“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:
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.