While breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, it’s nowhere near as enjoyable as the midnight snack; and no one does that better than the city that never sleeps. Whether you’re a New Yorker or out-of-towner, you’d be wise to check out our list of favorite late-night eats all over New York, from the NoMad’s foie gras-capped chicken burger to the seafood platters at Blue Ribbon Brasserie to Empellon Al Pastor’s short rib tacos.
Blue Ribbon Brasserie
You’d be hard pressed to find another refined NYC restaurant serving thoughtfully prepared food until 4 am, but Blue Ribbon Brasserie definitely breaks the mold, offering raw seafood platters, steak tartare, roasted duck club sandwiches and matzoh ball soup until the wee hours of the morning. Did we mention their killer sundaes to finish?
The NoMad Bar
Food is served at the lush NoMad Bar until one hour before last call — which, on Wednesdays through Saturdays, means close to 2am. So don’t waste any time ordering the chicken burger with foie gras, crispy skin and black truffle mayo (a spin on the restaurant’s extravagant, signature whole bird), along with Scotch olives coated with lamb sausage and sheep’s milk cheese, and apple popsicles sprinkled with cinnamon for dessert.
Empellon al Pastor
Since they shut down at midnight (still legitimately late for a kitchen to stay open), you’ll probably want to buoy a late-night drinking binge with a stomach-sustaining trip to Empellon al Pastor, for paper plates of tortillas piled high with spit-roasted pork, silken short ribs, beer braised tongue, or chipotle-spiked chicken.
Open until 2:45am on Thursday and all night long on Friday, Katz's serves celebrated mile-high sandwiches that run rings around your average after-midnight options. And it’s a clever way to avoid the perennially lengthy lines too, if you stock up on pastrami on rye, sweet potato knishes, cheese blintzes and black-and-white cookies at two in the morning. What to wash everything down with? An egg cream, of course!
Want to discover more great restaurants serving late-night dinner in NYC? Read the rest of this post on Bravo Contributor RestaurantGirl's blog.
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