It’s Saturday night, or rather very early Sunday, the last of the few golden hours when drunkenness still reigns supreme in the streets of Harvard Square before the joggers and bus drivers and over-achieving dog-walkers come to reclaim the morning. You lock eyes with someone wearing empty Bud Light boxes as shoes, and that’s when you know: it’s time to get some food and pass out before you remember any more of this. Here’s where we come in. Presenting, the top five late night eats in Harvard Square.
1. The Kong
A stack of scallion pancakes would go perfectly with the hangover you’re going to have tomorrow. Stop by before 2:30am to fraternize with the local students, who associate the yellow lantern of “the Kong’s” facade with mountains of fried rice, ambiguous scorpion bowls, and taking shots of duck sauce until the wee hours.
2. Pinocchio’s Pizza & Subs
“Noch’s” has been serving Harvard Square for over 50 years, turning out greasy and delicious square-shaped pizzas until 1am on weeknights and 2:30am on the weekends. On-the-go favorites include the famous “buff chick,” but Sicilian deep-dish styles, baked ziti, and made-to-order subs are all at your fingertips.
3. El Jefe’s Taqueria
El Jefe’s is like the guy you met at your friend’s party in November: you never see each other during the day, but when 4am rolls around, they suddenly seem much more appealing. Jefe’s is perfect for the late late night crowd in search of burritos, tacos, and the like. Some other perks? You can’t drunk text a quesadilla.
4. Wholesome Fresh
Supposedly open 24 hours, Wholesome Fresh offers pretty much everything your heart desires. Hearty sandwiches. Hot dishes. Sushi. Chocolate Sauce. Paprika. Napkins. You know, that good shit. A favorite for kids living in West yard (Straus, Hollis, Mass Hall, etc.), this place is where you go when you’re hungry af but are also kind of-sort of counting calories. Or just love a good sandwich. Eh. Probably the former.
5. Tasty Burger
This place serves up burgers and mediocre service till 4am every night.
Since its opening in 2013, what is affectionately referred to as Tasty has been a hit amongst a wide swath of Harvardians. Do not make the mistake of getting the overpriced chicken nuggets. They are not worth it. What is not overpriced is the delicious heart attack known as the “Big Tasty.” There are lots of tables, but they are perpetually crowded on Friday and Saturday nights, so takeaway might be a good bet if you’ve got buddies in tow.