bde’s guide to fall in NYC: Part 2

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We’ve put together our recommendations for eating, drinking, & shopping your way through the city this season.

What to do & where to go when you

 …want to eat & drink all day.

Mid October is prime for the New York food scene. Check out the New York Coffee Festival October 13th-15th and the New York City Wine & Food Festival from October 12th-15th. Pickle-lovers should check out Lower East Side Pickle Day on October 15th. Pop Up New York also hosts food fairs throughout the month of October into early November.

Local cider makers and shops, restaurants and bars around the city celebrate Cider Week October 20th-29th (we recommend participating restaurants Murray’s Cheese Bar and High Street On Hudson). Brooklyn Cider House, a farm cidery with an on-site restaurant, bar, and tasting room is poised to open this fall. Wine connoisseurs: sample from a selection of 175+ wines at The Brooklyn Crush Wine & Artisan Food Festival on November 11th.


Coffee selection

 …want to celebrate Oktoberfest.

Swing by Loreley Restaurant & Beer Garden in the Lower East Side for the German-inspired menu & beers on tap – the restaurant hosts a sausage festival the weekend of October 14th and an Oktoberfest party on October 21st. Enjoy a pop-up beer hall under the Manhattan bridge on October 6th-7th, or swing by Tavern On The Green until October 15th for Oktoberfest specials, gourds and sausages. We found this list for more bratwurst & beer-filled events.

…want to find a new go-to spot.

Bites: The team behind The Smile opened Old Rose in the Jane Hotel for a new Italian fare option in the West Village, while two former Keith McNally chefs (with experience opening Balthazar and Minetta Tavern) are launching Frenchette this fall. The just-opened Made Hotel has Ferris, a restaurant headed by former Le Turtle chef Greg Proechel, as well as Good Behavior, the hotel’s rooftop space. Not new, but still noteworthy: Eleven Madison Park is set to reopen in October after months of renovations.

Drinks: The all day wine bar Fairfax recently opened, from restaurateur Gabriel Stulman (Fedora, Jeffrey’s Grocery). NYC’s largest all-season rooftop bar, the Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge,  will bring a carousel and a mini golf course atop The Marriott’s soon-to-open Moxy Hotel in Times Square. Downtown, The Lost Lady adds a nautical-themed bar to Alphabet City.


Autumn happy hour

…want to get in the Halloween spirit.

Don’t miss the The Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade on October 21st, the Central Park Pumpkin Flotilla on the 29th and the Village Halloween Parade on October 31st.

Atlas Obscura & Green-Wood Cemetery present Into The Veil, an exploratory experience with live performances, readings and more. Embrace the supernatural with a candlelight ghost tour (private tours available) at the Merchant’s House Museum or a visit to the notorious Blood Manor Haunted House.

The Center for Architecture hosts the second annual Pumpkitecture! competition, in which 20 NYC-based firms partake in a live-carving contest. Head beyond Manhattan to the New York Botanical Garden’s Giant Pumpkin Weekend, spend the evening on Governor’s Island for the Night of 1,000 Jack O’Lanterns, or make a day trip to Sleepy Hollow for the Jack O Lantern Blaze.

We also recommend wandering the Upper East Side & the West Village to see the city’s apartment buildings & brownstones decked out with spooky additions.

grove court

Grove Court in the West Village

…want to shop ’til you drop.

French brand Sézane recently opened its first US Flagship store in Nolita – enjoy the Parisian ambience while browsing the selection. MILLY’s new downtown pop up (open through December) will feature a series of experiential programming, including in-store art, music and tech events.We’re also looking forward to the New York opening of Milan go-to 10 Corso Como.

Shop at the new Away location on Bond St, or score vintage finds October 14th-15th at A Current Affair, a pop up in Industry City with over 60 vintage retailers. Chelsea Market fans: explore the new, food-themed expansion into the cellar, a space dubbed “Chelsea Local.” 

…want to embrace your creative side.

Brooklyn Brainery has a range of unique workshops, including watercolor painting and soap making. Murray’s Cheese Bar offers Wine & Cheese 101, or learn the art of pie making at Brooklyn Grange Farm. The Arlo SoHo hotel hosts Chalk Lettering 101 (after the class, check out the hotel’s Good Story rooftop or stay for dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, Harold’s Meat + Three).


Watercolor inspiration

want the quintessential fall experience.

Go to Queens County Farm Museum for apple and pumpkin picking and the corn maze. Central Park is the classic fall foliage spot, but try the Brooklyn Botanic Garden or Wave Hill (fall foliage walks on select dates) for a new perspective. The High Line has “Celebrate Autumn On The High Line” tours every Tuesday in October, while Prospect Park features special tours on select dates in October to celebrate its 150th anniversary.

Fall getaways: we recommend a day trip to the Storm King Art Center (David Smith’s The White Sculptures is on view through November 12th), coupled with a visit to the area breweries, Hudson Valley Brewery and Newburgh Brewing Company. A North Fork wine tour is another great option. For a full-weekend excursion, we recommend Scribner’s Catskill Lodge for mountain views in the heart of the Catskills.

A few last fall essentials: The NYC Marathon on November 5th and the Macy’s Day Parade on Thanksgiving Day.

fall foliage

Fall foliage inspiration

Let us know what you’re up to this fall at @bdebytes and #bdeguide!

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