Forget the city’s ubiquitous faux bistros—here’s the real thing. Mirrored walls allow for people-watching, and friendly diners swap recommendations over close-set tables. There’s a lot to recommend: Oysters with a glass of champagne (or a tasting tray of five wines for $20) make for a romantic late-night snack. Charred lamb chops, compact burgers and fish (like seared sea bass with leeks and tomato confit) are more substantial and deliciously hearty. Crowds usually thin out by 3am; stop by any earlier and you’ll need a reservation.
Le Bateau Ivre
|Venue name:||Le Bateau Ivre||Contact:|
230 E 51st St
|Cross street:||between Second and Third Aves|
|Opening hours:||Daily 10:30am–4am|
|Transport:||Subway: E, V to Lexington Ave–53rd St; 6 to 51st St|
|Price:||Average main course: $25. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V|