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!
If you’re looking for the best things to do in NYC this week, or even for today, there are tons of fun options. Go ice skating at Bryant Park’s Winter Village, head out to the Pop-Up Magazine Fall Issue or see Bottom of the Ocean, which our Theater Editor Adam Feldman recommends.”
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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:
Best new restaurants in 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:
Meet in Midtown for Hunanese
Blue Willow / 40 W. 56th St.
When this terrific Hunan restaurant opened last year just down the street from Trump Tower, the owners had trouble attracting customers because security arrangements limited access to the block. But true fans of Hunan cuisine — which can be just as spicy as Sichuan, with a broader array of sharp flavors — have a way of sniffing out talent and overcoming obstacles in their path, and Blue Willow gradually became a word-of-mouth hit, especially among Chinese Americans. Now, with the barriers gone, the restaurant draws diners looking for dishes like house-smoked Hunan bacon (thick swatches of pork belly stir-fried with cloves of garlic) and “snow red greens” (minced mustard greens riddled with pickled red chiles). —R.C.S.
Share Thai Disco Fries at a New-Wave Diner
Thai Diner / 186 Mott St.
It’s clear while sitting at Thai Diner’s packed outdoor setup on Mott and Kenmare that Nolita, a reliably bustling corner of the city that felt eerily quiet throughout the past year, is very much alive these days. At this, Ann Redding and Matt Danzer’s latest spot, they’re serving Uncle Boons (RIP) favorites, such as khao soi and crab fried rice, alongside cheeseburgers, fried-chicken sandwiches, and Thai disco fries smothered in curry sauce, which we recommend pairing with a notably strong martini while ogling the ecstatic-to-finally-be-out-and-about passersby. —R.P.S.
Gorge on Russian Spa Food
Matryoshka at Wall Street Bath & Spa 88 / 88 Fulton St.
The Russian bathhouse isn’t just about cleansing; it’s about restoring and nourishing, which is why the indoor-dining ban hit the banya so hard. You were permitted to sweat it out on Fulton Street, but you couldn’t seek rejuvenation through hot borscht and cold beer. Now, after a few rounds in a sauna set to a screaming 220 degrees, you can once again bring your body back to life in a cafeteria with other dripping-wet patrons wearing very few clothes. Consider filling up on slippery Siberian pelmeni drenched in butter, fried potatoes slicked with enough garlic to qualify as a medicinal supplement, and Georgian lamb soup that will scorch your tongue for days, which means it’s precisely the right temperature.—R.P.S.
Also see Eater New York’s interactive map that highlights
these 66 restaurants that deserve your attention.