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Read This If The Words 'Hocus Pocus Drinking Game' Intrigue You

What better way to start the Halloween festivities off right than to go dine at some of the best and most fun Halloween themed dinners in city! Thankfully, these dinners are happening throughout the week and until Halloween night, so get ready for a fantastic and spooky night!


1. Louro (142 W, 10th St.)-
If you can go to a nine course dinner called “Dante’s Inferno: 9 Circles of Hell” why wouldn’t you check it out? Besides a great title, Louro is offering great food as well on Monday, October 27th. For only $65 your Dante’s inspired dinner will include Silence of the Lamb-Lamb Salad (with fava beans and a chianti reduction), Dracula- Housemade Orecchiette (roasted garlic cream and broccoli rabe), Lord of the Flies- Pig Head Smoked Tomato Soup (with tete grilled cheese), and more.

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Welcome to Meat Heaven, Your Table Awaits

Additional reporting by Shiri Lara



1. 212 Steakhouse ( 316 E 53rd St.)

212 Steakhouse is the first restaurant on the east coast certified by the Kobe Beef Distribution and Promotion Council to serve authentic Kobe Beef. If that didn't sell you, don't worry there is more. Located midtown east, 212 Steakhouse is a meat eaters dream. They serve several different cuts of Australian, Japanese and American Wagyu. Authentic Kobe Beef is sold by each delicate ounce and incredibly tender and delectable that we were not all that surprised when the couple next to us ordered four steaks. We would roll around in the steak if given the chance.

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You Will Completely 'Fall' In Love With These Cocktail Menus

With fall officially here in NYC, this means some of your favorite restaurants will be changing out some of their popular summer items for the new season. Specifically, the most important part of any meal, cocktails, are getting makeovers for this fall. Be sure to check out these new fall cocktail menus at some of our favorite spots.


1. Experimental Cocktail Club (191 Chrystie St.)-
ECC is the first opening in America for the Experimental Group, who have locations throughout Europe. So you can definitely expect a European fall twist with many of their drinks. Their new fall cocktail menu has fall-like drinks, large punches, and vintage cocktails. Guests will be able to try the Brazilian Magic Punch (Yaguara Cachaca, Coconut Milk, Almond Milk, Pineapple, Verjus, Agave Syrup, Black and White Peppers, Chilean Peppers, Nutmeg, Cocoa Beans, Vanilla, Rose Buds) or Midnight Snack (Bulleit Bourbon, Bittermen’s New Orleans Coffee, Tawny Port, Orgeat Syrup, Whole Egg, Butter Cookie), and many more!

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Travel the Globe Courtesy of Edible Manhattan

Are you feeling slightly uninspired as of late? Do you dream about taking a fabulous vacation to an exotic locale, inspiring envy from all of your friends and co-workers? Have you just had the same sad salad for the umpteenth lunch in a row? This event is just what you need to help you break away from your self-induced repetitive blues.

On Thursday, October 30th, join us from 6-9pm at the Metropolitan Pavilion as we taste bites and sip cocktails from around the globe. Skip out on ordering the same Pad Thai from the place up the street as you expand your mind and your palette. Never had Turkish food before? A bit wary of sampling fresh Iberico ham from Spain? Fear not. The many vendors featured in this event offer a wide variety of options that will sate even the pickiest eater. The event is designed to entice those who love to travel, but more importantly, for those who love to eat and drink.

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Three Delicious Recipes Perfect for Fall Baking

As we make our way into the middle of October and closer toward winter, we also think about activities that require zero contact with the chilly outside world. Baking is one of those activities. With the assistance of three seasonal fruits, apples, pumpkins (yes a pumpkin is a fruit), and pears we have some simple and scrumptious recipes for those days that you feel like keeping warm at home. First, we have a recipe for an easy apple and honey tart with puff pastry, pumpkin ricotta and chocolate chip muffins and, last but not least, a pear crisp with grapes, almonds and ginger. All of these flavor combinations work, we promise!

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Tender Launches Lunch Menu: Review

Right on the edge of NYC’s bustling Theatre District, in the center of midtown Manhattan you will find the Sanctuary Hotel, a rather chic oasis. Inside the hotel is Tender, a sleek modern restaurant and lounge. The moment you enter the luxury boutique Hotel you are greeted by a welcoming staff and inviting decor. Beautiful turquoise banquettes line both sides of the lounge, with comfortable chairs and petite brass round tables. As you make your way through the beautiful lobby you’ll pass a polished brass and onyx-crafted bar with bright turquoise cushioned bar stools. Gleaming chandeliers, alternating wood paneled and original brick walls, a built in fireplace, and an illuminated runway with red ceiling tones all lead up to the spotless towering glass doors of Tender.

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Forget Everything Else And Eat A Chocolate Cupcake

The good news just keeps on coming! Not only has Crumbs bakeshop officially reopened after closing in July, but National Chocolate Cupcake Day is right around the corner! On Saturday, October 18th, cupcake fans across the nation can pay tribute to this chocolatey goodness by indulging in a celebratory pastry. So, out of all of the bakeries in the USA, where will you be dining this year? One of the best, featured below, we hope. ________________________________________________________________________________________

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The Sweetest Treats in Halloween Town

Everyone knows that Halloween is always a great excuse to stuff your face with sweets. Since you’re a little too old to do the whole trick-or-treating thing, check out these great NYC locations offering fun Halloween treats that everyone will enjoy!


1. Francois Payard (116 W Houston St.)-
The pastry chef just released his 2014 Halloween creations and they definitely don’t disappoint. Stop by any of his store and try the following: Pumpkin Spice Macarons ($21.00 per 7 piece box), Jack-o-Lantern & Ghost Lollipops, Jack-o-Lantern Bouchee Tablets (Milk chocolate caramel ganache covered in a dark chocolate shell)Fleur de sel Tablet (White chocolate and pumpkin seed tablet with fleur de sel), Skulls & Jack-o-Lantern (Hollow chocolate case and filled with 4 chocolates), and Jack-o-Lantern Cake (Pumpkin spice pound cake layered with 5 spice bavarois & pumpkin crème brulee).

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It's Thursday And Free Vodka is Happening

Alas, you have almost made it to the weekend. It is Thursday at last and the excitement is real. So real in fact that 1200 Miles is celebrating with one of their Spirited Happy Hours tonight, where guests can enjoy complimentary cocktails featuring Snow Leopard Vodka.

Tonight’s event is part of the Modern Mediterranean restaurant’s effort to introduce guests to many different libations throughout the fall, including both cocktails and appetizers.

Snow Leopard Vodka donates 15% of its profits to snow leopard conservation profits in an effort to help prevent extinction. The vodka is made in Poland at one of the finest vodka distilleries in the world and is the first luxury vodka made from the rare spelt grain, which has a distinct nutty fresh taste and is distilled six times with natural spring water.

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Sachi Bistro NYC: Making Asian Fusion in Murray Hill

Upon entry, Sachi looks like stereotypical version of a Western Thai restaurant. Granite elephant statues peek out from corners, nationalistically ambiguous art hangs on the wall, and beautiful stained woodwork is everywhere throughout the space. The dim lighting and slow paced dining room momentarily transports you far from Second Avenue, and you start to wonder if you have perhaps fallen down a rabbit hole and left the city. Then, an angry driver sits on their car horn for far too long, and you are brought back down to earth. You are in a simple yet elegant space in Murray Hill, perfect for either Date Night or Girls Night Out, and you are happy.

We started out with the Gunpowder Bramble, because regardless of the fact that its 70 degrees outside, it’s still fall, and fall is for bourbon. The Creme de Mure Blackberry Liquer pushes the cocktail a wee bit more to the sweet side than we would have liked, but the fresh lemon juice enhances the black tea infused in the Lapsang Souchong bourbon.

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Taste America: A Night of Culinary Stars


For so many, the term "culinary occasion" is used loosley, thrown around in the presence of a decent brunch or dinner we partake in with family or friends. This past Friday night, all of that changed with the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America: A Night of Culinary Stars. The name alone is a mouthful. We’re talking about the Wrestlemania of the LA dining set; October 10th was an evening of superstar chefs coming together to prepare treats of all varieties for a fabulous few in the name of food itself.