A freelance writer, and amateur photographer Dora also teaches creative writing classes. Check out her website at www.creativejuicy.com
Published May 15th 2011
Ever had a craving for something to eat at 4:00 am? New York is the place where you can get not just a hot dog and a pretzel on a street corner, but an authentic Greek coffee, French food or a hearty three course meal 24 hours a day. From the greasy spoon to classy gourmet eateries - whatever you want, The Big Apple delivers.
BIG NICK'S BURGER JOINT is located on the upper west side. Big Nick's is the little diner with the gigantic menu, serving arguably the biggest burgers in Manhattan.
A classic diner style eatery, Nick's serves more than just burgers. You can get a great pizza, salads or a grilled veggie platter if you're more heath conscious, nachos, soups and seafood. And as a bonus, I couldn't find anything on the menu over $15. As they say... 'When sudden hunger strikes, you gotta eat. Every night of the week, we keep the ovens hot...'
Some 24 hour eateries are simply perfect for winding down after a long night out CAFETERIA at Cafeteria, their aim was to create the perfect "feel good" dining experience. Located in the trendy Meatpacking District, the upscale decor is as pleasing as the menu, featuring American style comfort food. And if you want to keep the partying going, Cafeteria also has an impressive cocktail and wine list.
Try the Cast Iron Baked Oysters with horseradish, spinach, crispy bacon and parmesan cheese. At $13, it's a little dish of heaven.
TOM'S RESTAURANT is the well recognized exterior you've seen a thousand times if you're a Seinfeld fan. Tom's looks different on the inside, from the restaurant you've seen on the TV show, but the food is great anyway. It's a popular late night spot with Columbia University students who can get a budget staple of a shake, fries and gravy at 3 in the morning any day of the week. If you happen to find yourself there at dawn on a summer weekend, you can watch the market setting up on the street outside the diner. Menu is super affordable with nothing I could see over $15.
Wherever possible I try to include venues that have websites, but WAVERLY RESTAURANT is old fashioned in every sense of the word - and doesn't have one. However, it did deserve to be included because of it's old fashioned huge, plastic laminated menus, white paper place mats, cozy vinyl booth seating and an atmosphere that beckons the hungry NYU student at 2:00 am. Old fashioned prices to match of course, meaning you can feast like a king on $3 egg sandwiches and $7 burgers, and for an extra 50 cents you can upsize to a deluxe patter which includes fries and garnishes. Simple tasty food, no frills and great prices.
REMEDY DINER is another website-less late night/early morning nosh palace situated on East Houston, at the crossroads between the Lower East Side and the East Village. This area is abundant with night clubs and restaurants, but sadly, nothing much in the way of refueling resources for the ardant party animal. Which makes Remedy true to its name, as the shining light of all-night offerings for many blocks. A welcome relief from over-the-top cover charges, and surly bouncers, you can settle into a typical cozy vinyl booth and order simple, satisfying, affordable plates of eggs, burgers, salads and sandwiches which will taste just as good as the over-priced gourmet food you didn't order earlier.
L'EXPRESS is the perfect place to be if you're hungry at 3:00 am in the Union Square area. In fact no matter what time you arrive at L'Express, you'll never feel like the time is wrong. the food is always great and the atmosphere is never dead. The menu celebrates the meat and dairy products of the region of Lyon in France. You can enjoy sausages done how only the French can do them. Charcuterie and Cheese plates, Pig's Feet, Sautéed Tripe, Pike Dumplings - all washed down with buckets of Beaujolais or beer.
An absolute delight, with nothing on the menu over $20.
VESELKA is your rainbow at the end of your pot of gold*. If hearty European fare is what you crave in the wee small hours, then you can feast on pierogis, borscht and blintzes till your heart's discontent. The menu also has soups, salads, sandwiches and vegetarian options.
All at prices well under the $20 benchmark I hold near and dear.