Autumn in New York . . . the lyrics to the classic song ask, "Why does it seem so inviting?" One answer is that favorite taste treats are yours to enjoy here at almost any hour of the day or night.
Harvest time is among the best seasons to savor all that New York City offers, and connoisseurs know it: you'll find delectable food, exciting craft beers and spirits, and delicious wine from New York State and all over the world.
In New York City, you can take a culinary trot around the globe without really leaving home - every day if you like - or focus your escapist tendencies on the annual foodie adventure at the breathtaking Angel Orensanz Foundation. Colorful street festivals - the Feast of San Gennaro and Atlantic Antic are two of the biggest - feature food and drink as prominent centerpieces. Cider Week festivities celebrate hard ciders and New York State apple crops; in Staten Island, you can make your own wine; and NYC's well-stocked greenmarkets overflow with regional and gourmet delights.
In the city that always eats and drinks, you'll discover neighborhood favorites, too. Roam to your appetite's delight from Queens beer gardens and a famous beer hall in Little Italy, to the Bronx's best Bangladeshi food, the best burgers, hand-carved pastrami and, of course, pizza.
Culinary students, award-winning chefs, Food Network favorites, and others will wine and dine you until you simply must push away from the table. But wait, there's dessert . . . oh, just a small slice. It's the season of gratitude, and your palate will thank you, profusely.
The Atlantic Antic (September)
Atlantic Avenue from Hicks Street to Fourth Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
The street festival to end all street festivals - with food from around the world!
Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden
29-19 24th Avenue (between 29th & 31st Streets)
Astoria, NY 11102
Cold beer and Czech food; family restaurant & oldest beer garden in NYC
Bronx Beer Hall
The Arthur Avenue Retail Market
2344 Arthur Avenue
Bronx, NY 10458
Original craft ‘cold ones' and curated menu; bustling with Little Italy charm
Cider Week (November)
Tastings, pairings and dinners with hard cider revivalists
57-24 Roosevelt Avenue (at 57th St)
Woodside, NY 11377
Time Out magazine's #1 Best Burger Choice and more in a family-centered Irish pub
650 Forest Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10310
Local Staten Island favorite for best burgers, cross-cut and sweet potato fries
Every Thing Goes Book Café & Neighborhood Stage
208 Bay Street
Staten Island, NY 10301
Great bookworm hangout with a café menu, organic espresso and chocolate
Feast of San Gennaro (September)
New York, NY 10013
Famous 11-day Italian feast in Little Italy celebrating faith, food and redemption
New York City Wine & Food Festival (October)
4 days of fun with food personalities, demos, dinners & late night revelry
International Culinary Center
New York, NY 10013
Unforgettable student-served prix-fixe food & wine at top-rated Soho restaurant, L'Ecole
205 East Houston Street
New York, NY 10002
Incomparable hand-carved pastrami & corned beef; oldest NYC deli established in 1888
32 Spring Street
New York, NY 10012
Coveted coal-fired oven pizza; America's First Pizzeria; rated "Best of New York"
256-05 Hillside Avenue
Floral Park, NY 11004
Bollywood fact-filled fast food & takeout joint; pure vegetarian; some of NYC's best Indian food, in Queens
2109 Starling Avenue
Bronx, NY 10462
Authentic, crowded; genial atmosphere for lovers of the best Bangladeshi food
261 Moore Street (at Bogart Street)
Brooklyn, NY 11206
Rave reviews, local garden grown, unpretentious fabulous food
187 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Everything Middle Eastern; one of the city's best markets for cheeses, olives, nuts, spices, grains and more . . . must experience!
Staten Island Winery
106 Wakefield Avenue, #A
Staten Island, NY 10314
Everything you need to make your own fine wine; fun and friendly; no experience necessary
Union Square Greenmarket
Union Square Park
East 17th Street (at Broadway)
New York, NY 10003
Farm-to-chefs & consumers, year-round; the city's flagship for all things edible