For groups of friends and coworkers who lose track of time at the bar, checking the hour only after their rumbling stomachs are heard above the speakers, there’s nothing worse than those two little words: “kitchen closed.” An open diner is surely nearby, but a more elevated, sit-down experience can be harder to come by. Westchester restaurateurs are noticing this trend toward varying and later dinner-times, and some have adjusted their cooking timers accordingly. These eight eateries go the distance for hungry foodies, serving night owls and all-night revelers long after the dinner bell has rung and the early-bird special has since turned cold.
White Plains; archiegrandwp.com
At this swank, NYC-esque gastropub, creative small plates and entrées of sirloin steak and pork-belly ramen are served until the little hand lands on 11 on Friday and Saturday nights, but late on Sunday it’s a good, old-fashioned pizza party. Hot and bubbling until the stroke of midnight, deliciously intriguing pies, like the one with bacon, arugula, and truffle dust, quash the growls like only an after-hours slice can.
When a new day is dawning and the craving hits for a standout burger or a satisfying Reuben — perhaps one with house-cured Angus corned beef, local sauerkraut, and imported Gruyère — you’ll be in good hands at this welcoming northerly gastropub that’s on the map for its craft-beer list and eclectic regional cuisine. Appetizers, salads, and sandwiches are cooked up until the clock strikes midnight on both Friday and Saturday nights, along with vegan offerings, like the gyro of house-made seitan.
White Plains; theblindpigofwestchester.com
It seems apropos that late-night dining would occur in a setting reminiscent of a 1920s speakeasy, and so it goes at this downtown, craft-cocktail-themed establishment, where the stove stays hot until 1:30 a.m. throughout the week. A bao bun flight or Wagyu sliders hit the spot at that hour, but a lighter seasonal burrata salad may settle better for some. Those with true staying power are sure to be lured by the aptly named “vampire deviled eggs,” kissed with jalapeño.
Cozy and curiously dimly lit at almost any hour of the evening, this ultra-neighborly hideaway serves food nightly until 11 or 11:30 p.m., give or take, depending on the appetite (and alertness?) of the clientele. Cheese and charcuterie platters are expectedly on offer, complementing an extensive bottle and by-the-glass menu, but longstanding favorites of veal lasagna, mushroom-and-pea risotto, and duck pot stickers serve as heartier nightcaps.
The latest late-night dining that we know of locally occurs in a sleek, low-light, lounge-like setting within the walls of Hotel NoMa in NewRo, where the full (and extensive) menu of tapas, salads, wood-fired pizza and flat breads, charcuterie boards, and popular entrées (try the chicken scarp) are served until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturdays, with tempting tapas selections and pizza satisfying hardcore stay-outs until a mind-numbing 2 a.m.
While the kitchen is too tight to accommodate more than one chef, it puts out a petite, but deeply satisfying, lineup of inventive small plates and blooming charcuterie and cheeseboards until 11 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, midnight on Thursdays, and 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Whether it’s a midnight snack of “devil’s eggs” with sriracha or heartier lamb kofte sliders and signature toasts with jumbo lump crab salad or truffled labne, late-night nibblers can expect a perfect pairing with an eye-opening handcrafted cocktail.
Like in the dance clubs of Puerto Rico, pulsating rhythms and authentic home-style cuisine are on offer well into the evening hours, served up at this three-story hotbed of Latin vibrancy and culture until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. Traditional paella, ropa vieja with braised Angus beef, and unforgettable mofongo and trifongo (mashed green and sweet plantains with yuca) complement inventive tapas offerings of grilled Spanish octopus, guava barbecue ribs, and codfish tostones.
Entrée service ends at a respectable 9 p.m. at this modern, sophisticated village spot that sways part bistro, part tavern, but the cooks stay on duty to 11 p.m. nightly, dishing out small plates of elevated comfort classics, from wings and pretzel bites to short-rib sliders, veal meatballs, and expertly executed chicken or black bean empanadas.
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