Better Late

Eighteen places to eat very late. And very well.

nightPhoto: Les Wood

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ith the end of daylight savings time making it darker even earlier, Bostonians dream wistfully (and usually in vain) of enjoying fine dining after, say, 9 p.m., chowing down on some exotic fare past midnight, even sampling a fresh-baked cannoli at 3 in the morning. That’s not easy in our notoriously early closing town, where the subway shuts down helpfully just before last call. But we know the secrets of Boston late at night. We’ll tell you the unexpected places to get real meals—not reheated munchies—late at night, or a jelly doughnut right out of the oven at 4 a.m., or a great New York-style pizza till 1 without having to go to Manhattan (you got a problem with that?). Stick close, and mind the curb; it’s dark. Here are 13 places that will light up your nights:

1


Late-night, West Coast-style sushi in a place you’d least expect to find it
 

2


An innovative restaurant that serves till 2
 

3


Great food till 1:30
 

4


A North End restaurant where you can eat well till 2
 

5


Where to get your doughnut fix—at 4 a.m.
 

6


Inspired sandwiches till 1
 

7


A retro basement bar with comfort food till 2
 

8


Underground sushi till 2 on weekends
 

9


An Italian bakery that’s open all night
 

10


A hidden-away late-night supper club that’s a homage to the Rat Pack
 

11


A classy restaurant that serves till 2
 

12


Great New York-style pizza, fresh till 1
 

13


A bar with free late-night delivery of filling food
 

14


The mother of all late-night munchies menus
 

15


Tiramisu till 2 at a North End café
 

16


A 24/7 diner, where you wouldn’t expect to find it
 

17


Made-from-scratch waffles and fries to satisfy your late-night cravings
 

18


A high-tech setting for gourmet sandwiches and burgers till 2, Thursdays through Saturdays
 

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