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Drunk Dining: NYC’s 10 Best Restaurants After a Night of Drinking

Let's face it: A drunk diner is a ravenous diner. Here's our roundup of the top meals to soak up the alcohol, from fat meatballs to cheese-topped nachos to breakfast with all the fixings

It’s 4am on a Saturday, you just closed the bar and now what? The logical option is to stumble home, but who’s logical after a cocktail-fueled night? Instead, most revelers are looking for one thing when they stream out of the bar in the wee hours of the morning: hearty food. In the city that never sleeps, you’ll find lots of it, including buttery biscuits, fried chicken and pierogies served at all hours of the day and night. Here are our top picks to slay your hangover.

 

Fried chicken and pickled carrots from Empire Biscuit (Photo: Courtesy of Empire Biscuit)

Fried chicken and pickled carrots from Empire Biscuit (Photo: Courtesy of Empire Biscuit)

Empire Biscuits
The tag line of this East Village shop says it all, “Breakfast, lunch, dinner, drunk.” No matter what time of day, this 24-hour joint turns out freshly baked, southern-style biscuits. Go big with the protein and top your biscuits with country ham and egg or fried chicken and pickled carrots. Vegetarians aren’t forgotten either, with fried eggplant (note the proliferation of fried items – heaven for hangovers) sprinkled with toasted walnuts and smeared in onion pâté. 198 Ave. A, 646-682-9529, empirebiscuit.com

 

Cheese pizza from Joe's Pizza (Photo: Yelp)

Cheese pizza from Joe’s Pizza (Photo: Yelp)

Joe’s Pizza
Joe’s Pizza doesn’t just help combat hangovers. It’s also a history lesson on Greenwich Village. The much-loved pizzeria has been around since 1975, when it was founded by Joe Pozzuoli, an Italian immigrant from Naples. The philosophy here is: Why change a good thing? The pizza you order from the florescent-lit counter is the very same recipe that Pozzuoli first created — the plain cheese slice is a classic. Plus, Joe’s Pizza is open until 4:30am, which gives you plenty of time to close the bar and then jet over for a slice or five. 7 Carmine St., 212-366-1182,  joespizzanyc.com

 

Turkey empanada from Empanada Mama (Photo: Empanada Mama)

Turkey empanada from Empanada Mama (Photo: Empanada Mama)

Empanada Mama
The name says it all: This is the mother of empanada joints. If you find yourself stumbling around the Theater District late at night, take a seat at this brightly colored restaurant and feast on warm empanadas, from classic ground beef and chorizo to innovative combos like skirt steak with mozzarella cheese and pineapple-laden Hawaiian with chunks of ham. For those of you looking to prolong your evening even more, try the Viagra, which is stuffed with homemade seafood stew. But why just stick with the savory empanadas? Top off the meal with dessert empanadas, like sweet plantains and guava or the Elvis, which is slathered in peanut butter and bananas. Shake, Rattle & Roll. 763 9th Ave., 212-698-9008, empmamanyc.com

 

Mac Attack at Cafeteria (Photo: Courtesy of Cafeteria)

Mac Attack at Cafeteria (Photo: Courtesy of Cafeteria)

Cafeteria
For many, grabbing a bite after the bar isn’t about the food, but about the flirting. For that, head to the 24-hour diner Cafeteria in the Flatiron, where the post-party crowd is as good-looking as the food. Dig into fried macaroni and cheese, truffle parmesan fries or thick, syrup-soaked pancakes. Despite the name, this place is hardly a cafeteria. It feels more like a house of art, with its clean lines and artistic emphasis on the color white – white chairs, white padded walls and floor-to-ceiling windows, through which you can watch the sun come up. 119 7th Ave., 212-414-1717, cafeteriagroup.com

 

Pierogies with applesauce and sour cream at Veselka (Photo: Funkbrothers/Flickr CC)

Pierogies with applesauce and sour cream at Veselka (Photo: Funkbrothers/Flickr CC)

Veselka
Pierogies in the morning, pierogies at night, pierogies in the afternoon are all right. Since 1954, this 24-hour Ukrainian eatery has been serving traditional (i.e., satisfyingly calorific) Eastern European food in the East Village. Not surprisingly, Veselka has long been a popular stop on the post-bar circuit, drawing crowds with its sweet and savory dumplings topped with sour cream as well as applesauce-slathered potato pancakes, platters of beef stroganoff and bigos, a sausage-packed Ukrainian stew. If this doesn’t soak up the alcohol, nothing will. 144 2nd Ave., 212-228-9682, veselka.com

 

Meatballs from The Meatball Shop (Photo: The Meatball Shop)

Meatballs from The Meatball Shop (Photo: The Meatball Shop)

The Meatball Shop
One word: Meatballs. There’s no better way to pad the stomach than with big, juicy meatballs. Sink your teeth into a spicy pork hero or a steaming bowl of classic beef meatballs topped with parmesan cream. The Meatball Shop also caters to vegetarians, with hulking veggie meatballs served over freshly milled polenta or mashed potatoes with mushroom gravy. On weekends, the Lower East Side and Williamsburg branches are open until 4am, making it a perfect pit stop before you stagger home. Various locations, themeatballshop.com

 

Pomme Frites fries with sauces (Photo: Courtesy of Pomme Frites)

Pomme Frites fries with sauces (Photo: Courtesy of Pomme Frites)

Pommes Frites
These are the Rolls-Royce of fries. Hand-cut, thick and hearty, these chunky Belgian fries are the perfect dipping implements for the array of scrumptious sauces, including curry ketchup, horseradish mayonnaise and sweet mango chutney. Pomme Frites is in the lively heart of the East Village and open until 3:30am on Friday and Saturday, so you can pop in for a greasy snack on your way home (or wherever the night may take you). 123 2nd Ave., 212-674-1234, pommesfritesnyc.com

 

Fried chicken at Coppelia (Photo: Coppelia)

Fried chicken at Coppelia (Photo: Coppelia)

Coppelia
Does 24 hours of Latin American comfort food – tortas, nachos heaped with short ribs and lomo saltado (marinated strips of sirloin) sounds good? If the answer is yes (or, rather, si!), then zip over to Coppelia, one of the Flatiron’s best late-night eateries. Owned by restaurateur Julian Medina, this 55-seat cantina is a perfect balance of relaxed style and affordable, well-crafted Latino cuisine that goes down especially well after you’ve thrown back a few. 207 W. 14th St., 212-858-5001, coppelianyc.com

 

Bacon-wrapped Chihuahua dog with avocado from Crif Dogs (Photo: Amlamster/Flickr CC)

Bacon-wrapped Chihuahua dog with avocado from Crif Dogs (Photo: Amlamster/Flickr CC)

Crif Dogs
There are hot dogs. And then there are Crif Dogs. These juicy hot dogs are topped with everything from creamy avocado to mounds of sour cream to bacon and fried eggs. Pull up a stool or take a seat at one of the cafeteria-style tables and indulge. Still hungry? Pair your dog with tater tots or cheese fries. Crif Dogs locations in the East Village and Williamsburg stay open until 4am on Friday and Saturday, and 2am on other days. Various locations, crifdogs.com

 

Bacon burger at Sweet Afton (Photo: Sweet Afton)

Bacon burger at Sweet Afton (Photo: Sweet Afton)

Sweet Afton
This rustic Astoria gastropub (kitchen open until 1am daily) draws nightly Queens crowds with its high-end riff on country food fried chicken sandwiches, hefty burgers and gooey macaroni and cheese, made with cheddar, muenster and gruyere and topped with double-smoked Brooklyn bacon. And, if you haven’t had enough to drink, you can lounge at their antique bar and order from the craft cocktail menu until 4am. Or, even better, finish your night with a pickleback shot — that’s like eating, right? 30-09 34th St., Queens, 718-777-2570, sweetaftonbar.com

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