Whether coming back from a night out on the town or up late burning the midnight oil, sometimes nothing in your fridge will satisfy those midnight snack cravings. And for that reason, we’ve compiled a list of Essex County restaurants that are open until 12AM or later. From 24 hour diners to unique sandwich shops, there’s a place for everyone on this list.
The Brookdale | 1099 Broad Street
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This restaurant offers the best of both worlds, with great food and delicious drinks, and is open until 2AM. The Brookdale provides a mix of familiar favorites, like the pizza and burger options, and food with a twist, like the Premio Eggroll which is filled with sweet Italian sausage, broccoli rabe, long hots, provolone, and red pepper aioli. There is also a full bar with a list of beer, wine, and cocktails.
Vito’s Pizza | 350 JFK Drive
Sometimes late at night, only a slice of pizza will do. For that, look no further than Vito’s Pizza in Bloomfield, open until midnight. Order any pizza with any of the classic topics, or get a late-night sub on fresh bread. Available for pick up or delivery through Uber Eats, DoorDash, or calling the store.
The Landmark | 295 W Mt. Pleasant Avenue
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This bar and grill offers all-American classics to satisfy your late-night cravings. With an extensive burger menu and classic appetizers to share like nachos, wings, and mozzarella sticks, as well as pizza – you’ll be sure to find a classic that suits your tastes. Open until 2AM, but the kitchen closes at 11:30PM on the weekends.
Cars | 150 Valley Road
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This sandwich shop is known for its “Fat Sandwiches”, piled high with French fries, chicken tenders, and other late-night snacks. In addition to the iconic sandwiches, this restaurant also serves burgers, chicken sandwiches, milkshakes, and other late-night snacks like mozzarella sticks and macaroni and cheese bites. Open until 12AM, and the restaurant offers pickup and delivery through DoorDash.
Casa D’Paco | 73 Warwick Street
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This tapas restaurant is open until 12AM and offers a taste of Spain right here in New Jersey. Casa D’Paco offers both hot and cold tapas, great for sharing with a group of friends. There is a new menu weekly, with some favorites staying on the permanent menu like the tabla española serrano ham, chorizo, Spanish salchichón, manchego cheese, tetilla cheese, and olives.
Tops Diner | 500 Passaic Avenue
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This East Newark diner is known for its sizable portions and its extensive menu. You will be hard-pressed to think of something that is not on this diner’s menu. From breakfast to burgers and sandwiches, this diner offers online ordering, pick up, and delivery through Uber Eats until 12AM.
Castaway Restaurant and Bar | 284 Watchung Avenue
This Caribbean restaurant brings the flair to late-night eating. Offering a full menu of Caribbean classics from Jerk Chicken to Curry Shrimp, this is the restaurant to go to add some spice to your late-night meal. There is also a bar with a cocktail menu, and guest DJs on the weekends. Castaway is open until 2AM, and customers can also call and place an order for pick up.
Hat City Kitchen | 495 Valley Street
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This restaurant brings the flavor of New Orleans to the Garden State. Designed to feel like a NOLA jazz bar, Hat City Kitchen serves Southern favorites until midnight. Fried chicken, cajun fries, and seafood gumbo are some of the menu’s classic dishes. is often live music providing entertainment while you eat.
The Americana Diner | 270 Main Street
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This classic Jersey diner is open 24 hours, so in true Jersey fashion, you never have to worry about it being too late to run out and get your disco fries. Get your fix of late-night breakfast, club sandwiches, a burger, or pasta. You can also get these dishes delivered straight to your door with online ordering through GrubHub, DoorDash, or Uber Eats.
Chit Chat Diner | 410 Eagle Rock Avenue
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Diners are transported through the rabbit hole at this “Alice in Wonderland” themed diner. With generous portions and a large menu filled with diner classics, this late-night stop is open until 12AM Monday through Sunday.