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Golden Pouch, Koreatown
Golden Pouch, Koreatown
Wonho Frank Lee

LA's Essential Late Night Dining Restaurants, Spring 2017

When the late night munchies hit

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Golden Pouch, Koreatown
| Wonho Frank Lee

Los Angeles seems to take on a completely different character at night. It's the dreamlike state from Nicolas Winding Refn's film Drive or the hazy feel that inspired M83's tune, Midnight City. While this isn't quite the city that never sleeps, there are nearly endless options for nighttime revelry, and many great places for dining late into the evening.

Generally, the best options are affordable international restaurants, retro coffee shop diners, hipster dives, and even fancy sit-down eateries touting grilled steaks served after hours. Below, Eater presents an updated guide to LA's best late night dining, with options that span from the Valley all the way down to the South Bay.

Finally, a note: do try and call a restaurant before heading out late because a lot of places close their kitchen earlier than the advertised time.

Added: The Corner Door, Delilah, The Kettle, Paisano's, Mao's Kitchen Venice, Birdies, Izzy's Deli, Golden Pouch

Removed: Kanpai, Peking Tavern, Suehiro, Swingers, Smoke's Poutinerie

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.
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The Corner Door

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The Corner Door's got great new digs thanks to Melrose Umbrella Co.'s new ownership of the place. With swanky, lounge-like areas and a reformed menu by barman Beau du Bois, the place is destined to become a Westside industry hangout, with bar bites served until 1 a.m. daily.

Paisanos Pizza & Pasta

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When your Hermosa Beach bar crawl has come to a close, you’ll be thankful for Paisano’s, the beloved red-checkered pizza shop with New York-style slices that soak up a night of excess.

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Golden Pouch

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If you’ve driven down 6th Street in Koreatown, you may have noticed an Airstream parked in the corner of a strip mall. This is Golden Pouch, a takeout window serving a Korean take on Chinese dim sum. That means there’s bulgogi xiao long bao and fluffy king dumplings available until 1 a.m. on weekdays and 2 a.m. on the weekends.

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Delilah

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If you’ve indulged in a few too many in West Hollywood’s hottest new nightlife destination, you’ll be happy to note that the kitchen turns out some pretty exceptional takes on American classics. Sure there’s filet mignon and Chilean seabass, but as night turns to morning, you’re probably going to want an order of chicken tenders to share.

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Birdies

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Perpetually open from 7 am on Friday to 8 pm on Sunday, this Downtown hotspot specializes in fried chicken, doughnuts, and coffee. Because what else do you really need in the wee hours of the morning.

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Mao's Kitchen

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Open until 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, this restaurant dedicated to the eponymous communist leader offers exactly the type of greasy Chinese American fare you crave after a night on Main Street.

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Izzy's Deli

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One of the few 24-hours delis in LA, beloved Santa Monica staple Izzy’s has been servicing the Westside with pastrami sandwiches and deli favorites to the late night crowd since 1973.

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The Kettle Restaurant

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After a night of bar hoping up and down Manhattan Beach Boulevard, you’re likely to end up at The Kettle, one of the South Bay’s few 24-hour restaurants with an extensive menu that satisfies just about all of your late-night cravings.

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This swanky burger joint inside the Roosevelt hotel has a bordello-type feel to it that feels great after drinking along Hollywood Blvd. The burgers might've lost a little bit of luster after these years, but they're still better than average, with juicy patties and soft brioche buns to go along with distinct toppings. The boozy milkshakes are a great draw as well.

800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria

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The lines never seem to cease at this popular quick-service Neapolitan Pizza joint that makes fully custom pizzas to order. Using an almost-Chipotle style, diners rack up toppings then wait mere minutes before the wood-fired oven spits out pies. Even better than service goes until 2 a.m. each evening. Pro-tip: check their Instagram for the daily 50% off special for the ultra bargain.

BCD Tofu House

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A bubbling bowl of hot, spicy Korean tofu stew is going to be one of the most satisfying late night eats in town, and BCD makes up a more the adequate bowl. The spread of banchan and the stone pot bowl of steamed rice is going to mop up any hangover that might be lingering. The dumpling stew or the mixed seafood versions are the best.

Button Mash

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This arcade bar in Echo Park also sports some of the most compelling pan-Asian cuisine in town thanks to Starry Kitchen. The place serves dinner until at least midnight, with later hours on the weekend. Just save some tokens for the pinball machines after your garlic noodle fix.

Canter's Delicatessen

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The quintessential L.A. late night hang, the eighties are alive here, with vintage ceiling and leather booths galore. The pastrami is pretty solid while the breakfast items are always good choices. The menu's gotten a recent revamp, which is nice for nighttime foodies.

Carney's

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This classic Sunset Strip eatery lives in a repurposed rail car, the ideal viewing perch to observe the streets below. The chili cheese dog is superior to Pink's and the ambiance can't be beat. Plus there's rarely ever a line. Open til midnight daily, and until 3 a.m. on weekends.

Dan Sung Sa

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This North Korean-style dive bar has the exact ambiance one would expect at a crummy place in Pyongyang - and that's a good thing. Expect the food to be much better pub fare, with skewers, wings, savory pancakes, and plenty of other drinking grub that goes great late into the night. Serves until 2 a.m., seven days a week.

Greenblatt's Delicatessen & Fine Wine Shop

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Open every night of the year until 2 a.m., this late night deli has pretty darn good pastrami and even better corned beef. Grab a bottle of wine from the shop downstairs (just $6 corkage) and sip it with a grilled Reuben. It's handy to have parking in the back and comfy seats on the upstairs mezzanine.

Honda Ya

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This Little Tokyo classic serves izakaya favorites such as takoyaki, yakitori, sushi rolls, grilled squid, and miso black cod at this third floor nook inside a mall. Serves until 1 a.m. on all nights except Sunday, when it closes at 12 a.m.

Jones Hollywood

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This clubby Italian joint in WeHo with possibly the best apple pie slice around has some decent old-school classics such as spaghetti & meatballs, funghi pizza, and carbonara. One of the best late night vibes in town, with some handy mid-week drinks specials to boot. Open until 2 a.m. nightly.

Krua Thai

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Easily one of the best pad thai spots in town, this late night joint all the way up in the northern part of North Hollywood serves until 3:30 a.m. every evening, which means the perfect late-night spot for Valley dwellers. The menu has practically every Thai dish you could think of, which works well for large groups. Don't be surprised to see it fairly busy even past 1 a.m.

Ruen Pair Thai Restaurant

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This Thai Town favorite serves up tasty dishes at reasonable prices. The stewed pork leg, pad prik king (chicken preferred), turnip omelet, crispy pork belly with morning glory or broccoli, green papaya salad with raw crab, and stir-fried chicken dishes are all worth getting. The mainline Thai dishes are decent, but the specialties are the draw here.

Sun Nong Dan

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This 24-hour joint in Koreatown serves heaping platters of braised spicy (or non-spicy) oxtails and short ribs, with all the fixin's, including a great bowl of beef cabbage soup. Most combos even come with a bottle of soju, if you need a little extra booze to end the night.

The 101 Coffee Shop

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The retro-cool vibe at this Hollywood favorite might have the best late night diner food in the city. The ingredients are thoughtfully chosen and the menu looks surprisingly small for a restaurant of this type. The breakfast items are great as is the burger.

The Apple Pan

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This popular burger restaurant has been around since the 1940's, with practically nothing changed since. The burgers and pies are made the old fashioned way, with quality ingredients and quick counter service. The ceiling fans, thick, dank air, and the dim lights make this greasy spoon feel like a time warp, in the best possible way. Serves Tuesday to Thursday and Sunday until 12 am., and Friday and Saturday until 1 a.m.

The Original Pantry Cafe

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A must-experience, all-night eatery in Downtown doesn't have a better composition than The Original Pantry Cafe, a tried-and-true greasy spoon institution that grills solid steaks and makes the ideal pancakes, any time of day or night. Don't skip the fried potato either, which make a near perfect hangover cure. Cash only, open 24 hours.

The Pikey

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This Hollywood gastropub serves a hefty menu up until 1:30 a.m. with favorites such as Welsh Rarebit, Crispy Pig Ear Salad, and Fish & Chips. There's a decent cocktail menu put together by barman Damian Windsor, such as the Geezer, featuring Old Overholt Rye, Mezcal, bitters, cinnamon, and flamed orange served on the rocks.

Westbound

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Arts District stunner Westbound has reconfigured their food lineup for maximum drinking enjoyment. Yes there’s a burger now, plus lots of other seriously snackable flavors from chef Taylor Persh. Expect food until last call.

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Tentenyu

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This chicken ramen specialist on Sawtelle makes some of the best bowls on the block, Tsujita notwithstanding. What's even better about this new contender: it's open much later than Tsujita, up until 2 a.m. during weeknight and later on weekends.

Aburiya Raku

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This Vegas offshoot was known as a chef's hangout in Sin City. It hasn't quite reached that level of popularity with the industry yet, but this West Hollywood location really should be: the food is innovative and carefully prepared, making it perhaps the best izakaya in Los Angeles.

Crawfords

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What could possibly be better than fried chicken and cheap beer? That’s the thought behind Crawford’s, which has been turning out some seriously tasty bird these past few months from a small kitchen in the back of the Westlake dive bar. You’d better believe they’re frying up all night long, too.

Pacific Dining Car

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One of two all-night restaurants (the other is in Santa Monica), Pacific Dining Car is the elegant night owl's landing, where white tablecloths and a menu lifted from the 50's makes it presence known. The varied menu is pricey but features items like the Midnight Cowboy Steak and the Rack of Lamb. Because people get hungry at 3 a.m.

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The Misfit Restaurant + Bar

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This uber-popular eatery in the heart of Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade does simple American cuisine that's comforting and familiar. The green chile burger is thing to order. Serves until 12 a.m. on weekdays, 1 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.

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Nighthawk: Breakfast Bar

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Jeremy Fall has taken Nighthawk from Hollywood to the Westside, with everything from breakfast sandwiches and fried chicken with pancakes to a prime hangar steak with eggs. Wash it down with a boozy milkshare or other cocktail for a unique Westside experience.

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The Corner Door

The Corner Door's got great new digs thanks to Melrose Umbrella Co.'s new ownership of the place. With swanky, lounge-like areas and a reformed menu by barman Beau du Bois, the place is destined to become a Westside industry hangout, with bar bites served until 1 a.m. daily.

Paisanos Pizza & Pasta

Yelp

When your Hermosa Beach bar crawl has come to a close, you’ll be thankful for Paisano’s, the beloved red-checkered pizza shop with New York-style slices that soak up a night of excess.

Yelp

Golden Pouch

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If you’ve driven down 6th Street in Koreatown, you may have noticed an Airstream parked in the corner of a strip mall. This is Golden Pouch, a takeout window serving a Korean take on Chinese dim sum. That means there’s bulgogi xiao long bao and fluffy king dumplings available until 1 a.m. on weekdays and 2 a.m. on the weekends.

Yelp

Delilah

Elizabeth Daniels

If you’ve indulged in a few too many in West Hollywood’s hottest new nightlife destination, you’ll be happy to note that the kitchen turns out some pretty exceptional takes on American classics. Sure there’s filet mignon and Chilean seabass, but as night turns to morning, you’re probably going to want an order of chicken tenders to share.

Elizabeth Daniels

Birdies

Yelp

Perpetually open from 7 am on Friday to 8 pm on Sunday, this Downtown hotspot specializes in fried chicken, doughnuts, and coffee. Because what else do you really need in the wee hours of the morning.

Yelp

Mao's Kitchen

Yelp

Open until 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, this restaurant dedicated to the eponymous communist leader offers exactly the type of greasy Chinese American fare you crave after a night on Main Street.

Yelp

Izzy's Deli