For anyone who subscribes to the Peter Pan school of growing up(which is never, btw), finding the perfect late night grub is pivotal to the longevity of your party days. For everyone whose in that party-til-AM / let’s rage / *fist pump* stage(or past it), you know living in San Francisco you are afforded a shit load of late night choices. In the Mission alone you have 9 Yelp pages worth of late night eateries to choose from. Count ’em, 9! Among them, some of the best burritos this side of Tijuana – or so I’ve heard.
If burritos aren’t your thing and you’ve learned street bacon wrapped hot dogs are not the answer(because seriously, what were you thinking) then maybe its time for a change. The Bay Area is home to some of the best Asian foods in all of the US, even in the day time. By that logic, the possibilities at night must be ridiculous – and they are. Here are “da best” late night Asian eateries in the entire San Francisco Bay Area, starting off with San Francisco itself.
Best of all, they are all open past 2AM and for most of them, at least to 3am. So you can definitely make it in time after the 1:45AM last call.
One of the oldest and most well known institution of sobering glory in all of San Francisco. New Sun Hong Kong is a late night staple in the city with its questionable food quality, convenient location to Broadway street and ample seating for when you need to put your head down on a lazy susan. This place has got you covered! Truth be told, I have never been here 1) in the day time or 2) when I’m sober. Regardless, nothing tastes better than some crispy Hong Kong noodles with unknown gravy at 2am at Sun Hong Kong.
Let’s be honest here, Yuet Lee is not much to look at. With an exterior that looks like it’ll give you a bacterial infection, it will never be a place to win any ambience awards(but it has been featured on the Travel Channel). However, like a mad scramble at 2am in the club, everything looks good when you are drunk off your ass. Yuet Lee is no exception to that rule. Their roasted duck and their noodle dishes are perfect for wiping away that oncoming hangover. Good luck.
If you haven’t read our Food Challenge: Korean Fried Chicken Restaurants article, then you need to do that right now. If we did that challenge within the city, Cocobang would be among the top 5 hands down. These guys do Korea Fried Chicken and they do it right. Slip out of the club a bit early because this place does get crowded and you don’t want to be that guy who passes out on the sidewalk… in front of the restaurant.
Not so ironically, Vietnam Restaurant is located on the same block between Yuet Lee and New Sun Hong Kong. These guys really know how to capitalize on their clientele. But that is a good thing. The convenience factor is off the chain here. You can literally decide what to eat based on whichever restaurant you pass out in front of. #chaching. For many people, nothing wards off a hangover better than some Vietnamese noodle soup/pho. Vietnam knows this and their pho is fantastic. For less than $10, you can get a start to warding off that raging Sunday hangover. That to me, is a big win.
We get that there are a gajillion Korean places you can eat at in SF, but like the name implies, these guys put meat on top of wooden charcoal. Even at 3am in the morning. For that reason alone, these guys make it onto this super duper prestigious list. the specialty here is that meat is grilled over wooden charcoal.
Osha is a heavyweight behemoth in the San Francisco food scene. With 7 physical locations scattered across the city and even a location in Bangkok, Osha is one of the best places for more Western-centric Thai food. Lucky for us, the original Geary location near Union Square is opened till 3am on weekends. Parking is a pain in the ass, but when you do find that perfect parallel parking spot, it’ll all be worth it.
Like Osha, King of Thai Noodle House has multiple locations all across the city. Quite simply, that just means you a shitload of more reasons to never go hungry, ever again. That being said, King of Thai Noodle House is no slouch. The noodles are all artfully done and taste just as good at 7:00pm as it does 3:00am. So you don’t have a reason to ever end up at Mel’s.
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