It's time to rethink your evening: Dinner then drinks? Flip that and make
the restaurant your last stop of the night. The reason is simple: A slew of acclaimed chefs are creating late-night-only menus worth staying out for—dishes like seared lamb belly with pickled summer squash or red-curry-shrimp rolls with caramelized onions, fried tofu, and cabbage slaw. And since most of these sumptuous eats start appearing after 10 P.M.—or even later—you can think of this type of supper as clubbing.
Hog & Hominy
Special menu: 10 P.M.–3 A.M.
At this unassuming white-brick restaurant from local culinary heroes Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman, it takes a lot to push aside dinner-menu staples like Margherita pizza and poutine, but the late-night bowl of gut-busting ramen–filled with chicken, sausage, shiitake mushrooms, seaweed, pickled vegetables, egg, and nori and served in a delectable steaming garlic-chicken broth—is worth staying up for.
Ramen at Hog & Hominy
Special menu: 10 P.M.–1 A.M.
Midnight munchies are elevated to the status of a refined tasting menu at this tiny converted grocery store where a gang of local chefs, called the Underground Food Collective, treat their after-hours menu like an experimental small-plate playground: house-made cured meats, cheeses, and pretzels alongside seasonally focused specials like seared lamb belly with pickled summer squash.
New York City
Special menu: 11 P.M.–4 A.M.
This new bi-level Lower East Side hot spot, decorated with vintage doors, cartographic tools, and globes like a 1920s Explorer's Club chapter, has a custom-made pot-belly stove and cranks out adventurous fare like mortadella sausage with grilled onions and peppers, spicy noodles with roasted pork, and a daily selection of oven-baked flatbreads.
Burritt Room + Tavern
Special menu: 10 P.M.–midnight
At Aureole founder Charlie Palmer's swanky Union Square tavern tucked inside the film noir–themed Mystic Hotel, you can pair the bar's signature champagne mint julep or a classic vieux carré with American Ale–braised fried pork shanks or veal sloppy joes finished with house-made pickles, oven-roasted tomatoes, and charred onions.
Left: Pork shank at Burritt + Tavern
Special menu: 11 P.M.–1 A.M.
During the day, chef Yesoon Lee serves authentic Korean dishes, including the best bibimbap on K Street. But as the clock approaches midnight, the restaurant transforms into a lively watering hole where the capital's best chefs flock to the long wooden bar for inventive fusion dishes like caramelized-kimchi quesadillas, Korean-barbecue tacos, and extra-crispy double-fried chicken.
The Blue Owl
Santa Barbara, California
Special menu: 10 P.M.–2:30 A.M.
This pop-up turned brick-and-mortar restaurant has become a late-night destination where Asian fusion meets Pacific Coast cool in new novelties like the Kimcheezer, a grilled sandwich stuffed with sautéed house-made kimchi and jalapeños, and the porkducken, a filling mix of pork, duck, and chicken adobo.
Right: Fried rice at the Blue Owl