The witching hour looms. No, that’s not a reference to Election Day but to Halloween, which arrives in five days, ready or not.
If it’s a party you’re after, it’s a party you’ll find at L’asso EV (107 First Avenue, bet. 6th and 7th Sts, 212-837-2048) which will feature an open bar from 9:30 to 10:30 on Oct. 31 (that’s p.m. in case you weren’t sure). There will be a DJ, a “crazy dance party” and (in keeping with the restaurant’s theme of “Sincere Food for the Primitive Future”), pizza.
Bait & Hook (249 E. 14th Street, 212-260-8015) promises an evening of “Fear, Fun & Fish!” Specialty cocktails will flow, and a costume contest will be held between 8 and 10 p.m. First prize winner gets to choose between 30 minutes of open bar or a $30 gift certificate.
Win the big prize in the “So 2011 Costume Contest” hosted by 230 FIFTH (230 Fifth Avenue, at 27th St, 212-725-4300), and you might find yourself riding up Sixth Avenue on All Hallows Eve underneath a 30-plus foot palm tree—aboard a float, that is, in the 39th Annual Village Halloween Parade. A post-parade dinner at 230 FIFTH will cap off the evening. To enter, you need but submit a photo of yourself in your costume from last year (you did snap pictures of yourself in your Halloween getup last year, didn’t you?) and email it to email@example.com. Entries must be received by midnight on Oct. 30.
Carbo Loading Italian-Style
Also around the corner, on Nov. 4, is the annual New York Marathon. To help runners cram for the test, Abboccato Ristorante (136 West 55th Street, 212-0265-4000) will be offering an all-pasta menu on Nov. 3. “We’re really pulling out all the stops so these dedicated runners can put their best foot forward at the start line,” quoth Chef Jim Botsacos. “The pasta menu includes 13 options that are nutrient- and carbohydrate-rich. It’s our way of saying good luck.”
Good eating, too, centering on the likes of cannelloni stuffed with braised pork, Castelvetrano olives, and ricotta salata, and spinach pappardelle with wild shrimp and cream sauce. (The fleet of foot will likely want to avoid the cream sauce, but the event is open to the general public, who can feel free to splurge on the fat calories.)
The pasta menu is available from noon to 11 p.m.
Pre-Kosherfest Social Media Dinner at Abigael’s
Kosherfest, n. Annual gathering of exhibitors and purveyors of certified kosher products, to be held in 2012 at the Meadowlands Exposition Center, in Secaucus.
Pre-Kosherfest, n. Annual dinner and opportunity to schmooze with other kosher food enthusiasts, to be to held on Nov. 12 in 2012 (Kosherfest Eve) at Abigael’s on Broadway (1407 Broadway, at 39th St, 212-575-1407).
This year’s P-K is cosponsored by Koshereye (“one of America’s most popular kosher focused websites”) and Sweetup (a “platform for brands to reach the Jewish network of bloggers”). The multi-course dinner, created by resident Chef Jeff Nathan, features cedar-planked salmon, chicken Dijon, and Brazilian rib steak among the main courses. Starters include wild mushroom polenta and smoked brisket eggroll, and for dessert there is warm apple cobbler and molten chocolate cake. Tickets, which are $55, can be purchase here.
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