New York

Where to Celebrate the Return of 'Game of Thrones' in NYC

Helen Sloan/HBO
Helen Sloan/HBO
Helen Sloan/HBO

Enjoy spring while you can, because winter is coming one last time. On April 14, Game of Thrones will usher in its eighth and final season, and we’re not quite sure how to feel. We’ve spent several years of our best sweat, gasps and tears watching in fascination and abject horror as the show proved to us that no one was safe. We’ve seen main characters killed off in droves, witnessed bouts of incest, had to redefine the word “wedding,” and we’re still working through the revelations that made us feel that, like Jon Snow, we know nothing.

What we do know is that New Yorkers are obsessed with this show. Maybe because we can relate to the cut-throat nature of Westeros pretty easily. Like NYC, Game of Thrones exists in a universe where you’ve got to stay on your toes to stay on top — and even then you’re promised nothing. Plus, it’s almost got as much sex and drama as the city itself.

In honor of the beginning of the end, we’ve rounded up the best places in NYC to celebrate, commiserate and prepare yourself for the final season of Game of Thrones. Ah, the things we do for love.

Boozy cosplay shots with a side of shaming at Barcelona Bar

Daily
Hell’s Kitchen
It’s not easy being drunk all the time, but Barcelona Bar’s Winter is Coming shot sure makes getting there a hell of a lot of fun. The fire and ice (cinnamon and mint) concoction comes with props, and if you think the golden crowns and swords are attracting attention, just wait until the Game of Thrones theme song starts blaring over the bar’s sound system and everyone is pointing at you, yelling “Shame!”
Cost: $8 a shot

Fable and Lark’s Crown & Prophet tour

Mondy, April 8; Thursday, April 11 – Sunday, April 14
Upper East Side
Want to feast your eyes on a real weapon made of Valyrian Steel? Fable and Lark lead an unofficial Game of Thrones tour around The Met, searching out the real-life myths, relics, and mangled history that seem to connect our world to Westeros. Maybe skip this one if you’re still haunted by Viserys’ gruesome death in season one.  
Cost: $47.50

Library Bar
Library Bar
Library Bar

Hudson Hotel: Trivia and themed cocktails

Monday, April 8
Midtown
Sip from poison-free cups and flaunt your knowledge at the Hudson Hotel’s Library Bar. Themed cocktails like the Beyond the Wall (Cocchi Americano, mezcal, grapefruit, lime juice, honey, club soda) nod to some of your biggest questions and favorite characters, and five pretty intense rounds of trivia covering all seven seasons will weed out heirs to the Iron Throne from those who have always just been bastards.
Cost: Free to play; cocktails hover around $16 each

Game of Thrones tour at the Rubin

Friday, April 12
Chelsea
Turns out the Rubin Museum’s Faith and Empire: Art and Politics in Tibetan Buddhism exhibit has its own hidden (and not so hidden) links to Game of Thrones. This official tour dives deep to examine how the show’s storylines and characters intersect with art, politics and religion.  
Cost: Included in $19 museum admission

Courtesy of Museum Hack
Courtesy of Museum Hack
Courtesy of Museum Hack

Museum Hack’s Winter Might Be Coming tour

Saturday, April 13
Upper East Side
If you’ve ever wanted to run loose in a museum like a Stark with his head cut off, now’s your chance. Museum Hack’s (unofficial) take on The Met will unearth hilarious and horrifying pieces said to have inspired George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones. You’ll escape a trial by combat, but come armed with your wits and well-stretched calves anyway.
Cost: $59 per person

Rave of Thrones at Schimanski nightclub

Saturday, April 13
Williamsburg
What better way to celebrate the return of Game of Thrones than by partying with Hodor himself? As luck would have it, actor Kristian Nairn has been reincarnated as a house DJ, and his Evolution Tour just happens to be hitting Brooklyn the night before the season 8 premiere. Dance all night and get home with just 16-and-a-half hours left until the main event. Hold the door, we’re on our way!
Cost: $30

Courtesy of Painting with a Twist
Courtesy of Painting with a Twist
Courtesy of Painting with a Twist

GoT inspo at Painting With a Twist

Sunday, April 14
Forest Hills
Looking for a creative way to kill some time before the premiere on Sunday? Throw on your best Game of Thrones gear and head to Queens for a Westeros inspired painting class. Commit your house to canvas while you play a few easy rounds of trivia and sneak a few photo ops with character cutouts. And, as a Lannister always pays his debts, be sure to bring extra cash for the bar!
Cost: $45 for the class; beer and wine available for purchase

Viewing parties with staple snacks at the Arlo

Sunday, April 14
SoHo and NoMad
As if free popcorn and candy weren’t enough of a draw for a viewing party, the Arlo SoHo and Arlo NoMad have created a selection of craft cocktails that riff off of the show’s fire and ice themes. These lobby screenings don’t require an RSVP, but we advise getting there early for a good seat (preferably one closest to an Iron Throne).
Cost: Free to view; drinks available for purchase

Allan Warren
Allan Warren
Allan Warren

‘Lannister’s Lair’ at Refinery Hotel

Sunday, April 14 and Sundays through the end of the season
Midtown
If it’s got to end, Refinery Hotel wants you to celebrate in spendy style. The “Lannister’s Lair” suite has fur throws, dragon eggs, and access to HBO and HBO GO for all your viewing needs. Lucky Lannisters can veg out, tune in, and order up Thrones-themed room service while gulping wine from goblets every Sunday until the season’s end.
Cost: $619 for the room at publication time; standard inflated room service prices

Costume contest at Professor Thom’s

Sunday, April 14
East Village
No matter your house, you’ll find your tribe at Professor Thom’s. This pub is known for its competitive costume contests, and this season’s start is no exception. All action stops once the show starts, so don’t even think about uttering a word until the credits roll.
Cost: $20 advance ticket includes one drink and lets you skip the lineSign up here for our daily NYC email and be the first to get all the food/drink/fun New York has to offer.

Katherine Alex Beaven is a Thrillist contributor.

New York

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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