Spice Market’s salmon tartare

Blue Ribbon
For nearly two decades, Blue Ribbon has set the standard in late-night dining, thanks in part to “real food, real chefs, real service,” says chef and co-owner Eric Bromberg. Open from 4 PM until 4 AM, seven nights a week, the downtown bistro is famous for its fried chicken, but the paella royale and beef marrow bones with oxtail marmalade are equally stellar. 97 Sullivan St., 212-274-0404

Open 24 hours, this Chelsea hot spot is the place to be around the clock. Our favorite items include executive chef Linda Japngie’s trio of mac and cheeses and barbecue pulled-pork sliders. “Late night at Cafeteria has become somewhat of an institution,” says owner Stacey Pisone. “There’s something for everyone here.” 119 Seventh Ave., 212-414-1717

Electric Room
Chelsea’s Dream Downtown hotel’s Electric Room serves until 4 AM, and executive chef (and Top Chef season 4 alum) Manuel Trevino isn’t holding back when it comes to flavor—spicy pork meatballs, Memo’s guacamole, and mini cheeseburgers. 355 W. 16th St., 212-229-2559

The 40/40 Club
After a high-profile renovation at the beginning of the year, The 40/40 Club caters to both the fashion and sports sets until 4 AM. Owner and Jay-Z’s personal chef Mike Shand’s favorite new menu items include fried catfish Baja tacos and Banoffee banana toffee pie. Says Shand, “The new late-night menu takes typical sports bar dining options to the next level.” 6 W. 25th St., 212-832-4040

Fatty ’Cue
Since the Fatty crew opened their Manhattan barbecue location last year, the late-night masses have been lining up for the dry-aged Côte de Boeuf and the spicy tripe with red anchovy curry. Says general manager Scott Brenner, “The vibe inside makes for a great meet-up location to continue whatever ride you happen to be on that night.” 50 Carmine St., 212-929-5050

On any night of the week, this industry favorite in the Bowery Hotel attracts more than a handful of the city’s top editors, who snatch up small bites like the fig and gorgonzola crostini and the seared yellowfin tuna. Paired with a glass of Pinot, it’s the perfect way to wind down the evening. 335 Bowery, 212-505-7300

The Rose Club at The Plaza
If views of the hotel’s new Fifth Avenue lobby don’t entice you, the menu certainly will: Pine Island Oysters Rockefeller, steak tartare, and a private reserve ossetra caviar service that will run you $285 per ounce. Jazz on Wednesday and Thursday nights liven the scene. Fifth Ave. at Central Park S., 212-546-5311; theplaza.com

Spasso heats up Hudson Street with late-night offerings including handmade pastas and an impressive list of amaros and grappas. Celebrity spotting is the norm, but the real stars are on the menu. Says executive chef Craig Wallen, “A little fried, a little grilled, a nice rich bowl of pasta; that’s Spasso’s way to soak up the excellent booze flowing from behind the bar.” 551 Hudson St., 212-858-3838

Spice Market
Catering to the Meatpacking District’s nightlife crowd, the Late Night Spice menu features bamboo plates sampling the restaurant’s best savory or sweet offerings. Chef Anthony Ricco’s favorites include kimchee lobster rolls (savory) and kabocha cheesecake (sweet). 403 W. 13th St., 212-675-2322; spicemarketnewyork.com

The Vault at Pfaff’s
The underground lounge features a 450-year-old bar that serves bespoke cocktails using housemade ingredients like artisanal blue cheese olives. For dining, order up rich dishes such as brandade bacalao, wild boar cassoulet, and beer-soaked German sausage. 643 Broadway, 212-253-5421; vaultatpfaffs.com

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