Thanksgiving feasts, fall foliage in the parks, and some incredible parties, November is an exciting time to be visiting New York!
As the gap between Halloween and Christmas lends itself to other traditions and events, we've put together our suggestions of what to do in New York for the remainder of fall.
Where to party...
Bursting with various music scenes both born in New York, or inspired and evolving with music brethren abroad, there’s something for everyone in the city that never sleeps.
The block party scene of the 70’s gave us hip-hop, and pumping nights we recommend include the weekly House Party on Thursdays, where ladies enter for free, and anyone with a flat-top hairdo doesn’t have to pay cover charge either!
Promising a “classic NYC dance party” with hip-hop along with R&B, soul, house and funk, More Than Enough awaits you at Le Poisson Rouge with free entry before midnight.
Adventure People at Botanica also features hip-hop along with new wave, rock and electronica, and those in the mood for the classics should check out Rok One in Brooklyn.
New York has also been a thriving location for Jazz, Rock, Blues and also gave birth to the term of Salsa, we dare you to type in any of those genres into Time Out New York and not stress out over how many fun events there is to attend!
What to see and do...
Once your dancing shoes have been worn out, it’s time to get your walking shoes on as New York can be a playground of sights and smiles in photos. Away from the concrete jungle, New York is home to some breathtaking parks with the autumn season covering the locations in beautiful blankets of red, orange and yellow.
The world famous Central Park is 843 acres of leisure created in the 1860s and 70s to be the ultimate escape for New Yorkers. With tons of recommended sites to see, try to visit on a weekday afternoon and don’t forget to bring your camera.
Take a picture by the Bethesda Fountain, try some inline skating, visit Central Park Zoo, walk to one of the highest points such as Belvedere Castle, visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art, take your kids to one of the themed playgrounds, hire a bike, or simply walk through one of the many entrances and see where you end up!
New York is home to some pretty exciting shopping spots too including thrift stores, high-end decadence and shops selling all kinds of surprises. Lonely Planet's top pick Black Gold sells records, coffee, taxidermy and antiques, and the travel site also recommends Strand Book Store as a wonderland for those keen readers.
Century 21 is the ultimate location for fashionistas who love a deal, and is where designer racks promise finds of up to 70% off. If you can afford to spend big there is of course Barneys and Tiffany’s, and if you want to experience the approaching Christmas excitement in full spirit, get down to Miracle on 34th Street at Macy’s.
Speaking of Macy’s, if you find yourself in New York around the 27th November make sure you check out the annual tradition of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade!
The second oldest Thanksgiving parade in USA, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has grown into a hugely popular event since its beginnings in 1924, having been nationally televised since 1952, and mentioned in media outlets around the world.
Imagine huge balloons, colourful floats, broadway productions in front of the store, famous musicians, performers and personalities amongst the parade entertainment.
If you can’t make it to the main event there is also the Annual Post-Thanksgiving Multi Ethnic Eating Tour. This tour includes a history and food experience of the culturally diverse Lower East Side, stopping at tons of shops and markets on the way.
What To Eat
Whilst we are on subject of food, if you don’t get the chance to enjoy a lovingly home-cooked meal for Thanksgiving, there are tons of amazing places to eat, so much so we put together a quick introductory list:
- Rubirosa Ristorante - home to a 53 year old thin-crust pizza recipe
- Melt Shop - repotedly one of the best places to grab comfort food like grilled cheese
- Le Barnadin - Michelin-starred selections of seafood
- Club A Steakhouse - The place to go with a big appetite
- Yuba - an easily missed sushi surprise
- Levain Bakery - a great spot for your sweet tooth
- RedFarm - a chinese delight
- Faicco’s Pork Story - amazing take-home Italian
- Bareburger - home to a grand selection of gourmet burgers from beef to ostrich
- Eillen’s Special Cheesecake - described as cake heaven
- Beyond Sushi - described as one of best places to get vegan food in New York
- Shake Stack - an insitution full of American classics but be prepared to queue
- Smorgasburg - a outdoor food market happening every weekend from May to end of November, with over 100 food and drink vendors
- Hill Country - bursting with fatty delights, leave your guilt at the door
- Peaches Hothouse - described as an “urban country cafe”
So there you have it! Need some excitement between now and the end of year? It's up to you! New York! New Yooooooork!