Boston is not really a late-night city: The T shuts down on the early side — and the bars and live music scene with it — so it can be hard to find a snack or full meal late at night and into the early morning hours, especially on a weeknight. Adding to the difficulty, continuing staffing shortages and other pandemic-era challenges have caused a lot of restaurants to cut hours over the past few years.
So it’s hard, but fortunately not impossible, to find a solid meal after midnight. Here are 18 of the best late-night dining options in and near Boston, from mapo tofu nachos to bison Bolognese to Brazilian hot dogs. All restaurants on this map serve food past midnight at least a couple nights a week; many of them serve a substantial menu until 1:30 a.m. nightly. (That said, hours can change without notice — see above re: staffing shortages — so it’s best to call and confirm before heading over.)Read More