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
Enjoy a night out in Hell's Kitchen at Mediterranean restaurant Ousia right on the water, followed by craft beer at As Is.
Sip on a latte at specialty coffee shop Bird & Branch, then switch things up at 701West for an upscale dining experience.
Embrace summer in Williamsburg at the rooftop bar Summerly, then enjoy a homemade Italian meal at Oregano.
Explore Hudson Yard’s Spanish food scene before heading over to a craft cocktail bar for a fun date night in West Chelsea.
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Take a romantic walk through the New York Chinese Scholar's Garden before heading for a bite to eat at a nearby Mediterranean restaurant.
View a NYC emerging artist, YangTzu Chaung’s exhibit, “Lilith,” at By Name, then grab some wood-fired pizza and classic Italian food at Vic’s in NoHo.
Share some seriously well-done Neopolitan pies at MidiCi, then follow it up with creative cocktails at the chill bar, The Exley.
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Learn a lil’ somethin tonight with dinner at Merakia followed by drinks at Library of Distilled Spirits in the Flatiron District.
Sign up for a night of magic with the Wizard’s Brunch and Dinner before heading over to Bowlmor for an elevated bowling experience.
Enjoy delicious, deep Korean dishes at hotspot Chingunae Pocha, then jam it out at Music Box Karaoke in Flushing, Queens.
Sit down for a casual-romantic Italian dinner at Coppola's, then try some craft beer at the dimly-lit Ted's Corner Tavern in Kips Bay.
Have the night of your lives starting with a pre-show dinner at Momofuko Nishi before catching the actual show The Night Of Your Lives at Magnet Theater.
Grab a vibe-y, all-American pre-show dinner before a juicy, interactive off-Broadway show about online dating by OkCupid.
Get some classic Italian at a classic NYC spot on the Lower East Side, then check out Justin Theroux’s new dive bar.
Learn how to mix your own cocktails at Liquor Lab and then visit Pegu Club for a nightcap, one of the pioneering craft cocktail bars in NYC.
Pick up a set of fancy handmade chocolates at ROYCE', then enjoy a night of the best seafood and steak at The Sea Fire Grill.
Unwind after a long day with a little animal therapy at a cat cafe, then sit down at a local, organic rotisserie in Brooklyn Heights.
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
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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