Where To Find NYC's Best Late-Night Eats

Photo: Courtesy of Ward III.
Sick of grabbing a $1 pizza slice or a Big Mac when you're craving food at midnight? Since we take late-night eating very seriously, we called in the experts.
Spike Mendelsohn, John DeLucie, and Kat Odell are pros at finding the best spots around New York City to post up until the wee hours of the morning. As stars of FYI's new show, Midnight Feast, the trio has quite a bit of practice when it comes to cooking — and eating — after dark.
But, where do these three go when filming ends seriously late? From hidden speakeasies to a little Caribbean fare, see the nine restaurants and bars these foodies are willing to stay up all night for.
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Photo: Courtesy of Sushi Dojo.
Who: Kat Odell

Sushi Dojo
"There's no better place to go in New York right now for an excellent omakase at an affordable price than Sushi Dojo. Not only does this eatery slice traditional, Edomae-style sushi, but chef David Bouhadana keeps it open until 1 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday."

Sushi Dojo, 110 First Avenue (between East 6th and 7th streets); 646-692-9398.
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Photo: Courtesy of Seoul Chicken.
Seoul Chicken
"This new Lower East Side hot spot is frying up some killer chicken. Go for the double-fried Korean-style wings with fish sauce and garlic, or the Southern-style boneless thighs. It also serves up fancy cocktails in fresh coconuts."

Seoul Chicken, 71 Clinton Street (at Rivington Street); 646-838-6066.
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Photo: Sylvia Paret/Minetta Tavern.
Minetta Tavern
"I can't get enough of the buzzy vibe at Minetta. When I'm craving a late-night dessert, I like to pair the delicate chocolate soufflé with a glass of Japanese whiskey."

Minetta Tavern, 113 MacDougal Street (between Bleecker and West 3rd streets); 212-475-3850.
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Photo: Courtesy of L'Express.
Who: John DeLucie

"This late-night French bistro is open 24 hours with full food service. And, its only one block from my apartment."

L'Express, 249 Park Avenue South (at 20th Street); 212-254-5858.
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Photo: Courtesy of Miss Lily's.
Miss Lily's 7A
"For its second location, Miss Lily's took over the former all-night 7A diner and replaced it with an awesome Caribbean-themed restaurant that serves food and signature drinks until 2 a.m. The jerk chicken, okra, and oxtail curry are my favorite dishes, and the frozen dark & stormy is excellent. A great late-night spot."

Miss Lily's 7A, 109 Avenue A (at East 7th Street); 212-812-1482.
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Photo: Courtesy of The Leadbelly.
The Leadbelly
"This Chinatown spot is cool for late nights; it's equipped with an oyster bar and jazz music."

The Leadbelly, 14 Orchard Street (at Canal Street); 646-596-9142.
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Photo: Courtesy of Ward III.
Who: Spike Mendelsohn

Ward III
"Ward III is exactly what you want out of a cocktail bar — it's where I head when I'm in town and want a well-made drink. What's not to love about a place with 300+ whiskeys on hand? The guys behind the bar are some of the best in the city. I often go the bartenders-choice route and trust my drink in their capable hands, but I recently had the Bank Robber, and will be back for it again — it includes rye and rum mixed with Gran Classico, Byrrh, Cherry Heering, and Angostura bitters."

Check out the bar's bites menu, which includes everything from deviled eggs to duck nachos, here.

Ward III, 111 Reade Street (near West Broadway); 212-240-9194.
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Photo: Courtesy of Decoy.
"This is one of those places where everyone goes there for the large-format Peking duck dinners (which are amazing!), but the drinks are the sleeper hit. The Smoke n' Spice is one of my favorites because it’s sweet to taste, but has a spicy after tone I love. It also has a great bar menu, which — if you get them on a good night — includes a Peking Duck 'Taco.'"

Decoy, 529-1/2 Hudson Street (between Charles and West 10th streets), Downstairs; 212-691-9700.
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Photo: Courtesy of Employees Only.
Employees Only
"Employees Only is really one of those classic New York establishments; it has a very speakeasy-feel and has been killing it in the West Village for a decade. And, while it's known for some of the best cocktails in the city, you've got to try the food by chef Julia [Jaksic]… she's truly amazing. Oh, and virtually all of the employees have the logo tattooed somewhere on their body."

Employees Only, 510 Hudson Street (between West 10th and Christopher streets); 212-242-3021.

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