Late Night Bites
Here’s something good to build up a knowledge stash of:Where are the places to eat after a dinner of crisps at a pub, or when it’s 2 am and you know your fridge is barren aside from a mass of condiments?On a night post-drinks and post-pool (the game, not the swimmy), a friend of a friend walked me into the kebab shop on Stoke Newington High Street in Dalston across the street from the 24-hour Turkish soup place (is it really 24 hours? I think it is). I had intended on going there, which would have been a fine idea, but my new friend convinced me to go across the street to a kebab shop and get a falafel wrap there instead.What’s wonderful about this place is that the guys behind the counter chop up the salad bits–your tomatoes, your pepper, your onions (if you want them nasty things)–before putting them into your wrap. This, my friends, is a key difference in what sets this establishment apart from the other kebabberies in Hackney and elsewhere. It’s a difference I have come to appreciate when I’m hungry and in the area.The fine men who make these wonders of falafeldom wear polo shirts embroidered with the moniker ‘Ali Baba’ upon them, and you should be able to see the neon-lit image of a donor across the street from the bright orange storefront of the Turkish soup place. Would anyone else care to contribute their favourite haunt for late night bites? Anywhere to get some quality nums past nine or ten at night is good, and extra points if it’s past midnight.