In the City That Never Sleeps, having a solid list of go-to spots for late-night food is essential when that deep desire for grub strikes. So we took a look at Lyft data to see where New Yorkers dined between midnight and 5 a.m. last year — and spotted some interesting trends.
Six of the top ten spots are open 24/7 — clearly the biggest driver for late-night popularity — and five offer not only food but also alcoholic drinks. Most of the spots were in Manhattan (including the top four), but a few joints in Brooklyn helped the borough represent too. But the biggest takeaway wasn’t too surprising: New Yorkers crave diners, pizza, and cheap comfort food late at night. Here’s where they go.
The Late Spots
24/7 diners, no matter the borough: Coppelia, Remedy, Neptune II and Atlantic
Whether it’s in Manhattan, Queens, or Brooklyn, New Yorkers rely on 24/7 diners for late-night grub, especially at the end of a late night.
Manhattan nighthawks looking for a classic diner experience head to Remedy Diner, a family-owned and operated joint on the Lower East Side. Located just two blocks away from the legendary Katz’s Delicatessen, this place serves traditional dishes like French toast with bacon and barbecue-pulled-pork sandwiches. For those seeking a Latin twist, Coppelia — which calls itself a “Latin diner with a Cuban soul” and claims to have “the best mojito north of Havana” — draws in a steady stream of late-night revelers with its neon sign.
Outer-borough night owls also like diners! In Brooklyn, they go for Neptune Diner II, a Crown Heights institution serving Greek diner classics like souvlaki and gyro platters. In Queens, they trek to South Richmond Hill to eat at Atlantic Diner, which boasts a retro exterior and sizable menu. What draws so many in the wee hours? Our guess: the full bar.
Latin comfort food (and drinks!): Empanada Mama and Santa Salsa
When a late-night craving or after-after-party calls for Latin comfort food and drinks, New Yorkers have a couple of favorite spots. The Lower East Side’s Empanada Mama offers affordable late-night food in a bare-bones setting. The spot is known for its bar and empanadas that cost less than $5.
For those who prefer Brooklyn, Santa Salsa, a Bushwick bar/restaurant, specializes in outrageously overloaded, Venezuelan-style hot dogs that cost less than $8.
After-hours slices: Joe’s Pizza, Bleecker Street Pizza, and Artichoke Basille’s Pizza
Every New Yorker knows that a night out isn’t complete without a pre-dawn slice of pizza. That’s why so many Lyft riders end their nights at Joe’s Pizza in the Financial District, Bleecker Street Pizza in the West Village, or Artichoke Basille’s Pizza in Bushwick.
Joe’s, frequently ranked as home to one of New York’s best pizza slices, gets the majority of its Lyft-riding patrons to its Fulton Street location after midnight. Its original location in the West Village was opened in 1975 by Joe Pozzuoli, a Naples, Italy, native who still owns and operates the restaurant. Bleecker Street Pizza is another classic; the West Village pizzeria has been open for nearly 20 years and prides itself on its Nona Maria Pie, which is an old family recipe.
Artichoke Basille’s Pizza opened its first location in the East Village in 2008 before expanding across New York, New Jersey, and California. The Bushwick location serves a particularly late-arriving clientele, who may show up for its namesake artichoke pizza — artichoke hearts, spinach, cream sauce, mozzarella, and Pecorino Romano cheese.
Hottest pot: missKOREA
Finally, the only Asian (and Midtown) spot to make it on the list is missKOREA, a three-story Korean restaurant (offering hot pot, barbecue, bulgogi, and more) in Koreatown. Open 24/7, the restaurant offers undeniable perks, like USDA prime beef, hard liquor, and plenty of options for free side dishes. missKOREA is the brainchild of Sophia Lee, a teacher-turned-restaurateur who opened her first restaurant in 2002.
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