Just being in NYC in the fall is an experience in itself—for a few brief months, we all channel Meg Ryan in You’ve Got Mail and breathe in the crisp air filled with the smell of leaves and pretend we’re in the middle of a love story for the ages (maybe we are). It’s true that NYC is one of the most sought out places to experience the best that fall offers, from delightfully spooky Halloween events and festivals to gorgeous leaf-peeping opportunities and some of the best festivals.
Autumn in NYC is tough to match!”
- Be a shutterbug at Photoville
- Gawk at the Dior exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum
- Get lit at the Illumination Light Art Festival
- See incredible art at the Armory Show
- Attend the Feast of San Gennaro
- Return to Refinery29’s 29Rooms
- Laugh it up at the New York Comedy Festival
- Go to Brooklyn Made’s opening
- Celebrate Halloween
- Ascend Summit One Vanderbilt
- Marvel at this realistic Sistine Chapel exhibit
- Get a glow up at Lightscape
- Geek out at New York Comic Con
- Head to these great spots for leaf-peeping
- Watch the Tony Awards
- Bump and grind with the New York Burlesque Festival
- Dig into apple cider donuts from NYC’s farmers market
- Roam the grounds at the New York Botanical Garden
- Go apple picking just outside the city
- Get lit at Flame, a pyrotechnic pop-up restaurant
- Go kayaking (for free) until October
- Check out these brand-new restaurants
- See this year’s Costume Institute show
- Watch a film at 2021’s New York Film Festival
- Take in an immersive Bill Cunningham exhibit
- Go see Sun & Sea at BAM
- Get rustic at the Queens County Farm Museum
- Hit up a museum for free on Museum Day
- See a Disney-themed art exhibition
- See the NYC Marathon in person once again!
So many things to see and do, places to eat and drink in NYC.
How to find them? Here are 6 of my fave NYC suggestions:
If you are looking for some of the best info on food and drink, restaurants and eating in New York City, then you want to head to New York magazine’s Grub Street.
Right now you want to check out: The Return of Restaurants
“Make up for lost meals. No takeout, no pasta kits, just 66 of the best new (or newly relevant) places to eat.”
Edited by Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld, Photographs by Dina Litovsky
Here are 3 more of my faves:
Surrender to Carbs in Soho
Coco Pazzeria / 307 Spring St.
You see traces of far-west Spring Street’s past at the still-swinging Ear Inn and symbols of its future in the luxury apartment towers that have sprouted along Renwick and Greenwich Streets. Coco Pazzeria, with its raw bar and sparkling-wine list (liquor license pending), is the perfect pizzeria for this newly ritzy part of town, if the steady flow of neighbors stopping in for takeout orders is any indication. But thanks to the reputation of owner Pino Luongo and the presence of homegrown pizzaiolo Ciro Verdi, who can be seen slinging thin-crust pies and his trademark focaccia robiola at his oven in back, the restaurant also attracts couples on dates, travelers from other Zip Codes arriving on fancy folding bikes, and young families taking full advantage of the BYO policy (a must when your dining companions are an infant, a toddler, and a juvenile-delinquent tween). The menu extends to pastas and salads, but dough is the thing, fried into mini-calzones or formed into loaves for sandwiches, including a recent lobster-roll special. —R.P. & R.R.
Eat Greek Off the Beaten Path
Eléa / 217 W. 85th St.
This airy greek restaurant opened in 2018 on a rather unfavorable Upper West Side side street, facing a soon-to-be construction site, at a remove from the buzzier stretches of Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues. But when COVID hit, Eléa was one of the first places in the neighborhood to build a beautiful, greenery-draped outdoor seating area, complete with inviting flowers, twinkly lights, and copious heat lamps. The kitchen didn’t miss a beat, turning out zesty shareable small plates like fried-zucchini “chips” and sesame-crusted feta. Now, Eléa has blossomed into a local go-to for date nights and other special occasions — the kinds of dining excursions that feel more celebratory than ever. —Ellie Krupnick
Slurp Some Pho in a Brooklyn Backyard
Bolero / 177 Bedford Ave., Williamsburg
This Vietnamese restaurant smack in the middle of prime Bedford Avenue opened just before the pandemic and managed to soldier on throughout thanks to its backyard — small and slightly suburban-feeling with its wooden fence and strings of tiny lights. Pots of herbs grown on the restaurant’s farm in Pennsylvania line that yard; sometimes a cook will wander out and clip a fragrant betel leaf or a sprig of rice-paddy herb. It’s the ideal setting to enjoy chef Matt Le-Khac’s neo-traditional Vietnamese dishes, such as an unusual pho topped with coarsely ground beef and a vegetarian bun bo Hue chay made with mushrooms as opposed to the customary pig’s blood. —R.C.S.
Also see Eater New York’s interactive map that highlights
these 66 restaurants that deserve your attention.