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Jan 18, 2012 09:41 PM

Late-weeknight faves on LES or lower EV?

Hey all,

I work nights on the LES (Ludlow/Stanton). My after-shift regulars are Li'l Frankies, Meatball Shop, Bereket, and the taco cart at Ave. B & 2nd. When I'm a bit flush, Schiller's or 'ino teca. Every once in a while I'll venture up to Veselka, but my apt. is on 5th St & 1st Ave, so I consider that to be ever-so-slightly out of the way.

What are some of your late-night go-tos in this area? I'm impatiently waiting for Blue Ribbon to open in the former Shang space in March...


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  1. You mentioned all the places I go to. I'd throw in Spitzers. I've been going further up to Maharlika (Filipino) on 1st and 7th. Or Yokocho on Stuyvesant St (9th and 3rd) upstairs for yakitori is open late.

    Spitzer's Corner
    101 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

    Village Yokocho
    8 Stuyvesant St, New York, NY 10003

    111 First Ave, New York, NY 10003

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    1. re: foodwhisperer

      Funny about Spitzer's: I've still not yet tried it! I will do so, thanks. I didn't know Maharlika was open late! Yokocho is on the list now when the weather gets warmer.

        1. re: howdini

          Their Facebook page says until midnight Mon-Fri and 1am Sat-Sun.

      1. If you're willing to go to Chinatown (but it sounds like you're not), New York Noodletown is open till 3.

        Lately, Katz's has been open 24 hours on weekends.

        Katz's Delicatessen
        205 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

        Great New York Noodletown
        28 Bowery, New York, NY 10013

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        1. re: Pan

          I wish where I work was closer to C'town, but yeah, I'm looking more for places that are on the way home or very close.

        2. Blackmarket, 110 Avenue A at 7th street. There aren't any specials and the menu never changes but the hamburgers and atmosphere are both great. Think the kitchen is open until 2am.

          I'd also second Village Yokocho.

          Village Yokocho
          8 Stuyvesant St, New York, NY 10003

          Black Market
          110 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

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          1. re: Pedr0

            Blackmarket sounds good, thanks!

            1. re: howdini

              Should check out Upstate at 6th & 1st Ave if you haven't already.

              Place is awesome.

              95 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

          2. Taqueria is open 'til midnight, if that's late enough for you. Here's a thread about it:


            Taqueria Lower East Side
            198 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

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            1. re: small h

              Heh. That was a thread I started. Love Taqueria, but it's not open late enough.

              1. re: howdini

                Whoops! My powers of observation are lacking this morning. Remedy Diner? Never been there myself, but it's open 24 hours, and only slightly out of your way.

                Remedy Diner
                245 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

                1. re: small h

                  Yeah, but it's pretty underwhelming; I'd much sooner go to Odessa or 7A.

                  119 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

                  7A Cafe
                  109 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

            2. Tacos Morelos cart (Ave. -A- and 2nd, but maybe that's the one you meant...)

              Pok Pok Wing (open 'til midnight Sun - Thurs, 2AM Fri & Sat) - the wings are solid, if you like sticky-sweet, and VERY meaty, but the winner for me was the shredded pork over rice with spicy papaya salad. Nice blend of sweet, spicy, umami - damn fine meal for around $10.

              Stanton Social (if you're feeling flush)

              Cibao - for my money, the best of the cubanos & mofungo in the neighborhood, open 'til 2AM. Order one of each and for $10 you won't need to eat for another 24 hours.

              El Maguey y La Tuna - open 'til 1AM, one of the better cheap Mexican options if you're not just looking for tacos.

              Zabb Elee - open 'til 1AM, if you need a little spice to wake you up.

              Stanton Social
              99 Stanton Street, New York, NY 10002

              72 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

              El Maguey y La Tuna
              321 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

              Tacos Morelos
              2nd Street and Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

              Zabb Elee
              75 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

              Pok Pok Wing
              137 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

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              1. re: sgordon

                Yes, it was Morelos I was referring to.

                Zabb is open til 1am on weeknights? It's really a weeknight late-night I'm asking about here; If Cibao is open that late, it definitely goes on the list.

                I usually love Maguey's chile rellenos, but lately they've been really hit-or-miss.

                Stanton Social is right next door, but I don't really like the clientele, and the portions are on the small side for my late-night hunger.

                Been meaning to try Pok Pok...

                1. re: howdini

                  I'm not the biggest fan of SS's clientele, either - but it seems most of the douchey bridge & tunnel types have moved on to Beauty & Essex. I'm kind of in a split mind about it - I like Chris Santos' food quite a bit, and I'm happy for his success. I just wish it didn't involve being stuck next to groups of overgrown frat-boys playing one-ups-manship games to impress the girls in the bachelorette party at the next table in order to eat it. He should have a special lounge attached to both restaurants just for locals - only people who can prove their zip code is 10002 are allowed in.

                  But that aside, those crowds aren't really there in full force on weeknights. I find the lounge upstairs at SS pretty pleasant at 1AM on a Wednesday, actually. Yeah, it's only small plates, but they're all appropriately appetizer-priced, and sometimes all you want are a few appetizers and a drink.

                  Stanton Social
                  99 Stanton Street, New York, NY 10002

                  Beauty & Essex
                  146 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

                  1. re: sgordon

                    Well, color my mid changed! I'll try it.

                    1. re: howdini

                      The French Onion Soup Dumplings and Chicken & Waffles are both pretty solid - the rest of the menu is pretty varied, just have to poke around and find the things you like.

                    2. re: sgordon

                      >only people who can prove their zip code is 10002 are allowed in.

                      That would hardly stop the "douchey" vibes of the crowd.

                        1. re: sgordon

                          Hey, you know it wasn't a personal diss.

                          1. re: uwsister

                            <considers all zip codes inferior to 10003>

                            1. re: Simon

                              (Insert a picture of the Dude here)

                              "Yeah, well, you know, that's just like, your opinion, man."

                              1. re: uwsister

                                not my fav Cohen Bros film...i'd say insert a pic of Barton Fink instead: "I am a writer! I create!" :)