The Best Halloween Themed Restaurants & Bars in NYC

Halloween is a pretty big deal to a lot of people, and many businesses like to take advantage of that come October. If you live in New York City, you can often find many restaurants and bars that will give you a superbly spooky time with some of them changing things up and theming things for the holiday and others just being spooky all year round for those who enjoy a little bit of horror in their life. If you’re looking for a great place to grab a bite to eat while enjoying the spookiest time of the year in New York City, check out some of these great restaurants and bars.

The Jekyll & Hyde Club

If you’re looking for a Halloween themed restaurant with live entertainment while you dine and a horrifying atmosphere, check out The Jekyll & Hyde Club.  This restaurant features plenty of creepy creatures roaming around to spook you while you enjoy your meal as well as featuring loads of fun memorabilia that any horror enthusiast can enjoy. The location is located on 7th Ave in Manhattan and is open until 4 in the morning on weekends so you can be scared through all hours of the night.

Beetle House

If you’re a fan of Tim Burton, this is the restaurant for you. Beetle House is meant for the true Tim Burton fan, giving you that spooky gothic feel most of his movies give off while also allowing you to interact with various Tim Burton characters such as Edward Scizzorhands, Willy Wonka, and the king of all spooks, Beetlejuice himself. Kids are welcome at this establishment if you’re looking for something a little more family-friendly but be warned that many of the staff’s costumes are not meant for the faint of heart, so know if it’s something your child will enjoy before heading over.

One if by Land, Two if by Sea

If you’re looking for a truly haunted restaurant as opposed to one that is decorated to the point of being tacky, check out One if by Land, Two if by Sea. This establishment is known for actually being haunted by ghosts and has been around since the 1790s. The restaurant has a storied history and even features a secret tunnel that would cut down to the river’s edge back in the day. The restaurant is known for serving upmarket clientele and has even been named one of the most romantic restaurants in the world, but its storied history and frequent ghost tours make it a wonderful place to get some more realistic scares.

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The Best NYC Neighborhoods To Raise A Family

Living in New York City can be a challenge. It’s a big departure from more urban towns and can be a rather large adjustment. Add bringing a family with children into the city, and you have an entirely new set of problems. When most people think of New York City, they think of busy streets with nonstop traffic and no space for children to play and enjoy life. While some parts of the city can be like that, there are plenty of other great places to raise your children in New York. Here are some of the best neighborhoods in New York City to raise a family.

Harlem

If you journey to the northern end of Manhattan you’ll find Harlem, one of the best places to raise a family in the city. Harlem is known for having a strong community presence and is a cultural hotspot in the city, meaning your kids will grow up in a place that’s safe and full of people from all different walks of life, giving them new perspectives they might never have discovered otherwise. Harlem is known for having lower rents that give families more wiggle room, and there are plenty of activities for kids to take part in due to the various parks in the area.

Riverdale

Located in The Bronx and all the way at the northern end of the subway lines, Riverdale features a much more suburban feel than other New York City neighborhoods. Living here will give you much more space both indoors and outdoors for a better price than you’d pay in most neighborhoods. Aside from that, there are plenty of great activities you and your family can take part in, with several great parks such as the Van Cortlandt Park and of course the ever famous Bronx Zoo.

Astoria

This Queens neighborhood is loved by parents and like the others, features plenty of awesome activities that your family can enjoy. The neighborhood is rather close to both Manhattan and Brooklyn, but more importantly, it features a great public school system so your kids can receive the education they deserve. Speaking of education, the Queens Library has several branches and can be a great place to bring your kids to explore the unending possibilities of reading a good book. Like the other neighborhoods on this list, prices are more family-friendly than many other parts of the city.

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The Best Food Festivals in New York City

New York is gigantic and with as many people who live there, it’s no wonder that there is a variety of cultures. With varying cultures comes lots of different types of food, and that opens up the door to something great – food festivals. Food festivals can be a great way for people to try plenty of new foods from plenty of different backgrounds while oftentimes being able to also support local businesses and community members. While food festivals may seem like they’re a ways away from happening due to the pandemic, it’s nice to dream about the food we will hopefully be eating by next summer. Here are a few of the best food festivals that occur in New York City.

NYC Wine & Food Festival

The NYC Wine & Food Festival is one of the most well-known food festivals in the area. It’s been around for over 10 years and much of the food is cooked by well-known celebrity chefs, which makes sense since it’s connected to The Food Network & Cooking channel. All of the proceeds from the festival go to the Food Bank of New York City and No Kid Hungry and they’ve raised over $12 million since their first festival. The festival usually occurs in October, so hopefully, by next fall they’ll be hosting it again.

TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint

Located in Brooklyn, the TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint food festival has been around for over 10 years and features foods from more than 40 different local restaurants, breweries, and more. The festival is totally outdoors and some popular restaurants that tend to be there are Baba’s Pierogies and Le Fond, to name a few. The North Brooklyn Community Center puts on the festival and proceeds help them do things such as fixing up a former fire station so they can provide a space for social justice organizations. 

Artisanal Sweet Treats Bazaar

If you have a sweet tooth, this food festival is probably the one for you. This festival usually occurs at the Grand Bazaar NYC in the Upper West Side and is entirely focused on desserts, so be prepared for a lot of sugar. You’ll have plenty of different dessert options to choose from including homemade fudge, cookies, cupcakes, experimental donuts and so much more.

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The Best NYC Neighborhoods To Live In

New York City is gigantic. If you’re thinking of moving into the city, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from in terms of the neighborhood you live in. While you may think you only have to choose between Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Staten Island, the fact of the matter is that there are several neighborhoods within these 5 boroughs. That’s a lot of options, and it’s important you pick the right choice for your budget and lifestyle. Here are a few of the best neighborhoods to live in within New York City.

SoHo

Located in Manhattan, SoHo stands for South of Houston and is one of the busiest neighborhoods in the city. If shopping is your thing, you’ll never get bored in SoHo as it features great high-end clothing stores as well as plenty of great food options. You’ll also be able to find various art galleries within the neighborhood and the architecture sets up a certain vibe if that’s your thing. Being located in Lower Manhattan, housing can become rather expensive and you’ll primarily find expensive lofts and co-ops.

Downtown Brooklyn

If you’re looking for a location based on convenience such as having plenty of transportation options, Downtown Brooklyn might be the place for you. It’s located right over the Brooklyn Bridge and in the past few years, thousands of new apartments have been made as the neighborhood grows. Plenty of subway and bus lines get off in the area, meaning you can get to Manhattan in about 15 minutes and also be close to other great neighborhoods where you can find options for dining and shopping. Due to the location’s recent growth, housing will likely be expensive, though not as expensive as SoHo.

Forest  Hills

If you’re looking for something a little more urban and not as much big city, Forest Hills in Queens might be a good spot to check out. The area features a fantastic view of the Manhattan skyline so you’ll be close to the city but not smack dab in the middle of all the commotion. The architecture is one of the area’s many points of interest and you’ll find many single-family homes as opposed to the many apartments deeper into the city. To top it off, the area is much cheaper than Manhattan or Brooklyn if you’re not trying to break the bank.

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Tips For New Residents of New York City

So you’ve decided to take the plunge and choose to live in New York City. While this is an exciting choice, it’s oftentimes a gigantic change, especially if you’re coming from a small town or someplace more rural. While you might think making the adjustment will be easy, it’s almost guaranteed you’ll have a rough time if you’re moving there and have nobody to guide you. Luckily, there are plenty of guides that feature tips and tricks to help you adjust, with many of them coming straight from the mouths of both newer and older New York City residents. Here are a few of those tips and tricks.

 

Prepare Your Budget

You’ve probably heard about this but you won’t truly understand until you experience it; living in New York City can be expensive. Many times you’ll find that living in Manhattan and other parts of the city costs double of what it cost to live where people are previously coming from, unless they’re coming from an equally pricey area such as another metropolitan area. If you think you have enough money prepared for the adjustment, think again as you’re likely under prepared.

 

Public Transportation

Owning a car while living in New York is often no fun at all. Many New York Residents have gotten used to taking public transportation. You have the option of taking a bus, taxi or the subway, and the options vary in price and where they’ll bring you. Since traffic is always so jammed up in the city, public transportation is likely your best option so it might be wise to figure out your favorite style of transportation and stick with it.

 

Feeding Yourself

Feeding yourself when moving into the city can be a little challenging at first. Depending on where you live, you’re likely not going to be able to go to the large grocery store’s you may be accustomed to. Oftentimes you’ll be walking to the closest bodega and only getting enough groceries that you can carry home to your apartment. If that isn’t enough to satiate you, you may be tempted to order take out or go to a restaurant. While that’s not necessarily a bad choice, it’s quite expensive and can add up quickly. It’s important to figure out this balance before you overspend by eating out all of the time.

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The Best Pizza Places in New York City

If you didn’t know by now, one of the things New York City is best known for is its pizza. No matter where you are in the city, there’s always a place to get a slice of pizza and it’s almost always ridiculously good. With so many options, it can be difficult to pick the right pizza place if you don’t have a favorite or don’t know the various options well enough. Look no further, as that’s exactly what this list is about. Here are some of the best pizza places in NYC.

 

Joe’s Pizza – Greenwich Village

One of the best pizza places in the city is Joe’s Pizza. This place has been around since the 70’s and the original owner, Joe Pozzuoli, still runs it. Their classic cheese pizza is consistently satisfying and delicious and what I’d recommend, though all of their choices are fantastic. The original is located in Greenwich Village but there are multiple in the city now that may be closer to your location.

 

Scarr’s Pizza – Lower East Side

Scarr’s has only been open for about 4 years now, making it one of the newer pizza shops in the NYC scene. While it may be newer, that doesn’t mean it’s any less delicious. Scarr’s quickly blew up after it opened and has been known as an NYC pizza staple since. Their secret ingredient is that they use 100% all-natural ingredients as well as done on-site milled flour.

 

Koronet Pizza – Upper West Side

If you’re looking for the biggest slice of pizza you can find, check out Koronet Pizza. They’re known for their “jumbo-sliced” pizza and they’re open until 2 in the morning on weeknights and 4 in the morning on weekends. The gigantic slices of pizza are surprisingly cheap, only costing around $5, and they have multiple locations around the city.

 

Prince Street Pizza – Soho

Known for their famous “SoHo Square” slice, which is a tiny slice of pizza covered in thick slices of pepperoni, Prince Street Pizza is easily one of the best places to grab a slice in the city. They’re known for their pizza having the perfect amount of crunch, doughiness and sweetness and spice, and because of that they suffer from long lines during lunch time and most of the weekend.

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