New York City
Blue Ribbon The country's top chefs have been known to stop for nightcaps at this raucous 10-year-old SoHo institution when they should probably have gone to bed. On a typical evening, you might see Craft's Tom Colicchio or Olives' Todd English. It's not just the full-on party vibe that brings people in; it's also the surprisingly good raw bar and a kitchen that serves fried chicken, matzo-ball soup and fondue until 4 a.m. (97 Sullivan St.; 212-274-0404).
The Mermaid Inn At their Chelsea restaurant the Red Cat, Jimmy Bradley and Danny Abrams worked Sundays, feeding countless cooks who had the day off. The pair's new East Village seafood place is turning into a late-night destination for chefs, bringing in Aquavit's Marcus Samuelsson and Washington Park's Jonathan Waxman for deep-fried oysters and seafood pasta topped with arugula salad (96 Second Ave.; 212-674-5870).