As much as we miss trick-or-treating, there are plenty of ways to enjoy Halloween as an adult in NYC. And, if you know us, you can be assured that we’re not talking about the aptly named “Webster Hell” bacchanalia at Webster Hall, but rather, deliciously festive meals and celebrations at restaurants — from a haunted feast at One If By Land, Two If By Sea to an “Excesses of Imperial Portugal” party at Lupulo in Chelsea.
The McKittrick Hotel: Host of the interactive show, Sleep No More (an immersive re-imagining of Macbeth), with an ivy-cloaked rooftop bar, dubbed Gallow Green, and a restaurant featuring a live band, seating inside antique train dining cars, and actors dressed in ‘20’s garb, who’ll frequently draw you away from your meal and into their play, the intensely atmospheric McKittrick Hotel is already custom-made for Halloween. During the holiday, they’ll mount a special celebration of sin dubbed “Inferno” as well — a one of a kind party experience inspired by the occult.
530 W 27th St., (212) 904-1883
Lupulo: Got a bouffant wig and corset handy? After serving regular dinner service until 9pm, George Mendes’ newest spot, Lupolo, will take a leap back in time to 300 years ago, for a madcap costume party inspired by imperial Portugal, as controlled by its famously crazy queen, Maria the First. A $10 cover buys a Tito’s cocktail and admittance to the unique event, featuring beats provided by DJ’s Mike Furey and Lily Horreur.
835 6th Ave., (212) 290-7600
One if by Land Two if by Sea: Situated in what used to be Aaron Burr’s carriage house, this utterly romantic spot — outfitted with dripping candles, flickering fireplaces, and a baby grand piano — has been subject of consistent gossip, concerning paranormal activity. Over 20 different ghosts have been “sighted” over the years, from a guest who broke her neck falling down the stairs, to a former Ziegfield follies girl to Aaron Burr himself, with additional reports of strange drafts, flying plates and titled picture frames. So if the lights go out while you’re in the middle of your Beef Wellington this Halloween, it’s not because they haven’t paid the electric bill.
17 Barrow St., (212) 255-8649
Bobo: Tucked into a graceful two-story brownstone, this West Village restaurant is hosting its Third Annual Halloween Burlesque Show, featuring a full prix fixe dinner ($85 per person for the earlier seating, $110 at 10pm), plus a complimentary cocktail and raffle prizes, as well as entertainment from the sultry Minx Arcana and Voodoo Onyx.
181 W 10th St., (212) 488-2626
Leaf Bar and Lounge: Queens residents will want to make their way to Flushing’s very first craft cocktail bar on Halloween, on the rooftop of the Hyatt Place Hotel. $33 tickets include two drinks — like “The Hellcat” with cucumber, tequila and smoked red alder sea salt, and the “Sweet Dreams” with bourbon, honey and fig — as well as appetizers throughout the night. And costumes are mandatory, so go for broke — fun prizes will be awarded to the best dressed!
133-42 39th Ave., (718) 865-8158
Piora: At the Michelin star-winning Piora, cotton candy isn’t only for the kiddies. This Halloween, head bartender Shinya Yamao will be shaking up his festive Cotton Candy Old Fashioned — pouring the Old Forester Straight Bourbon Whisky cocktail over a ball of housemade spun sugar candy, so the sweet treat dissolves directly into the drink!
430 Hudson St., (212) 960-3801