Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but it’s rarely as enjoyable as the midnight snack (or, as we alternately call it, due to our Hobbit-esque proclivities, second dinner). Because what hits the spot after a long evening of—fill in the blank—as a grease-riddled burger, liberally seasoned meat taco, or saccharine slice of frosted chocolate cake? That’s why we’ve drawn up a helpful guide to the very best dead-of-night eats, from Sea Witch’s whole belly clam rolls to Peppa’s 24-hour jerk chicken.
If you order via text or through Seamless between 6pm-1am, former Marine, Duncan Galen, will ferret over his grass-fed, dry-aged burgers—featuring beef sourced from Dickson’s Farmstand Meats—to a handful of Bushwick bars, including Pearl’s, Three Diamond Door, The Johnson’s, The Keep, Cobra Club and The Sampler.
434 Troutman Street, Bushwick
For a neighborhood with an inordinate number of stroller-bound residents, Park Slope is unexpectedly accommodating to night owls; consider food-focused taverns like Sea Witch, serving fish tacos, kielbasa sandwiches, lump crab rangoon with mango chutney and fried whole belly clam rolls up until 2am.
703 5th Avenue, Park Slope
Peppa’s Jerk Chicken
It’s never too late—or early—for a jerk chicken fix at the family-owned, 24-hour-a-day Peppa’s, which keeps a seemingly endless roster of blackened skinned birds sizzling on a charcoal grill, ready to be hacked to pieces and piled in a takeout container, along with rice ‘n’ peas, the spindles of fried dough known as festivals, and extra helpings of vinegar-tempered hot sauce.
738 Flatbush Avenue, Prospect Lefferts Gardens
One of Brooklyn’s last remaining 24-hour diners, Grand Morelos is the only one with a decidedly Mexican bent. So in addition to Greek and American staples like gyros, silver dollar pancakes, feta omelets and Texas burgers, you’ll find an impressive roster of south of the border specialties, including al pastor tacos, chorizo burritos, lengua tortas, mole poblano and chilaquiles topped with oozy-centered eggs.
727 Grand Street, Williamsburg
No Name Bar
There’s no signage and, well, no name associated with this Greenpoint haunt, so you’ll need to be in the know in order to sniff out their basement level eatery, which transformed from a Thai noodle bar to late night Korean snack shop a while back, peddling homemade mandoo (pork or veggie dumplings), pajeon (green onion cakes) and bibimbop (fried egg-topped rice bowls).
597 Manhattan Avenue, Greenpoint
They serve exactly one food item at this low key Bed-Stuy bar, to accompany their equally brief but beautifully curated menu of beer (Heavy Seas Loose Cannon IPA, Two Brothers Domaine Dupage), and cocktails (there’s usually one, which is often a Sazerac): And that’s a fantastically rich and dense wedge of chocolate cake made daily by the owner’s wife. Incidentally, this pairs perfectly with a pint of Left Hand Milk Stout.
1112 Bedford Avenue, Bed-Stuy
If you ask a Brit, they’ll tell you falafel and kebabs (next to fish and chips, of course) are the ultimate in late night cuisine. And up until 11am (as after-hours as it gets in Bay Ridge) Hazar answers the call with their puck-shaped, sesame-studded chickpea balls, squiggled with nutty tahini and tucked inside of oven-blistered, homemade bread.
7224 5th Avenue, Bay Ridge