Places to go with your baby after dark
If your little night owl just won’t crash, these late-night spots give you a place to go.
Tue Dec 16 2008
Photo courtesy of David Shankbone
Get your nosh on
Plenty of eateries accommodate the littlest New Yorkers long after the sun goes down. Schiller's Liquor Bar (131 Rivington St at Norfolk St; 212-260-4555, schillersny.com) offers a late supper option until 1am on weekdays and as late as 3am on Fridays and Saturdays. You can stuff yourself with kid-friendly basics like mac and cheese even if your babe’s still on breast milk. East Village coffeeshop Veselka (144 Second Ave at 9th St; 212-228-9682, veselka.com ) is open 24 hours a day, and if the spot’s too rowdy on a weekend night, it offers a full take-away menu. If your kid’s hunger strikes post–Late Late Show, Williamsburg’s Anytime (93 North 6th St between Wythe Ave and Berry St, Brooklyn; 718-387-8875, anytimeny.com) delivers until 5am seven days a week; you can even order online. For carb lovers, H&H Bagels (2239 Broadway at 80th St; 212-595-8003, hhbagels.com) is open 24/7 should you or your teething tot yearn for something to chew on.
Indulge your sweet tooth
Though most sugar shops are shut by 10pm, celebrated cupcakery Magnolia Bakery (visit magnoliacupcakes.com for three Manhattan locations) serves its goodies until 12am on Fridays and Saturdays. If it’s ice cream you crave, many Ben & Jerry's shops (visit benjerry.com for locations throughout the city) dish out multiple flavors until midnight seven days a week. The eponymous treats at Donut Pub (203 W 14th St at Seventh Ave; 212-929-0126) are at hand 24 hours a day. Take that, Dunkin’!
Drop money at midnight
If Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? just doesn’t cut it anymore, the Lincoln Center Barnes & Noble (1972 Broadway at 66th St; 212-595-6859, barnesandnoble.com) lets you browse books until midnight. If you’re jonesing to drop some dough at 3am, the Apple Store (767 Fifth Ave between 58th and 59th Sts; 212-336-1440; applestore.com) will stimulate you during the late-night hours as well as the early ones. Too busy to get your highlights done during business hours? No problem: The stylists at Hair Party 24 Hours (76 Madison Ave at 28th St; 212-213-0056, hair24hours.com) are available around the clock for styling, skin care and massage.
Catch a view
Play late-night tourist with your tot. The Empire State Building Observatory (350 Fifth Ave between 33rd and 34th Sts; esbnyc.com) is open until 2am, with the last elevator heading up at 1:15am. The Top of the Rock conservatory (30 Rockefeller Plaza, entrance on 50th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves; 212-698-2000, topoftherocknyc.com) closes a bit earlier (midnight), with the last elevator ascending at 11pm. If your little one is afraid of heights, take a ride on the Staten Island Ferry (1 South St at State St in Manhattan, or 1 Bay St at Wall St in Staten Island; siferry.com); it's free, it's open all night, and those soothing vibrations will put a cranky baby to sleep in no time.