Everyone knows that next to Las Vegas, New York City is the city that never sleeps. After a night of bar hopping, dancing and whatever other fun that empties your wallet, there is more drinking and eating to be done before it’s time for bed. But think past the easily accessible beer and greasy pizza and move forward to a more sophisticated cuisine.
On a recent trip to New York City, our own chef, traveler and TV host, Andrew Zimmern enjoyed a late-night city sampler that culminated in an episode of Bizarre Foods America we call, NYC Overnight: Bizarre At All Hours.
Andrew Zimmern’s quest answered the following important questions: Hungry? Go here. Still thirsty? Drink up here. And as always, Andrew doesn’t disappoint, offering up some of the best Asian-inspired late-night eats and more.
Easily accessible when a late-night treat is what you crave, the Halal Guys are Manhattan’s prime food cart, offering staples like chicken and lamb over rice. Haandi Restaurant, open until 4 a.m., offers a Pakistani buffet with items like braised lamb head and lamb brains. Located in Koreatown (known to some as the best place to eat in Manhattan in the middle of the night) is Kunjip, where soup is the house specialty. Try their al chigae, a fish stew layered with vegetables, tofu and sacs of fresh codfish roe. A favorite late-night spot amongst NYC’s cabbies is Zaragoza Mexican Deli and Grocery, offering a variety of cuisine including chicken and pork tamales with 4 kinds of salsa. And finally, have you ever wondered who services the employees of New York City at such a late hour? Check out Employees Only, a neighborhood bar that offers up a free cup of soup to anyone that’s still there after last call at 4 a.m.