Slideshow: 8 Great Late Night Bites in the West Village

Pizza at Joe's Pizza and John's of Bleecker Street
Pizza at Joe's Pizza and John's of Bleecker Street
New York is of course famous for its pizza, and there may be no more quintessentially "New York" a slice ($2.75) than the perfectly proportioned triangles at Joe's Pizza. Cheese, sauce and sturdy crust all meet harmoniously in a package that's made for meals in transit. We could get into things like corniciones and "oven spring," but Joe's' special place in Slice honcho Adam Kuban's "00"-floured heart is more than enough to convince us.

But Joe's is practically a baby compared to nearby John's of Bleecker Street, which first shoveled coal into its brick ovens in 1929. Here the very notion of a slice is literally frowned upon (pies only) and the gorgeous melty rounds make a strong case for abandoning slice joints altogether. No matter what toppings you choose, each pie ($14.50 small, $16.50 large) is elevated by brightly flavored sauce flaunting a touch of sweetness.

[Photograph: Adam Kuban]

Joe's Pizza: 7 Carmine Street, New York, NY 10014 (map); Open Until: 4:30 AM, Mon-Sat; 4:00 AM, Sun; 212-366-1182; joespizzanyc.com

John's of Bleecker Street: 278 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10014 (map); Open Until: 12:00 AM, Fri; 12:30 AM, Sat; 11:30 PM, Sun-Thu; 212-243-1680; johnspizzerianyc.com

Croque Forestier at Buvette
Croque Forestier at Buvette
Late-night foods are notoriously unhealthy, which makes the magic that Jody Williams wields over vegetables at her West Village nook Buvette a breath of fresh air. Roots, greens and fungi all get the star treatment in straightforward plates like leek vinaigrette and salsify cooked in red wine and honey.

But The hearty Croque Forestier ($10) dips back into gutbomb territory. Available after 11 PM, the open-faced sandwich hides a mix of mushrooms and herbs under its burnished brown roux crown. Though not exactly healthy, the substitution of vegetables in place of ham brings a bit of lightness to the dish.

42 Grove Street, New York, NY 10014 (map); Open Until: 2:00 AM, 7 days; 212-255-3590; ilovebuvette.com

Pub Burger at Tavern on Jane
Pub Burger at Tavern on Jane
A twilight burger can often mean the difference between undoing and salvation, setting you straight after "I'll have another" turns into three or four. While Five Guys is great for a pitstop on the way home, you'll have to suffer through decor with all the charm of a small town emergency waiting room. Head over to Jane Street past the raucous mob at Corner Bistro to convivial neighborhood watering hole Tavern on Jane, where you'll find a pub burger ($13) as good as venerable icons of the genre. The coarsely ground beef sports an exemplary crust flanked by textbook-crisp fries whose crunch gives way to that fluffy interior we all hope for in a fried potato.

31 8th Avenue New York, NY 10014 (map); Open Until: food until 1:00 AM, 7 days; 212-675-2526; tavernonjane.com

Testicargot at Takashi
Testicargot at Takashi
Adventurous diners have likely heard of Takashi, the city's foremost bovine-centric yakiniku restaurant. Japanese and American beef takes center stage; with all four stomachs ready to mingle with yours, chef Takashi Inoue steers his cattle into some pretty devilish places. Working the yakiniku grill is fun, but there's true whimsy in a dish of Testicargot ($12), hunks of bull testicle cooked escargot-style and served submerged in herbaceous garlic shiso butter. All that's missing is a crusty end of good French bread to mop up the flavor-packed topping.

456 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014 (map); Open Until: 12:00 AM, Fri-Sat; 10:30 PM, Sun; 11:00 PM, Mon-Thu; 212-414-2929; takashinyc.com

Crostini at Corsino
Crostini at Corsino
Hey, we named brussels sprouts the ingredient of the year, so no one should be surprised that we were crazy about the brussels sprouts and Pecorino crostino at Corsino. Long may the brussels sprouts mayhem continue.

The chicken liver crostino is smooth and delicious, light on the liver taste, but it still satisfied our Nasty Bits columnist Chichi, an offal lover if ever there was one. Stay away from the pink trout mousse, which isn't all that interesting or special.

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

637 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014 (map); Open Until: 12:00 AM, Sun-Wed; 2:00 AM, Thu-Sat; 212-242-3093; corsinocantina.com

Hot Dog at Gray's Papaya
Hot Dog at Gray's Papaya
The recession special ($4.50) at Gray's Papaya is a rite of passage regardless of your relationship with this city, and you can have it anytime you please thanks to 'round-the-clock service. A seasoned griddle churns out snappy hot dogs adorned with your choice of mustard, sauerkraut, red onion sauce, or Xenu-forbid, ketchup. Oversized vats hold frothy fruit drinks, the best of which is the namesake papaya. The combination of meaty frank and tangy fruit achieves enviable balance—not that you'll have time to contemplate such things while scarfing them down at 3 AM when everything looks like a Hawk Krall painting.

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

402 6th Avenue, New York, NY 10011 (map); Open Until: 24 hours, 7 days; 212-260-3532