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Pre-Halloween Parade late lunch/early dinner?

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My husband and I will be in NY next weekend, and plan to top it off by watching the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade. (We will be in costume as middle-aged midwesterners -- underneath we're twenty-something hipsters, of course!)

We're expecting every place in the immediate Village area to be insanely busy, plus it always seems to be hard to find places serving during the 4PM to 6PM time frame.

We haven't specifically planned what else we'll be doing that day, so anyplace within a half-hour of walking/subway would be within our range of consideration.

We'll be eating at small ethnic places pre-theatre the other nights we're here, plus grazing the Brooklyn Flea and doing a food cart walking tour, so I'd like something a bit fancier but still not over-the-top. We like most cuisines, but try to avoid seafood-centric places due to my shellfish allergy.

Any thoughts? (We'd also appreciate suggestions on where the best places to watch might be, if that's not too off-topic.)

Thanks!

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  1. There are a TON of great places to pick from that are a 20-30 min walk/train ride from the West Village. It all really depends on what neighborhood you want to go to & atmosphere you want. Any idea where you might be? The East Village & Lower East Side are great food destinations, great for sightseeing, & will be be easy to get to 6th ave/the parade. SoHo/NoLita would be easy, too. If you can give us just a bit more direction we can help. And what is your budget? (I know great dinner places for $30 to $$$ for a couple.)

    1. Off the top of my head I know that Otto, Spotted Pig, Lupa, and Keste all serve continuously throughout the day and do not close between lunch and dinner.

      6th ave will shut to car traffic from Canal to 17th Street for the Halloween parade between 3pm to midnight. Don't expect to be able to cross 6th Avenue easily once the sidewalks are barricaded. It's a good place to be if you like crowds, mazes, and grumpy police!

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      Lupa
      170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

      Spotted Pig
      314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014