Picture this. You come out of the bar, lounge, club on a Saturday night. Sometimes you are stumbling, sometimes just slightly buzzed, you may be still sober. What is the first thing that comes to mind? Food! After hours of socializing and dancing the night away, you are hungry. What would satisfy that craving? Rich, flavorful, filling food.
Here is a list of LA’s best Asian eateries open late into the wee hours of the morning. One of them is even open 24 hours, 7 days a week, 365 days a year! Get your fill of delicious dishes, soups, noodles and more when you need it most: after a night on the town.
Hodori – Korean Food (Koreatown)
This Korean cuisine gem in Koreatown is a crowd favorite. Come here on a Friday or Saturday night after 2a.m. and expect to wait a while. This busy restaurant is filled with groups of Asian clubgoers. Besides the affordable prices, the food is extremely flavorful and delicious. Try their famous Yook Gae Jang (Spicy threaded beef noodle soup) and Soondubu (Tofu soup), along with other favorites. The best part – Hodori is open all day, every day. You can always count on good food no matter what time or day of the year! So if you are looking for a Korean spot on Christmas Eve at midnight and every other restaurant is closed, Hodori will have its doors open. However, do not wait until then. The drunk people watching on weekend nights are already worth the visit to Hodori.
Sanam Luang – Thai – Thai Town
Looking for a great late night place near all the big Hollywood clubs and lounges? You don’t have to look far at all. Just a little ways down the road is Thai Town. It is the only “Thai town” in the entire US, so expect authentic Thai food in this neighborhood. Many Thai restaurants are open late at night but one top pick is Sanam Luang Café. Get your Pad Thai and Thai food fix here. Tip: Cash Only at this restaurant.
Full House Seafood Restaurant – Chinese – Chinatown
Sometimes you want Walnut Shrimp, Fried Rice and Chow Mein at 3a.m. You are not alone. Full House Seafood is a popular late night Chinese food restaurant. They can accommodate large parties too so if you are with friends and friends of friends, this place can seat all of you. Enjoy a Chinese banquet while many others are sleeping peacefully in bed.
It is 2:30 AM and you can’t stomach anything too heavy or greasy. Maybe you want some soup? Ramen? Head over to Little Tokyo in the Downtown LA for your late night ramen and Japanese food fix. A great thing about Kouraku is that they do have some Chinese food and other rice and meat dishes if the company you are with want something heavier.
Dan Sung Sa – Korean - Koreatown
Dan Sung Sa was already popular before, but since it was featured on Anthony Bourdain’s TV show “The Layover” on its last visit to Los Angeles, it is getting super packed! Famed LA chef, Roy Choy of The Kogi Taco Truck and several other restaurants, ate and drank with Tony here and chitchatted about the growing popularity of Korean cuisine and Koreatown in LA’s diverse culture. This KTown hot spot is a well known bar serving Korean bar food. Order anything from fried chicken to skewers to squid. You can spend the entire night here eating, taking Soju bombs and drinking Hite beers. They even have a soju shot glass ready and waiting for you at each table. Isn’t that nice?
Tasty Garden – Hong Kong Style/Chinese – Alhambra
If you are looking for a late night spot more on the East side of LA, there is Tasty Garden in Alhambra. It is another popular after-clubbing and -drinking spot in San Gabriel Valley. They serve tasty Chinese food, more specifically Hong Kong Style, at this venue. Their French style filet mignon is a crowd favorite along with their Seafood Fried Rice and Chinese Pizza. Craving sweets? Try their Hong Kong Style Waffle! You won’t regret it.