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Where to celebrate October Food Holidays in NYC

October is more than just pumpkins and candy.

In addition to National Pasta Month, celebrate kale, noodles, chocolate and plenty of tasty, questionably healthy eats for 31 days this month.

Just save room for candy corn.

October 1: World Vegetarian Day

Skip the meat today! Visit the revamped Dirty
Photo Credit: Dirt Candy

Skip the meat today! Visit the revamped Dirty Candy for veggie-inspired cuisine in all variations, Angelica Kitchen for a classic East Village veggie experience and Chinatown's Vegetarian Dim Sum House for all the meatless dumplings! If you really want to celebrate, make a reservation at Kajitsu for an unforgettable 8-course vegetarian meal ($95).

October 2: World Farm Animals Day

New York City may not be the ideal
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New York City may not be the ideal place for farm animals. but a trip out to Queens County Farm Museum will earn you a meet and greet with cattle, pigs, sheep, hens and more! Remember though, this is a food holiday...

October 4: National Taco Day & National Vodka Day

You think they would have paired the food
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You think they would have paired the food and cocktails better for this one. Nonetheless, fill up on tacos and vodka today! Grab a taco al pastor at Empellón Taqueria, a mushroom taco at Otto's Tacos, a spicy taco at an outpost of Oaxaca Taqueria or head to Queens for a plate of tacos from Tortilleria Nixtamal.

October 6: National Noodle Day

Unofficially the BEST day of the year, celebrate
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Unofficially the BEST day of the year, celebrate noodles for breakfast, lunch and dinner today! Cool off in the autumnal weather with our favorite cold noodles or warm up with our favorite bowls of ramen.

October 7: National Kale Day

Formerly known as National Frappe Day (head to
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Formerly known as National Frappe Day (head to Astoria for a frozen, blended iced coffee!), National Kale Day celebrates the popularity of this green. Try the kale fried rice at Koa to feel a little healthy about your fried indulgence or grab a kale salad, shake or juice pretty much anywhere. Nosh on kale chips at The Bedford or grab a bunch of kale at the farmers' market and bake up some kale chips at home!

October 8: National Pierogi Day

Grab a whole bunch of boiled or fried
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Grab a whole bunch of boiled or fried pierogis at East Village staple, Veselka. Open 24 hours a day, you have no excuse for not stuffing your face with sweet or savory Eastern European dumplings today.

October 9: National Submarine-Hoagy-Hero-Grinder Day

Celebrate today with the broccoli classic or a
Photo Credit: No. 7 Sub

Celebrate today with the broccoli classic or a zucchini parm sandwich (topped with barbecue potato chips!) at No. 7 Sub.

October 11: National Sausage Pizza Day

Sausage and mushroom pizza is pretty much a
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Sausage and mushroom pizza is pretty much a New York staple! In Astoria, stop by Milkflower or Via Vai, which both have excellent Neapolitan pies. For a white pizza, stop by Manhattan's Rossopomodoro for their Salsicciotta topped with sweet sausage, roasted pepper and mozzarella.

October 12: National Gumbo Day

For New York meets down South cooking, visit
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For New York meets down South cooking, visit Gumbo Bros. in October at Madison Square Eats. If you want to dine Cajun-style, stop into Astoria's SugarFreak or Catfish in Bed-Stuy.

October 14: National Dessert Day

Celebrate today somewhere that only serves dessert! Check
Photo Credit: Dominique Ansel Kitchen

Celebrate today somewhere that only serves dessert! Check out Sugar and Plumm for plenty of whimsical sweets, grab a seat at Sweet Revenge for a decadent cupcake and wine pairing or stop in to see the master of desserts at Dominique Ansel Kitchen. Today is also National Chocolate-Covered Insects Day, so plan accordingly.

October 15: National Red Wine Day

It's the perfect season to indulge in a
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It's the perfect season to indulge in a bottle of red! Or two! Heat up your own mulled wine with Robert Mondavi's Harvest Blend or head to Williamsburg's Brooklyn Oenology for their signature Motley Crue bottle.

October 17: National Pasta Day

There's is SO much good pasta in NYC!
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There's is SO much good pasta in NYC! From Eataly to Giovanni Rana to Michael White's restaurant to Andrew Carmellini's pasta emporiums, stuff yourself with pasta today and all month.

October 19: National Seafood Bisque Day

Celebrate this oddly-specific holiday by warming up with
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Celebrate this oddly-specific holiday by warming up with lobster bisque at Ed's Lobster Bar, or grab a cup to go from Hale & Hearty or The Original Soup Man.

October 24: National Food Day

Don't forget the food today! Go to amny.com/eat
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Don't forget the food today! Go to amny.com/eat to inspire your edible desires. Follow our favorite NYC food Instagrammers and be sure to plan your next food event.

October 26: National Pumpkin Day

Get your pumpkin grocery list ready for pumpkin
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Get your pumpkin grocery list ready for pumpkin day. Also, grab a pumpkin from your local bodega and use it to decorate!

October 27: National Potato Day

To best celebrate the (second) day dedicated to
Photo Credit: Potatopia

To best celebrate the (second) day dedicated to potatoes -- the first came August 19 --, head to a restaurant dedicated to them: Potatopia. Design your perfect baked potato at this West Village eatery. New York's newest potato restaurant, Burlap Sack also offers a fun fast casual potato experience with dishes like tater tot nachos and grilled potato medallions topped with steak and sauce.

October 28: National Chocolate Day

Chocolate! Chocolate! Chocolate! Celebrate with New York's original
Photo Credit: Jacques Torres

Chocolate! Chocolate! Chocolate! Celebrate with New York's original Mr. Chocolate, Jacques Torres, or pick up some premium truffles at Francois Payard. Magnolia Bakery recently launched a line of baked-good inspired chocolate bars, why not try them (all) today?

October 29: National Oatmeal Day

You can eat oatmeal for breakfast, lunch, dinner
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You can eat oatmeal for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert at Oatmeals (120 W. 3rd St.), the West Village oatmeal restaurant known for its creative toppings. Think pomegranate, goat cheese, bacon, gingerbread cookie crumbles, sriracha, dried figs and many more.

October 30: National Candy Corn Day

It's the day you've been waiting for! Stock
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It's the day you've been waiting for! Stock up for your pre-Halloween fix at the Lower East Side's Economy Candy -- take as many pounds of sugary delights home with you as you can.

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