The strange paradox of Williamsburg's NY Times-approved nightlife scene is that many restaurants in the neighborhood close their kitchens before midnight. Sure, you can get a slice at Vinnie's, falafel at Oasis and mediocre diner fare at Kellogg's, but there aren't that many places to sit down for a more refined midnight meal. Enter Station, the appropriately named new restaurant now serving up a gourmet vegan and non-vegan menu nightly until 2 a.m., just steps from the Bedford Avenue L station.

Located in what used to be a dollar slice joint, Station is an airy, elegantly casual affair offering food in the style of "bohemian France and its colonies." Chef Rue Rusike, formerly of Eleven Madison Park, works with intense focus in the open kitchen, where voyeurs can watch her work from behind a marble top chef's table. The menus (see below) will continue to evolve based on what's in season, but for now the vegan side of things includes a fresh ratatouille entree, and notable appetizer called Spinach Three Ways: three juicy piles of spinach are served on corn meal cakes topped, respectively, with peanut butter, tomato ragout, and sautéed garlic. Nope, this isn't Foodswings.

The "regular" menu includes entrees such as a Rabbit Spiced Tagine with cucumber yoghurt; Duck a L’Orange with Marble potatoes, navel oranges, and charred scallions; and a Fillet Steak Provençale (pornographically pictured here) that comes with Green beans, pomme dauphinoise, and confit garlic. Station is open Tuesday through Saturday nights for dinner from 5:30 p.m. until 2 a.m., closing at midnight on Sunday. (No service on Monday.) There is also, of course, weekend brunch from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

166 North 7th Street, Williamsburg; (718) 599-1596

Station Menu
Station Vegan Menu