Fall is my absolute favorite season in New York City. I adore fall fashion! The knits, the boots, the coats, its all so chic while comfortable. The gorgeous seasonal foliage is undeniable in New York City. Everywhere you walk fall is in the air, in the people, in the decor, and in the food! New York is known for many iconic reasons and its food is definitely one of them. So what would be better than restaurant hopping in NYC during this most beautiful season? I’ve gathered a list of all my personal favorite restaurants that I love year round but more specifically this fabulous time of year.
Frenchette is one of the hardest restaurants to get into in NYC but oh so worth the wait. Book ahead! The food is a unique twist on classic brasserie French fare like no other. The duck, blood sausage, bone marrow are a few items being served like you’ve never seen them before. Now this is a bit of a splurge, considerably more expensive than the others on this list, but definitely worth it for a very special occasion.
Gramercy Tavern has been around for 25+ years and is truly considered a New York institution. A large dining room always at capacity (2 dining rooms to be exact), American fare, a bar always shaking up martini’s, seasonal decor, this restaurant oozes New York City! I don’t know a local who hasn’t been and who doesn’t continue to go back!
When I think of my favorite places to brunch around the city, Bubby’s is the first to come to mind. Bubby’s hands down has the very best sourdough pancakes I’ve ever had. Their rustic decor and welcoming smiles makes this definitely a must for a cozy fall brunch. Its a great destination for a ladies brunch or brunch as a family!
Regularly seen as one of Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte’s favorite places to meet for lunch, Friend Of A Farmer is a New York classic. Every table gets a freshly backed corn bread with a homemade apple cinnamon compote. Bloody Mary’s always served with a sprig of rosemary. The floral wallpaper and decor makes you easily feel like you’ve escaped the city to a quaint upstate town. Friend Of A Farmer is the farm to table fare you need on a chilly cozy day.
Pastis officially reopened its doors this year and visiting its new meatpacking location is definitely a fall must. Originally opening 20 years ago, Pastis quickly became a beloved New York staple. And now after 4 years closed, I know I speak for many New Yorkers when I say how excited and happy I am about its reopening. I have genuinely been craving their croque monsieur and steak frites for the last 4 years, and I may solely be eating these two meals for months to come. Hehe. But in all seriousness make reservations soon as crowds will be rushing over with high anticipation for its overdue reopening at its gorgeous new location.
Leroy House is one of my absolute favorites in NYC. Ive even hosted events in the dining space I love it so much. On the ground floor of a classic West Village townhouse, with its dark wood & maroon interiors it all comes together for a perfect fall evening.
Escape the fall chill and head to southern California right in the heart of Manhattan. Malibu Farm is an amazing destination for seasonal produce and local fare. And the instant escape doesn’t just stop at the menu, the decor is truly like a vacation within itself. I know I’ll be spending many meals here day dreaming of the California coast.
Whats more cozy than a real working fire place? Well Tiny’s has one and it definitely gives the extra fall touch during this season and the holidays. A small 3 story restaurant in the heart of TriBeCa this is a must for any out of town visitor or local. I also highly recommend their cozy event space for all your holiday event needs.
This is Siella and I’s go to for our mommy and me dates. It is also a restaurant we often bring guests during the holidays. The menu truly has something for everyone! The wine list is so diverse, and I have yet to find such good food at such a reasonable price. Terra also has gorgeous sister restaurants with the exact same menu. So it doesn’t matter if you live uptown or downtown you never have to trek far. Their Hells Kitchen location is the smallest but might be the absolute cutest! and their West Village location is in the prettiest little pocket of the city. If you’re a local to NYC, these restaurants are a must!
Cacio e pepe is my kids absolute favorite Italian dish. They all go wild for it and definitely had tons during our recent trip to Italy. Via Carota hands down makes the best cacio e pepe in NYC, also helps that its chef recently won a James beard award. With gorgeous hardwood floors, rustic tuscan decor, a perfected wine list, and a classic but unique twist on Italian fare this is a cozy fall New York staple!