Missing the NYC Late Night Eats

Moving from Northern New Jersey to Downtown Chicago five months ago was probably the biggest decision I’ve made so far in my life.   One of the things I left behind and miss was living close to New York City.   Chicago can hold it’s own, and I love this town, but New York City seems to surround  people in a certain aura of sorts.  I can’t describe it, but I definitely don’t feel it here in the Mid West.  I had the opportunity go back to the East Coast a couple of weeks ago and I made sure to spend a day and night in the city that never sleeps.

The amount of food selection available during the wee hours in the morning is my favorite thing about New York.   From relaxed and chill dining to drunk food, there seems to be an option to satisfy almost every food craving at anytime.

While I was only there for a night, I had to make sure that it ended up gastronomically well.

The night started out at Blue Ribbon Sushi, and while the food was great, it wasn’t filling.  After hopping to two lounges, a bunch of us headed out to Artichoke Pizza.  Shortly later…as in about 15 minutes later, we were still hungry after a ginormous slice of pizza and headed to Pocha 32 in Koreatown.

Blue Ribbon Sushi
119 Sullivan St., New York, NY 10012

With so many Japanese Restaurants in New York City, one would most likely have to spend half a lifetime to dine at each one.  But with the miracle of that is Yelp and friends’ recommendations, it makes deciding on where to go for Japanese cuisine with much less of a headache.  In the end, I decided on Blue Ribbon Sushi for dinner.

In a nutshell, the seafood was fresh, but nothing too out of the extraordinary.  The appetizer menu provided much selection and the price point overall was rather reasonable.  My recommendation, get the Hamachi-Yama appetizer.

Artichoke Pizza
328 E 14th Street, NY, NY

The second food destination of the night was Artichoke Pizza.  It was around 3AM in the morning, cold, and there was a line out the door. I thought to myself, “if the pizza is really that good, then the line must be worth it.”  The pizza was good, but not something I would stand in line for.  The cheese had excellent flavor, but there seemed to be too much bread.  On a side note, the portion of the slice was rather generous, not bad for $4.00.

Pocha 32
15 West 32nd Street, New York, NY 10001-3229

The last destination was Koreatown.  My friend had heard of this place that served great Watermelon Soju, and after some mobile phone Googling, we had found it.  At 4am in the morning, the place was bustling, and as the night, or should I say early morning progressed, more groups of people continued to pour in.

The watermelon soju was fantastic.  As for someone who hates soju, I could not get enough of it.  It comes in half of a hollowed out watermelon and is served with a ladle and tin cups.  It’s definitely something to be experienced with a group.

Not feeling fully satiated from the rather underwhelming Artichoke pizza, we were still hungry and we ordered the Budae Jigae.  It’s a hodge podge of ramen noodles, spam, hot dog pieces, greens, tofu, and other random things thrown into a steaming pot of spicy broth.

With the sun about to creep up the horizon, we called it a night and returned to our hotel room.  The night of eats was a great reminder of what makes the city so great.

~ KC

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