There are a lot of clichés about New York City, not all of which are true (it doesn’t look much like a giant piece of fruit from where we’re standing). The most enduring — and accurate — is that it’s the city that never sleeps. Hot dogs at dawn? You got it. Midnight speakeasy? Take your pick. Brunch at 3am? No problem.
This reputation is not founded solely on where you can eat at any given hour, but that’s a good place to start. Anyone in need of a little romance-level increase as night falls should head to the West Village, where Joseph Leonard stays open late (2am) to serve East Coast oysters and other bistro classics. Afterwards, stumble a little further down Christopher Street to The Duplex, a piano bar where you can belt out a few power ballads as someone else tickles the keys, probably slightly more tunefully, until 4am. For a fuelling piece of pizza, schedule a small-hour pit-stop at BleeckerStreet Pizza in Greenwich Village, popular with passing nocturnal actors, baseball players and Jenner sisters alike.
If you like your brunch served at midnight instead of midday, try Five Leaves on so-hip-it-hurts Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint; the ricotta pancakes are peerless, as are the mussels. If you’re still Brooklyn-side come dawn, don’t miss Tom’s in Park Slope, a diner that has been dishing up morning-after-the-night-before brunches to patrons in need since the 1930s.
The Standard, Highline hogs a lot of the limelight when it comes to New York nightlife, but with good reason: the Top of the Standard offers some of the best views in town (as do the hotel’s bedrooms, many of which have three floor-to-ceiling windows and free-standing bath tubs), the Standard Grill stays open as late as 4am on some nights and there’s a nightclub on the roof.
Meg Ryan fans might be joining the queue at Katz’s Deli in the Lower East Side, but the better informed will be eight blocks away at East Village’s Veselka, an open-all-hours Ukrainian restaurant serving alcohol-absorbing pierogi and its signature veal goulash. At the East Village Crif Dogs outpost, do a Superman and head into the phone booth — you’ll soon find yourself in a cosy speakeasy on the other side (without the red-and-blue Lycra).
For an after-dark diet of the sweet-tooth-sating variety, the Momofuku Milk Bar at Chambers Hotel in Midtown sells all the pies, marshmallow-filled cookies and ‘cereal milk’ you can stockpile for sustenance.
And if you do fancy finally catching 40 winks, there’s no better place to do it than the Hudson-facing Hotel Hugo, although the sunrise views there will be worth staying up for — as are the skyline vistas served with breakfast on Hôtel Americano’s roof terrace. At the city’s new 11 Howard hotel, the Blond is already SoHo’s hottest multi-tasking spot — the art-filled space triples up as a bar, lounge and nightclub in one. Caffeine, tequila, green juice, whatever your energy-giving vice is, start taking it. You can sleep on the plane home.
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