Do you smell it in the air? Fall is coming, and there are many things to rejoice over: the stunning foliage, moderate climate and (perhaps best of all) cozy meals. So, if you’re a fan of cinnamon, apples, soups and squash, then fall is prime eating time for you.
Where’s the best place to indulge? New York City is a fantastic contender, offering the some of the world’s best restaurants, event space, hospitality, sightseeing, activities and attractions. Plan a meeting or event in the Big Apple and enjoy the very best of these quintessential autumn dishes.
Apple Pie at The Blue Stove (415 Graham Ave., Brooklyn)
We're in peak apple pie season, and as Thanksgiving rapidly approaches, we've compiled our list of the absolute best versions you can find in New York City. This is tops: @thebluestove's traditional apple, from a recipe that's a family heirloom and feels authentically rustic, tried, and true. Click the link in our bio for even more recommendations for the best apple pies you can serve up this Thanksgiving. #grubstreet 📷: @melissa_hom
The rustic bakery specializes in old-fashioned pies and cakes. Don’t let appearances fool you there. The Blue Stove is an understated Brooklyn spot, but it’s baking up some of the city’s most heavenly desserts. The bakery’s all-American apple pie is a family heirloom recipe.
Once you experience the warm crust crumbling in your mouth, there’s no going back.
Pumpkin Spice Latte at 12 Corners (79 E. 10th St.)
The pumpkin spice latte may be the most basic beverage, but no one can resist its sweet allure. So which coffee shop has mastered the caffeine-loaded and sugar-full drink? The coffee shop 12 Corners, which is praised for its innovative latte designs and prime caffeine drinks. Side note: It’s Yelp’s No. 1 coffee shop in New York City.
Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese at Cheese Grille (188 Allen St.)
One could easily argue that tomato soup and grilled cheese is the ultimate food duo. It certainly is during the fall season. Cheese Grille is a vibrant cafe, and offers affordable meal options in a sea of pricey restaurants. The main savory grilled cheeses include classic cheddar, three-cheese (cheddar, asiago and gruyere) and garden melt (asiago, roasted red pepper, arugula and olive tapenade). Overall, there are 10 cheesy sandwich choices to pair with the house-made, spicy tomato soup.
Cinnamon Roll at The Cinnamon Snail (The Pennsy Food Hall, 2 Pennsylvania Plaza)
The vegan restaurant/food truck continues putting patrons under The Cinnamon Snail’s swirly, icy spell. The unrivaled doughnut packs in gooey cinnamon goodness among the folds of its flakey, glazed bun.
Polenta at Scarpetta (355 W. 14th St.)
Could anything be more comforting than a creamy bowl of polenta? Scarpetta excels at hand-making such Italian staples. The signature polenta, which is served with a fricassee of truffle mushrooms, continues to awe customers traveling from far and wide.
Candy Apple at William’s Candy Shop (1318 Surf Ave., Brooklyn)
This modest gem specializes in throwback carnival treats, offering everything from decadent fudge squares to color-wheel lollipops. William’s Candy Shop keeps classic candy apples in stock, too. These also come in some Instagrammable toppings, such as rainbow sprinkles, nuts and coconut flakes.
Duck Confit at Balthazar (80 Spring St.)
Approaching its second decade in business, Balthazar is a romantic French brasserie—and a definite New York City staple. Although there are several irresistible options, the restaurant’s juicy duck stands out. The scrumptious dish is served alongside roasted leeks, butterball potatoes and spring mushrooms.