They say good kids don't step out after midnight but the dead of night is when the magic comes alive. As the city sleeps, the night crawlers emerge to reclaim their city. It's their turf until the wee hours of the morning. The sleepless that are up at 3 am and 4 am, the party animals, the auto drivers or taxi drivers that appear as godsends late at night and the late night strollers out to chance upon some beautiful sight they haven't seen before. It's a different place by night and those who have been up to see it, know it.
Forget the swanky hotels with their silverware, ambience and table napkins. The only ambience you'll get here is in the form of the aroma of drool-worthy food being cooked to perfection in front of you. Greasy street food which makes your soul sing and your waistline expand generously. Fulfilling and wholesome, helping people quell the rumbling in their stomach or unsteady hands feeding their humans to help sop up that extra shot of tequila. There are no pretensions here, the only cutlery you'll use are your hands, these street stalls won't stand a sanitary check but the food is earnest and real and oh so lovely.
Here's a glimpse at how the world feeds after hours, groggy, sleepless but satisfied with food decisions that we'll regret tomorrow.
This bagel shop with its flickering neon sign announces that it's open 24 hours and has been feeding hungry mouths since decades. Booze saturated people spilling out from swanky East London clubs by brick lane invariably halt at this busy little corner for a tempting bagel.
If you're looking for an orderly queue, you won't find it here. The mob of people craving for a meaty bagel has established a sense of chaos.
The classic here is the salt beef bagel, heavy with thick chunks of meat and sliced gherkins slathered with bright yellow mustard. There are other frills you can add to your bagel such as cream cheese or smoked fishes. It's what'll save you from a savage hangover the next morning.
Thundering music and flamboyant clothes paired with loud conversation - 'Dilwalon ki Dilli''s food is as generous and hearty as the city is. For those craving some good ol' butter chicken after the stroke of midnight, you'll find many corners awake and dishing out food to the hopeful.