Where to find round the clock eats in NYC.
Owner and legend Florent Morellet smiles and shakes his head when people refer to Florent, his unpretentious diner in the once unpretentious Meatpacking District on the west side of Manhattan, as an "institution." Aren't those places reserved for the insane? According to the restaurant's website:
When he originally opened in this decidedly unfashionable spot, it was to give New Yorkers a reliable, round-the-clock eating establishment away from the hype and glitz of the "scene." Things change, but Florent's beliefs haven't. Good food. Good people. And, as we're French, some good, strong opinions to keep it all bubbling.
And deliver opinions he does. Euthanasia: good; overpopulation: bad. The menu is served 24/7, and options range from burgers to duck mousse.
New York is the City that Never Sleeps and the folks at Blue Ribbon ensure that even those who keep Manhattan running late into the night still have a chance for some gourmet grub.
Chefs and owners Bruce & Eric Bromberg's kitchen has been serving late since Blue Ribbon opened in 1992. While most places are closing their doors and pulling down the shades when the clock strikes 11, dinner at this quiet but lively Greenwich Village spot is served `til 4 a.m. seven days a week.
Diners can opt for traditional snacks like matzoh ball soup or oysters from the raw bar. Chowhounds can order up real southern fried chicken, complete with mashed potatoes and collard greens.
But the Brombergs know the neighborhood chefs who fill Blue Ribbon's tables late night have more adventurous pallets.
Maybe that's why the beef marrow and oxtail marmalade is still a top seller 15 years later.
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The fact that the potatoes are thrown in the fryer twice, like they do it in Belgium, makes them extra crunchy, extra brown, and extra decadent. The shop also thinks outside the ketchup-and-fries box. Dozens of sauces line the counter -- including mustards, mayo, curry sauce, and peanut satay. You can sample every topping until satisfied, a policy many a drunk has probably exploited. The fries are served in a paper cone, with holes in the tables where patrons can hold the snacks in place and eat with two hands.
[Photo: Pommes Frites]