At one of the world’s cities that never sleeps, there’s just always something that everyone’s doing that’s keeping them up all night. No matter what that is, our stomach is bound to growl and you’ll be hungry for something afterwards. Whether you feel like scarfing down a classic steak, munch on cheesy nachos or tasty asian food, stay tuned for some best late-night eats that are available ‘til 1AM or later in New York City, broken down to the type of cuisine they serve.
The Blue Ribbon series serves the greatest meals you can have at 3AM, and probably the one of those things that New Yorkers have that nobody else does. If you’re talking about late-night dining in New York, you can’t get away without mentioning this cozy, friendly, and always-accomodating two-decade-old, empire-spawning brasserie. While others rest their bones under the sheets, you get to devour bone marrow fried rice and fried chicken from a white table cloth at some ungodly hour in the early morning. On a Tuesday.
Order: definitely the Raw Bar for some fresh oysters and scallops. Also, anything crab-related is a winner. And definitely try their signature Beef Marrow & Oxtail Marmalade, where you scoop them onto a piece of toast and add a little coarse salt to enjoy.
Do you ever walk into a joint immediately knowing that you’re psyched to return to? La Contenta would be one of them. It is an authentic Mexican restaurant where you’ll be served by Luis Arce Mota, chef/owner with the maddest skills and his partner, Alex Valencia, an excellent artist of the cocktail world.
From their juicy guacamole, crispy nachos, and mouthwatering pork belly tostada, they also have the best fish tacos around that makes it the ultimate neighborhood hang-out. The drinks are infused with various chilies, and even agaves have found their way onto menus around town – becoming favorites, like the nutty tasting Sotol, and the smokey Bacanora. Custom made cocktails are also always on offer. What more can they do to make you feel special? The food is on point, the staff is thoughtful, and you won’t be able to stop gorging on their baked chips.
Order: start off your meal with the tuna belly appetizer that comes with a quail egg on top (Toro Tataki), and share an assortment of clams in addicting vinegar sauce (Kai Moriawase Sunomono). Then proceed to digging into their sashimi, platters, or special rolls.
Even if you’re familiar with Korean barbeques, the Kang Ho Dong Baekjong experience is something entirely different... What sets them apart from theri competitors begin with the man running the joint, that is 26-year-old Deuki Hong. Don’t let the age fool you; as he’s worked with other notable celebrity chefs like David Chang and Jean-Georges Vongerichten! Everything is of really high quality, from the meat they prepare to the friendly and super helpful servers who cook the food off the grill for you. The only downside is the long queue, but you can wait at the Soju House around the corner, or hit Pocha 32 and have liquor served out of a watermelon!
Order: Banchan and try all the complimentary side dishes, the Beef Combo’s selection of different meats, and an extra order of Prime Boneless Short Ribs.
Believe the hype that surrounds David Chang’s second restaurant, that is the Momofuku Ssam Bar on East Village. BUT if you don’t eat pork or spicy food, then you should definitely stop reading now. Still with us? Okay. So-There is probably no better joint where you can order spicy pork sausages served with steamed buns or rice cakes.. Start with the very famous “Steamed Buns with Pork Belly” for some tender, succulent goodness, before moving on to their full plate of Whole Rotisserie Duck Ssam. Plus, New Yorkers aren’t stupid. They wouldn’t voluntarily wait 45 minutes to an hour if the food wasn’t ridiculously awesome. Again, believe the hype.
Order: Steamed buns that melt in your mouth and leave you thinking about them all day, like a guy or a girl you can’t wait to see again. Spicy pork sausage and rice cakes for some hot, spicy magic. Or the Fried Duck Dumplings for some crispy balls of fried goodness.
The Spotted Pig has been one of the most important and influential restaurants in the world. The whole gastropub thing, taking no reservations? Yeah they started it. No Michelin-star restaurant embodies the spirit of Gotham City quite like The Pig! Serving upscale seasonal Britsh and Italian pub fare with local ingredients, it is always filled with good vibes, all housed in a 178-year-old building with an awesome crowd and famous burgers. The kind that is drip-down-your-arm juicy and bursting with meaty flavour.
Order: their Deviled Eggs is a good snack, and absolutely try their Sheep’s Milk Ricotta Gnudi with Borwn Butter and Sage (basically a big gnocchi – massive, soft, delicious pasta dumplings filled with ricotta), and the world famous Chargrilled Burger with Roquefort Cheese & Shoestring Fries!
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