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).
Jeanne & Gaston: 212 West 14th Street (West Village). This quaint French restaurant will be hosting a costume contest on Wednesday October 31st. The most beautiful costume (selected by the night’s diners) will win their famous prix fixe (for two).
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 lke their pumpkin crème brulee and pumpkin panna cotta with apple cider donuts.
Millesime: 92 Madison Avenue (NoMad) – Maxim Magazine, Jim Beam’s Devil’s Cup and Millesime have paired up to bring you a spectacular Halloween party on Saturday October 27 from 9pm – 4am. I hear their costume contest has a pretty sweet prize. Check their website for more details.
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.”