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Celebrate Dia de los Muertos and Halloween in NYC

Uptown, downtown and all around New York City, our favorite spots are featuring drink and food specials for Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) and Halloween. Check out our roundup and start the party.

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Decadent Pies That Will Keep You Warm All Season Long

There’s nothing like a freshly-baked pie to comfort you during the colder months—and indulging in the decadent treat is especially appropriate with Thanksgiving coming up soon. Here, we found 11 sweet and savory takes from the city’s buzziest restaurants.

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More games, less booze: The holiday office party is back

Companies are starting to party again, but not like it’s 1999 — or even 2007.

That was the last big year for holiday bashes before the financial markets nearly went bust. And for those who cater such events, it has been a bear market ever since.

But not this season, said New York hospitality director Ric Addison, whose 20 years in the business include stints with nightlife legends Ian Schrager and Rande Gerber.

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Thanksgiving: Go Big or Stay Home

For some, the holiday renders fond memories of visiting family and enjoying Grandma’s cooking, while for others Thanksgiving may evoke memories of hangovers hellishly endured with way too many relatives around to witness the struggle. For those able to make it out of the house (and brave enough to face the crowded streets on Thanksgiving in NYC), some venues are offering VIP-like experiences.

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Monarch Rooftop Lounge for Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

If you want to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade but don’t want to deal with the crowd, consider going to the Monarch Rooftop Lounge, which overlooks 35th Street and Sixth Avenue, a prime parade-viewing location. On the day of the parade, Monarch will be serving brunch and specialty cocktails like Hot Caramel Cider and Chocolate Russian, as guests view the parade from the terrace or broadcast on television screens.

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