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The Foodie
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Your 24-hour itinerary: The Foodie

There’s something to do at every hour of the day in New York, and we’ve got the proof right here


You have one mission in life: To eat and drink the absolute best of everything in New York. And why wouldn’t you? From cronuts to crab cakes, this city has it all. If you’re eating a substandard meal here, or sipping on a watered-down drink, you’re doing New York wrong. Check out your personalized itinerary below to discover a world of hidden bars, fancy lunches, late night snacks and some very happy happy hours. We’d tell you to pace yourself, but that’s for amateurs, right?

Spring Lounge
Photograph: Sean Ellingson

8am-10am—join the Early Morning Drinkers society at Spring Lounge

Bars Sports Bars Nolita

Barkeeps at this Chinatown spot start serving at 8am daily (except Sundays, only because it’s New York law); imbibe there at opening 30 days in a row and they’ll induct you into said society, heralding from the sadly lost 1700s tradition of a goblet of wine or beer with breakfast. 

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3pm-6pm—drink on the cheap

Bars Greenpoint

In NYC, it’s always 5:00 somewhere (even when it’s 3:00). Sit off your epic lunch with an early happy hour at Boulevard Tavern, a revamped spot from the ‘20s that has $4 well drinks and $1 off tap beers starting at 3pm daily. Bonus: The bar’s home to a pool table and juke box.

Seoul Chicken
Photograph: Courtesy Justine Dungo

8pm-11pm—buy the kitchen a beer at Seoul Chicken

Restaurants Soul and southern American Lower East Side

This is actually an item on the menu at this 6-month-old LES chicken spot—it’ll set you back $2, but earn you the love of the chefs making the Korean-fried chicken wings you’re plowing through. Try any (or all) of the seven types, from habanero kimchi to fish sauce and garlic.


12am-1am—quench a hot dog craving at Crif Dogs

Restaurants Hot dogs East Village

The East Village staple, a narrow shack that would be unassuming if it weren’t always so crowded with NYU students, serves its wacky dogs—many covered in bacon or melted cheese; one smeared with cream cheese—until 2am on weekdays and 4am on weekends.


1am-2am—sneak a drink at PDT

Bars Lounges East Village

Before you order at Crif Dogs, enter the tiny phone booth on the left, dial 0, wait for the secret door to open and put your name in at PDT, the hidden speakeasy next door. Once you’ve plowed through several hot dogs, you can settle in to the dark, cozy room for a classic cocktail—and waffles fries from next door.


3am-4am—score free chicken soup at Employees Only

Bars Cocktail bars West Village

One of NYC’s original speakeasies, this West Village legend always has a line—but it’s worth it to linger until the 4am closing, when the hospitality of the (already wildly hospitable) staff comes out in full-force as they serve free, belly-filling bowls of chicken soup to all remaining patrons. 


5am-6am—watch The Coffee Shop switch menus

Bars Café bars Union Square

Hit up this Union Square staple for bragging rights that you ordered from the late-night and breakfast menus—the switch happens at 5:30am. On the former: hearty meatloafs and pastas; the latter: flapjacks and muffins. Now there’s no way you’re going to be hungover in the morning (and by that, we mean early afternoon).

6am-7am—be first in line at Doughnut Plant

Restaurants Bakeries Lower East Side

Congratulations: You’ve crossed the threshold from bars closing to bakeries opening. Both the LES and Prospect Heights locations of this specialty doughnut shop start serving flavors like matcha green tea and chocolate chip cookie cake at 6:30am. We don’t care how full you are—there’s always room for right-out-of-the-fryer dough.  


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