After Festivus, Halloween is my favorite holiday. However, I find that I no longer want to go out to a packed club and wait in line for drinks. I’d like to think I’ve gotten a little more sophisticated in my older years. That being said, I still want to have a great time. These NYC restaurants will be putting on some great Halloween celebrations for every taste.
Barrio 47: 47 8th Avenue (West Village-Meat Packing) – The celebration is on October 26, 27, and 31. Chef Franco will be serving up blood sausage AND cow heart skewers (not so scary if you’re Colombian – I mean, we eat brain, tripe, and hoof). On Halloween night, they will have a costume contest, the winner gets a bottle of “booze”.
Casa Nonna: 310 West 38th Street (Midtown Manhattan) -Casa Nonna wants you to get into the Halloween spirit with their Butternut Squash Agnolotti with Brussels sprouts and pumpkin seeds. It will be available the entire month for only $21 (and I promise it’s not at all scary).
MexiBBQ: 37-11 30th Ave (Astoria)– Make your way to Astoria for BBQ favorites with a Mexican touch and some killer drink specials. MexiBBQ will be featuring a special line of pumpkin beers and other Halloween-themed brews, including Coney Island Freaktober Beer. Where are the treats you ask? MexiBBQ will be serving up monster desserts like their pumpkin crÃ¨me Brulee and pumpkin pannacotta with apple cider donuts.
The Crypt Cafe: 669 8th Avenue (Midtown) – I may not call this one “grown-up”, but it could definitely be fun, especially if you’ve got out of towners and kids coming to visit. The Crypt Cafe at “Times Scare” is a year round haunted destination. They’ve got a pretty impressive haunted house, and plenty of ghoulish drinks and eats (like their Satan’s Sliders).
The Vault at Pfaff’s: 643 Broadway (N0H0) – It’s been around since the 1850’s and is said to be haunted. In honor of its departed guests, the team at Pfaff’s has crafted a cocktail called Melkor’s Ghost. Frank, Pfaff’s mixologist tells us that it is “one of our most popular crowd pleasers – this unique twist on the ‘Banshee’ cocktail and it includes Armagnac Blanche. By using un-aged Armagnac as the base ingredient, it adds a particular depth that cuts through the banana liqueur, and makes for a unique quality that we like so much”