Late night food places
You may want to specify particular neighbourhoods [the Yankees stadium is rather distant from the Theatre District, etc] and cuisines that interest you.
If not open 24-hours, what closing time qualifies as 'late night' for your purposes? I generally define it as kitchen open past midnight...
It's easiest to find late-night eateries Downtown. Blue Ribbon was one of the first respectable restaurants to stay open till 4 am. It's now a city-spanning chain, but the Blue Ribbon in Midtown [W 58th St near Eighth Ave] is only open till 2 am.
Where you can eat late at night depends HIGHLY upon:
1. Neighborhood you are in
2. If you are willing to leave that neighborhood
3. What time it is, 10pm vs 11ppm vs midnight vs 1am
4. What day of the week it is
It is much more difficult to find an open restaurant the later it is. It is ALSO much more difficult to find late night restaurants the further you are from downtown. Many restaurants close around 10pm or 10:30pm.
It is much easier Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Sunday will be the toughest day to find somewhere open past 11pm. However, a place that is open late Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday will also tend to be open late/later on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
Close to Theatre District AND open late on Sundays:
Yakitori Totto - open until 11pm
Marseille - 11pm
Kashkaval - 11pm
Totto Ramen - 11pm
Sake Bar Hagi - 3am
Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar and Grill - 12am
Landmarc - 2am
Casellula - 2am
Esca - 10:30pm
Salvation Taco - midnight
Sakagura - midnight
All of these will be open even later on other days.
Danji is also very good & close to the theatre district. It is open 10:30pm weekdays, 11:30pm weekend nights, but it is closed Sundays.
A little further away in Chelsea/Flatiron/NoMad (Sunday hours listed, they will probably be open later on Fridays and Saturdays):
The Breslin - 4am
The John Dory - midnight
El Quinto Pino - 11pm
Boqueria - 11pm, 19th St location
Montmartre - 11pm
Hanjan - midnight, closed Sundays
And below 14th St:
Blue Ribbon - til 4am
Blue Ribbon Izakaya - midnight
Momofuku Ssam Bar - midnight
Fatty Cue - midnight
Tertulia - 11:30pm
Joseph Leonard - 2am
Fedora - 2am
Chez Sardine - 11pm
Jeffrey's Grocery - 11pm
Perla - 11pm
Spotted Pig - 2am
Louro - 11pm
Recette - 11:30pm weekdays, midnight, Fri-Sun according to their OpenTable
The Dutch - midnight
Motorino - midnight
Minetta Tavern - 1am
Balthazar - dinner until 11pm, after hours menu until midnight
Lupa - midnight
Dell'anima - midnight
Buvette - 2am
Coppelia - 24/7
Mission Chinese - midnight
Pok Pok Pad Thai - 11pm
Pig and Khao - 11pm
Lafayette - 11pm
Alder - 11pm
Carbone - midnight
Pearl & Ash - midnight, closed Sundays
ZZ's Clam Bar - 1am, closed Sundays and Mondays
Lafayette - 11pm
Costata - 12pm
Le Philosophe - 11pm
Hours change all the time so call / check their web site / Facebook / Twitter before going. And keep in mind the kitchen will often want to close a certain amount of time (~30 minutes) before the restaurant's stated closing time.
I find it interesting that several of the Little Wisco restaurants are open past midnight but not Perla and Montmartre...
Balthazar serves an 'After Hours' menu till 1 am at the weekend [12 am on Sundays]. I've had the dubious pleasure of watching drunken, drowsy couples paw each other in the banquettes there after midnight...
If you're looking for something local to the Stadium, you need to hit the outer boroughs Board.
In Manhattan, I have a life-long affection for Wo Hop at 17 Mott St, which is open all night, has pretty good Chinese food, and where many of us life-long New Yorkers spent the pre-dawn hours during adolescence.
Thank you very much for the thorough reply. I have not specified a place because i am not afraid to take the subway at the wee hours so a place anywhere in Manhattan is fine by me. I will be late dining at different days and different places but would love to know places where there is a vibrant restaurant scene even at midnight/1 a.m.
French Roast - 24 hours - food is OK, not special; also, some of their sister restaurants are also open 24 hours (e.g. L'Express)
5 Napkin Burger - midnight - really good burgers, and some late night deals. I have only been to the one on 84th and Bway
Blue Smoke - 10 on Su and M, 11 on T through Th, 1 AM on F and Sat
Great NY Noodletown - Chinese and excellent - 4AM
Carnegie Deli - not the greatest deli but open until 4 AM when they close for 2 1/2 hours