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Good food and cocktails until 1AM or later

I find myself picking people up at the airport at 10-11PM a lot, and since I don't live right in town, as long as we're there we like to take advantage. As much as I like both Eastern Standard and Gaslight (and am thankful for all they offer, including late hours), I'd like to add a couple of places to the rotation. Do you know of any other restaurants that serve both good food and cocktails at least until 1AM? (Places that stop serving food at midnight don't count!)

Eastern Standard
528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

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  1. Franklin Cafe in the South End serves the full menu until 1:30.

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    1. re: LeoLioness

      Any thoughts of parking near there? I never find street parking and I don't know of any other options.

      1. re: Bob Dobalina

        If you're driving, Franklin Southie is barely a mile away and has ampler nearby street parking. Generally easier to get a bar seat, too.


        Franklin Southie
        152 Dorchester Ave, Boston, MA 02127

        1. re: MC Slim JB

          A very good point. Any discernible differences in attitude, chow, etc.?

          1. re: Bob Dobalina

            I have friends who prefer the food and drinks at the Southie location these days, even though the South End one is closer to them.


      1. re: robwat36

        Citizen's deep fried cornish hen is finger lickin good.

      2. anchovies and stella in the south end.

        1. Here's my current late-night list. Obviously, not all of these feature cocktails. This is a snapshot and not utterly reliable; restaurants change their late-night hours all the time. Also, kitchens often stop accepting orders 15-30 minutes before these end-of-service times.

          24 hours
          South Street Diner
          Victoria's Diner (Thu-Sat, 10pm Sun-Wed)
          Bova's Bakery
          Adam's Pizza & Convenience Store

          Apollo Grill (Fri-Sat, 3:30a Sun-Thu)
          Moon Villa
          Chau Chow City

          Peach Farm
          Ginza Chinatown
          Kaze (Fri-Sat, 1a Sun-Thu)
          East Ocean City (Fri-Sat, 2a Sun-Thu)
          Pearl Villa (Fri-Sat, 12a Sun-Thu)
          Falafel Corner (Mon-Sat, 12a Sun)
          Hi-Fi Pizza (Thu-Sat, 2am Mon-Wed)
          Moody's Falafel Palace (Thu-Sat, 2am Sun-Wed)

          Pinocchio's (Fri-Sat only during Harvard College academic year)

          Dumpling Cafe
          New Jumbo Seafood
          Hot Pot Buffet
          Jade Garden
          Shanghai Restaurant (Wed-Sun, 10pm Mon-Tue)
          Shabu-Zen Chinatown (Fri-Sat, 1am Thu and Sun, 12a Mon-Wed)
          Azama Grill
          Franklin Cafe South End and Southie
          The Citizen Public House
          Clink (limited menu)
          Charlie's Kitchen (Thu-Sat, 1am Sun-Wed)

          Gaslight (cafe menu only)
          Stella (late night menu only)
          Eastern Standard (late night menu only)

          Taiwan Cafe
          Gourmet Dumpling House
          Q Restaurant (Fri-Sat, 12a Sun-Thu)
          Myung Dong 1st Avenue
          Wang's Fast Food (except Tue)
          Parish Cafe Back Bay and South End
          Abigail’s (bar snacks only)
          Island Creek Oyster Bar (late night menu only, Mon-Sat, 12a Sun)
          Lucca Back Bay (bar menu only)
          Via Matta (enoteca/caffe menu only, closed Sun)
          Harvard Gardens (late night menu only)
          Last Hurrah
          Floating Rock
          Boston Kabob Company, Allston (Fri-Sat, 11pm Sun-Thurs)
          Pinocchio's (Mon-Sat except as above, 12a Sun)
          Cambridge, 1. (bar menu only, Fri-Sat only)


          Floating Rock
          485 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA

          Peach Farm
          4 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111

          Wang's Fast Food
          509 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02145

          Eastern Standard
          528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

          16 Hudson St, Boston, MA 02111

          Jumbo Seafood Restaurant
          7 Hudson St, Boston, MA 02111

          Cambridge, 1.
          27 Church Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

          Chau Chow City
          81 Essex St, Boston, MA 02111

          Victoria's Diner
          Boston, MA, Boston, MA

          41 Essex St, Boston, MA 02111

          134 Salem St, Boston, MA

          Hi-Fi Pizza
          496 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

          Charlie's Kitchen
          10 Eliot St, Cambridge, MA 02138

          Via Matta
          79 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116

          Last Hurrah Restaurant
          60 School St, Boston, MA 02108

          Moody's Falafel Palace
          25 Central Sq, Cambridge, MA 02139

          South Street Diner
          178 Kneeland St, Boston, MA 02111

          Harvard Gardens
          320 Cambridge St, Boston, MA 02114

          East Ocean City Restaurant
          27 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111

          Moon Villa Restaurant
          19 Edinboro St, Boston, MA 02111

          Cafe Gourmet
          389 Main St Ste 303, Malden, MA 02148

          Azama Grill
          54 Harvard Ave, Boston, MA 02134

          2 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111

          Lucca Back Bay
          116 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116

          Island Creek Oyster Bar
          500 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

          222 Berkeley St, Boston, MA 02116

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          1. re: MC Slim JB

            a fabulous list, MC, and I know we disagree on this but I'd add Golden Temple which serves till 1 on weeknights and until 2 on fridays and saturdays. great bar, very good chinese american (I know, I know, I'll hear about it soon!!).

            1. re: teezeetoo

              Thanks, teezeetoo! I don't think beggars can be choosers in late-night Boston. And anyway, Golden Temple isn't terrible, just not my favorite American-Chinese for the money, but it's not hard to find something decent to eat there.

              I probably could have included a few more Lyons Group and Somers Group kinds of places, many of which serve something to eat until 1am, and they're everywhere. I also included a few places I wouldn't eat unless really desperate and/or hammered, like Adam's and Moon Villa.


            2. re: MC Slim JB

              my understanding is that ginza and moon villa only stay open late on the weekends now.

              1. re: hotoynoodle

                It's also worth noting that many Chinatown places will call it a night early if it's slow enough. Caveat edax.


              2. re: MC Slim JB

                Yowza, Slim! Thanks! Since I'd posted the question, I'd come up with Via Matta, Abigail's and Citizen Public and thought I was doing well. I'll carry your list with me 24/7. I emailed Citizen Public and they said that although the bar closes at 2, they stop serving dinner at 1 and serve bar snacks until 1:30, an example of your ever-changing hours observation.

                Between Via Matta, Tico, Lucca and Citizen, any opinions on which offer the best food and cocktails? If you weren't desperate, would you skip any of these four?

                Lucca Restaurant
                226 Hanover St., Boston, MA 02113

                Via Matta
                79 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116

                222 Berkeley St, Boston, MA 02116

                1. re: pollystyrene

                  I like the food well enough at all of them, think the bartending at Citizen and Lucca is better than at Via Matta and Tico.


                2. re: MC Slim JB

                  Wow - what a great list. Nice compilation...

                  1. re: MC Slim JB

                    Hey MC, GREAT LIST. TV Diner is doing a Late Night Dining Destination this Saturday that we shot the night b/f Thanksgiving. Between this killer list, Devra's G feature on Wednesday and TV Diner - apparently people are looking to stay out late. One thing coming up on the show this weekend is great for folks who are coming from out of town and staying at the Radisson or the W - South Street Diner delivers to the hotels through the night.

                  2. One addition: Russell House serves food until 1 Fri. and Sat. (bar open until 2).

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                    1. re: pollystyrene

                      Any chance RHT also serves food late on Thursday? I see they're also open till 2am that day (1am Sun-Wed).

                      * Amended to add: answered my own question. Bar is open till 2am on Thu, but kitchen closes at midnight.


                    2. The Abbey in Brookline. Full dinner menu till 1:30. I'm impressed that there's a critical mass of people ordering bison bolognese at 1 a.m. on a Tuesday in Washington Square to support this, but I guess the place is really small.

                      1. Hot on the heels of this thread, The Globe just did an article on late-night spots favored by industry folks (you can jump the paywall by going via Eater Boston: http://boston.eater.com/archives/2011... ).

                        Lots of expected favorites -- the Franklins get mentioned again and again -- though many of the ones cited (Lucky's, Silvertone, City Table, Salty Pig) don't serve very late, 11p or 12a. But it added a few more to my list:

                        Solas -- one for the faux-Irish pub bucket
                        Tasty Burger -- should have remembered that one

                        Red Lantern -- decent if you order carefully, like, avoid sushi and Peking duck
                        The Beehive -- though I'd put that in my "drunk or desperate" category for food

                        Surprised there were no mentions of Chinatown haunts, but given the number of mentions of Fernet and PBR, I suppose I shouldn't be.


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                        1. re: MC Slim JB

                          Now your list is complete! Thanks for the link. I think there was a passing mention of Chinatown and how those in the industry are glad for the newer alternatives. I guess Chinatown was just never bad enough to be ironic like PBR.

                          1. re: MC Slim JB

                            I thought the sushi was pretty decent at my one visit to Red Lantern - creative and fresh in terms of Anglo-rolls.

                            1. re: MC Slim JB

                              I guess that once again it is up to me to harsh the mellow.

                              There are far fewer folks up late than there were 5...10...15...20...or 30 years ago. People take work and school far more seriously than they once did.

                              The proliferation of high end food delivery has made 'Open Late' an archaic notion.

                              Please read COCKTAIL by Heywood Gould and KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL by Anthony Bourdaine for the real story of the results of having an industry crowd.

                              The G article on where the industry goes after work fails to mention the fact that the non-industry crowd will wind up dealing with a lot of drunks.

                              Tasty Burger is a very dangerous venue.

                              1. re: postemotional1

                                I manage this issue by going to the Tasty armed to the teeth. I'm very protective of my fries.


                                1. re: MC Slim JB

                                  I'm glad to see that i am making you laugh on purpose but not so much that my posts get removed! Touche!

                            2. Turning this question on its head: I've found myself in the situation of coming into Logan on a redeye before 6 am in the morning and having trouble finding a place open for breakfast at that hour. Besides the 24 hour places mentioned up-thread, are there places that open very early for breakfast?

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                              1. re: awkwardpause

                                don't know if south street diner is still open. Caffe Nuevo opens at 7 AM. maybe some east boston folks know of early riser breakfast joints?

                                  1. re: teezeetoo

                                    Caffe Nuovo does open daily at 7 a.m. Thornton's also opens at 7 during the week, and 8 on weekends.

                                  2. re: awkwardpause

                                    Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe on Columbus opens at 6a M-F. Same for Mike's Diner on Washington. Boston South End, both fairly easy from Logan.

                                    And thanks for the great list MC Slim JB!

                                    Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe
                                    429 Columbus Ave Ste 1, Boston, MA 02116

                                    Mike's City Diner
                                    1714 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

                                    1. re: mikeinboston

                                      Vinh Sun in C-town is also open till 2 AM. Did I miss it on your list, MC?

                                      Early morning in C-town--you can get congee and coffee, maybe some buns and pastries as well at Great Taste starting at 6 AM. Maybe Crown Royal bakery in C-town as well.

                                      Not particularly chowish, but Au Bon Pain is also open for breakfast by 6 AM.