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Afterparty Eats

When night owls want to nosh in style this summer, new late-night menus abound. Check out five of our faves.

‘Round Midnight: Toro Toro offers plenty of late-night bites, including prime beef steak tartare.

1. Red Light Cocktails & Dessert Bar
End your night on an up note at this new boozy dessert emporium on 14th Street’s late-night happy hour. Treat yourself to confections by celebrated Pastry Chef Robert Underwood and sweet sips by mixology mavens Ari and Micah Wilder. Mon.-Sun., 11PM-2AM, 1401 R St. NW, 202.234.0400

2. Oyamel

José Andrés’ colorful homage to Mexican cuisine in Penn Quarter offers midnight rambler tacos starring pit-barbecued pork and seared mahimahi and small plates. Sun.-Wed., 10PM-midnight, Thu.-Sat. 11PM-2AM, 401 Seventh St. NW, 202.628.1005

3. B Too

At his 14th Street resto, Top Chef competitor Bart Vandaele offers prosciutto-packed waffles, deep-fried ribs and, of course, cones brimming with freshly fried frites. Mon-Thu., 10PM-midnight, Fri.-Sat., 11PM-1AM, 1324 14th St. NW, 202.627.2800

4. Republic

Set course in the witching hour for Jeff Black’s new comfort-minded eatery in Takoma Park. Listen to live music while enjoying top-notch nibbles, including crackly, jerk-spiced sweet potato chips and lamb-stuffed empanadas. Sun., 9-11PM; Mon.-Thu., 9:30PM-12:30AM; Fri.-Sat., 10PM-1:30AM, 6939 Laurel Ave., Takoma Park, Md., 301.270.3000

5. Toro Toro

Richard Sandoval’s just-opened South American steakhouse on Franklin Square Park caters to nighthawks. Its menu boasts Latin-minded small plates—smoked guacamole, sweet-corn empanadas and steak tartare. Sun.-Thu., 11PM-1AM, Fri.-Sat., 12-2AM, 1300 I St. NW, 202.682.9500