Attention, night owls, barhoppers and midnight snackers: We've compiled the best after-hour eats in your favorite party 'hoods, to keep you full and happy around the clock.
Fri Jan 7 2011
Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson
Lobster-bisque dumplings at Beauty & Essex
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Midnight: Beauty and Essex
Saunter past the "pawn shop" that serves as the restaurant's entryway and grab a seat at a cushy banquette, amid wacky design details like a giant pearl chandelier and calfskin tapestries. The menu covers plenty of ground: Pop fancy finger food, like bite-size, lemongrass-scented lobster-bisque dumplings ($14), or get some meat on your bones with a truffle-hollandaise-adorned, 24-ounce bone-in rib eye ($48). A bonus for the ladies: free champagne in the powder room. 146 Essex St between Rivington and Stanton Sts (212-614-0146). Kitchen open until 1am on weekends.
2am: The Meatball Shop
The music is always bumping, the crowd is good-looking, and the food is way better than it needs to be at this hour. Until 4am you can soak up an evening's boozing, with dishes like a spicy pork meatball and tomato-sauce "smash" on a squishy brioche bun ($8); add the "family jewels" (a fried egg) for a buck more. Most of the tiny space is taken up by a communal wooden table, where we once witnessed a girl spew her drink in her date's face, then lean over to lick it off. Ah, young love. 84 Stanton St between Allen and Orchard Sts (212-982-8895). Kitchen open until 4am on weekends.
5am: Remedy Diner
Those who grew up nursing bottomless cups of coffee at their local diner will appreciate this 24-hour joint's no-frills atmosphere. The offerings here range from omelettes to soba noodles, with burgers and chili-crusted scallops thrown in for good measure. As at most diners, the classics are best: golden buttermilk pancakes with fresh strawberries ($7.95), or a massive brick of corned-beef hash with runny fried eggs ($7.95). There's plenty of seating for groups waiting to catch the next PATH train home, and the waitstaff does a good job of keeping unruly partygoers in check. 245 E Houston St at Norfolk St (212-677-5110). Kitchen open 24hrs.