street carts specializing in ethnic food, but a lot of them cater more to the weekday lunch crowd & aren't out at night or open that late. I think the Biryani cart might be.
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/701278

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        Momofuku Ssam Bar
        207 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

        Minetta Tavern
        113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

        Pegu Club
        77 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012

        Txikito
        240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

        Mayahuel
        304 E 6th St, New York, NY 10003

        The Breslin
        20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001

        South Brooklyn Pizza
        122 1st Ave, New York, NY 10009

        1. NFR, but why take the LIRR? You can connect via the E train and that takes you all the way to the E Village ... if in case that's where you'll end up going to.

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          1. re: RCC

            Unless the wait for an LIRR train is very long, it's much quicker to take the train from Jamaica to Penn than the subway.

            1. re: RCC

              The E train doesn't stop in the East Village. It goes to West 4th St. and continues on the West Side to World Trade Center.

              1. re: Pan

                Weekend service on the E train is very problematic. Not running at all this weekend, for example. When it goes out, it generally does so at 10pm on Friday or 12:01 Saturday morning. OP should also check the AirTrain schedules before assuming that it will run at 4 a.m. on Saturdays. Pub transit may work on the way into town, but a taxi (about $60 incl. tip) may be in order getting back to JFK Sat. a.m.

                1. re: Jane A.

                  Hi There,

                  Thanks for all the heads up about the transportation. Yes the LIRR has returns at 4:30 a.m. every 15 minutes and the Airtrain runs 24 hours. I was born in Brooklyn and Lived in Staten Island before I went to FIT . I moved to LA in the early 80's and miss the NYC Culture and Ethnic Food.

                  Therefore, my hunt in the late night. I have this Layover at JFK and thought that I would pull and all nighter. So Hounds what have you in the Food Department. Thanks in advance and Happy Holidays..

            2. Mad for Chicken for Korean Fried Chicken is open until 4-6 am depending on the day of the week

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              Mono+Mono
              314 5th Ave, New York, NY 10001

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                1. re: Motosport

                  I was thinking about that what recs do you have?? Happy Thanksgiving to all..

                  1. re: Motosport

                    What Chinatown restaurants are open past midnight aside from Great NY Noodletown (which I love) and Wo Hop (which is not recommended usually here)?

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                    Wo Hop
                    17 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

                    1. re: kathryn

                      Within Chinatown's traditional boundaries, 69 and Hop Kee (both also not big favorites here, and I'm not even sure about the hours of the latter), Wonton Garden and Yummy Noodles. In the Fujianese quarter, a number of places are open past midnight.

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                      69 Chinese Restaurant
                      69 Bayard St, New York, NY 10013

                      Yummy Noodles
                      48 Bowery, New York, NY 10013

                      New Wonton Garden
                      56 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

                      Hop Kee
                      21 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

                      1. re: squid kun

                        Yes, one can stroll East Broadway and just see who's open. Lots of out of state in transit Fujianese workers are in Chinatown for just a few hours, so there is a need for 24 hour dining.