The Top 9 Places for Drunk Eating in NYC
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New York City is known as the city that never sleeps, but depending on where you live, it can still be difficult to find a late night food spot.
When I first moved into an apartment near Columbus Circle, I was shocked to find that there were no pizza places within walking distance open past 10, and I constantly resorted to ordering Grubhub at 3 a.m. only to fall asleep before it arrived every damn time.
Thankfully, after spending more time in NYC and talking to friends and Galore readers, I’ve compiled a list of trusty late-night food spots to satisfy your hunger after a long night out in the city that never sleeps, how else are you supposed to soak up all that vodka?
1. Artichoke Pizza
If you’ve ever been out in the Meatpacking District, you’ve probs heard of Artichoke. But it’s topping the list just in case we’ve got some tourists looking to munch on great pizza past 2 a.m. The pizza is thick and creamy and it’s conveniently located right by some of Manhattan’s most popular clubs. Their signature artichoke pizza is known to taste like spinach-artichoke dip and pizza had a delicious lovechild.
The downside is that there’s constantly a long line (even at 2 a.m.) so if you’re not trying to stand and wait in your six inch heels, you might want to pass. Their pizza is also $5 a slice, which doesn’t seem like a ton, but considering you can get $1 slices in midtown, it’s a big jump for a broke bitch.
2. Sushi Seki
Sushi Seki has been called one of the freshest sushi places in NYC, which is a pretty honorable title. It’s also one of the few sushi places open until 2:30 a.m. The downside is that your bill can add up quickly if you’re drunk and decide to go wild on raw fish without considering the prices. You might also want to take into consideration the fact that you shouldn’t order white tuna, like, ever.
3. Little Italy Pizza
This photo of baked ziti pizza might be all you need, but rest assured that Little Italy Pizza boasts three locations and a huge variety of less than basic pizza flavors. The one by Union Square is the only one that seems to be open 24/7 though, so make your pilgrimage there before you pass the fuck out for the night.
4. The Nugget Spot
Nuggets may not be as “trendy” as pizza, but they’re just as delicious, with added protein to boot. The Nugget Spot it open until 2 a.m. on weekends, and they even offer vegan nugs if that’s your thing. Sure, 2 a.m. is kinda early for a Saturday in NYC, but who’s to say that you can’t leave the club for some nugs and return afterwards?
Chelsea’s Cafeteria is open 24/7, and they serve every comfort food that your drunken belly dreams of, from lobster mac and cheese to chicken and waffles. Artist Jared Gelman has gone so far as to say that Cafeteria is his “only option” for late night eats in the city. Sure, it’s a bit pricier than a slice, but sometimes you just gotta treat yo’ self.
6. Gonzales y Gonzales
Gonzales y Gonzales is open until 4 a.m., and while it’s a great spot to get late night Mexican food, you can also go there to keep the party going. Basically, you can go there for the night to drink, but also order some steak quesadillas when you get hungry around 2. Sounds like a win-win to us.
Vandal is owned by Tao Group, which should give you an idea of the ambiance and bomb af food. It’s open until 2 a.m. on the weekends, and if for some reason you don’t enjoy your sticky rice dumplings or shrimp arepas, you’ll at least have some good scenery for an Instagram selfie with their graffiti walls.
8. The Meatball Shop
The Meatball Shop is open until 2 a.m. on the weekends, and you don’t have to just get a big bowl of meatballs if that’s not what your drunk-ass self is craving. You can also get your meatballs in a sub, on top of pasta, or in a salad (but lol who craves salad when they’re drunk?). They also offer veggie balls, which Yelp users claim are equally delicious.
9. Dollar Slices
It’s not gourmet and it’s not Michelin-starred, but sometimes when you’ve already spent $30 on Uber you want a economically friendly piece of pizza to end your night with. Unfortunately, most of the dollar slice spots seem to be around Times Square area, which isn’t always super convenient. But, you can always hit up Percy’s Pizza in Greenwich Village, 2 Bros in Flatiron, or Joey’s Pepperoni Pizza in Chinatown.