In the city that never sleeps, 24-hour sit-down restaurants are a necessity. And while diners will forever win the late-night fight for after-bar sustenance, this type of eatery is not your only option. Korean tabletop barbeque, empenadas, and pierogies add to the list of offerings for ravenous middle-of-the-night cravings.
Here, this Metrowize-approved list of all-night eateries will keep your party going into the wee morning hours without your stomach complaining.
Empanada Mama (763 Ninth Avenue, Manhattan, 212-698-9008) serves up a wide range of fresh Latin tapas such as 40 varieties of wheat and corn flour empanadas, specialty arepas and tamales, salads, natural fruit shakes, plus a full menu of Latin entrees, sides, and desserts. Its midtown location makes this a great post-Broadway show nosh spot, and a more exciting alternative to traditional late night diner fare.
A neighborhood staple since 1983, Kang Suh (1250 Broadway, Manhattan, 212-564-6845) is bi-level, with a Japanese sushi bar below and a traditional Korean eatery above. Upstairs offers the most enjoyable late-night options, with its 24-hour menu of savory offerings like slow-cooked soups and stews, fried dumplings, and smoky tabletop barbeque -- all of which will keep your evening engaging well into the early-morning hours.
Middle Eastern-inspired Yaffa Cafe (97 St. Marks Place, Manhattan, 212-674-9302) caters to the NYU sect, which means that at various odd hours, you're sure to find an interesting mix of notebook-cramming studiers and post-bar partiers fiending for sandwich sustenance to keep their endurance going. An outdoor patio expands the dim, warm, eclectically-decorated space, wherein diners glance over an extensive omelet menu only to opt for the standard $5.95 all-inclusive special of two eggs, home fries, pita bread, coffee, and juice.
French Roast (2 locations: Uptown at 2340 Broadway, Manhattan, 212-799-1533; Downtown at 78 West 11th Street, 212-533-2233) is a Parisian brasserie with a full coffee bar, lovingly decorated in the style of a high-traffic European cafe. Delicately stylized entrees like steak frites, croque monsieur, and gourmet burgers and sandwiches will impress both your taste buds and aesthetic palates.
Park Slope's Purity Diner (289 Seventh Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-840-0881) has watched its surrounding neighborhood evolve from the same corner spot for decades, and now records some of this history across its vintage photo-laden walls. Stay away from the fancy stuff here, as the standard breakfast and burger platters are truly your best bets -- and very affordable, too.
Got that 3am craving for Ukranian soul food? For 55 years, Veselka (144 Second Avenue, Manhattan, 212-228-9682) has satisfied late night East Village eaters with plates of veal goulash, beef stroganoff, homemade pierogi, potato pancakes, and raspberry cheese blintzes. American fare like sandwiches, salads, macaroni & cheese, and beef, lamb, or bison burgers are also available, as are pancake and waffle breakfast platters.
The highlight of the extensive Waverly Restaurant (385 Sixth Avenue, Manhattan, 212-675-3181) menu is its dozens of variations on traditional breakfast fare like omelets (served to you still in the frying pan), pancakes, French toast, and Belgian waffles (the latter of which you may order up in sundae form, if you like!). The wood-paneled atmosphere is comfortably dimmer and homier than your standard diner, but it covers all the burger, breakfast, and Greek specialties well, with bottomless cups of coffee reliably alongside them.