When hunger strikes late at night in the city, heading to the nearest taquería can be the easiest and most logical choice. Sometimes, though—believe it or not—even locals can be in the mood for something different. Fortunately, there is no shortage of late-night dining options here, whether you’re looking for a fancy French dinner after a late movie, or a heaping bowl of pozole after one-too-many tequilas.
In a city as big as this one, though, it’s always a good idea to know exactly where you’re headed, especially when it’s past 11 p.m., your stomach is growling, and you have little or no desire to drive or walk around aimlessly in its many neighborhoods. Don’t say you weren’t warned, though: These wee-hours meals can be so satisfying and revivifying that you may want to go back out for round two of partying. If that happens, we take no responsibility for the morning after.
Au Pied de Cochon
This Paris-based restaurant treats hungry guests to steaming bowls of onion soup, foie gras and of course, the namesake baked pork leg in Bernaise sauce at any time of day. The Polanco location, open 24/7, is a favorite hangout for local businessmen, celebrities and all sorts of other night owls.
The hip basement of this European-style house is a great destination for buzzing crowds and endless pours of wine and beer. It’s also a terrific place to order pub grub like eggplant-and-goat cheese dip, panini sandwiches made with salami and smoked provolone, and pizzas (try the pear-gorgonzola or huitlacoche and Oaxaca cheese varieties) until past midnight.
La Casa de Toño (Narvarte)
The folks at all 13 locations of this friendly joint (three of them are open around the clock; the rest close at 11p.m.) dish out cochinita pibil tacos, quesadillas and pozole (a traditional soup with hominy, chicken and vegetables), knowing there’s nothing like home-style cooking late at night—or the morning after a bar-hopping session.
Churrería El Moro
After a night of partying, most people in Spain head to a churros y chocolate joint. With that in mind, a group of Spaniards set up this downtown haunt eight decades ago, where churros, dusted with sugar and cinnamon, are served alongside cups of foamy hot chocolate. The Mexican version (light, sweet with a hint of vanilla) and the Swiss (semi-bitter, topped with whipped cream) are equally good.
Located in the heart of Condesa, this retro-cool diner serves comfort food at its best. You can’t go wrong with their juicy burgers (the “Father’s Office” has blue cheese, bacon, arugula and caramelized onions), curly fries, and thick milkshakes (chocolate-mint, anyone?). If you feel like celebrating, don’t miss their refreshing Long Island Iced Tea.