6 New Late-Night Menus to Try Around Boston

Here's where to satisfy those midnight snack attacks
January 14, 2016
by Scott Kearnan

Midnight munchies? Fret no more. Boston isn't exactly overflowing with late night dining options, so we periodically check to see which restaurants — both new and old — are staying up late to satisfy stomachs. Here are a few of the most recent additions for the insomniac snack attack. 

BOKX 109. Have a midnight snack attack in the 'burbs? You're covered at BOKX, the American steakhouse inside Newton's Hotel Indigo. Just last month, the restaurant launched a late night menu: from 10 PM until last call (every day except Sunday), you can order up eats both savory (Point Judith calamari with cherry peppers and chipotle aioli) and sweet (molten chocolate cake). 399 Grove St., Newton; 617-454-3399

Clover HFI. The local chain combines the low tabs and quick service of fast food with thoughtful sourcing and responsible business practices (food trucks that run on recycled vegetable oil). It's the brainchild of MIT grad Ayr Muir, who now gives the school's current crop of students brain fuel during late night cram sessions. With its 2015 opening, Clover HFI became Cambridge's very first 24-hour restaurant. So when it's 4 AM and you're craving veggie eats like a fried turnip sandwich or tahini-splashed chickpea fritter (pictured below), or even just a game of pinball, you now know where to go.  496 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge

MAST'. This Downtown Italian is keeping its massive wood-fired oven blazing a little further into the night. In October, the trattoria rolled out a late-night pizza menu on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights; from 1-2 AM you'll find more than 20 pies served in the lower-level lounge, from wild mushroom to Nutella to the spicy salami-topped Alla Diavolo. 45 Province St.; 617-936-3800

The Palm. Here's the thing about dining out late: even when a late night menu is available, some of us can't help but feel guilt-stricken when we saunter into a restaurant, hungry and roaring to nosh, when its staff is so close to closing up shop. But the high-end steakhouse chain is practically baiting guests to come in on the late side with its newly launched late night specials. Now, from 9 PM to close only, its "Prime Bites" bar menu is offered at half-off prices. Think cornmeal crusted fried oysters with Sriracha remoulade for only $9, or calamari with marinated peppers for $6.50. Half off? Count us fully in. 1 International Pl.; 617-867-9292

State Street Provisions. This latest entry to the Grafton Group's portfolio, which just opened in December, launched its late night menu this month. (It runs from 11 PM-12 AM from Sunday through Thursday, and 11 PM-1 AM on Friday and Saturday.) The late-night "Provisions" menu has options both light (including raw bar eats) and hearty: say, Boston baked beans (pictured at page top) with braised pork Belly and brown sugar crumble, and the State Street burger with white cheddar, pancetta, smoked onion and house made pickles on an English Muffin. (You can check out the full menu at the bottom of the post.)  255 State St.; 617-863-8363

Tico. Here's some exciting news: chef Michael Schlow's famed Radius Burger (pictured) is making a comeback. Originally named for his now-closed Financial District restaurant, it's been re-dubbed "The Schlowburger," but still features the same tried and true combo of cheddar cheese, crispy onions and horseradish sauce. And it will only be available on Tico's new late night menu, which launches February 4 and will be available from 10 PM-1:30 AM on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. The rest of that menu, by the way, will focus on chef Leo Asaro's new Japanese-Peruvian concept, called "Nekkei Cuisine." Among its fantastic fusion offerings: spicy hamachi tartare with torched rice and aji amarillio, scallop crudo with lemongrass and crispy garlic, and shortrib gyoza with aji panca, crunchy shallots and black sesame.  222 Berkeley St.; 617-351-0400

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