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Jul 31, 2015

Where To Satisfy A Late Night Snack Attack

We’ve all been there. Whether you’ve just finished a long night out on the town,  an epic Netflix marathon, or an after-hours take-home assignment, the late-night snack struggle can be very real. (…)

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We’ve all been there. Whether you’ve just finished a long night out on the town,  an epic Netflix marathon, or an after-hours take-home assignment, the late-night snack struggle can be very real. The next time you realize time has gotten away from you, but you just gotta eat, check out one of these ten spots.

El Rey Del Taco Truck

I can’t tell you how many nights I’ve ended at El Rey Del Taco Truck. It’s affordable, delicious, and conveniently parked near two main subway stations: 30th Ave and Ditmars Boulevard. There have been multiple times I’ve attended concerts or get-togethers in Manhattan or Brooklyn, and spent the evening looking forward to the taco truck trip I’d be taking on the way back. My go-to is one chicken taco and one salted beef taco. What’s yours?
Locations: 33-01 30th Ave  (Open until 3am) & 31st St and Ditmars Ave (Open until 1am)

 

There's always a late night line at El Rey Del Taco Truck! Photo Credit: Yvonne L. via Yelp

There’s always a late night line at El Rey Del Taco Truck! Photo Credit: Yvonne L. via Yelp

King of Falafel and Shawarma

There’s a good reason King of Falafel and Shawarma is expanding from its food truck to a full brick and mortar spot on Broadway: it’s always mobbed with people. Although they close on the earlier than the rest of this list, their falafel and shawarma sandwiches and plates are always fresh and assembled quickly, getting you from hangry to happy in a flash.

Location: 29-18 Broadway (Open until 12am Monday through Saturday. Sunday open until 9pm)

Note: Their second truck, located at 30th Ave and 33rd St has an earlier closing time: 10pm

 

You'll find falafel cooked to perfection, no matter how late. Photo Courtesy of King of Falafel's Facebook page

You’ll find falafel cooked to perfection, no matter how late. Photo Courtesy of King of Falafel’s Facebook page

Artichoke Bastille’s Pizza

When it was announced that Artichoke Basille’s Pizza was opening a location in Astoria, I let out a little gasp of happiness. The slices at their Chelsea and East Village spots have always been stellar, and the Astoria outpost doesn’t disappoint. While their original Artichoke slice is fantastic (and often filling enough to be a meal on its own!) don’t be afraid to give their crab slice a try.
Location: 22-56 31st St (Open until 1am Sun-Wed, 4am Thurs, and 5am Fri/Sat)
The OG Artichoke Slice. Photo Credit: Denise W. Via Yelp

The OG Artichoke Slice. Photo Credit: Denise W. Via Yelp

Bonchon Chicken

Is there a better late-night snack than friend chicken? A new arrival to the neighborhood, Bonchon Chicken serves up Korean-style chicken and cocktails until 2am on the weekends. If you don’t want the party to end, here’s your spot!
Location: 25-30 Broadway (Open until 2am on weekends, 11pm on weeknights)

 

Is there a better late night snack than a big pile of fried chicken? Photo Credit:  Yuh-Shiuan C. via Yelp

Is there a better late night snack than a big pile of fried chicken? Photo Credit: Yuh-Shiuan C. via Yelp

Sweet Afton

One of Astoria’s most-loved bars, Sweet Afton also has a fantastic menu. They offer one of the best burgers in the neighborhood, and one of my favorite vegetable sandwiches EVER. For lighter fare, their fried pickles, grilled cheese, and french fries are also fun to munch on.
Location: 30-09 34th St (Kitchen is open until 1am)

 

French fries and fried pickles. A match made in heaven.  Photo Credit: Share W. Via Yelp

French fries and fried pickles. A match made in heaven. Photo Credit: Share W. Via Yelp

Tasty’s Diner

This 24/7 diner is nothing fancy, but when you’re looking for something fast and inexpensive, Tasty’s Diner is your spot. Standard diner fare like egg sandwiches, chicken tenders, and sandwiches are all solid choices.
Location: 33-04 Ditmars Blvd (Open 24 hours a day)

 

Bacon grilled cheese and a vanilla milkshake sounds like an excellent way to end the night! Photo Credit: Kat J. via Yelp

Bacon grilled cheese and a vanilla milkshake sounds like an excellent way to end the night! Photo Credit: Kat J. via Yelp

Blackbird’s

The “Last Call” menu at Blackbird’s is a bar-food lover’s dream. If you like nachos, calamari, sliders, and their signature chicken wings, this is the spot for you. To sweeten the deal, a free pint of beer is served with your food order. Late night snack heaven!
Location: 41-19 30th Ave (Open until 3am)

 

Is it true that eating chicken wings at night gives you strange dreams? These are worth finding out! Photo Credit: Win C. Via Yelp

Is it true that eating chicken wings at night gives you strange dreams? These are worth finding out! Photo Credit: Win C. Via Yelp

Halal Sandwich Shop

While it’s a little off the beaten path on Steinway and 25th Ave, this spot serves fresh, affordable halal until 3am. If late night meat is what you crave, the lamb and beef shank here are hard to resist.
Location: 25-61 Steinway St. (Open until 3am)

 

The Hungry Man Platter. Whether you are a hungry man OR hungry woman, this hits the spot. Photo Credit: Joshua V. Via Yelp

The Hungry Man Platter. Whether you are a hungry man OR hungry woman, this hits the spot. Photo Credit: Joshua V. Via Yelp

Crave Astoria

How could we not include a restaurant that has a menu item called “Last Call Bowl?” This not-for-the-faint-of-heart item is served on a bed of chips and includes chili, bacon, jalepenos, scallions, cheddar sauce and ranch dressing. Bring your appetite to Crave, or be ready to have lots of leftovers the morning after!
Location: 28-55 36th Street (Open until 1am Mon-Wed, 4am Thurs, 5:30am Fri/Sat, 1:30am Sun)

 

The "Last Call Bowl." Are you up for the challenge? Photo Credit: Terita S. Vua Yelp

The “Last Call Bowl.” Are you up for the challenge? Photo Credit: Terita S. Vua Yelp

 

Pita House

Although this list is admittedly full of Middle Eastern/Mediterranean/Halal spots, this place deserves to round out the list. Open until 4am, Pita House is a short walk from 30th Ave subway station and is a dependable restaurant for falafel, gyro sandwiches, and spinach pie.

Location:  25-15 30th Ave (Open until 4am Fri/Sat, 3am Sun-Thurs)

 

The Middle East Combo. Look at all those colorful veggies! Photo Credit: Khaleda K. Via Yelp

The Middle East Combo. Look at all those colorful veggies! Photo Credit: Khaleda K. Via Yelp

So tell us: Where do you get YOUR late night snack on?

 

About Lindsay Goyette

Lindsay has been eating and drinking her way through Queens since 2011. A casting director by day and Astoria explorer by night, you can usually find her checking out live music, theatre, or the newest neighborhood spot to enjoy a craft beer.

2 Comments

Chris

Don’t forget Mama’s Empanadas! Between Broadway and 34th Ave on Steinway. It’s open til 4 am on weekends and has 50 flavors of empanadas!

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Lydia

A note about Tasty’s – I got the most disappointing order of wings, ever (so, so, tiny!) … but my friend got the most astonishingly BEAUTIFUL and delicious mozzarella sticks i’ve ever seen. no joke. Have to go back for those.

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