After Midnight: 5 Night Owl Hangouts in Brooklyn

Elevated view of the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge leading to Brooklyn

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They say NYC is the city that never sleeps. However, many areas of Brooklyn are pretty quiet after midnight. If you're an insomniac or simply craving a slice at 2 am, here's the ultimate list of where night owls can eat, shop or hang out. If it looks like it's closing time, but you're not in the mood to go home, head to one of these five spots and enjoy a seriously decadent late night out.

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    Daisey's Diner
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    If you find yourself in need of a tasty tuna melt at three in the morning, grab a seat at Daisey's Diner in Park Slope. Located a short walk from the F train on Park Slope's 5th Avenue, near many of Park Slope's bars, this is the ideal place to dine after a night out in the Slope. Or if you're awake with a great idea and you just want to sit and write while drinking a never-ending cup of coffee, you'll also find yourself at home here. 

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    View of equipment at Planet Fitness
    Planet Fitness

    Ever dream of bench pressing at 2 am? Well, now you can. If you're having trouble sleeping, exhaust yourself at Planet Fitness. And you can never say that working out doesn't fit into your schedule at Planet Fitness, which is open 24/7 on Monday through Friday. With locations throughout Brooklyn and incredibly low rates, night owls can lift weights at midnight or run on a treadmill at four am.

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    Yelp, Barbie L.

    In daylight hours, Brooklyn bagel stores are as ubiquitous as pizzerias, but in the middle of the night, both are very rare finds. However, if you want to soak up the alcohol from your night in Williamsburg or if you just want to satiate a bagel craving, you should head to Bagelsmith. With two locations, in the heart of Williamsburg, open twenty-four hours, this is the best place to grab a bite after a late night in this hipster haven. Consider ordering an everything bagel with tofu cream cheese and see why this place has been a neighborhood favorite for years.

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    Bembe signage

    You don't have to head to Miami or out of the country for all night dance party. This Latin American Williamsburg club is open until 4 am on weekends. If you're looking for a fun late-night excursion, consider Bembe. Hop on the L train and dance the night away at this popular dance club. Don't forget to order a tropical drink and you'll truly feel like your dancing at a warm-weather location. 

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    Menu board at Hana Foods
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    If you thought NYC was becoming a bit homogenized and was filled with chain shops, you should head to Hana Foods at 2 am and read their menu with quirkily-named sandwiches including Who Killed Gertrude Stein and Thriller. Hana Food is a storefront deli on Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg, but it also has a menu of tasty sandwiches. Although the sandwiches have some truly bizarre names, they are devoured by locals. Vegans and vegetarians will love the various veggie-friendly choices. If you need some libations, Hanna Food also has beer.