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Where to Get Late-Night Eats on the Upper West Side

By Emily Frost | October 20, 2015 2:25pm
 There are plenty of places to chow down in the neighborhood when it gets late. 
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UPPER WEST SIDE — If you take the word of some food critics, Upper West Siders are cleared out of restaurants and tucked into their beds by 9 p.m. 

While there are plenty of family-friendly eateries that close up shop by 10 p.m., the neighborhood also features places to satisfy night owls, or just those taking in a late movie or a concert at the Beacon.

Take a look at DNAinfo's list of the best late-night eats on the Upper West Side.

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French Roast
2340 Broadway at West 85th Street

From a shrimp po'boy to a banh mi, French Roast is pretty inclusive in what it deems French on its 12 a.m. to 7 a.m. menu. Those looking for more classic fare can get a steak au poivre, mussels provencal or Croque Monsieur. There's also an array of breakfast options and rich crepes. 

Gray's Papaya
2090 Broadway at West 72nd Street

If you want a cheap and filling option before hitting the sack and don't mind eating it standing up, Gray's Papaya is always a go-to. Beef hot dogs cost $1.95 with cheese or chili running an extra 50 cents. 

City Diner
2441 Broadway at West 90th Street

With breakfast served all day and all night, City Diner is a good bet for those wandering home from an all-night dance session, as well as those coming off a night shift or getting ready for an early one. At $10.50, the Lumberjack is a steal and comes with pancakes, two eggs, bacon, ham and sausage.

West Side Market
2171 Broadway at West 77th Street
2589 Broadway between West 97th and 98th streets
2840 Broadway at West 110th Street

If you want to whip up a homemade meal in the middle of the night, or simply have a hankering for a specific brand of chips or ice cream, West Side Market is the spot. It's open 24 hours and also has a pretty extensive beer selection.

Until 12:30 a.m.

Viand Cafe
2130 Broadway at West 75th Street

If you're looking for a pastrami sandwich or waffles as the night comes to a close, Viand is a good, quick option.

Until 1 a.m.

The Smith
1900 Broadway at West 63rd Street

From Thursday through Saturday, The Smith stays open later. Fill up on something more substantial, like a porterhouse steak for two, or stick to the bar snacks, like hot potato chips with blue cheese fondue. And don't forget to hit the photo booth downstairs to help you remember the night.

Burke & Wills
226 W 79th St. near Broadway

This Australian bistro has a seafood-heavy late-night menu served at the bar until 1 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. Blue point oysters are $1 each and fried oysters are $4; there is a salmon rillette with rhubarb gastrique and a smoked salmon with ginger yogurt, both for $5. The restaurant also serves crab beignets with mayo and ginger and a salt code croquette with harissa aioli for $5 each. For non-seafood eaters, the risotto fritters and triple fried chips will do the trick.

West End Hall
2756 Broadway near West 106th Street

Hot dogs with tons of garnishes and sausages from abroad are the stars at this classic beer hall. But vegetarians and pescatarians can find options on the menu as well, including grilled Atlantic salmon or a Greek salad. The kitchen is open until 1 a.m. on weekends, but the bar stays open until 3 a.m.

Metro Diner
2641 Broadway at West 100th Street

The Metro Diner is known as a place where people can relax. It's also a diner where you can get a BLT for $5.50 or a New York Central Egg Cream for $2.75. If you're extra hungry, you can order from the "Overtstuffed Sandwich Sensations" section.

Manhattan Diner
2532 Broadway at West 95th Street

With a menu that goes on and on — including plenty of Greek and Italian favorites, as well as sandwiches, cakes and pies — there's surely something at this longtime diner to satisfy your late-night craving.

Until 1:30 a.m.

Freddie and Peppers
303 Amsterdam Ave. between West 74th and 75th streets

On Fridays and Saturdays, this pizza joint stays open late. Classic slices — veggie, pepperoni and plain — are always available and can be heated up and boxed quickly, or devoured on site.

Until 2 a.m.

Chirping Chicken
355 Amsterdam Avenue at West 77th Street

Like many locals, the smell of Chirping Chicken may have wafted in your direction as you passed by, or a delivery person sparked your interest in the spot. Either way, don't worry about getting there early. The portions of salty, savory chicken are ample and there are other filling options like cheesesteak or ribs. 

Two Boots
2547 Broadway at West 96th Street

How can you pass up "The Bird" — hot buffalo chicken, blue cheese dressing, scallions and jalapenos on a white pie — especially after a night out? Two Boots is open until 2 a.m. and also serves other inventive pie creations, including a vegan option. 

Amsterdam Ale House
340 Amsterdam Ave. at West 76th Street

While this sports bar is known for its pub fare, there are healthier options, too, like the hummus plate and a variety of salads. Or you could just stick to their wings. Though the bar stays open until 4 a.m., the kitchen closes at 2 a.m. nightly. 

The Meatball Shop
447 Amsterdam Ave. at West 81st Street

The Meatball Shop is all about comfort food, and its menu can be customized to fit your hunger level. Slightly peckish? Have a couple of meatball sliders. Ravenous? Go for a hero — three meatballs on a baguette with sauce and cheese. The restaurant is open until 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and until midnight Sunday.

Barley and Grain
421 Amsterdam Ave. at West 80th Street

Spirits are the focus of Barley and Grain, which describes itself as "an American whiskey bar and restaurant." The eatery also features a fairly long menu of salads, seafood and meat entrees for between $10 and $23, as well as a smattering of snacks. The kitchen closes at 2 a.m. from Thursday through Saturday.

E's Bar
511 Amsterdam Ave. at West 85th Street

If you're looking for bar snacks with just a touch more of an edge, the menu here fits the bill with dishes ranging from BBQ Bacon Bao Buns to a Falafel Burger. There are healthier options, like their Cup o' Crispy Green Beans, Burnt Broccoli and Spring Veggies with hummus. E's is open until 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.

477 Amsterdam Ave. at West 83rd Street

With practically every bar snack you could ever want — from a trio of mini cheeseburgers to a combo plate of crispy calamari, potato skins and wings — Hi-Life has optimized its menu for hungry bar-goers. It also offers big sandwiches and salads, as well as a few breakfast options, like steak and eggs. (After all, it is technically morning by closing time.)

Jacob's Pickles
509 Amsterdam Ave. between West 84th and 85th streets

On Friday and Saturday nights, Jacob's Pickles serves up its popular Southern-inspired comfort food menu until 2 a.m. The Chicken and Pancakes entree with buttermilk fried chicken, crispy nitrate-free bacon and homemade syrup offers the perfect mix of savory and sweet flavors for those hours between nighttime and early morning. Or you can indulge in more drinks — cocktails or specialty beers — and take a bag of house-made biscuits home with you.  

Until 4 a.m.

Joe's Bar
480 Amsterdam Ave at West 83rd Street

This relatively new, cocktail-focused bar keeps its food menu simple, with seven options and four of them being different burger combinations. There's also a sloppy joe, a ham-egg-and-cheese dish and a chicken quesadilla, all for between $10 and $14.

Famous Original Ray's Pizza
462 Columbus Ave at West 82nd Street

It's hard to find a more old-school pizza spot in the neighborhood. This roomy joint has plenty of booths to camp out in whether you're with a group or alone. Famous Original Ray's is open until 4 a.m. Friday and Saturday and until 2 a.m. every other day. 

Did we miss a spot? Let us know on Neighborhood Square. 

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