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Where to get pumpkin dishes and drinks in NYC

'Tis the season for pumpkin.

From breakfast (pumpkin and cranberry yogurt, anyone?) to dessert, the seedy seasonal staple is inspiring chefs across the city -- and we're not just talking about pumpkin spice lattes.

"Pumpkin, fresh or canned, is one of the most accessible flavors come fall, and one of the easiest to work with when looking for a seasonal knockout," said Milk Bar Chef Christina Tosi.

So carve out some time for these dishes and drinks before fall is through.

Pumpkin and cranberry yogurt

Start your morning with pumpkin custard, specially made
Photo Credit: Chobani SoHo

Start your morning with pumpkin custard, specially made in-house with real pumpkin at Chobani SoHo. The cup is packed with fall flavor, including spiced maple syrup, ginger snap crumbles, dried cranberries and toasted pecans. This yogurt dish doesn't have to be just for breakfast, either -- the shop is open until the evening, should you prefer an afternoon snack or dessert. $4.75/half, $5.95/full; 152 Prince St., 646-998-3800, Chobanisoho.com

Mexican pumpkin soup

La Palapa Chef Barbara Sibley spices this hot
Photo Credit: La Palapa

La Palapa Chef Barbara Sibley spices this hot soup with serrano chile, cinnamon and onion, sweetens it with brown sugar and a base of Mexican cream and tops it with toasted almonds for several layers of flavor. The appetizer, which is offered on the brunch menu, calls for 2 pounds of pumpkin per batch, which the restaurant specially ships from Mexico every fall. $8; 77 St. Mark's Place, 212-777-2537, Lapalapa.com

Pumpkin gnudi

Photo Credit: Torino

"Gnudi" means naked in Italian, and this dinner dish at Torino is like ravioli without the pasta -- just the creamy filling. Made of ricotta, pumpkin, eggs and flour, to help keep it together, it is glazed with brown butter sage, served on Parmesan cheese fondue and topped with crispy pearl onions. Find it on the dinner menu in about a week. $20; 1700 Broadway, 212-757-2233, Torinoitalian.com

Coffee-braised and glazed pork belly with Cinderella pumpkin

The four ounces of pork belly braised with
Photo Credit: Strip House Midtown

The four ounces of pork belly braised with Sumatran coffee may be the focus of this Strip House Midtown dinner dish, but the bed of soft, tender pumpkin tossed in nutmeg, pink peppercorn and EVOO is also a star. The seasonal dinner offering is available from Oct. 20-31 from 5-7 p.m., and sells out fast, so plan accordingly. $19; 15 W. 44th St., 212-336-5454, Striphouse.com

Squash vindaloo

In this dinner side at Thistle Hill Tavern,
Photo Credit: Thistle Hill Tavern

In this dinner side at Thistle Hill Tavern, local heirloom squash, which includes pumpkin depending on what's available at the market, is roasted with paprika, cayenne, clove and ginger before tossed in a spicy curry sauce comprised of palm vinegar and tomato sauce. A cool ranch raita, or yogurt sauce, helps offset the heat. $10; 441 Seventh Ave., Park Slope, 347-599-1262, Thistlehillbrooklyn.com

Pato con higos

You don't need a passport to eat an
Photo Credit: Cuba

You don't need a passport to eat an authentic Cuban meal -- especially one featuring pumpkin. For the month of October only, Cuba is offering duck leg confit with sautéed kale and a pumpkin puree, all topped with a pumpkin flower manchego cheese cigar. Find the towering dish on the dinner menu. $23; 222 Thompson St., 212-420-7878, Cubanyc.com

Maple pumpkin whoopie pies

This sweet treat gives traditional pumpkin pie a
Photo Credit: Grape & Vine

This sweet treat gives traditional pumpkin pie a run for its money. Starting tomorrow, you can order Grape & Vine's seasonal whoopie pie, whose cookie top and bottom are comprised of pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutmeg and ground clove, among other ingredients, while the filling is a mix of cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and butter. $10; 52 W. 13th St., 212-300-4525, Grapeandvinenyc.com

Peeping Pumpkin cocktail

Pumpkin doesn't just have to be served on
Photo Credit: La Bodega 47 Social Club

Pumpkin doesn't just have to be served on a plate. One of La Bodega 47 Social Club newest cocktails will feature house-made pumpkin spice syrup, cardamom bitters, chai-infused rum, Sailor Jerry spiced rum and Clement Creole Shrubb orange liqueur. Find it on the menu starting at the end of this month until the beginning of December. $12; 161 Lenox Ave., 212-280-4700, Labodega47.com

Pumpkin Spice Shake

Whether just post-workout or coming in off the
Photo Credit: Barry's Bootcamp

Whether just post-workout or coming in off the street, visitors to Barry's Bootcamp locations can enjoy this seasonal shake, which is like pumpkin pie in smoothie form. The Fuel Bar specialty features pure pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice, as well as frozen sliced banana, peanut butter and unsweetened vanilla almond milk. This being offered at a gym, it's packed with protein (28 grams), and has no added sugar. Get it until the end of October at all NYC locations. $8; multiple locations, Barrysbootcamp.com

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