By: Jordan Scott
Fall in New York is an exceptional time to be alive. It’s especially exceptional when you’re in love with someone. Because fall in New York is, without a doubt, the most romantic place in the entire universe. The slight bite in the air, holidays around the corner, the most flattering fashion—we’re all pretty much on our A-Game from now until December.
Below, we’ve rounded up the best activities and happenings for you and your person to take part in this autumn. Get to frolicking.
The Best Fall Activities in NYC
The New York Coffee Festival
Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street
We love coffee all year long, but there’s something special about coffee in the fall (and we’re not just talking about you, pumpkin spice). This three-day festival boasts a fancy brew bar, live latte art, giveaways, a coffee master competition, coffee cocktails, live music and even a “sensory maze” containing a series of unique experiences to test your senses to the max.
The New York Comedy Festival
Multiple Comedy Venues
Monday, November 5th—Sunday, November 11th
Seven days, 200+ comedians, 100+ shows and plenty of opportunities for you to see your absolute favorite comics IRL. We’re talking Bill Burr, Conan O’Brien, David Cross, Jen Kirkman, Jonathan Van Ness & Antoni Porowski from Queer Eye, Your Love, Our Musical and so many more. See the full event lineup here.
Archtober is a month-long festival of architecture activities, programs, and exhibitions held throughout October. Follow along on the website to see the “building of the day”. Make it a point to go visit with your love when one strikes your interest.
See Our Curated Dates This Week
Start the night right at lowkey-fancy Lex Restaurant, then head over to the 92y for an awe-inspiring array of dance performances choreographed by a modern dance master.
Laugh and learn at the Adult Sex Ed comedy show at Caveat on the Lower East Side and then throw back some drinks at the iconic Parkside Lounge.
Let your curiosity lead you down the rabbit hole at "a softer tea party" in Soho, followed by a late-night slice at Prince Street Pizza.
Boogie down in Sunset Park for Lola Star’s Dreamland Roller Disco, and then head to the 24/7 Sunset Park Diner & Donuts for some American classics.
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Expand your tastes with Aussie comedy at Fair Dinkum Comedy, then enjoy cocktails in shark shaped vessels at post-modern Polynesian spot, Mother of Pearl.
Date night's in Williamsburg—bask in all things Tarantino at KillBar and end the night with Vietnamese dishes at the laidback Bia.
Get your head in the game with a lively New York Knicks game and enjoy inventive Southern drinks and plates at American Whiskey.
Wine and dine at glamorous new Al Valentino inspired Italian eatery Il Divo, then top off your lavish night with classic drinks and a fine cigar at Lexington Bar and Drinks.
For an evening of fresh takes, start your evening at newly-opened omakase spot, Takeshi, followed by a free comedy show at Canal Street Market in SoHo.
Start tonight at Café Katja, which offers an upscale take on Austrian comfort food, then grab a fork and stick it in pie homemade by Petee’s Pie Company on the Lower East Side.
Fulfill your Chinese food craving without compromising on ingredients or ambiance at King’s County Imperial, then grab a gorgeous cocktail at airy, casually-sophisticated, Silver Light Tavern.
It’s a night filled with amore in the East Village starting with dinner at Violet, and a digestif with a cocktail at the Italian bitters bar, Amor y Amargo.
Share smiles and satisfaction over grilled Greek tapas at cheery, delightful restaurant Karvouna Mezze, then taste Gelato perfection at Polosud.
In the mood to get debaucherous, wild and a little freaky? Check out these NSFW spots in NYC—perfect for those nights you and your S.O. need to spice it up.
Spread good vibes and sweat for a good cause at the IronStrength fundraiser class at Mile High Run Club, then enjoy a healthy salad from sweetgreen.
Visit Port-Au-Prince via Le Soleil in Hell’s Kitchen, then sing and dance along with award-winning electro-soul sensation James Blake at Terminal 5.
Start with a sushi show (a 12-course omakase tasting in a speakeasy setting) at Sushi by Bou, then indulge in hot, sugary churros and coffee at Coffeed.
Drink in the loveliness of the Orchid Show before rewarding your nature walk with a hearty meal at Webster Cafe & Diner.
It's date night in Crown Heights — laugh off the week at Nothing Important and then snack on Carribean dishes at Milk River Restaurant.
The Velvet Underground Experience
October 10th—December 30th
Revisit New York City in the early 1960s to explore how this iconic American rock band influenced our world. The exhibit contains six films, 350+ photos, 1,000+ objects and a unique series of experiences from concerts, lectures, pop-ups and more. Learn more and grab tickets here!
Harry Potter: A History of Magic
New York Historical Society
October 5th—January 27th
Journey to where magic and myth began! Harry Potter: A History of Magic will exhibit rare books, manuscripts, and magical objects from the collections of the British Library and New-York Historical Society—with original material from Harry Potter publisher Scholastic and J.K. Rowling’s own archives. Expect medieval descriptions of dragons, explanations as to the origins of the sorcerer’s stone, and so much more.
Cider Week NYC
Originally launched in 2010, Cider Week is all about cultivating an appreciation for New York’s orchard-based cider by showcasing its diversity, food-friendliness, and excellent quality. You had us at Cider Week. Learn more and see the participating locations here.
A History of Couple-hood at Albertine
972 5th Avenue
Wednesday, October 24th
A conversation with Éric Smadja and Rubén Gallo, this event will dive into the psychological and sociological characteristics of couples, and explore the connection between modern-day couples and contemporary societies.
Brooklyn Botanic Gardens
990 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn
Not only is this place overflowing with your nature needs, there are tons of cool events to stay aware of, like herbs for winter immunity, fall foliage tours and more. We have our eye on October 14th for “The Botanical World of Harry Potter Tour Series: Magical Plants and their Muggle Cousins“.
Brooklyn Grange Rooftop
63 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn
The world’s largest green-roof farm. #Goals. If any of the below sound cool to you and yours, we recommend grabbing tickets quickly, as this is a pretty coveted fall destination. Find the full event listings here.
Fort Tryon Park
Riverside Drive To Broadway, West 192 Street To Dyckman Street, Manhattan
New York City Wine & Food Festival
Get Cozy in a NYC Bookshop
Ghosts of New York Tour
Expect a full-fledged Halloween in New York guide coming to you soon, but for now, we recommend booking a ghosty tour with your love. Get freaked out, walk around the city clutching each other, and learn something all in one evening. Tours include the Edgar Allen Poe Spook tour, the Ghosts of Grand Central, the Ghostbusters Tour and more.
Queens County Farm Museum
73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park, New York