New York City: Autumn

Fri, Mar 29, 2019

New York City: Autumn

“Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.”

New York City in the fall. Period. This is a sentence that says a million things even though it is, in fact…a fragment. Because there is no place like NYC in autumn, it is perfection. It’s like Paris in the spring time, and Greece in the middle of summer. It sounds like crunching leaves under your boots, and feels like the coziest scarf across your cheek…it tastes like a warm cup of coffee held with both hands, and it smells like a new book. It feels like shopping for school supplies and your mom baking you a pumpkin pie. If you only ever visit New York City once in your life, this is it.

Eventually, I hope to write about all four seasons in New York. Nate and I always say that every coming season brings what feels like a brand new city. There are so many different things to do, see, and eat with each passing month. And in the fall, the stars of the city are the city parks, coffee shops, bakeries, and bookshops! I’ll list my favorite places to go in autumn, where to eat, along with tips on traveling in the city during this time : )

When To Visit

Most people think that peak fall foliage in NY is in the middle of October, like most other northeastern cities. But New York’s trees change color later than the rest of the east coast. And while the weather and foliage will be beautiful anytime after mid October…the ideal weeks to see fall foliage are the last week of October and the first two weeks in November. The very brightest colors always come the first week in November…which is when the New York City marathon takes place. I would not suggest staying in the city that weekend unless you’re running in it or love watching marathons. Marathon weekend is wonderful but also really expensive, crowded, and chaotic. So I would suggest visiting the last week in October or the second week in November, after the marathon.

Where To Stay

If you’re on a budget…

If you’re feeling fancy…

Things To Do

Eats & Treats

Coffee: Cafe Grumpy, Stumptown (W 8th)

Bakery: Levain Bakery, Chip, Dominique Ansel Bakery

Breakfast: Buvette, Black Seed Bagel

Brunch: Maman (Tribeca, Soho, Greenpoint), Jack’s Wife Freda, Fairfax, Rabbithole

Lunch: Prince St. Pizza, Le Botaniste, Ruby’s Cafe

Pre-dinner drinks: The Boathouse Outdoor Bar, Vin Sur Vingt (W 84th)

Dinner: Dante, Bar Sardine, Emily (Downing St.)

After-dinner drinks: Dear Irving (Gramercy), Little Branch

Dessert: Cafe Lalo, Blue Stripes Cacao Shop

*These are my favorite places to eat for this specific season, not necessarily my absolute favorite NYC places overall (I’ll do a list like that soon!). And I highly suggest making reservations at any place you plan to go from this list, the waits can be hours long!

Central Park, view from the path near Bow Bridge
Central Park, view from the path near Bow Bridge
Central Park near The Loeb Boathouse
Central Park near The Loeb Boathouse
Central Park, on Glade Arch
Central Park, on Glade Arch
Central Park
Central Park
Central Park near Balto Statue
Central Park near Balto Statue
Central Park, The Pond
Central Park, The Pond
Central Park, near The Mall
Central Park, near The Mall
Central Park, Christopher Columbus Statue
Central Park, Christopher Columbus Statue
Central Park, Bow Bridge
Central Park, Bow Bridge
Brownstone on W 69th St.
Brownstone on W 69th St.
Theodore Roosevelt Park
Theodore Roosevelt Park
Theodore Roosevelt Park
Theodore Roosevelt Park
Brownstone on W 69th St.
Brownstone on W 69th St.
Upper West Side, near W 80th St.
Upper West Side, near W 80th St.
Central Park
Central Park
Central Park
Central Park
Central Park, near the MET
Central Park, near the MET
Central Park, near The Great Lawn
Central Park, near The Great Lawn
Central Park, near The MET
Central Park, near The MET
Central Park, near The MET
Central Park, near The MET
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: )
Central Park, Cedar Hill
Central Park, Cedar Hill
Central Park, on Glade Arch
Central Park, on Glade Arch
Central Park, Glade Arch
Central Park, Glade Arch
Central Park, view looking down from Glade Arch
Central Park, view looking down from Glade Arch
Central Park, Bathesda Fountain
Central Park, Bathesda Fountain
Central Park, The Lake
Central Park, The Lake
Central Park, The Lake
Central Park, The Lake
Central Park, The Lake
Central Park, The Lake
Central Park, The Lake
Central Park, The Lake
Central Park, The Mall
Central Park, The Mall
Central Park, The Mall
Central Park, The Mall
Central Park
Central Park
Central Park
Central Park
Central Park, The Mall
Central Park, The Mall
Central Park, The Mall
Central Park, The Mall
Central Park, view from above Wollman Rink
Central Park, view from above Wollman Rink
Central Park, Hallett Nature Sanctuary
Central Park, Hallett Nature Sanctuary
Central Park
Central Park
Central Park, near The Pond
Central Park, near The Pond
Central Park, near The Pond
Central Park, near The Pond
Central Park, The Pond
Central Park, The Pond
Central Park, The Pond
Central Park, The Pond
Central Park, near The Pond
Central Park, near The Pond
Central Park, near Cop Cot
Central Park, near Cop Cot
Central Park, near the Pond
Central Park, near the Pond
Central Park
Central Park
Central Park, The Pond
Central Park, The Pond
Central Park, near the Pond
Central Park, near the Pond
Central Park
Central Park
Riverside Park, view of New Jersey
Riverside Park, view of New Jersey
Central Park
Central Park
Me running in Riverside Park, Hudson River Greenway
Me running in Riverside Park, Hudson River Greenway
Riverside Park, near W 100th St.
Riverside Park, near W 100th St.
Riverside Park, near W 100th St.
Riverside Park, near W 100th St.
Riverside Park, near W 100th St.
Riverside Park, near W 100th St.
Central Park, The Mall
Central Park, The Mall
Central Park, getting churro's near The Mall
Central Park, getting churro's near The Mall
Central Park, The Mall
Central Park, The Mall
Central Park, The Mall
Central Park, The Mall
Central Park, The Boathouse Outdoor Bar
Central Park, The Boathouse Outdoor Bar
Central Park
Central Park
Central Park, The Lake
Central Park, The Lake
Central Park, view of The San Remo
Central Park, view of The San Remo
Central Park, row boating on The Lake
Central Park, row boating on The Lake
View from "The Boathouse Outdoor Bar"
View from "The Boathouse Outdoor Bar"
Central Park, view of The Loeb Boathouse
Central Park, view of The Loeb Boathouse
Central Park, Nate rowing us around The Lake
Central Park, Nate rowing us around The Lake
Central Park, row-boating in The Lake
Central Park, row-boating in The Lake
Central Park, row-boating in The Lake
Central Park, row-boating in The Lake
Central Park, view of Bathesda Fountain from our boat
Central Park, view of Bathesda Fountain from our boat
Central Park, view of the San Remo from the boat
Central Park, view of the San Remo from the boat
Central Park, row-boating on The Lake
Central Park, row-boating on The Lake
Central Park, Bow Bridge
Central Park, Bow Bridge
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: )
Central Park, row-boating on The Lake
Central Park, row-boating on The Lake
Central Park, Bow Bridge
Central Park, Bow Bridge
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: )
Central Park, row-boating
Central Park, row-boating
Central Park, Bathesda Fountain
Central Park, Bathesda Fountain
Central Park, Bathesda Fountain
Central Park, Bathesda Fountain
Central Park, Daniel Webster Monument
Central Park, Daniel Webster Monument
Central Park, Bethesda Fountain
Central Park, Bethesda Fountain
Central Park, The Mall
Central Park, The Mall