When it comes to Halloween eats, it's not all candy corn and pumpkin-shaped chocolates. Smack dab in the heart of harvest season, Halloween is prime time for autumnal eating, albeit with a spooky spin. From fish heads to spooky cocktails, there are lots of offbeat Halloween treats to eat this year.
Sushi and cocktails take a spooky turn at Rebar. An elegant alternative to Halloween-themed dining, Rebar's inventions add a dash of class to holiday eating and drinking. Dig into the Fall's Harvest Roll, a special sushi selection made with unagi, avocado, cucumber, and tempura sweet potato rolled in orange tobiko rice and served with seaweed leaves and crisp sweet potato strings. Wash it down with one of Rebar's new Halloween beverages, like the Frankenstein, a variation on the classic Zombie cocktail, bottled in-house. House-aged cinnamon apple Irish whiskey comprises The Horseman cocktail, along with pumpkin cubes and hand-crafted bitters. For something sweeter, spring for a "slice" of Harvest Pie, a medley of housemade pumpkin puree, nutmeg, ginger, clove, Jamaican rum, and a whiskey float garnished with pumpkin seeds.
Offal takes the spotlight at Table, Donkey and Stick's Halloween dinner on October 31, an apt centerpiece considering how frightful some people are of the off-cut organ meats. But fear not, because the restaurant's meaty six-course feast promises to be a delicious ordeal for the adventurous eater. Fish heads start the meal as the first course, followed by fried duck livers with foie gras gravy, pig trotter stuffed with morels and sweetbreads, pistachio and veal brain custard with pickled tongue, grilled beef heart with crispy tripe en consommé, and for dessert, blood pudding and dark chocolate tart with pine nuts. Diners will go home with a goody bag stuffed with caramel corn chicharrones. The dinner is $60 per person and reservations are available between 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.
The only ghost sighting you can expect to find at Jake Melnick's Corner Tap is in the form of fiery ghost pepper mayo, served atop the Helloween 4 burger. The latest iteration of Jake Melnick's original Helloween burger features a habanero and cheddar patty topped with chile-spiked mayo, guacamole, cayenne-spiced crispy onions, and pepper Jack cheese. Another apropos Halloween nosh is the pumpkin pesto wings, a far more delicious use of pumpkins than Jack-O-Lanterns.
Meatloaf tastes best with a side of horror. That's the premise for Delish Diner's Horror Movie Nights, happening now through October 31. The kitschy Americana diner plays a different horror movie every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday night at 7:00 p.m., paired with a three-course prix fixe dinner menu for the scary low price of $9.95. Movie selections include The Shining, Carrie, and Night of the Living Dead, while the menu features soup or salad, meatloaf with "monster mash" garlic potatoes, and death by chocolate cake. And by the way, Delish Diner is housed in an old Jewish funeral parlor from the early 1900's, but don't let that scare you away.
Save your breath trick-or-treating this year, and get all your sweets in one convenient Halloween basket at West Town Bakery & Diner. Pastry chef Chris Teixeria does all the leg work for you, going above and beyond the call of candy duty by creating a variety of special treats and packing them into holiday gift baskets for $40 apiece. Each basket includes caramel corn, pecan toffee, sour gummies, rocky road bars, Halloween-themed macaroons, pecan squares, rochers, mint meltaways, and more. For an additional $30, folks can supplement their goodie baskets with a pumpkin cake.
Celebrating Halloween in a bar lined with skulls is about as fitting as it gets. October 27 through October 31, subterranean tiki bar Three Dots and a Dash dresses up as a spooky tropical getaway, decked out in green, red, and blue lights. The bar will augment its beachy beverages with a variety of macabre drink specials, including Blood of the Kapu Tiki, made with Amber rum, lime, grapefruit, Curacao, grenadine, Angostura bitters, and absinthe. Sidewinder's Fang is an intoxicating potion of Demerara rum, Jamaican rum, passion fruit, Curacao, and lime, while the Polynesian Paralysis features bourbon, orgeat, Curacao, lemon, and pineapple. Other tingling tipples include the Headhunter, the Shrunken Skull, the Pegleg Punch, and Blackbeard's Ghost.
Photos: Table, Donkey and Stick, Jake Melnick's Corner Tap, Delish Diner, Rebar, West Town Bakery & Diner, Three Dots and a Dash