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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Chomp around the clock

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Your late-night opitons have expanded around New Orleans, like sushi, karaoke and self-abusive shots at Little Tokyo.
  • Ian McNulty
  • Your late-night opitons have expanded around New Orleans, like sushi, karaoke and self-abusive shots at Little Tokyo.

Two trends have been running concurrently as the torrent of new restaurants join the New Orleans dining scene these past few years: a greater variety of food and later hours.

We still have our old-standbys of course – like Café du Monde for beignets, Verti Marte for po-boys Mimi’s in the Marigny for 3 a.m. tapas, the Delachaise for bistro-quality bar food.

But as Jazz Fest pushes bedtimes later this week, I’ve provided notes on new places that have opened up the late-night options.

This list is by no means exhaustive – and many restaurants extend their normal hour during Jazz Fest time anyway – so if you have a good addition please post it in the comments section below.

Bouligny Tavern - from the chef behind Lilette, elegant bar food like duck confit, gouda beignets and burrata salad. Until 2 a.m. Fri./Sat.; midnight Mon.-Thu. 3641 Magazine St., 891-1810.

Capdeville - gastropub standards – burgers, fancy cheese fries, truffle mac and cheese — in a practically hidden downtown location with a nice bar. Until 1 a.m. Fri./Sat.; 11 p.m. Mon.-Thu. 520 Capdeville St., 371-5161. Gambit review.

A burger with onion rings at Capdeville.

Chiba - right next to the Maple Leaf Bar (typically a madhouse at Jazz Fest time), Chiba does sushi with a contemporary sensibility. Until 1 a.m. Fri./Sat.; midnight Wed./Thu.; 11 p.m. Mon./Tue. 8312 Oak St., 826-9119.

Seaweed salad at Chiba.

Hoshun - a huge, pan-Asian menu – from Chinese to Thai – in a sprawling Uptown restaurant space. Until 2 a.m. daily. 1601 St. Charles Ave., 302-9716.
Gambit review.

Kukhnya - new inside the music venue Siberia with “Slavic soul food” – pierogi, blini, egg noodles and the “Polboy,” a Polish sausage po-boy. Until midnight Wed.-Mon. 2227 St. Claude Ave., 265-8855.

Little Tokyo Small Plates & Noodle Bar - Japanese-style bar snacks, sushi, karaoke galore and ramen noodle soups. Until 2 a.m. Mon.-Sat.; 9 p.m. Sun. 1340 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-6088. Gambit review.

Ramen soup at Little Tokyo Small Plates and Noodle Bar.
  • Ian McNulty
  • Ramen soup at Little Tokyo Small Plates and Noodle Bar.

Lost Love Lounge - pho, spring rolls, noodle salads and banh mi from the kitchen of a neighborhood bar. Until midnight daily; later on Fri./Sat. 2529 Dauphine St., 949-2009.

Maurepas Foods - doing small plates of hearty and farm-fresh food and great cocktails in a very cool room deep in the Bywater. Until midnight Thu.-Tue. 3200 Burgundy St., 267-0072. Gambit review.

Soba noodles in andouille broth at Maurepas Foods.
  • Ian McNulty
  • Soba noodles in andouille broth at Maurepas Foods.

The Midway - a go-to for creative deep-dish pizza, fresh salads, a bargain wine list and great beers. Until 1 a.m. Fri./Sat., midnight otherwise. 4725 Freret St., 322-2815. Gambit review.

Root - making a name for itself with a vengeance in the Warehouse District with wildly creative cuisine beside traditional charcuterie. Until 2 a.m. Fri./Sat.; 11 p.m. Mon.-Thu.; 9 p.m. Sun. 200 Julia St., 252-9480. Gambit review.

Fried oysters with manchego foam at Root.

Sylvain - a handsome addition to the Quarter, thankfully trafficking in gastropub trends – farmers market salads, burgers, pastas — more than New Orleans clichés. Until midnight Fri./ Sat., until 11 p.m. otherwise. 626 Chartres St., 265-8123. Gambit review.

Farmers market salad at Sylvain.

The Three Muses - a global take on tapas –Italian to Creole to Spanish – right in the heart of the Frenchmen Street scene, with live music too. Until midnight Fri./Sat.; 10 p.m. Mon., Wed., Thu. 536 Frenchmen St., 298-8746. Gambit review.

Wandering Buddha - the short menu is all Korean, all vegan and all served in a St. Roch barroom/music venue. Until midnight Tue.-Sun. 2239 St. Claude Ave., 945-9428. Gambit review.

Vegan Korean bartop dining at the Wandering Buddha.
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  • Vegan Korean bartop dining at the Wandering Buddha.

Yuki Izakaya - Japanese-style small plates – clams in sake butter, cod roe rice balls, octopus dumplings — and a menu of sake. Hours vary, but are always very late. 525 Frenchmen St., 943-1122. Gambit review.

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