There are very few places I enjoy more than New York City in Fall.
As the designers take their final walk inside the tents at Lincoln Center, the city outside prepares itself for the season ahead with a colorful blanketing of fall foliage, the glittering backdrop of holiday window displays and the occasional sprinkle of a light snow.
I day dream about the cozy Fall brunches at places like Freeman's with it's magical little alley way strewn with twinkle lights and welcoming blue door. The feeling the excitement that comes from a new season and and all the possibilities that go with it.
In honor of my nostalgia for Fall in New York, I bring you a guide that I find to be helpful for all seasons in the city but if you must go for just one, I urge you to go for Fall.
1. Socialize outside.
- Union Square Greenmarket: where chefs catch up with farmers, and locals wait in line for farm fresh eggs, produce, meat, and flowers.
- New Amsterdam Market: small-batch artisans showcase baked goods, seafood, ice cream, and wine down by the South Street Seaport.
- Brooklyn Flea: not quite a traditional flea market, but more like a highly curated selection of vintage stalls, collectors, and food stations celebrating Brooklyn's dining and shopping scene.
- Red Hook Ball Fields: A soccer field surrounded by food carts dishing out gargantuan portions of Central American street food.
- Riverside Park: A lavishly planted strip of gardens and promenade (for walking, biking, skating) close to the Hudson River.
- High Line: An old elevated railway on Manhattan's west side is now a strollable walkway soaring high above the streets of Chelsea.
2. Take advantage of the art.
- Museum Mile is located on the east side of Central Park, along Fifth Avenue, from 70th-105th Streets.
- You can get a good dose of grand New York living at The Frick, a former private home and collection.
- Beautiful behemoth The Metropolitan Museum of Art is pay as you wish.
- Neue Galerie is a gorgeous German/Austrian art museum with Cafe Sabarsky, a picturesque Viennese-inspired eatery.
- The Guggenheim is architect Frank Lloyd Wright's torqued museum marvel.
- If you're interested in design history, try the Cooper-Hewitt .
- El Museo del Barrio explores the contemporary visual arts of the Caribbean and Latin America.
- And while the American Museum of Natural History is not technically on Museum Mile, it's just a nice stroll through Central Park. We're particularly excited about Rose Center for Earth and Space.
3. Eat an iconic dish at an iconic restaurant.
- The Oyster Bar pan roast: The Grand Central Oyster Bar
- Pastrami sandwich on rye: Second Avenue Deli, Katz's Delicatessen
- Burger: Peter Luger
- Steak and Baked Alaska: Delmonico's
- Steak frites: Balthazar
- Bagel, schmear, lox: Russ & Daughters, Barney Greengrass
- Pizza slice: there are serious contenders for best old-school slice. Ask a local, or start with Joe's,Spumoni Gardens, or Di Fara
4. See something live.
- BAM, for the unusual, spectacular, and avant garde.
- Lincoln Center, so you can get dressed up and take a picture near the fountain.
- Joyce, to see downtown dancers up close and in action.
- The Public Theater, to get a peek at plays before they hit Broadway.
- Bowery Ballroom, for the best indie rock acts about to blow up.
- Le Poisson Rouge, to hear the best music happening in all corners of the world.
- Smalls Jazz Club, for the quintessential late-night dive.
- HERE Arts, for daring new hybrid performances.
- The Kitchen, to experience the experimental firsthand.
5. Have an incredible meal after midnight.
- Blue Ribbon Brasserie: Sets the standard for late-night white-tablecloth service.
- 'Inoteca: Stellar Italian wine list accessible until 4 a.m.
- The Spotted Pig: Fancy tavern food.
- Momofuku Ssäm Bar: Pork belly at 2 a.m.
- Fatty Crab: Spicy small plates inspired by Malaysian cuisine.
- Sushi Seki: Midnight omakase.
- Kunjip: 24-hour Koreatown.
6. Stay out late.
Underground parties reject the bland club scene and embrace live music, world-class djs, performace artists, empty warehouses, forgotten lofts, outdoor lots, and boat basins. The crowd follows suit. Nonsense NYC is an email list that relays information on hard-to-catch parties and off-beat cultural events. Other Music often sells tickets to some of the under-the-radar music happenings.
- Todd P
- Mister Saturday Night
- Shanghai Mermaid
- The Danger
- Sound Noir
- Wolf + Lamb
List adapted from FATHOM