Best Late-Night Diner
By Alizah Salario
Where to find delicious meals and beverages at any hour of the day
207 West 14th St.
Coppelia, a 24-hour Cuban diner serving Pan-Latin cuisine, is everything a neighborhood joint should be: the mood is casual, the prices are reasonable and the portions generous. It's the perfect place for all-day breakfast (try the hash de costilla) or a classic Cuban sandwich. Coppelia also has an extensive bar; pisco, mescal and tequila all figure prominently, whether it's for that 3 a.m. nightcap or a good morning Bloody Mary.
Gracie Mews Diner
1550 First Ave.
A diner isn't a diner unless it serves a half cantaloupe with cottage cheese. At Grace Mews, patrons will find a solid menu of classics: blintzes, BLTs, a handful of Greek specialties and an extensive list from the griddle. This 24/7 neighborhood staple is the type of old-fashioned diner that's on the endangered species list — a place with good food, friendly staff and a cast of regulars that makes it worth returning to for breakfast at any time of day.
The Smith — the name refers to any kind of maker — is an American diner reborn. Here, guests don't have to choose between traditional and modern fare. The classic pancakes have a ricotta twist, the monkey bread is drizzled with toffee, and the free table water is sparkling. The Smith is the best of both worlds, and it's always buzzing, as a diner should be. Open till 1:00 a.m. on weekends for the after-theater crowd.