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
Join one-of-a-kind performance, Unsilent Night—a holiday sound tour through Greenwich Village. After, head to speakeasy Angel's Share for a nightcap.
Start the night at new Chinatown restaurant BRIGITTE before heading to drinks at Forgtmenot.
Escape the winter cold over homey seafood favorites at sand-strewn Tiki restaurant Surf Bar, then have the perfect Caribbean cocktail at chic and tropical bar Clyde’s.
Wind down over some of the best comfort food around at local burger joint Dirty Pierre’s, then keep the casual vibes going over craft beers and great American whiskeys at local bar Station House.
Explore your inner artists with Artsclub's Rothko Painting Party, and then have a night cap at Bushwick staple, The Narrows.
Experience Handel's Gospel Messiah in the classic Washington Heights style, and then indulge in the industry's best craft beers at Bar 180.
Fine dine at old-world Italian restaurant Lusardi’s, then fine wine at Bar Felice, where urban creativity goes Tuscan for a variety of high-end bottles and wine-infused cocktails.
Treat your tastebuds to authentic South-Asian street food at The MasalaWala, then checkout the decidedly anti-holiday pop-up "Helliday Inn" at The Skinny.
Dine alone (but also together) over noodles at Ichiran in Koreatown, then enjoy some stylishly-dressed craft drinks at The Vine.
Start the night at the new, fashion-centric restaurant and lounge Nittis followed by drinks at the city’s highest rooftop lounge, Sky Room.
Start off your night in one of East Harlem's newer restaurants, Tapas Taco Mix, and then indulge in some quality craft beer at The Rochard.
Keep off the cold and indulge in some hearty, aromatic, modern Italian eats at Nino’s 46, then do the sweet side of winter under snow shows, warm fur, and delicious holiday cocktails at Haven Ski Chalet at Haven Rooftop.
Start the night at the newly opened cocktail bar and restaurant Valerie by Bryant Park, followed by a nightcap and hookah at Iron Bar & Lounge.
Do the holidays in New York justice by seeing It's A Wonderful Life at the IFC Center, then cuddling up over Belgian drafts at Vol de Nuit.
Go crazy for an all-you-can-eat Korean buffet at IchiUmi followed by artistically-crafted desserts from Besfren in Koreatown.
Start date night with a guided meditation from idk & Serene Spaces at 38 Parlor, then follow that up with dinner and drinks at the Cuban-Chinese Calle Dao.
Start date night with some delicious ramen in a hip spot in Morningside Heights, then head down the block for drinks at the quirky Toast Uptown.
Spice things up over dinner at The Gumbo Bros in Cobble Hill, then get your craft drink on at the relaxing two8two Bar & Burger.
Get the evening started over Mediterranean cuisine at Shoo Shoo in Nolita, then sweeten things up at the Milk & Cream Cereal Bar for dessert.
Eating and drinking at the bar of a NYC restaurant is a date night classic. We've rounded up our favorite spots to eat and drink up at the bar.
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