By Jason Heidemann for the Orbitz Travel Blog
New Yorkers always sleep with one eye open. How could they not? If they blink for even two seconds they'll miss the grand opening of the newest fusion restaurant, the ribbon cutting ceremony for a SoHo atelier or the latest downtown art exhibition--and yes, these things sometimes happen well after the rest of the world has gone to bed. The City that Never Sleeps offers a plethora of late-night activities for locals and visitors alike. Here are a few of our all night NYC nightlife favorites:
This place is insane. Visit in the wee hours and you'll find it packed to the gills with club goers, out-of-towners, drifters and chowhounds all queuing up for perfectly flaky wheat and corn flour empanadas stuffed with all kinds of meaty and vegetarian goodness. Some of the creations at late-night Empanada Mama have cheeky titles like Reggaeton or the Viagra (filled with mama's seafood stew).
Museum of Sex
Did someone order a naughty night out? This cultural institution devoted to human sexuality is not only informative, but also a lively, cheeky good time including current exhibitions like "Funland: Pleasures and Perils of the Erotic Playground," "Splendor in the Grass" and more. The museum stays open until 11 p.m. on weekends; we can only imagine what you'll be doing afterwards.
Manhattan isn't the only borough fueled by cigarettes, caffeine and vodka Red Bulls. The aptly named Nitehawk Cinema in Brooklyn showcases first-run indie films fresh from Sundance, but also has its midnight screening series which happens on weekends and features cult classics, kung fu cinema, Blaxploitation and schlock. Screenings start at 12:15am so this is a late night for sure!
It's a hike to be certain, but if you absolutely must knock down some pins at 3am, Whitestone Lanes in Flushing, Queens (that's just past LaGuardia airport) has 48 lanes and is open 24/7. Prices are totally reasonable--for New York that is--and if you're craving a late-night bite after throwing a turkey or two, Flushing is home to a second NYC Chinatown and tons of late-night Asian eateries.