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Best of New York Food 2004

Best Late-Night Dining

  • Hal Rubenstein's Pick

    La Bottega

    88 Ninth Avenue, 212-243-8400

    When you feel like slurping pasta after midnight in a hip-but-cozy hangout that won’t hang you out to dry.

  • Adam Platt's Pick

    Balthazar

    80 Spring Street, 212-965-1414

    The best boudin noir in town after midnight.

  • Robin Raisfeld's Pick

    Schiller's Liquor Bar

    131 Rivington Street, 212-260-4555

    You’ll have to go very late indeed for a decent shot at snagging that corner table and a great 2 a.m. Welsh rarebit.

  • Rob Patronite's Pick

    Rai Rai Ken

    116 East 27th Street, 212-447-7733

    Tremendous bowls of steaming ramen bailed out of great cauldrons till 2:30 a.m.

From the 2004 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine

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