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Romera at the Dream Hotel

From pitch-black restaurants to deep-fried bacon, many of New York's fall foodie events are high on concept and low on convention. But can you get a good meal? Our picks for the bizarre dining experiences worth trying:

Dining in the Dark This Ace Hotel September 22 through 25 pop-up event asks you to eat without knowing what your food (or for that matter, dining partner) looks like. Aside from the originality factor--the $160 three-course dinner is served in total darkness by visually impaired waiters--you'll undoubtedly grope your way through excellent food, courtesy of Breslin chef April Bloomfield. Dining in the Dark at the Ace Hotel, 20 W. 29th St. (at Broadway); 646-480-7674 or

Romera Brain-surgeon-turned-beloved-Spanish-chef Dr. Miguel Sánchez Romera makes his U.S. debut this weekend with a restaurant that celebrates his "neurogastronomical" approach to food--think edible flowers, mini-vegetables and ingredient-driven waters that induce pleasurable neurosensory responses. At $245 per prix fixe meal, such brain fuel doesn't come cheap, but it could be worth a splurge to try the place everyone will be talking about. Romera at the Dream Hotel, 355 W. 16th St. (between 8th and 9th aves.); 212-929-5800 or

Exquisite Corpse A series of pop-ups within a pop-up, this September 23 through 25 restaurant is helmed by a different chef--think Andrew Carmellini of Locanda Verde and Brooks Headley of Del Posto--every four hours for 52 hours straight. Though plenty of seatings ($100 a person) are still available, you'll want to act fast, before you're stuck with the 5 a.m. shift. Exquisite Corpse at Honey Space, 148 11th Ave. (between 21st and 22nd sts.);

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