Our 10 Best Late Night Eats in New York City

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Lauren Shockey
This seafood pancake comes with a ton of banchan at 24-hour K-town spot Kum Gang San.

New York is the city that never sleeps and never stops eating, no matter what hour of the day -- or night as the case may be. While it's true that a lot of the foods consumed after midnight are of the drunk-pizza variety, the city boasts many 24-hour restaurants that serve some damn fine fare. Here are our picks for the 10 Best Late Night Eats. And if you can't wait until tonight to go stuff your face with them, you're in luck. You can chow down on all of them, oh, right now.

10. Seafood Pancake at Kum Gang San: Although it's not our favorite K-Town eatery in terms of grub, this sprawling Korean restaurant offers some of the choicest décor, including a two-story-tall artificial rock wall and balcony featuring a pianist belting out ditties on a white baby grand. Which is really all you want at 1 a.m., anyway. You can't go wrong with fried food at that hour, either, so why not lap up a pancake studded with shrimp, octopus, and scallions, and munch on it along with the generous banchan sides you'll be offered. 49 West 32nd Street, 212-967-0909


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Lauren Shockey
Smothered in sauce is the way to go with this sammy.

9. Ukrainian Meatball Hero at Veselka: Veselka's an East Village standby for late-night dining, and while most kids are sopping up in their booze-filled bellies varenyky and potato pancakes, a better bet -- really, the best thing we've ever sampled on the menu -- is the Ukrainian meatball hero. Fluffy pork and beef meatballs canoodle with carrot-and-cabbage sauerkraut on a chewy challah baguette, all under a mountain of thick mushroom gravy. Messy and delicious. 144 Second Avenue, 212-228-9682


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Lauren Shockey
Pockets of happiness -- er, beef -- at Empanada Mama

8. Ground Beef Empanada at Empanada Mama: You'll find all kinds of savory stuffings at this Hell's Kitchen empanada shop, ranging from classic (shredded chicken, chorizo) to quirky (beef and broccoli teriyaki). We like to play it safe, though, opting for the simple ground-beef filling in the Colombian-style empanada made with corn, or we'll pick the shredded beef in the classic wheat empanada. And after a night out, we'll most certainly get both ... and then some. 763 Ninth Avenue, 212-698-9008

Location Info

Kum Gang San

49 W. 32nd, New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Veselka

144 2nd Ave., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Empanada Mama

763 9th Ave., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Peppa's Jerk Chicken

738 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Restaurant

Bubby's

120 Hudson St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Gray's Papaya

402 6th Ave., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Coppelia

207 W. 14th St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Sarge's New York Delicatessen

548 Third Ave., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

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14 comments
OBSESSIVES
OBSESSIVES

just ordered the Pastrami Sandwich at Sarge's Delicatessen

nemesissy
nemesissy

I was so mad for a bit that Woorjip wasn't mentioned that I almost broke into all-caps, but given that it closes from 03:00 to 06:00, I guess it makes sense that it's not included. (Seriously, if you're in K-Town before 03:00, hit it before you hit Kum Gang San. So, so good, and so cheap.)

jazzbo
jazzbo

where's Mamouns for falafel

Chef
Chef

Shame on you for leaving out the Blue Ribbons!!

kim
kim

@Lauren - these are great choices, but I also want to add some Asian grubs, such as congee or other hearty dishes at Great NY Noodle Town, COngee Village and Hop Kee, ramen or other appetizer snacks at izakayas, the Mamoun's, and yes, somehow IHOP should work into the selections

Nelson Emerson
Nelson Emerson

Somebody that must have been from Chicago.............

Lshockey
Lshockey

 they aren't 24-hours!  otherwise they totally would have made it. love their seafood platters at 2 am!

Vake
Vake

Ahhh, the legendary Halal chicken and rice cart. Just don't try to take too much sauce or they'll yell at you.

Lshockey
Lshockey

 hi kim -- all great suggestions!  i actually only highlighted 24-hour restaurants, which is why some of the ones you mention aren't there, but those are definitely good for late night eating, too!

Zan
Zan

 I can't wait to get back to NYC next month so I can have some of that chicken and rice!

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