Restaurants open late in the East Village

  • Cantina Latina

  • China 1

  • Crif Dogs

  • DBGB

  • Desnuda

  • Great Jones Cafe

  • Double Crown

Cantina Latina

Avenue A Sushi
The decorations include strings of Christmas lights, a rotating collection of paintings and a sparkly disco ball—which is why locals call this sushi joint--gallery “Disco Sushi.” 103 Ave A between 6th and 7th Sts (212-982-8109) Mon--Thu 5pm--2am; Fri--Sat 5pm--3am; Sun 5pm--1am.

B Bar and Grill
Still pumping after ten years in business, Eric Goode’s bar-and-grill playground remains a staple of downtown nightlife. You’ll want to snub the pastas and dig into the skillfully made entres. 40 E 4th St at Bowery (212-475-2220, Mon--Fri 11:30am--1am; Sat, Sun 10:30am--1am.

Black Iron Burger Shop
This East Village hole-in-the-wall serves fine budget burgers, griddled to order by a grease-splattered cook. The house-special Iron Horse burger—two patties with grilled onion and strong horseradish cheddar—is a delicious, sinus-clearing concoction. 540 E 5th St between Aves A and B (212-677-6067, Mon, Tue, Sun 11am--1am; Wed--Sat 11am--3am.

The Burger Joint
Former nightclub owner Robert Fautz and his brother Chris have opened this spot after years of searching for the perfect after-hours meal. They’re bucking the recent premium-burger trend by offering basic sirloin sliders on soft potato buns for a buck apiece. 241 Third Ave at 20th St (212-228-1219) Mon--Wed, Sun 11am--midnight; Thu--Sat 11am--4am.

Cantina Latina
Inspired by the taverns of Latin America, Lesly Bernard (Tillman’s, Permanent Brunch) opens a 100-seat saloon devoted to south-of-the-border drinking and eating. 243 E 14th St between Second and Third Aves (212-253-5708) Mon--Wed 5:30pm--1am; Thu, Fri 5:30pm--3:30am; Sat 11:30am--3:30am; Sun 11:30am--1am.

Can’t decide between shawarma (shaved roasted lamb) and falafel? Try the hybrid “shawafel” at this sleek kosher spot. 23 Third Ave at St. Mark’s Pl (212-254-9500, Daily 10am--midnight.

China 1
Formerly known as No. 1 Chinese, this modeled-after-Chinatown joint says, “We may be affordable,” but it retains enough irony in its order-by-numbers format to also say, “we’re trendy!” 50 Ave B between 3rd and 4th Sts (212-375-0665, Mon--Thu, Sun noon--2am; Fri, Sat noon--4am.

Crif Dogs
Relive your high-school stoner days, when you were broke and bored and nothing could satisfy those wicked 2am munchies like a hot dog wrapped in bacon and topped with cheese and a fried egg. 113 St. Marks Pl between First Ave and Ave A (212-614-2728) Mon--Fri noon--2am; Fri, Sat noon--4am; Sun noon--midnight.

DBGB Kitchen and Bar
Daniel Boulud’s most populist venture offers high-end junk food in the form of sausages (the best of the bunch is the Beaujolaise, infused with red wine, bacon and mushrooms), aas well as haute bistro fare like pink duck breast with boozy cherries and marcona almonds. 299 Bowery at E Houston St (212-933-5300, Mon 5:30--midnight; Tue--Thu noon--midnight; Fri, Sat 11am--1am; Sun 11am--11pm.

Truly fun restaurants are few and far between, but this tiny wine and ceviche bar fits the bill. The bar seating puts patrons face-to-face with the personable chefs, who prepare audacious dishes like oyster shooters smoked la minute with burning tea leaves. 122 E 7th St between First Ave and Ave A (212-254-3515, Mon--Thu 5pm--midnight; Fri, Sat 5pm--2am.

Double Crown
This AvroKO-designed eatery may be the only spot on the new Bowery that’s as focused on food as it is on eye candy. If the restaurant’s too packed, retire to the annex bar Madam Geneva, where you can access the menu or sip a pitch-perfect Singapore Sling. 316 Bowery at Bleecker St (212-254-0350, Mon--Fri 5:30pm--2am; Sat, Sun 10am--3pm, 6pm--2am.

Convivial, clamorous and altogether lacking in intimacy, Frank feels every bit like the setting of an oversized family gathering, complete with traditional Italian cooking and Old World feel. 88 Second Ave between 5th and 6th Sts (212-420-0202, Mon--Thu 10:30am--1am; Fri, Sat 10:30am--2am; Sun 10:30am--midnight.

Great Jones Caf
A rotating roster of Southern and New Orleanian staples has kept this tiny, bustling space packed with Yanks for 25 years. The chalkboard menu lists the go-to jambalaya, a fiery stew packed with ham, chicken and sausage, alongside more ambitious entres. 54 Great Jones St between Bowery and Lafayette St (212-674-9304, Mon 5pm--midnight; Tue--Thu noon--4pm, 5pm--midnight; Fri noon--4pm, 5pm--1am; Sat 11:30am--4pm, 5pm--1am; Sun 11:30am--4pm, 5pm--midnight.

Hop Devil Grill
A chalkboard menu lists 24 beers on tap and 100 by the bottle. In keeping with the tavern theme, the menu offers pub fare like shepherd’s pie, fish and chips, and bangers and mash—plus burgers, barbecue, sandwiches and, soon, brunch. 129 St. Marks Pl between First Ave and Ave A (212-533-4468, Mon 4pm--1am; Tue--Fri 4pm--4am; Sat noon--4am; Sun noon--1am.

Horus Cafe
This campy Egyptian lounge is more about the scene than the food. Most diners sample the standard Mediterranean spread (the moist falafel being the lone standout), but they’re really here to chat, smoke hookah and watch the belly dancer. 93 Ave B at 6th St (212-777-9199, Daily 24hrs.

Jules’s offerings are unapologetically hearty—beef stew simmered in red wine or spiced lamb shanks with figs—and served in a candle-lit room with groovy beaded partitions, where the music has a swinging, loungey feel (lively groups like to be near the bar; quieter diners head for the narrow back room). 65 St Marks Pl between First and Second Aves (212-477-5560, Mon--Fri 11am--4pm, 5:30pm--12:30am; Sat 10:30--4:30pm, 5:30--1am; Sun 10am--4:30pm, 5:30pm--12:30am.

There are $1.50 draft beers and inexpensive grub in this scruffy joint below punk-rock clothing emporium Search & Destroy. Fried tofu and udon noodles go for $3.50, and entres—like grilled salmon with miso, soup and salad—cost a mere $7. On the house: cotton candy, edamame and excellent Japanese music. It’s so authentic that Iron Chef Morimoto calls it one of his favorite New York hangs. 25 St. Marks Pl between Second and Third Aves (212-254-6363) Mon--Thu, Sun 6pm--2am; Fri, Sat 6pm--4am.

Le Souk
North African cuisine like ajja merguez (poached, cumin-seasoned lamb sausage) and Tagines dominate here. The mild-mannered hangout, with hanging lanterns and a pillow-strewn wall-to-wall couch, turns raucous on weekends, with belly dancers and rocking ethnic music. Groups of five or more are held to the prix-fixe menu, so be sure to check the offerings before rounding up the posse. 47 Ave B between 3rd and 4th Sts (212-777-5454) Mon--Thu, Sun 6pm--2am; Fri, Sat 6pm--3am.

Lil’ Frankie’s Pizza
As you might guess from the name, pizza is what Lil’ Frankie’s does best, doling out thin-crust, wood-oven-baked personal pies. Classic marinara is lavishly sauced, while the cheeseless Bianca is liberally brushed with truffle oil and flecked with rosemary. 19 First Ave between 1st and 2nd Sts (212-420-4900, Mon--Thu, Sun 10:30am--2am; Fri, Sat 10:30am--4am.

Sahara East
For $13, you can smoke a water pipe of tobacco infused with flavors like mango, jasmine or vanilla at this hole-in-the-wall adorned with Cairo-junk-shop artwork. 184 First Ave between 11th and 12th Sts (212-353-9000, Mon--Thu, Sun 10am--3am; Fri, Sat 10am--4pm.

Romance comes in two flavors at this Spanish tapas restaurant. On the main floor, a long wooden bar leads to the back dining room, where bartenders serve excellent sangria and the lighting is sultry. 344 Bowery at Great Jones St (212-979-6606, Mon--Wed, Sun 6--11pm; Thu 6pm--midnight; Fri, Sat 6pm--1am.

It’s late; you’re starving. The kitchen’s probably open, and serving classic appetizers and entres like rolls, teriyaki, shabu-shabu and sashimi. 14 Stuyvesant St between Third Ave and E 9th St (212-598-0403) Mon--Thu, Sun noon--11:30pm; Fri, Sat noon--2:30am.

This addition to Frank Prisinzano’s team of well-priced eateries (Frank, Lil’ Frankie’s Pizza) proves that a good dinner can be an uncomplicated affair. 156 E 2nd St between Aves A and B (212-477-7600, Mon--Thu 8am--1am; Fri 8am--2am; Sat 11am--2am; Sun 11am--midnight.

Telephone Bar & Grill
Good brews and decent fare makes this a local favorite. Offerings are typical—spicy wings, spongy calamari or hulking burgers, but those in the know go for fish-and-chips. 149 Second Ave between 9th and 10th Sts (212-529-5000, Mon--Thu 11:30am--2am; Fri, Sat 11:30am--4am; Sun 10:30am--2am.

Three of Cups
You could be forgiven for being distracted by the pizza at this friendly eatery. There are so many tasty thin-crust pies coming out of the wood-fired oven that it’s easy to overlook other delicious offerings like risotto and robust treats like agnello stufato al Barolo (lamb stewed with Barolo wine and served over potato gnocchi). 83 First Ave at 5th St (212-388-0059, Mon--Thu 5pm--1am; Fri, Sat 5pm--2am; Sun noon--1am.

Typhoon Lounge
Leave the East Village party people bobbing their heads to thumping hip-hop in the lounge and head downstairs to lose your shoes and sit cross-legged in a private tatami room (conventional tables are also available) and snack on sushi. 79 St. Marks Pl between First and Second Aves (212-979-2680) Mon--Thu, Sun 5pm--2am; Fri, Sat 5pm--3am.

Village Yokocho
Crowds from the quasi-hidden but not-so-secret Angel’s Share bar next door squeeze in here for Japanese comfort food. The cheap prices allow you and your pitcher-downing buddies to order several of the tapas-like dishes, but the best beer-ballast value: grill-it-yourself Korean barbecue with large platters of meat. 8 Stuyvesant St between Third Ave and 9th St, second floor (212-598-3041) Mon--Thu, Sun 5pm-2am; Fri, Sat 5pm--3am

A civilized choice over nearby pubs and dives for a late date, chef Sean Olnowich has crafted a short list of rich dishes that are fun to share over a bottle. 65 Second Ave between 3rd and 4th Sts (212-777-1608, Daily 5:30pm--12:30am.

Yakitori Taisho
Descend to a dark, smoky den for bite-sized morsels of meat or vegetables grilled and skewered yakitori-style. The food is so cheap and the portions plentiful that there’s no need to be cautious, even on a student’s budget. 5 St. Marks Pl between Second and Third Aves (212-228-5086, Mon--Wed, Sun 6pm--1:30am; Thu--Sat 6pm--3:30am.

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