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The MacDougal Street location of Mamoun’s Falafel is open until 4 a.m. on weekends
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16 Late-ish Night Restaurants for Eating After Hours

Big eats for the wee hours

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The MacDougal Street location of Mamoun’s Falafel is open until 4 a.m. on weekends
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The words “late night” don’t carry quite as much heft as they used to, even as New York shows signs of emerging from the coronavirus pandemic. The state’s dining curfews officially came to an end in May, but for many late-night restaurants, it’s still too early to return to their pre-pandemic business hours due to a lack of foot traffic citywide.

Even so, many New Yorkers are now itching for the after-hours nights of the Before Times, and a steady supply of restaurants are expanding their hours to keep up with the demand. This list of late-ish night establishments includes cocktail bars, pop-up grills, two-dollar slice shops, and a handful of taco trucks that are open until 11 p.m. or later.

The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here.

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1. Taco Mix

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234 E 116th St #1
New York, NY 10029
(212) 289-2963
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Taco Mix serves some of the city’s most legendary al pastor tacos, stuffed with crispy crimson pork shaved off the trompo and topped with roasted pineapple and salsa. This barebones space stays open until 4 a.m. most nights.

Two al pastor tacos side by side Robert Sietsema/Eater

2. Guantanamera

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939 8th Ave
New York, NY 10019
(212) 262-5354
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Guantanamera is perhaps the only New York restaurant known for handing out free hand-rolled cigars (on Fridays and Saturdays). More importantly, this is where Midtowners can indulge in fine Cuban cuisine, like a plate of calamari in garlic sauce so rich it looks like cream. The kitchen stays open until midnight on weekdays and 1 a.m. on weekends.

People walk by the front of a restaurant with a red anwing that reads “Guantanamera cuban cuisine” at night Nick Solares/Eater

3. Empanada Mama

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765 9th Ave
New York, NY 10019
(212) 698-9008
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If New York City has one restaurant that never sleeps, it’s Empanada Mama. After scaling back its hours during the pandemic, the Hell’s Kitchen favorite is once again serving its nourishing Colombian fare 24 hours a day. Highlights include a classic South American breakfast of beans and rice with eggs, shockingly spicy arepas, chicken soup studded with cilantro and rice, frozen margaritas, and stellar corn empanadas (try the ones filled with shellfish or beef).

Six empanadas cut in half and displayed on a white plate with green designs on the edge. A person is holding one empanada up to the camera Erika Adams/Eater

4. Friendship BBQ

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136-76 39th Ave
Flushing, NY 11354
(347) 542-3909
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Friendship BBQ, even with locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn, remains a classic Flushing late-night hang. Expect skewers upon skewers, including those made from grilled wagyu, beef tendon, squid, pork belly, and “New Orleans chicken thigh.” The restaurant stays open until 3 a.m. nightly.

Skewered meats shown vertically with spices flowing on the side, some cut up vegetables can be seen in the background Friendship BBQ [Official Photo]

5. Boishakhi

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29-14 36th Ave
Queens, NY 11106
(718) 606-1242
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A favorite among New York’s cab driver community, this Bangladeshi spot in Astoria serves a top-notch cup of chai, among other South Asian fare. The restaurant’s beef curry and goat biryani are among its most popular dishes, as are street food items like the meat-stuffed flatbread called moglai parata, samosas, and skewered seekh kebab. Boishakhi stays open until 1:30 a.m. daily.

6. Birria-Landia

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77-99 Roosevelt Ave
Queens, NY 11372
(347) 283-2162
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The taco truck behind some of the city’s best birria tacos is open until 1 a.m., and usually well past if there’s a line. Similar to its second location in Williamsburg, the tortillas here are dipped in beef fat before heading onto the griddle, resulting in a crunchy, orange exterior every time. There’s no outdoor seating here, but pull up a stool or stand around and eat the tacos hot.

Two hands hold a disposable plate with three tostadas, a cup of brothy consomé, and two lime wedges Christian Rodriguez/Eater

7. Baekjeong NYC

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1 E 32nd St
New York, NY 10016
(212) 966-9839
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The New York outpost of this famed Korean chain easily ranks as one of the city’s best tabletop grill spots. The meat might not be as fashionably high-end and dry-aged as the offerings at the Michelin-starred Cote, or as affordable-ish as at Jongro BBQ, but Baekjeong occupies a solid middle ground, offering stunning brisket, short rib, and rib-eye platters until 1 a.m. on weekends.

A table with a grill and a spread of banchan and Korean barbecue meats Baekjeong [Official Photo]

8. Mamoun's Falafel

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119 MacDougal St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 674-8685
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Some five decades after opening in Greenwich Village, Mamoun’s Falafel continues to serve one of the city’s most iconic late-night meals. Lamb shawarma, baklava, and the restaurant’s namesake falafel sandwiches (less than $6 each), are available until 4 a.m. on weekends.

A styrofoam container full of delicious food from Mamoun’s
[A styrofoam container full of delicious food from Mamoun’s, by Robert Sietsema]
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9. Veselka

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144 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003
(212) 228-9682
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One of the granddaddies of the New York late-night scene, Veselka has been going at it since 1954. Expect a seriously heady borscht, which is free if you order the $19 meat platter. It's a gut-busting dish that includes two meat pierogies, two potato pierogies, and meat-stuffed cabbage with super-rich mushroom gravy. The formerly 24-hour diner is open until 11 p.m. on weekends.

A photograph of a spread filled out with pierogi, a slice of white bread, and a side cup of borscht
The meat plate with borscht at Veselka
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10. Don Panchito

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255 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(347) 635-3864
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The conclusion to a night out in Williamsburg deserves more than a half-hour wait at a Joe’s Pizza. If in the neighborhood, head to this unassuming taco truck on Bedford Avenue, which serves all-day breakfast, sesame-studded cemitas, and salchipapas, a Peruvian street food made here with sausage and french fries. The truck is open until at least midnight, and typically much later.

Multiple customers stand outside of a late-night food truck, whose menu is illuminated in the dark by overhead lights Luke Fortney/Eater

11. Rosa’s Pizza

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374 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 963-2378
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If nothing but pizza will do, consider Rosa’s, the Williamsburg outpost of the decades-old Maspeth, Queens restaurant of the same name. This late-night pizzeria keeps its ovens going until 1 a.m. on weekdays and 2 a.m. on weekends, with plain slices priced at $2.75 each.

12. La Isla

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1439 Myrtle Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11237
(718) 417-0668
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Dubbed one of the “coolest spots to be seen” in Bushwick by critic Robert Sietsema, Puerto Rican mainstay La Isla specializes in blood sausage, pig ear, pernil, and a handful of other pork-based snacks served 24 hours daily. The late-night lunch counter also boasts an impressive selection of juices, including tamarind and grape flavors.

Customers sit at a long diner countertop on bar stools. Above them, a white menu advertises a lengthy menu of food items. Robert Sietsema/Eater

13. Clover Club

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210 Smith St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 855-7939
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One of New York's best cocktail bars also serves as a reliable place for a square meal later at night. Consider the jalapeno ranch wedge salad, or the brioche bread pudding made with currants and bourbon caramel sauce, and pair them with literally anything on the drink menu. The bar is open until midnight daily.

The main bar at Clover Club sits fallow before evening service, with lights hanging above Clover Club [Official Photo]

14. Friends and Lovers

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641 Classon Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(917) 979-3060
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Crown Heights events space Friends and Lovers is back open with live music and late-night dancing. From roughly 8:30 p.m. onward (sometimes as late as 4 a.m.), a makeshift barbecue stand sets up shop in front of the venue, serving mac and cheese, fall-apart ribs, barbecue salmon, and made-to-order chicken.

15. Peppa's Jerk Chicken

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738 Flatbush Ave
New York, NY 11226
(718) 940-9717
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This barebones takeout spot is without question one of the top jerk spots in Brooklyn, and best of all, it’s open late. Expect blackened pieces of hacked-up chicken, gently smoky, intensely salty, and redolent of allspice. Add a squirt of sweet-hot barbecue sauce for an even more complex bite that gently recalls the flavor of Dr. Pepper. A proper meal here will cost under $10.

Peppa’s jerk chicken on the grill. Louise Palmberg/Eater

16. Tacos El Bronco

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860 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11232
(917) 405-5759
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Sunset Park taco truck Tacos El Bronco specializes in smaller, double-tortilla tacos called taquitos, which start at $2.50 each and available until 1 a.m. on weekdays and a half-hour later on weekends. Order a handful of these almost bite-sized tacos, and be sure not to miss the versions made with spicy pork, beef tripe, and lengua.

A takeout container filled with green onions and a few double-wrapped tacos placeros with vegetable and meat fillings Robert Sietsema/Eater

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1. Taco Mix

234 E 116th St #1, New York, NY 10029
Two al pastor tacos side by side Robert Sietsema/Eater

Taco Mix serves some of the city’s most legendary al pastor tacos, stuffed with crispy crimson pork shaved off the trompo and topped with roasted pineapple and salsa. This barebones space stays open until 4 a.m. most nights.

234 E 116th St #1
New York, NY 10029

2. Guantanamera

939 8th Ave, New York, NY 10019
Read Review |
People walk by the front of a restaurant with a red anwing that reads “Guantanamera cuban cuisine” at night Nick Solares/Eater

Guantanamera is perhaps the only New York restaurant known for handing out free hand-rolled cigars (on Fridays and Saturdays). More importantly, this is where Midtowners can indulge in fine Cuban cuisine, like a plate of calamari in garlic sauce so rich it looks like cream. The kitchen stays open until midnight on weekdays and 1 a.m. on weekends.

939 8th Ave
New York, NY 10019

3. Empanada Mama

765 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019
Six empanadas cut in half and displayed on a white plate with green designs on the edge. A person is holding one empanada up to the camera Erika Adams/Eater

If New York City has one restaurant that never sleeps, it’s Empanada Mama. After scaling back its hours during the pandemic, the Hell’s Kitchen favorite is once again serving its nourishing Colombian fare 24 hours a day. Highlights include a classic South American breakfast of beans and rice with eggs, shockingly spicy arepas, chicken soup studded with cilantro and rice, frozen margaritas, and stellar corn empanadas (try the ones filled with shellfish or beef).

765 9th Ave
New York, NY 10019

4. Friendship BBQ

136-76 39th Ave, Flushing, NY 11354
Skewered meats shown vertically with spices flowing on the side, some cut up vegetables can be seen in the background Friendship BBQ [Official Photo]

Friendship BBQ, even with locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn, remains a classic Flushing late-night hang. Expect skewers upon skewers, including those made from grilled wagyu, beef tendon, squid, pork belly, and “New Orleans chicken thigh.” The restaurant stays open until 3 a.m. nightly.

136-76 39th Ave
Flushing, NY 11354

5. Boishakhi

29-14 36th Ave, Queens, NY 11106

A favorite among New York’s cab driver community, this Bangladeshi spot in Astoria serves a top-notch cup of chai, among other South Asian fare. The restaurant’s beef curry and goat biryani are among its most popular dishes, as are street food items like the meat-stuffed flatbread called moglai parata, samosas, and skewered seekh kebab. Boishakhi stays open until 1:30 a.m. daily.

29-14 36th Ave
Queens, NY 11106

6. Birria-Landia

77-99 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11372
Two hands hold a disposable plate with three tostadas, a cup of brothy consomé, and two lime wedges Christian Rodriguez/Eater

The taco truck behind some of the city’s best birria tacos is open until 1 a.m., and usually well past if there’s a line. Similar to its second location in Williamsburg, the tortillas here are dipped in beef fat before heading onto the griddle, resulting in a crunchy, orange exterior every time. There’s no outdoor seating here, but pull up a stool or stand around and eat the tacos hot.

77-99 Roosevelt Ave
Queens, NY 11372

7. Baekjeong NYC

1 E 32nd St, New York, NY 10016
A table with a grill and a spread of banchan and Korean barbecue meats Baekjeong [Official Photo]

The New York outpost of this famed Korean chain easily ranks as one of the city’s best tabletop grill spots. The meat might not be as fashionably high-end and dry-aged as the offerings at the Michelin-starred Cote, or as affordable-ish as at Jongro BBQ, but Baekjeong occupies a solid middle ground, offering stunning brisket, short rib, and rib-eye platters until 1 a.m. on weekends.

1 E 32nd St
New York, NY 10016

8. Mamoun's Falafel

119 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012
A styrofoam container full of delicious food from Mamoun’s
[A styrofoam container full of delicious food from Mamoun’s, by Robert Sietsema]
Robert Sietsema/Eater

Some five decades after opening in Greenwich Village, Mamoun’s Falafel continues to serve one of the city’s most iconic late-night meals. Lamb shawarma, baklava, and the restaurant’s namesake falafel sandwiches (less than $6 each), are available until 4 a.m. on weekends.

119 MacDougal St
New York, NY 10012

9. Veselka

144 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003
A photograph of a spread filled out with pierogi, a slice of white bread, and a side cup of borscht
The meat plate with borscht at Veselka
Ryan Sutton/Eater

One of the granddaddies of the New York late-night scene, Veselka has been going at it since 1954. Expect a seriously heady borscht, which is free if you order the $19 meat platter. It's a gut-busting dish that includes two meat pierogies, two potato pierogies, and meat-stuffed cabbage with super-rich mushroom gravy. The formerly 24-hour diner is open until 11 p.m. on weekends.

144 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003

10. Don Panchito

255 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Multiple customers stand outside of a late-night food truck, whose menu is illuminated in the dark by overhead lights Luke Fortney/Eater

The conclusion to a night out in Williamsburg deserves more than a half-hour wait at a Joe’s Pizza. If in the neighborhood, head to this unassuming taco truck on Bedford Avenue, which serves all-day breakfast, sesame-studded cemitas, and salchipapas, a Peruvian street food made here with sausage and french fries. The truck is open until at least midnight, and typically much later.

255 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

11. Rosa’s Pizza

374 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

If nothing but pizza will do, consider Rosa’s, the Williamsburg outpost of the decades-old Maspeth, Queens restaurant of the same name. This late-night pizzeria keeps its ovens going until 1 a.m. on weekdays and 2 a.m. on weekends, with plain slices priced at $2.75 each.

374 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

12. La Isla

1439 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237
Customers sit at a long diner countertop on bar stools. Above them, a white menu advertises a lengthy menu of food items. Robert Sietsema/Eater

Dubbed one of the “coolest spots to be seen” in Bushwick by critic Robert Sietsema, Puerto Rican mainstay La Isla specializes in blood sausage, pig ear, pernil, and a handful of other pork-based snacks served 24 hours daily. The late-night lunch counter also boasts an impressive selection of juices, including tamarind and grape flavors.

1439 Myrtle Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11237

13. Clover Club

210 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
The main bar at Clover Club sits fallow before evening service, with lights hanging above Clover Club [Official Photo]

One of New York's best cocktail bars also serves as a reliable place for a square meal later at night. Consider the jalapeno ranch wedge salad, or the brioche bread pudding made with currants and bourbon caramel sauce, and pair them with literally anything on the drink menu. The bar is open until midnight daily.

210 Smith St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

14. Friends and Lovers

641 Classon Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Crown Heights events space Friends and Lovers is back open with live music and late-night dancing. From roughly 8:30 p.m. onward (sometimes as late as 4 a.m.), a makeshift barbecue stand sets up shop in front of the venue, serving mac and cheese, fall-apart ribs, barbecue salmon, and made-to-order chicken.

641 Classon Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

15. Peppa's Jerk Chicken

738 Flatbush Ave, New York, NY 11226
Peppa’s jerk chicken on the grill. Louise Palmberg/Eater

This barebones takeout spot is without question one of the top jerk spots in Brooklyn, and best of all, it’s open late. Expect blackened pieces of hacked-up chicken, gently smoky, intensely salty, and redolent of allspice. Add a squirt of sweet-hot barbecue sauce for an even more complex bite that gently recalls the flavor of Dr. Pepper. A proper meal here will cost under $10.

738 Flatbush Ave
New York, NY 11226

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16. Tacos El Bronco

860 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11232
A takeout container filled with green onions and a few double-wrapped tacos placeros with vegetable and meat fillings Robert Sietsema/Eater

Sunset Park taco truck Tacos El Bronco specializes in smaller, double-tortilla tacos called taquitos, which start at $2.50 each and available until 1 a.m. on weekdays and a half-hour later on weekends. Order a handful of these almost bite-sized tacos, and be sure not to miss the versions made with spicy pork, beef tripe, and lengua.

860 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11232

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