L’express 249 Park Ave. corner of Park and E 21st
The best restaurant I’ve ever been to at 3 am. Order le lamb burger. Steak tartar is amazing. Great steak frites, and duck mousse, flavored with capers rosemary and mustard. All desserts were excellent. Maybe one day you might have a sweet tooth but feel like eating breakfast at midnight. Well you’re in luck. Just order yourself a Logan special. A stack of pancakes with an order of creme caramel on top. I wasn’t even under the influence at the time, I’m just a glutton. Maybe one day you’ll feel like sushi so you go get some. However, upon exiting the sushi establishment, you find yourself outside of L’express. The steak tartare is so good that even if you are stuffed you won’t be able to resist. I will certainly go back, and I have. At least five times in two trips to the city. Where else could you go at this time and get food this good?
Bocca di Bacco at 848 9th ave that’s where. Dont confuse this with the subpar Buca di Beppo. You will be extremely disappointed. Maybe you went to nobu for dinner but you were on a tight budget so you couldn’t spend a thousand dollars. You’re feeling snacky so you and your brother-in-law decide to fetch a cab at 2 am down to hells kitchen to a nice little Italian wine bar for some grub. We enjoyed house made proscuitto, and porcini crostini as apps. Then on to a wonderful pasta, (mind you it’s around 2:45 am by now and we are having the second course). James got his old faithful fettuccine alla bolognese. I had gargenelli osso buco. This is how pasta is supposed to be made. Homemade and handcut. The sauces were grand and rich. The osso buco sauce was very “stroganoffy” as well as “dijonaisy” if that makes any sense. I can’t remember a better Bolognese that I have had. The service was horrible, however it was far past 3 in the morning as our meal wound down, so I have to give them some slack for that. I give both places 8.5’s based on quality of food and the fact that they were open at all.