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The Best Purim Parties in NYC

Kenny Rodriguez
Kenny Rodriguez
Kenny Rodriguez

Most of us have precious few reasons to play dress up and get blotto in public at the same time. Halloween comes close, but its attendant alcohol acts more as liquid courage for your “sexy” whatever costume than a cherished tradition. St. Patrick’s Day tries, too, bringing even more booze, but further dwindling your dress up options to sexy leprechaun, beer maid, or bishop. Only Purim truly does right by the classic combination of disguising and imbibing.

Purim is the celebration of Esther, a Jewish queen from the Bible who saved countless lives when she thwarted her evil husband’s plot to kill all the Jewish people in the land. Now, we honor the queen at joyful festivities in the late winter/early spring each year. The traditions are simple: It’s a mitzvah, Hebrew for a godly commandment, for Jewish folks to get drunk on Purim. Readings from the book of Esther anchor many fêtes. And since Queen Esther had to conceal her Jewish identity, it doesn’t hurt to dress up in a costume, either.

This year, Purim proper falls on squarely in the middle of the week on Wednesday, March 20 — a time not typically associated with revelry. But there are parties happening clear through the weekend, so you can get as much or as little mileage of that topical getup as your school night schedule allows at the best Purim parties in NYC.

Courtesy of Eli Lunzer Productions LLC
Courtesy of Eli Lunzer Productions LLC
Courtesy of Eli Lunzer Productions LLC

The Official NYC Purim Bash at Taj

Wednesday, March 20
Flatiron
Billed as the longest running Purim party in Manhattan, this two-floor bash has about a dozen partnership Jewish organizations endorsing it as the place to be. There’s a lot to do here other than get drunk off of overpriced rum and Cokes. Expect a costume contest, VIP seating options, and “celebrity DJs spinning all night.”
Cost: Early bird GA tickets are $18; reserve a table for six and a bottle of vodka for $500

Courtesy of JVibe
Courtesy of JVibe
Courtesy of JVibe

Purim Masquerade at 1 OAK

Wednesday, March 20
Meatpacking
Embrace your inner-Cinderella and get tipsy at this mid-week ball. This fête skews more sexy than fancy, so if you don a costume, dress to turn heads. Over-40s read on; you must be 21-39 for entry.
Cost: Tickets rise from $15 to $40 as the event approaches

Courtesy of Chabad Young Professionals of Brooklyn
Courtesy of Chabad Young Professionals of Brooklyn
Courtesy of Chabad Young Professionals of Brooklyn

The Greatest Purim at the Dumbo Loft

Wednesday, March 20
DUMBO
Fashioned after Hugh Jackman vehicle The Greatest Showman, this twenty-and thirtysomething-only event is a big top take on Purim. Do not expect any exotic animals at the “circus buffet dinner” — this is a kosher event, so meat options are limited to chicken and beef. Avail yourself of everyone’s favorite triangle-shaped baked sweets at the gourmet hamantaschen station and indulge in more adult goodies at the open bar. Carnival-style booths will provide prime Instagram opportunities.
Cost: $36 in advance; $45 at the door

Fidi Purim Bash at the Setai Club

Wednesday, March 20
Financial District
Thump-thump clubs not your thing? How about getting decked out in fantasy-ware and chatting with neighborhood finance bros over a sushi spread? The Setai rooftop lounge’s Purim party is one of the more relaxed options on offer this year, and it’s catered toward those of us who have to get up early for work the next day. It’ll be a tidy two-hour affair with doors closing at 10pm; so you’ll have to act fast to get the full effect of the open bar.
Cost: $18

Kenny Rodriguez
Kenny Rodriguez
Kenny Rodriguez

Purim: Night of a Thousand Faces at the House of YES

Wednesday, March 20
Bushwick
House of Yes is known for throwing some of the wildest parties in NYC. Its pulsating music, near-naked performers, and theatrical atmosphere rivals Broadway productions. Naturally, HoY’s take on Purim will feature body glitter and body painting, go-go performers, an Israeli/Chassidic trance room, and an hora chair dance. Costumes are required to get in, and dress warm; entrance lines are expected to be long.  
Cost: Remaining tickets are $40 and they’re going fast

Courtesy of JVibe
Courtesy of JVibe
Courtesy of JVibe

Purim Carnival at Lavo Nightclub

Thursday, March 21
Midtown
Join more than a thousand 21-to-39ers (they’ll be checking IDs at the door to keep the grown-ups at bay) at this Italian clubsturant. Costumes are encouraged, as is dropping a few hundred bucks on a bottle of your choice in order to get VIP treatment during the hours-long bash. Fancy dance at VIP tables, or rub elbows with the regular Joes and Janes, while a rotating cast of DJs spin throbbing music from Israel and the United States.
Cost: Entry is $25; standard inflated bottle service prices apply

Courtesy of Global Psyteam
Courtesy of Global Psyteam
Courtesy of Global Psyteam

Purim Extravaganza at 101Brooklyn

Thursday, March 21
Williamsburg
This unpretentious dance party is tailor made for lovers of psychedelic trance music. There are no top age limits, costumes are not required, and non-Jewish revelers are openly welcome. If you can’t handle trance’s heart-pounding beats, look elsewhere. This is more of a Purim rave than a traditional Purim party.
Cost: $20

A Very Beatles Purim at Littlefield

Saturday, March 23
Gowanus
Part costume party, part Beatles sing-a-long, this one is for Ringo, John, Paul and George devotees. Expect to partake of the Purim tradition of getting rather blotto while you hear takes on Fab Four tunes and snack on hamantaschen.
Cost: $15 in advance; $20 day of

Courtesy of JVibe
Courtesy of JVibe
Courtesy of JVibe

Queen Esther’s Purim Ball at Sony Hall

Saturday, March 23
Times Square
We know:
no self-respecting New Yorker parties on a Saturday night in Times Square. Make an exception and head Sony Hall for a (21-39 years-old only) mega costume party co-hosted by J-Swipe, aka Tinder for Jewish singles. DJs will spin Israeli and other international music, along with the typical American chart toppers. Last year’s edition drew more than 1,000 revelers. Stay in costume after the event and take up with the Elmos nearby.
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Scavenge for Peeps Cookies and More Fun Treats in NYC This Easter

The best Easter desserts in NYC this spring include Easter Bunny Churros and Carrot Cake Macarons.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

As spring makes its way through New York City, not only do we get to enjoy beautiful weather, stunning cherry blossoms, and cool activities priced at $Free.99, but it’s also the perfect time for some limited-edition desserts.

With Easter fast approaching, bakeries are filling their shops with tons of chocolate eggs, carrot cake-flavoured everything and all types of flavours that offer both nostalgia and innovation within the city’s dessert landscape. After you’ve picked up a cake from the city’s best new bakeries, from Easter Bunny Churros to Carrot Cake Macarons, here are 8 Easter desserts to try in NYC right now.

Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery

Magnolia Bakery

Throughout April
Various locations
There’s great news for devotees of Magnolia Bakery’s Classic Banana Pudding: For Easter, the spot is mixing up the iconic dessert’s vanilla pudding with some carrot cake. The Carrot Cake Pudding is filled with freshly grated carrots, coconuts, pineapples, raisins, and walnuts. And if both bananas and carrots aren’t your thing, they’ll be offering their Classic Vanilla Cupcakes in pastel colours with a Cadbury chocolate egg hidden inside.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

Funny Face Bakery

Through Easter Sunday
NoHo and Seaport
Known for their celebrity face and meme-worthy decorated cookies, fans of Funny Face Bakery know that a new fun design is always just around the corner. For Easter, they’ve created the adorable Hoppy Easter decorated cookie that resembles a classic box of marshmallow Peeps. Along with that, they also have the return of their fan-favourite Caramel Pretzel Chip cookie flavour, plus a set of three mini-decorated cookies perfect for gifting.

The Doughnut Project

Friday, April 7 through Easter Sunday
West Village
With the ever-changing flavours at The Doughnut Project, it’s super easy to miss out on trying out a new debut. But this Easter weekend, there will be two new flavours available. One is of course, a carrot cake doughnut topped with a cream cheese glaze, and the other is known as the Doughnut Nest-a French cruller “nest” with a cream-filled doughnut hole “egg” in the centre.

Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour

The Fragile Flour

Wednesday, April 5 through Easter Sunday
East Village
For stellar vegan desserts this holiday, head to The Fragile Flour, a plant-based bakery and dessert wine bar. They’re known for going all out for each holiday with a variety of new pastry options that you can pair perfectly with a glass of wine. This Easter, they’ll have a whole dessert menu that’s both delicious and gorgeous for posting on IG. The menu includes Stuffed Carrot Cake Cookies, a Lemon Cake (whole or by the slice), some festive cupcakes, and specialty macarons.

Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Through mid April
Midtown
For a luxurious take on Easter chocolates, browse the selections available at Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate. You can even pick the Easter Signature Chef’s Selection for a special box curated by award-winning chefs. For something other than chocolate, choose between the Carrot Cake Macarons or the cake flavored Easter Marshmallow Trio, both of which are almost too cute to eat.

La Churreria

Throughout April
Nolita
This churro-centric spot is putting the cutest Easter spin on their crispy cinnamon churros by twisting them up into bunnies and bunny ears. At Churreria, choose from a Bunny Churro Lollipop topped with your choice of chocolate or dulce de leche and sprinkles, or the bunny ear churros in the Ube and Matcha ice cream sundae or the Ube Milkshake, both of which are made with ice cream from il laboratorio del gelato.

Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci

Lafayette

Throughout April
NoHo
You’ve surely seen this croissant tons of times while scrolling through IG or TikTok, whether it’s the Pain au Chocolat one or the latest of the month. Known as Supr√™mes, these filled croissants went viral and continue to live up to the hype each time a new flavour comes out. April’s flavour-sour cherry amaretto with a Luxardo custard and toasted almonds. While you’ll have to be super early and wait in line during one of their three drops of the day to get a taste, we promise you it’ll be worth it.

Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain

Levain

Seasonal
Various locations
We all know the iconic cookies from Levain-they’re gigantic, perfectly crispy and chewy, and well worth the long lines. For spring, the shop is launching a new flavour: Caramel Coconut Chocolate Chip. Filled with gooey caramel chips, fresh shredded coconut, and melty dark chocolate, it’s one you’ve got to try while it’s still around. To further celebrate the new season, all of Levain’s storefronts will be decked out in spring floral displays, serving as the perfect backdrop for pictures.

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Alaina Cintron is an Editorial Assistant at Thrillist. Her work can also be found in Westchester Magazine, Girls’ Life, and Spoon University. When she’s not at her desk typing away, you can find her exploring a local coffee shop or baking a new recipe.

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