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Some people live for their annual pumpkin-patch selfie; others spend a month making the perfect Halloween costume. But if you’re like us, you’ll be spending the season working your way through the city’s best fall eats. Here are 14 dishes not to miss. 

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Nitehawk Cinema

Pumpkin Spice Popcorn at Nitehawk Cinema

PSLs are old news, but PSP? You have our attention. The gastro-cinema makes it with a sprinkle of cinnamon, nutmeg and cayenne and drizzles it with a blend of butter, maple syrup and orange zest. Totally worth the sticky fingers.

136 Metropolitan Ave. (at Berry St.), Brooklyn; 718-782-8370 or nitehawkcinema.com

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Quality Eats

Picket Fence at Quality Eats

Mulled cider is a must this time of year, and Quality Eats’ boozy, chilled riff features eight different spices, bourbon, amaro and lemon. We’ll be drinking these by the bucketful.

19 Greenwich Ave. (at W. Tenth St.); 212-337-9988 or qualityeats.com

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Gotham Bar and Grill

Tarte Tatin for Two at Gotham Bar and Grill

It’s hard to improve on a perfectly ripe apple in the fall, but the Greenwich Village institution does just that by topping flaky puff pastry with caramelized Braeburns. Order one on your next date night—just be prepared to battle over the last bite.

12 E. 12th St. (between Fifth Ave. and University Pl.); 212-620-4020 or gothambarandgrill.com

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Black Tap

Truffle Bagel Burger at Black Tap

The burger spot has just added its latest Instagram-baiting creation to the menu (available Sundays only): a beef patty topped with bacon, egg and cheese on a swirled black-and-white truffle bagel from the Bagel Store. (Also, is it just us or is that bagel giving you total Beetlejuice vibes?)

Two locations in Manhattan; blacktapnyc.com

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Le Coucou

Poire Rôtie au Vin de Muscadet at Le Coucou

The desserts at this French hot spot are practically works of art, including this masterpiece of white-wine-roasted pear, vanilla ice cream and candied almonds. (Is it too pretty to eat? No. No, it’s not.) 

138 Lafayette St. (at Howard St.); 212-271-4252 or lecoucou.com

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Feast

Kabocha Mac and Cheese at Feast

Gooey, carby pasta is already one of our favorite cold-weather meals (OK fine, any-weather meals), but we’re loving the harvest-season addition of roasted squash. The whole dish counts as a vegetable now, right?

102 Third Ave. (at 13th St.); 212-529-8880 or eatfeastnyc.com

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Ootoya

Pumpkin Parfait at Ootoya

The classic Japanese dessert gets a seasonal twist with pumpkin puree, pumpkin ice cream and red beans. And you won't find any questionable artificial flavoring here—you know it's the real deal when it's topped with actual pumpkin slices. 

Three locations in Manhattan; ootoya.us

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Apothéke

Sleepy Hollow at Apothéke

The speakeasy’s concoction of New York apples, butternut squash, bourbon, lime and agave is basically pumpkin pie in a glass. 

9 Doyers St. #1 (at Pell St.); 212-406-0400 or apothekenyc.com

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Bodega Negra

Butternut Squash Tacos at Bodega Negra

Usually we think of Mexican food as a gastronomic escape to the tropics, but we don't mind this little reminder of the season, which comes topped with toasted pumpkin seeds, dried cherry salsa and queso fresco. We'll do our best to refrain from calling them gourd-itas...

355 W. 16th St. (at Ninth Ave.); 212-229-2336 or bodeganegranyc.com

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Roasted Black Mission Figs at Benoit

Apples may get most of the attention, but let's not forget about figs: the dark horse of the autumn-fruit world. And what better way to eat them than roasted to maximum sweetness and accompanied by toasted-bread ice cream?

60 W. 55th St. (at Sixth Ave.); 646-943-7373 or benoitny.com

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Katie Burton for Farmer and the Fish

Pork Long Foot at Farmer and the Fish

Suddenly poké and kale Caesar don’t feel like enough to sate our appetites—the season calls for hot, hearty plates that don’t mess around. This meat-and-veggies combo, featuring sweet potato and tumbleweed grits, should be just the ticket. 

245 Park Ave. S. (between 19th and 20th sts.); 646-998-5991 or farmerandthefish.com

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Katie Burton for OddFellows

OddFellows x Babu Ji OddPocket from OddFellows Sandwich Shop

As far as we’re concerned, ice cream is a year-round treat, and this sounds like just what our fall palate needs: a brioche bun stuffed with saffron-cardamom kulfi, Punjabi biscuits, pistachios and salted-rose caramel.

75 E. Fourth St. (between Bowery and Second Ave.); 917-475-1812 or oddfellowsnyc.com

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Covina

Apple Martinique at Covina

Admit it, you kind of miss those sugary appletinis you drank in college. Think of this as the grown-up, well-balanced version, made with Jolly Rancher-infused rhum agricole and fresh green-apple juice. 

127 E. 27th St. (between Park and Lexington aves.); 212-204-0225 or covinanyc.com

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Liz Clayman for Park Avenue Autumn

The Entire Menu at Park Avenue Autumn

The hyperseasonal restaurant goes all-out when the leaves turn. We’ll take a pumpkin-chai ice-cream sundae and a “Water Cooler Toddy”: whiskey-spiked cider dispensed hot or cold from an actual water cooler. (How do we get one of those in the office?)

360 Park Ave. S. (at 26th St.); 212-951-7111 or parkavenyc.com

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