FAVE FIVE | DINING AFTER DARK
After a long night on the town, “the kitchen is closed” are quite simply the last words any nocturnal foodie should hear. Our late night dining roundup is a testament to the city that never sleeps — and one of the many reasons we love it so.
1. The Spotted Pig
April Bloomfield’s no-reservations West Village mainstay has drawn locals, foodies, and late night diners alike to its two levels of British/American gastronomic glory. The kitchen stays open into the wee hours of the morning, serving up its famed chargrilled burger (which Chef taste tests herself on a daily basis) with Roquefort and shoestring fries, among many other hearty classic favorites — the perfect way to finish off any evening. House cocktails are something to write home about as well, with inventive concoctions ranging from a cachaça/sherry/lemon/egg white combination to a summer staple with Bols genever, green chartreuse, house falernum, lime, pineapple, and bitters. There’s a reason this place is crowded at all hours.
314 West 11th Street at Hudson Street
2. Bubby’s TriBeCa
Midnight brunch. That's right, folks. When one is simply too busy during standard brunch hours, one need not fret. Bubby's understands. Late night breakfasters gather at the TriBeCa outpost from 11pm to 7am for traditional baked-from-scratch family recipes, market fresh ingredients, and honest, fresh fare from local purveyors. It doesn’t get much better than a plate of bacon at midnight. Check out the High Line hotspot for a quick bite, open until midnight during the week and 12:30 on weekends. There’s also a Japan location, in case anyone was wondering.
120 Hudson Street at North Moore Street
3. Blue Ribbon Brasserie
Since 1992, Blue Ribbon's flagship location has been a local favorite for conventional diners as well as home to loyal late night noshers. From a raw bar selection to fried chicken and paella, there's something for everyone at all hours of the day (and night). Brothers and Michelin-starred chefs Bruce and Eric Bromberg attract the post-dinner crowd until 4am seven days a week. Add this one to the to-dine list; that Blue Ribbon burger isn't going to devour itself.
97 Sullivan Street between Spring and Prince Streets
4. La Esquina
Delightful bites in a glam dungeon after normal restaurants have shuttered their doors for the evening. That about sums up La Esquina's subterranean brasserie, accessible via the ground-level taco stand and in full swing nightly until 2am. Sure, it may take being important, looking important, or knowing someone important to be granted access past the "employees only" sign and into the lower level eatery/tequila bar, but a little smooth talking usually does the trick. And the veal tongue taco with avocado cream is udderly worth it. (See what we did there?)
114 Kenmare Street (lower level) at Centre Street
5. The Breslin
Let's face it: everything about the Ace Hotel is cool, and The Breslin is no exception. With its memorabilia-clad saloon-inspired interior and meat-centric menu staples shuttled tableside by a brigade of mustachioed and tattooed waitstaff, this gastropub draws late night crowds in need of some serious hearty grub. April Bloomfield's (yep, same one) renowned "nose-to-tail" culinary methods and rich, roasted flavors shine. When the restaurant closes at midnight, bring the party approximately 100 feet west into the Ace lobby for killer cocktails and a DJ spinning into the wee hours of the morning. If the group is still mobile after that meal, that is.
16 West 29th Street between Broadway and Fifth Avenue