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5 NYC restaurants with a history of haunting...

How about a little fright with your food? A centuries-old city, New York is crawling with spirits, and some of them even haunt restaurants. Here are five restaurants that ghosts have an insatiable appetite for occupying.

One If By Land, Two If By Sea
The West Village is a neighborhood prowling with scenesters and supermodels. It’s also lurking with ghosts—at least at One If By Land, Two If By Sea, a restaurant set in a carriage house once owned by Aaron Burr. The spirit in question is said to occasionally steal tips, flick the light on and off, and gently nudge patrons. Some say the ghost is Burr himself.

Fraunces Tavern
In the 1790s, this restaurant and bar was the site of a grisly murder: A man stabbed his cheating wife to death, and then turned the knife on himself. There have been reports of all kinds of unexplained occurrences here over the years: the sounds of mysterious footsteps, laughter coming from inside the walls, and empty glasses of water regularly falling from a particular table in the main dining. Eerier still, a waitress once saw a man go upstairs to the private Nichols Room. She followed him to tell him it was off limits, but when she reached the room, there was no one there—and the stairs she took up were the only way in or out.

Waverly Inn
He wears a top hat and is dressed like he just arrived from the early 20th century—such is the resident ghost at the Waverly Inn. Housed in a building from 1830, this spot has been home to everything from a tavern to a bordello to a teahouse to its current incarnation, a scene-y but homey upscale restaurant in the West Village. Fittingly, the ghost is said to be more mischievous than menacing.

White Horse Tavern
One of the oldest drinking spots in the city—it was established in 1880—the White Horse Tavern on Hudson and West 11th Streets is most notable as the place where poet Dylan Thomas spent his final night alive, imbibing up to 17 shots of whiskey. No one is sure who the ghost is that haunts the tavern, but bartenders have said they sometimes find an empty shot or pint glass inexplicably sitting at Thomas’ erstwhile favorite table. When asked, the bartender seemed very suspicious and said, “I haven’t seen one. Nope. Not me,” and then walked away.

The Ear Inn
Once frequented by sailors, this ancient Tribeca spot is home to the spirit Mickey the Sailor who, as the story goes, has a proclivity for occasionally goosing female patrons of the restaurant and bar. Some regulars have even claimed their that pint glasses have suddenly, mysteriously emptied—or perhaps that’s what we call a “black out.” According to the manager, Noah, there was a ghostly appearance as recently as September 2014. “One of our waitresses was sleeping in a room upstairs—it used to be an inn—with she woke up to find her fiancé out of bed, staring at the corner. When she asked what was happening, he said, ‘I’m just saying hello to the strange man standing in the corner.’”

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