Two trends have been running concurrently as a number of new restaurants have joined the New Orleans dining scene these past few years: a greater variety of food and later hours. We still have our old-standbys of course — like Cafe du Monde (800 Decatur St., 525-4544; www.cafedumonde.com) for beignets, Verti Marte (1201 Royal St., 525-4767; www.vertimartemenu.com) for po-boys and Mimi's in the Marigny (2601 Royal St., 872-9868; www.mimisinthemar-
igny.net) for 3 a.m. tapas. But as all the musical entertainment pushes hours later this week, I have rounded up some places that offer late-night options.
• Bouligny Tavern (3641 Magazine St., 891-1810; www.boulignytavern.com). The chef behind Lilette serves elegant bar food like duck confit, gouda beignets and burrata salad. Open until midnight Mon.-Thu. and 2 a.m. Fri.-Sat.
• Capdeville (520 Capdeville St., 371-5161; www.capdevillenola.com). Get gastropub standards like burgers, fancy cheese fries and truffle mac and cheese in a practically hidden downtown location with a nice bar. Open until 11 p.m. Mon.-Thu. and 1 a.m. Fri.-Sat.
• Chiba (8312 Oak St., 826-9119; www.chiba-nola.com). Right next to the Maple Leaf Bar, Chiba does sushi with a contemporary sensibility. Open until 11 p.m. Mon.-Tue., midnight Wed.-Thu.. and 1 a.m. Fri.-Sat.
• Hoshun (1601 St. Charles Ave., 302-9716; www.hoshunrestaurant.com). There is an expansive pan-Asian menu – from Chinese to Thai – in a sprawling Uptown restaurant. Open until 2 a.m. daily.
• Kukhnya (2227 St. Claude Ave., 265-8855). Inside the music venue Siberia, this new kitchen serves "Slavic soul food," including pierogi, blini, egg noodles and the "Polboy," a Polish sausage po-boy. Open until midnight Wed.-Mon.
• Little Tokyo Small Plates & Noodle Bar (1340 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-6088; www.littletokyonola.com). More of an izakaya or Japanese tavern, this restaurant offers Japanese-style bar snacks, sushi, ramen noodle soups and private karaoke rooms. Open until 2 a.m. Mon.-Sat.; 9 p.m. Sun.
• Lost Love Lounge (2529 Dauphine St., 949-2009; www.lostlovelounge.com). Head to the back counter of this neighborhood bar for pho, spring rolls, noodle salads and banh mi. Open until midnight daily and later on Fri.-Sat.
• Maurepas Foods (3200 Burgundy St., 267-0072; www.maurepasfoods.com). This Bywater restaurant and bar serves great cocktails and small plates of hearty and farm-fresh food. Open until midnight Thu.-Tue.
• The Midway (4725 Freret St., 322-2815; www.midwaypizzanola.com). This new neighborhood spot offers creative deep-dish pizza, fresh salads, a bargain wine list and great beers. Open until midnight most nights and 1 a.m. Fri.-Sat.
• Root (200 Julia St., 252-9480; www.rootnola.com). This stylish eatery is making a name for itself with a vengeance with wildly creative cuisine and traditional charcuterie. Open until 11 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 2 a.m. Fri.-Sat. and 9 p.m. Sun.
• Sylvain (625 Chartres St., 265-8123; www.sylvainnola.com). A handsome addition to the French Quarter, this gastropub offers farmers market salads, burgers, pastas and more. Open until 11 p.m. Mon.-Thu., midnight Fri.-Sat., and 10 p.m. Sun.
• The Three Muses (536 Frenchmen St., 252-4801; www.thethreemuses.com). This music club and eatery offers a global take on tapas — Italian to Creole to Spanish — in the heart of the Frenchmen Street scene. Open until 10 p.m. Sun.-Mon. and Wed.-Thu., and midnight Fri.-Sat.
• Wandering Buddha (Hi-Ho Lounge, 2239 St. Claude Ave., 945-9428; www.-thewanderingbuddha.com). Inside the Hi-Ho Lounge, find a short menu of all-vegan Korean dishes. Open until midnight Tue.-Sun.
• Yuki Izakaya (525 Frenchmen St., 943-1122). Japanese-style small plates include clams in sake butter, cod roe rice balls and octopus dumplings, and there is a menu of sake. Hours vary but are typically very late.