7 Delicious Ways to Spend Halloween in NYC

From candy-studded brunch to spooky cocktail specials
October 29, 2014
by Patty Lee

Horchata: Pop in and grab some Mexican fare on your way to the annual Village Halloween Parade. The special "Trick or Taco" menu features two-for-$10 small bites (elote, guacamole), $10 cocktails (red sangria, margarita) and $5 beers. The festivities continue on Saturday with a new boozy brunch and half-off the Día de Los Muertos-inspired tipple, Gimme A Beet (pictured above). (212-243-8226)

Saxon + Parole: Three of AvroKO's bars are getting in the ghostly spirit. Kick the night off at Saxon + Parole with the $12 tiki-themed Zombie cocktail: rum, pumpkin seed cordial, red beet grenadine and lime juice, followed by a mad scientist bash at Madam Geneva right next door. DJ Devon will spin beats, while bartenders pour a spiced pumpkin punch ($7). Down the block, The Daily has a full menu of spooky drinks, including Death in the Afternoon: absinthe, sparkling wine and Oogie Boogie: vodka, creme de cassis, lemon. 

Saxon + Parole (Photo by Lizzie Starr)

Lure Fishbar: This seafood joint will undergo a spooky transformation into a haunted pirate ship, complete with servers dressed up as marauders and wenches. A $59 prix fixe dinner kicks off at 5 PM, featuring dishes like grilled cedar plank salmon, Medjool dates with bacon and chai pumpkin ice cream. Choose from one of two drinks: the Blood Bath Punch with peach rum or the Devil’s Handshake with cocoa-infused tequila. (212-431-7676)

Pork Slope: Dress up in your Halloween best for a costume contest at Dale Talde's roadhouse bar, offering $10 pitchers of beer and punch. On Saturday, the restaurant will host a candy-themed brunch, adding M&M-studded pancakes and donut French toast to the usual weekend lineup. (718-768-7675)

Francois Payard Bakery: The pastry guru is going all out for All Hallows Eve with fancy sweets like pumpkin spice macarons ($21), a jack-o-lantern cake ($39) and white chocolate ghost lollipops ($4). (212-995-0888)

Francois Payard Bakery

Dos Caminos: Halloween lasts the entire weekend at all locations of this buzzing Mexican chainlet, where you can dine on Day of the Dead specials like $29 arroz a la tumbada (black rice with Maine lobster) and $26 mole-smothered short ribs. On Saturday, the Park Avenue South outpost will host a cooking class ($75) that recreates some of these popular dishes.

Empire Diner: Servers at Amanda Freitag's reinvented diner will take a step into the past, dressing up in '40s-era uniforms. Sip some boozy floats (available during happy hour) or special fall cocktails like the Caramel Apple with bourbon, apple cider and sweet candy drizzle. Kids can get in on the fun too — there'll be a bowl of sweets for trick or treaters. (212-596-7523)

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