Fans of the hit HBO show Game of Thrones don’t have long until season four starts on April 6, but for those who can’t wait, why not get a dose of Westeros right in NYC? Maybe you always dreamed of being a knight like Jaime, feasting like Robert, or exploring a castle like Arya. Well, with these seven GOT-themed adventures, you can get into character, though granted, with far less bloodshed and debauchery.
1. Roam a Castle: Hands down, the best place to make believe you are wandering the halls of Joffery’s castle in King’s Landing can be found at the Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park in Inwood. This marvelous construction was built from four medieval cloisters and opened to the public in 1938. Today it houses beautiful artifacts from the era including the famous unicorn tapestries, the Annunciation Triptych from the Netherlands, ancient stained glass and magnificent gardens mimicking those written about in medieval poetry and horticultural documents.
2. Game of Thrones Themed Feast: You don’t need to be marrying the king to eat like one at Louro. On Monday, April 7, chef David Santos will be serving a six-course feast featuring dishes inspired by characters on the show. For example, Santos takes King Joffrey’s love of the crossbow and skewers some hamachi and radishes, making them bloody with fiery piri piri vinaigrette. For Daenerys Targaryen, he will serve a truffle-laced “dragon egg,” and for Jaime Lannister, beef two ways, a dish that showcases the character’s transformation. As a bonus, they are offering an Ommegang beer pairing featuring the latest GOT beer in their series, Fire and Blood red ale, which released on March 31. Dinner is $75, with the addition of $45 for the beer pairing, or, as with all of Santos’ Monday dinner series, you can BYOB.
3. Live the Life: Don’t worry, you don’t have to cross the Narrow Sea for a dash of knights and court lifestyle, just the Hudson River to get to Medieval Times (149 Polito Ave., 866-543-9637, medievaltimes.com) in Lyndhurst, N.J. Cheesy as it is, there’s still a touch of charm to this giant mock castle, and where else save for summer Renaissance fairs do you get to see live jousting, sword fighting and mace swinging. Feast on roasted chicken and spare ribs while downing cups of mead … well, OK, not mead, but there is a full bar, which can only make your time at court more festive. The kingdom can be yours for just $61.95 per person.
4. Drink Like the Hound: So maybe the Hound doesn’t technically frequent dark and dingy watering holes, but if he did, The Slaughtered Lamb Pub (182 W. Fourth St., 212-627-5262, slaughteredlambpub.com) in the West Village would be the perfect place for him. After all, the bar has a dungeon room with darts and plenty of pints to go around. If games aren’t your thing, sit by the fire in the Werewolf Lounge, or go the more civilized route and order a plate of specialty wings. There are more than a dozen options including one lovingly dubbed Wings From Hell, which is exactly what we imagine is served in the bowls at King’s Landing.
5. Shop For a Suit of Armor: A shiny suit of amour is one item H&M doesn’t carry, but you can do plenty of window shopping at the Arms and Armor display in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1000 Fifth Ave., 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org). Take a gander at an 18th century gorget and helmets dating back to the 17th century. Though you can’t take any of these beauties home, if you are looking to buy your own weapon, check out the swords at Beautiful Blades (403 E 58th St., 646-265-0970, beautifulblades.com) in Midtown East.
6. Learn to Sword Fight: This one is a given, but where can you clash metal in the city? At Sword Class NYC, naturally. Located in the Ripley Gier Studios (520 8th Ave., 646-580-9532, swordclassnyc.com), this school teaches eastern and western sword fighting side-by-side in an effort to showcase how each form functions. If Jaime Lannister had done this, maybe he wouldn’t have so much trouble switching sword hands. One-hour classes start at $30, and you can check the online schedule for details on each one.
7. Watch the Show: Of course, another great way to get into the groove is by catching the show with fellow GOT fans. To do this, head to Videology (308 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, 718-782-3468, videology.info) in Williamsburg where you can grab a handful of popcorn and draft beer and watch the 12 episodes for free. For Manhattanites, hit up Professor Thom’s (219 2nd Ave., 212-260-9480, professorthoms.com) in the East Village where they open the doors to fans at 7pm each Sunday, offer happy hour prices, themed cocktails, and free Jell-O shots if anyone on the show dies. Plus, if you come in costume, your first drink is free.