“November is here, and there are so many fun new things to do!
With the holidays just around the corner and fall in full swing, the city is bustling with things to do: from cozy winter-themed outdoor dining, to outdoor art installations, to peak fall foliage (in the beginning of the month), to the holiday markets about to open up shop.”
Here are 6 of my Favorites:
Hop on your bikes, mouthbreathers! The mysterious world of Hawkins is coming to life this winter. Netflix is revealing its first official Stranger Things pop-up store ever—and it just so happens to be in NYC! A limited-time interactive experience inspired by the cult TV sensation is waiting to be discovered; and who better to explore it than you? Opening Nov. 6, you can reserve your visit now here.
The weather is getting cool, but with outdoor dining open all year round in NYC, you can expect the coziest set-ups from restaurants across the city! Check out these 25 heated outdoor dining spots in NYC for staying cozy in even November’s chilliest temps. Here are some of our favorite spots:
- Boucherie, West Village & Midtown
- Dr. Clark, Chinatown
- Loreley Beer Garden, Lower East Side
- Olmsted, Prospect Heights
- Fine & Rare, Murray Hill
After undergoing a major downsize last year due to COVID-19, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is back and better than ever this year. For its 95th anniversary, Macy’s announced it will welcome back public viewing along its parade route (for which specific details will be announced later this month), with its signature mix of giant character helium balloons, fantastic floats, marching bands, performance groups, celebrities, clowns and of course, Santa Claus. Also check out:
Fever’s popular Candlelight concerts are hosting tons of events this fall and winter, ranging from more modern songs on strings to traditional classical compositions — all surrounded by twinkling candlelight in NYC’s most beautiful spaces from historic churches to romantic restaurants. Check them out here:
- Candlelight: Rock Classics on Strings at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church
- Candlelight: From Bach To The Beatles at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church
- Candlelight: Favorite Anime Themes at The Bell House
- Candlelight: A Tribute to Queen and More at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church
- Candlelight: Celebrating the 90s From Britney Spears to Metallica at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church
See exclusive work by one of the most famous & enigmatic street artists of today at this new, one-of-a-kind Banksy exhibit in NYC! Visitors will be able to explore videos, sculptures, photos, limited edition screen prints, and over 80 original works from the artist. The mind-blowing exhibition also offers an interactive VR experience that brings Banksy’s work to life from a convincingly real street view all across the world. Get tickets today!
Fill up your calendar and check out our top 55 things to do in NYC this November HERE:
So many great things to see and do, places to eat and drink in NYC.
How to find them? Here are 6 more of my fave NYC suggestions:
“Yes, it’s basic — but fall truly is the best season of all!
There’s nothing like feeling a crisp fall breeze, while cuddled in a cozy sweater and sipping on a pumpkin spice beverage to warm even a cold New Yorker’s heart.
Just like we did for summer, we’re rounding up the must-dos of the season — from the obvious (yes, pumpkin and apple picking) to the more unique (weekend away in a medieval castle, anyone?).
Without further do, here’s our ultimate fall bucket list for in & around NYC!”
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:
Eat All Your Chinese Vegetables
Fat Choy / 250 Broome St.
It’s one thing to offer a $335 meat-free menu for the one percent (see Eleven Madison Park 2.0). It’s another to charge $10 and under for veggie-centric Chinese food for everyone: the curious carnivores, the certified vegans, and the dedicated superfans like Deborah from the Upper West Side, who loves the food and the vibe so much she literally hiked down the West Side Highway from 88th Street to Broome and Orchard one recent Saturday afternoon just to tuck in to paper-boatloads of chewy rice rolls topped with gai lan and juicy bok choy showered with crispy fried garlic. We know she did this because Fat Choy is the kind of place where diners who have navigated the scrum of Lower East Side streeteries — bars, vegan-cupcake shops, more bars — start conversations with strangers to recommend dishes, offer bites, and generally share communal moments of vibrantly flavored, inventively conceived culinary bliss. —Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld
Sip a Sazerac in a Secret Garden
Villanelle / 15 E. 12th St.
This elegant Greenwich Village establishment has flown so far under the radar that many regulars (ourselves included) were afraid it would close forever when disaster struck. Miraculously, unlike with the still-shuttered Gotham Bar & Grill across the street, the opposite has happened. Owner Catherine Manning fitted the space out back with tables and little enclosed “garden rooms” that have become a hit during the outdoor-dining craze. The Sazeracs we enjoyed on a recent summery evening were exceptional, and you can also addle yourself with $9 cocktails during the new happy hour. The talented young chef Tyler Heckman (Ferris, Le Turtle) took over the kitchen last fall, and he’s slowly added the kind of variety and style to the aggressively seasonal menu (braised spring lamb on our visit, white-asparagus velouté, gnocchi with escargot) that threatens to turn this sleepy local favorite into a proper big-city dining destination. —Adam Platt
Sample the Latest Fusion Cuisine on New York’s Original Open Street
The Migrant Kitchen / 45 Stone St.
Long before 2020 brought alfresco eating to every corner of our city, Stone Street was a pedestrian paradise, and it still is, a cobblestoned car-free wonderland for outdoor pints, pizza, and mozzarella sticks. The Migrant Kitchen, which opened last fall, brings Middle Eastern–Latin fusion to this Fidi pub-grub zone. Owner Nasser Jaber, who operates out of the Dubliner bar’s kitchen, sends out sumac-butter-slicked fried-chicken-and-falafel waffles, mariquitas (fried plantain chips) nachos, and pastelon mahshi, a Dominican-style maduros-and-beef riff on the traditional Palestinian stuffed gourd. And since many office workers are still Zooming in from home, Stone Street feels distinctly chiller and less suits-y these days. —Ryan P. Sutton
Also see Eater New York’s interactive map that highlights
these 66 restaurants that deserve your attention.