As the city that never sleeps, New York City is a place defined by its nightlife. With world-class clubs—definitive destinations for all manner of acts—often closing late, it can be tough to find a place for a great post-show meal.
As musicians ourselves, we have some experience navigating the late night food scene. While options are limited, there are several places that we believe you should know about, especially when considering cost after all the drinks from the club.
We’ve got a list of the best late-night post-show eats in town, great for bands refueling after a gig, and fans who want a complete experience from the New York music scene. Which one is your favorite? Or, did we miss any good spots? Comment below!
1. Guadalupe Inn
Right around the corner from multi-level club Elsewhere, Guadalupe Inn is a reasonably-priced Mexican-style haunt serving some of the best burritos in the city.
A full menu of cocktails, beer, and wine—with a particular focus on quality—this is great spot for a quick bite at the bar or a more intimate affair at a table. Guadalupe Inn is open until 12 a.m., so it’s a quality spot for food after an early weeknight show.
Love Ukrainian food? Love it at literally any hour of the night? Veselka’s got you covered.
A 24-hour diner that is extremely reasonably-priced, you can get truly authentic borscht and mouth-watering pierogies after playing a gig or attending a show. If you’re down to explore the food of a culture often overlooked—especially after a few drinks at the show—we highly suggest Veselka!
3. Katz’ Delicatessen
Everybody loves a great sandwich. Whether you’re looking for a classic pastrami on rye, tuna and chicken salad, or any other type of deli food, Katz’ has been a mainstay for the night crowd of NYC for years.
Don’t worry—Katz’ also has tons of breakfast options. When you need a carbo-load after a night of drinking, or are craving something different like a pastrami omelette, stop by Katz’ anytime after hours. You’ll most likely meet tons of interesting people, as this has been a late night destination for decades.
This is considered the diner of the East Village, so if you’re up in that part of town, stop by Odessa at any hour—they’re open 24/7, so it’s impossible to miss out on their truly legendary breakfast offerings.
Odessa is also known as having some of the best pierogies in the city. If you’re a foodie and want to try reputation-worthy Ukrainian fare, Odessa could be your next favorite spot.
5. Corner Bistro
Where else can you get a truly legendary burger for under $10? At Corner Bistro in the West Village, that’s where.
This is a great place for someone looking for simple eats at great prices. Truly a traditional-style pub, you can grab a beer and awesome bar food all night, either to soak up the alcohol and head to bed, or refuel for whatever the night will bring.