Late-night restaurants in NYC
Mon Jan 9 2012
Photograph: Ilenia Martini
Chef Julian Medina's eatery churns out Cuban-inspired comfort food at all hours of the day and night. Quell 2am postparty hunger pangs with traditional entres like the tender ropa vieja ($17.95), or refuel the next morning (or afternoon) with all-day breakfast dishes. We like the Benedictinos, a Latin riff on eggs Benedict that teams fluffy biscuits, poached eggs and ham with aji amarillo Hollandaise sauce and chimichurri-laced potatoes ($8.95). 207 W 14th St between Seventh and Eighth Aves (212-858-5001, coppelianyc.com). Daily 24hrs.
This casual spot sates late-night cravings with a wide-ranging menu of Korean staples, such as kalbi (boneless short ribs; $29.99), bulgogi (prime rib eye; $24.99) and bibimbop (rice crisped in an earthenware bowl and topped with vegetables and a fried egg; $13.95). Tabletop grills allow you to char the meat to your liking. 1250 Broadway at 32nd St (212-564-6845, kangsuh32.com). Daily 24hrs.
Well-executed charcuterie and bistro fare are available around-the-clock at this bustling Lyonnaise restaurant. You can feast on moules a la marinire and frites ($14.95) or a gooey croque-monsieur ($12.75), but it's just as easy to cobble a meal together from smaller plates like onion soup gratine ($6.95) and duck-liver mousse ($9.95). 249 Park Ave South at 20th St (212-254-5858, lexpressnyc.com)
You'll marvel at waitresses balancing plates of massive sandwiches when you walk into this classic Jewish deli. Order one of the behemoths with house-cured pastrami or corned beef ($13.95), or if you're feeling indecisive, pick one of the nearly 20 combos that feature two or three meats. For $12.95, you can also have a half sandwich and your choice of soup, including old-school chicken broth with a matzo ball. 548 Third Ave between 36th and 37th Sts (212-679-0442, sargesdeli.com). Daily 24hrs.
Forgo the generic burger-and-fries plate and request one of this Ukrainian dive's Eastern European specialties. Overstuffed potato pierogi (five $4.75, eight $6.25)—boiled or fried and slathered with sour cream or apple sauce (add 50 for both)—should neutralize the effects of your latest East Village bender. Beef goulash is another hangover buster: The hearty, paprika-and-caraway-spiced stew is served over white rice, noodles or potatoes and vegetables ($10.75). 119 Ave A between 7th St and St Marks Pl (212-253-1482). Daily 24hrs.