Hands down, my favorite time of year in New York is Fall, which officially begins on Monday. There is always so much to see and do, nature shows off its vivid theatrics, and everyone dresses for the occasion and seems to be in a good mood. (Contrary to what you might believe if you don’t live in New York, New Yorkers are, in general, a pretty happy bunch). Really, it doesn’t get any better. It’s also a time I like to revisit my favorite New York classics. What’s on my list?
- Drinks at the Art Deco Bemelman’s Bar in the Carlyle Hotel after an afternoon wondering Central Park and perhaps a stop at the Met or the Neue Galerie.
- Or, wandering around the West Village and stopping for my new favorite cocktail, a Sbagliato, at Bar Pisellino, a perfect spot for some serious people watching.
- My favorite restaurants also tend to be classics and I am looking forward to pasta at Il Buco and the perfect steak au poivre (with frites) at Raoul’s in Soho.
- Weekends, it’s either a hike upstate, a picnic at Storm King or a return to my favorite Richard Serra sculptures at Dia: Beacon. The town of Beacon has grown a lot recently and is full of new restaurants and shops to explore.
- And, always, New York apples and my husband’s simple, delicious apple pie, which beyond the crust, consists of four ingredients: apples butter, brown sugar, lemon.
Happy almost Fall!
top image, clockwise from top left: NY apples, Storm King, Il Buco, Bemelman’s Bar