Late Night Eats Near the Lafayette Hotel—CBD/Arts District
Photo courtesy of CellarDoor
Call it a hedonist’s catch-22: New Orleans bars are open all night long, but the same can’t be said for its restaurants. So when the inevitable late-night munchies roll around, many party people are out of luck.
Don’t worry, there are plenty of kitchens open late in the Big Easy. You just have to know where to look. Fortunately, with its convenient CBD location steps from the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line, the Lafayette Hotel is in close proximity to many late-night restaurants. Check out a few local favorites.
Open til midnight
Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar (701 Tchoupitoulas St.)
This laid-back, Caribbean-themed bar and restaurant sells food until midnight daily. From tamales and Jamaican jerk chicken to veggie burritos and shrimp po-boys, there’s something for everyone.
CellarDoor (916 Lafayette St.)
Intimate and dimly lit, this brick-walled gem of a gastropub offers tapas til midnight. The ever-shifting menu recently featured a cheese and charcuterie plate, octopus and shrimp ceviche, Oreo beignets and more. CellarDoor is open til midnight on weekdays and 2 a.m. on weekends, making it the perfect destination for a romantic rendezvous.
Seaworthy (630 Carondelet St.)
Eating a raw, salty Gulf oyster straight from the shell is a New Orleans rite of passage—and it’s one you can fulfill on any schedule, thanks to Seaworthy’s kitchen, which is open til 11:45 p.m. weekdays, 12:45 a.m. weekends. (The cocktails are also solid.)
Open til 2 a.m.
Hoshun (1601 St. Charles Ave.)
The Asian-fusion menu at this dim, modern eatery melds Japanese, Chinese and Vietnamese cuisine. Sushi rolls, crab Rangoon, kung pao chicken, mochi ice cream—it’s all here, and it all tastes even more amazing after midnight.
Daisy Duke’s Café & Delivery (308 St. Charles Ave.)
Why go to a restaurant when the restaurant can come to you? The St. Charles Avenue location of this family-owned local chain focuses on delivery, which is available round the clock. Comfort food gets the Louisiana treatment, with menu standouts including alligator sausage po-boys, biscuits and gravy, red beans and rice and jambalaya.
St. Charles Tavern (1433 St. Charles Ave.)
There’s a reason why St. Charles Tavern has been a mainstay for more than a century: its kitchen slowly but steadily serves up reliable pub grub round the clock. Dark and dated, this dive bar is where locals go to drown their sorrows—or to celebrate over seafood platters, rib-eye steaks, burgers, omelets and more.
Cleo Mediterranean Cuisine & Convenience (165 Roosevelt Way)
Vegetarians and vegans bond over falafel plates, spicy fried eggplant and hummus, while the shrimp kebabs and gyro plates sate carnivores. P.S. Cleo was recently lauded by Travel and Leisure magazine as some of New Orleans’ top ethnic food.