by Justine Goodman - 81 Reviews - 104 List
As New Yorkers, we like to work, play and eat 24 hours a day, seven days a week. So it's a good thing the city has so many restaurants, shops and services that are open 24/7. Whether you want to hit the gym, buy a new computer or dine at 3am, find out why they call New York the city that never sleeps. (Photo: Big Nick's Burger and Pizza Joint)
Updated: July 15, 2011
This downtown greasy spoon is perfectly situated near NYU and caters to a crowd of students pulling all-night study sessions (read: partying). The food is typical diner fare, starring (you guessed it!) soups and an assortment of burgers. In the wee hours, the throngs of undergrads make it feel a lot like a campus hangout.
Sometimes simple eats like pizza won't suffice after a booze-addled evening. Instead, you'd like an order of pig's feet or sauteed tripe. Thankfully, this casual French restaurant in Gramercy stays open into the wee hours, catering to the eclectic tastes of tipsy sophisticates.
You might recognize this Upper West Side mainstay from "The Late Show with David Letterman," but it hardly needs Dave's endorsement. The encyclopedic menu--which boasts a dazzling selection of fare, from burgers and pizza to baked ziti and steaks--speaks for itself.
This midtown spot stays open around the clock, serving a variety of foods--from Jewish deli classics like potato latkes to chicken and ribs. If you'd rather enjoy your late-night eats from the comfort of your own abode, 24/7 delivery is also available.
Some of the menu items--like meatloaf and fried chicken--might make this Chelsea hot spot sound like an actual cafeteria. But the table waits (sometimes upwards of an hour, especially at 4am), food quality and high prices will quickly remind you where you are. Still, it can't be beat after a late night at 1Oak.
The vibe at this breezy Upper West Side spot is reminiscent of a lively Parisian bistro, so it's no surprise that the food--think onion soup, croque monsieur, steak au poivre--leans toward traditional French. There's also a selection of burgers, salads and sandwiches that will appeal to anyone with an appetite. And for those who like to eat at bizarre hours, it's a lovely alternative to the typical late-night diner options.
Located on the southwest edge of Tompkins Square Park, this East Village cafe and its comfort food menu attract a constant flow of patrons day and night. The vibe is low-key, artsy and cool--much like the neighborhood itself. In the summer, opt for a sidewalk table.
Even at 4am, the bright lighting at this East Village classic will keep you going. So will a few Ukrainian beers. But it's the tasty Eastern European menu that draws a crowd of hungry patrons at all hours. Order a plate of pierogies or a tasty burger for a perfect post-bar snack.
This large, bustling Upper West Side diner always seems to have a decent crowd, even at 3am on a Monday night. In the tradition of classic Greek diners, portions are monstrously large, and the menu itself is longer than some novels. But anyone looking to cap off the night (or kick off the dawn) can appreciate a long list of burgers, sandwiches, eggs and mozzarella sticks.
Relaxation, rejuvenation and meditation needn't be relegated to daylight hours. At this midtown spa, all the typical services (massages, waxing, facials, etc.) as well as specialty treatments are offered 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There is one catch, though: Facilities are only open to men between 5pm and 9am.
It's New York's truest and most prevalent form of convenience: A 24-hour corner store that stocks everything from over-the-counter meds to beer and snacks. For the Soho resident with late-night sniffles or an ice cream craving, this bodega is a godsend.
Nobody enjoys getting locked out--especially at 5am after a night on the town. But should you lose your keys, Artie's will come to your rescue. (For key copying services, you'll have to show up at the store between 8am and 8pm.)
Late-night launderers, rejoice! This West Village facility provides laundry services morning, noon and night. You can even drop off your dry cleaning at any hour for a two-day turnaround. An ATM, a beverage machine and a 24-hour attendant don't hurt either.
Sometimes, the desire for a fresh fruit or vegetable comes when--and where--you least expect it. Suppose you're in Sunset Park at 4am when you're suddenly overcome with a hankering for a ruby red grapefruit or crisp head of lettuce. You're in luck! Simply head over to this market beneath the Gowanus Expressway.