Eat and Drink The best 24-hour restaurants in NYC By GEORGIA KRAL October 3, 2014 11:33 AM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Hunger can strike at any time, and who are we to tell you that you should subsist on dollar slices or crackers? New York City never sleeps - you've heard that one before! - and restaurants across the city have responded by staying open for all the hours in a day. Here are the best 24-hour restaurants in NYC. Sarge's Deli Photo Credit: Facebook/ Sarge's Deli The Jewish Deli experience, in the middle of the night? Sounds like a quintessential New York experience to us! And since Sarge's has been open since 1964, this place is also nostalgic. All the staples are on the menu, but late night there are only a few things that truly satisfy: matzo ball soup (if it's winter), pickles (all the time) and a smoked meat sandwich, with mustard (also all the time). Sarge's delivers on all counts. If you're feeling especially hungry (or just crazy!) try The Monster, what Sarge's calls New York's largest sandwich: corned beef, pastrami, roast beef, turkey, salami, tomato, lettuce, cole slaw and Russian dressing on rye. 548 Third Ave., sargesdeli.com Kellogg's Diner Photo Credit: FLICKR/ Tarnie Many a young, hip person can thank Kellogg's Diner. Nearly every person who's partied in the 'burg has stumbled in for burgers and fries or tuna melts to lessen the pain of an impending hangover. Nothing too special to write home about, just classic diner food in a great setting. Kellogg's is a place to see and be seen, so try not to wait 'til you're completely sloshed to get a table. 518 Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg; kelloggsdinerwilliamsburg.com Sunny & Annie's Gourmet Deli Photo Credit: FLICKR/ Dan Nguyen What might look like an ordinary bodega is actually an extraordinary bodega. Zing! In addition to grocery items and beverages, at Sunny & Annie's you can get creative sandwiches. The most popular is the P.H.O. Real, like pho in sandwich form. What's on it? Roast beef, bean sprouts, basil, cilantro, avocado, tomato, onion, hoisin sauce and sriracha, served hot or cold. Classic sandwiches are also available. 94 Ave. B, sunnyandannies.com BCD Tofu House Photo Credit: FLICKR/ Robyn Lee This 24-hour Korean eatery is a chain with locations across the globe and many in California. The menu includes mostly tofu items, and the thing to order is what BCD is known for: soon tofu soup, served in many different ways and with a variety of side dishes. Also on the menu: bibimbap, bulgogi and teriyaki. Pictured is the Bi Bim Neng Myun: spicy, cold vermicelli noodles with beef and kimchi. 5 W. 32nd St., bcdtofu.com Coppelia Photo Credit: FLICKR/ ad454 This 24-hour Cuban restaurant is like a diner, but much more that that. The delicious food is widely hailed, with even Sam Sifton giving it a one-star review in The New York Times. A wide variety of food from the Caribbean can be enjoyed here, from empanadas to tacos to sopas. One menu highlight that we love: the Havana salad, with kale, queso fresco, pepitas, tomato and lemon-mustard vinaigrette. 207 W. 14th St., coppelianyc.com Cafeteria Photo Credit: FLICKR/ Alexis Lamster Cafeteria's concept is great - there's a reason why they've been open (24-hours a day!) in Chelsea for more than 15 years. Take classic comfort food and change it just enough so that it's something new and contemporary. And then serve it all day and all night and into the wee hours. Take the mac and cheese spring rolls (pictured). Fried goodness that's bite sized and tasty? Yes, please. Late night you can also get pesto polenta, a grilled steak sandwich and a California cobb salad 119 Seventh Ave., cafeteriagroup.com Grand Morelos Photo Credit: FLICKR/ Jason Lam This Williamsburg Mexican restaurant has been on Grand Street for decades and attracts a wide swath of diners - both new and old residents as well as workers in the area. The vibe is very classic late-night diner: spinning stools at the counter, vinyl-covered seats, fluorescent light-lit cake and pastry cases. You can get diner food - from breakfast to triple-decker sandwiches - but we recommend the Mexican eats. The chilaquiles (pictured) and tortas are always a hit. 727 Grand St., Williamsburg; grandmorelos.com Veselka Photo Credit: Veselka A favorite of Chloe Sevigny (and all cool kids who've hung out downtown since it opened in 1954), Veselka is one of the best dives in NYC. And it's always open. Traditional Ukrainian food is the thing here - and it's solid. Need to eat something that will absorb some of that alcohol? Try the pierogi. Want a fresh and satisfying blast of flavor? Borscht. Actually, try it all. 144 Second Ave., veselka.com Gray's Papaya Photo Credit: FLICKR/ Herman Yung The menu at Gray's is simple: all-beef hot dogs. You can get them topped with sauerkraut, chili or cheese, or grab the $4.95 recession special which comes with two dogs and a drink. Simple and straight forward. 2090 Broadway, grayspapayanyc.com Empanada Mama Photo Credit: Facebook/ Empanada Mama Crispy corn or wheat pockets filled with tasty deliciousness? Served hot? We can’t think of a better late night eat. You can hold it in one hand and search your purse for your MetroCard with the other. Multi-tasking is everything when you’re just trying to get home late at night. 189 E. Houston St. and 763 Ninth Ave.; empanadamama.com Kum Gang San Photo Credit: FLICKR/ Lee Sean Here’s a 24-hour restaurant that’s widely considered great. Open since 1992, it’s a Korean joint that also has locations across the world. The thing to get here is Korean BBQ, which requires some time as you must luxuriate over it. The meats and sides are delicious, salty and just what you want practically any time of day. Good thing you can get it any time of day! 49 W. 32nd St. and 138-28 Northern Blvd., Flushing; kumgangsan.net Bubby's TriBeCa Photo Credit: Bubby's Open since 1990, Bubby's is a community staple in TriBeCa. For those up late and hungry, Bubby's serves "Midnight Brunch" from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. and the eats are hearty. From nachos and chicken wings to Eggs Benedict and rosemary and bacon mac 'n cheese, there's something for the pickiest eater and the one with an advanced palate. All meats are butchered, cured and smoked in-house, and so is the ice cream. 120 Hudson St., bubbys.com French Roast Photo Credit: FLICKR/ Rafael Chamorro Both French Roast locations are open 24 hours but each has its own menu. This is elegant food for the middle of the night and for that, we are grateful. Highlights downtown: olive and anchovy tapenade with toast, Croque Monsieur, brioche French toast. Highlights uptown: deviled eggs, escargot, mussels Provencal. Both locations have steak frites, like any decent bistro. 78 W. 11th St. and 2340 Broadway; frenchroastny.com B.A.D. Burger Photo Credit: Facebook/ Bad Burger Breakfast All Day! And not just all day, all night, too. If you happen to be up at 4 a.m. after a night of drinking and find yourself hungry, B.A.D Burger is a good bet for those with an elevated sense of taste. In addition to chicken and waffles and Huevos Rancheros, you can also indulge in beets with pistachios and kale Caesar salad. 131 Grand St., Williamsburg and 171 Ave. A, East Village; bad-burger.com Sanford's Restaurant Photo Credit: Facebook/ Sanford's A step up from your basic diner, Sanford’s is the place to be at 3 a.m. in Queens. Name another diner where you can get Prince Edward Island mussels and tequila-braised meatballs, (in addition to classics like quesadillas and cobb salads)? 30-13 Broadway #1, Astoria, 718-932-9569, sanfordsnyc.com By GEORGIA KRAL Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.