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Blue Ribbon Brasserie is an obligatory stop for food connoisseurs in the city. While the wildly popular restaurant now has several locations, the flagship location will always hold a special place in New Yorkers' hearts, particularly fans of the late-night dining scene. Blue Ribbon Brasserie welcomes diners until the early hours of the morning, creating a warm and welcoming ambience with low lighting and details like velvet upholstery. Sample the best comfort food you've ever eaten, savor remarkably fresh seafood, and enjoy classic mains like the hangar steak with wild mushrooms or roasted duck club. There's something to be said for American dishes done right at Blue Ribbon Brasserie.
Coppelia is a 24-hour diner restaurant which specializes in Cuban and South American food. Their all day breakfast menu is a hit with all the late night partiers who visit after their revelry ends to satiate their hunger. The Coppelia omelet and breakfast burrito are some of their famous breakfast dishes, while the rest of their menu consists of more delicious, hearty food. Coppelia has got a soothing atmosphere with live music every Friday and Saturday. They also have a huge bar which is has an emphasis on Latin spirits like tequila and mezcal with a few twists. Coppelia will just soothe you with their amazing food and bigheartedness.
Empanada Mama's red and green storefront bursts out from the dingy grays of 9th Avenue, beckoning visitors in for its huge assortment of handmade empanadas. Founder Socrates Nanas has created forty different varieties of this international favorite, stuffing shredded pork, beef or vegetables into wheat or corn husks before a light fry renders them golden and delicious. Clever variations on this staple item include the Polish (sauerkraut and kielbasa) and the Cheeseburger (ground beef and shredded cheese). If the signature dish isn't your thing, Empanada Mama offers an assortment of arepas, a South American corn patty stuffed with pork, beef, chicken or vegetables as well as a number of soups, salads and dessert items. Open all day, every day, Empanada Mama is the perfect stop for a quick bite on the go.
While the East Village has long been a hip neighborhood, it was first known as an ethnic community. The Ukrainian restaurant Veselka is a remnant of that history. This combination luncheonette and sidewalk cafe with an Eastern European air features breakfast muffins, bagels, potato pancakes and cheese blintzes among other selections. For lunch, a hearty borscht and their famous pierogies should do the trick, while a dinner meal of kielbasa or veal goulash should leave you smiling and satisfied.
The name of this restaurant comes from the founder Brian Shebairo trying to say the name of his friend and co-founder Chris, while eating a hotdog. An absolute must for those who love franks, Crif Dogs has upped the ante with its handmade, naturally smoked wieners. They also serve some amazing burgers and shakes, but most come for the dogs. Try the Spicy Redneck, a bacon wrapped masterpiece topped with cole slaw and jalapenos.
This place has been a favorite among sushi lovers for years now, since it was known as Sushi Hatsu. Mr. Hatsu has since returned to Japan, and Mr. Seki, who used to work at the illustrious Sushi of Gari, has taken over. Try asking for omakase that is, give Seki the authority to decide what to serve you. Chances are you'll receive some of the best sushi you've ever had. The restaurant also features regional selections of sake.
This Tribeca restaurant is for the most part a grazing spot for the cool, upscale loft-dwellers of the neighborhood. However, on weekends it really heats up for brunch, with lines sometimes snaking around the corner. Bubby's serves comfort food at breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as amazing desserts, and generous cocktails. In good weather, the outdoor cafe becomes the neighborhood patio. There is a pleasant bar in front, making it an option for nighttime as well. Although it's open for 24 hours a day, the restaurant closes for a few hours every Tuesdays.
This simple restaurant located in the Korean section of Murray Hill serves tasty, authentic Korean food. Han Bat may look modest from the outside, but the chefs do not skimp on flavor. The spicy seafood stew warms your bones on cold winter days. Bimimbop, the Korean national dish made of vegetables and rice with chili sauce and a fried egg on top, is fresh and piled high. And every meal comes with several types of ban chan side dishes.
Located on 14th Street, Artichoke Basille's Pizza & Brewery; generally just called Artichoke, serves up a deep slice of pizza. The slices are thick and dosed heavy with toppings, creating a deep-dish and almost buttery effect. Full pies are also available for delivery. The place is tiny and creates an intimate setting to watch the pizza-makers while you wait. Artichoke is an excellent way to finish the night, though you might extend your night as you'll no doubt queue up for the best slice in town.
A stylish hybrid of a bistro and a diner, this 24-hour Chelsea hotspot has been the place to be seen at 4:30a on a Friday or Saturday night since its Sex and the City heyday. The interior is a gleaming white, space-age take on the modern restaurant, complete with plastic chairs. The serve classic American diner food such as pork chops and fried chicken, and give it a bit of an upscale twist.
At L'Express, the diverse French menu and good food will satisfy you at all hours, but the real party does not begin until 4am, that is when the bars close, and those still on the go need a place to gather and re-energize. The decor is charming, although the place can get overly noisy. There are salads, burgers and basic dishes like lamb with potatoes and Steak Frites. The French fries are fabulous.
After a brief hiatus, this iconic New York diner was reopened and revived under celebrity chef Amanda Freitag in January 2014. The restaurant offers popular dishes and quintessential comfort foods like matzo ball soup, cheesecakes and much more. The menu comprises of diner food-made-chic, thanks to Freitag's culinary flair. Try the buffalo skate wings or go for the Empire Burger, there is nothing here that will leave you disappointed.