Address: 17 Mott St.

It can be hard to pin down why certain local haunts have the appeal that they do. It’s that je ne sais quoi that goes beyond decent food, service, or decor. Out of all the spots on this list, Wo Hop’s vibe might best encapsulate NYC’s 24-hour dining mentality: the diverse clientele can get a little jovially rowdy, the service is quick and to the point, and the food hits all the right late-night targets—salty, greasy, spicy, sweet, and sour. For classic American Chinese and dim sum in a place that feels as old as Chinatown itself, the under-hyped Wo Hop is one of the best.