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Friday, November 1
Indulge in world renowned gourmet chocolate in a French-style café. Enjoy baked-on-site French pastries, freshly brewed specialty coffees and an assortment of chocolate bonbons and bars with a fair-trade focus. Counter service with a small, stylish seating area.
A small cute bakery with muffins, cakes, cookies, cupcakes and more tasty treats, all of which happen to be gluten free.
Feast on authentic Greek pastries both sweet (backlava, kataifi, walnut cake) and savory (spinach pies & a variety of cheese pies) plus soups, salads, sandwiches, house-made Greek yogurt and more at this friendly bakery/cafe.
Enjoy scones in rotating flavors as magical as the decor, sandwiches, salads and treats with optional fairy wings and glitter at a whimsical tea house inspired by Alice in Wonderland. Choose from hundreds of teas served in charming mismatching pots and cups. Fairy wings and glitter avaialble. Gets crowded on weekends and reservations only available for groups 6+, call ahead or go early to beat the crowds (or take the scones to go for a Central Park picnic).
Enjoy scones as magical as the decor, sandwiches, salads and treats with optional fairy wings and glitter at a whimsical tea house inspired by Alice in Wonderland. Choose from hundreds of teas served in charming mismatching pots and cups. Gets crowded on weekends and reservations only available for groups 6+, call ahead or go early to beat the crowds (or take the scones to go for a Central Park picnic).
Choose from salads, sandwiches, amazing healthy artisanal bread and not-so-healthy pastries at the new UWS outpost of the 100+-year-old Orwashers Bakery with counter service and seating.
Choose from an array of premium Asai shaved ice desserts with snow flake toppings based on all 100% natural ingredients such as red beans, berries, and an assortment of fruits
The extensive cheesecake-heavy dessert menu and charming Belle Époque decor lure locals to this cash-only tourist favorite. Dine on salads, sandwiches, pastries and all-day waffles, quiches and omelets or choose from exquisite desserts including 20+ cheesecake flavors, dozens of pies tarts and cakes (including 10 gluten-free options) and jumbo cookies a al a mode. So Parisian and pretty it was in a Meg Ryan/Tom Hanks romantic comedy.
Escape to Ladurée's pastel Parisian wonderland, where the only stress is choosing among the 25+ colorful flavors, from salted caramel to strawberry marshmallow - plus chocolate covered macarons, gelato and more sweet treats. Or sit down in the magical garden for casual yet sophisticated French fare including salads, sandwiches and croissants.
This whimsical, family-owned restaurant features a legendary 900-item menu with dozens of wacky (and delicious) pancakes varieties filled with s'mores or mac n'cheese. Small seating area; expect waits on weekends (but lots to explore in the indoor Essex Market while you wait).
After a year-long project to restore and repair the historic Belvedere, visitors can once again appreciate sweeping views of the Park from its terraces and Castle. The whimsical structure, designed by Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted in 1869 provides the highest and best views of the Park and the adjacent cityscape - plus has bathrooms, water fountains, some informational displays plus medieval-esque staircases and doorways for playing princess/knight.
Explore new commissions from 16 artists produced on-site that engage the Socrates Sculpture Park’s unique history, landscape, and surrounding community. Projects range from a soundscape conflating the sounds of animals and man-made objects to a monument to the invasive Ailanthus plant. Approaches vary among collaborative investigations of authorship and visibility, the re-contextualization of domestic motifs, and the examination of biological material, among many others. Ranging from fantastical to anecdotal to pedagogical, this year’s artists use a variety of narrative strategies.…
Candy lovers go bonkers at a whimsical Willy Wonka factory with an oversized lollipop tree, candy cane columns, dripping chocolate shelves, kaleidoscopic candy wallpaper and candy-embedded staircases - it even has a candy-themed soundtrack. Shop over 7,000 confections, including Dylan's Candy Bar (private label) products, a large assortment of rare American nostalgic favorites, novelty items, imported specialty sweets and candy-inspired lifestyle product from stationery to technology, toys to plush, jewelry to handbags, scented body lotions to sweaters. Seated dining avaialble…
Wild-west decor charms cowboys and cowgirls of all ages at this friendly, casual sit-down West Village establishment. Texas-friendly grub with local fresh ingredients (except for the fritos on the fritos pie) includes an extensive, reasonable ($7-$8) kids menu.
Get a classic NY slice to go at this Greenwich Village institution (established in 1975 ), still owned and operated by 75-year-old Neapolitan native Joe Pozzuoli.
Indulge in Venezuelan fried yumminess (and passion fruit sangria) at the casual Arepas Cafe, small and friendly with wooden tables, string lights on the windows, flags and masks adorning the walls, and soccer playing on the tv by the bar. We recommend the tasting platter.
Feast on a changing roster of inventive noodles, steamed breads, soft serve, and daily dishes from a midtown outpost of David Chang's creative LES Asian fusion cult favorite. Friendly staff and flavorful food. Get a quick bite (and watch the cooking action) at the kitchen counter or sit at tables lunch and dinner in the dining room.
Get some of city's best cookies - signature half pound size treats can be covered in frostings with sprinkles, halved and filled with two scoops of gelato for an amazing ice cream sandwich, or stacked 3x high to make a unique little cookie cake. No on-site seating available.
Nosh on tacos, margaritas, and more in a laid-back, lively setting overlooking the East River at this counter service taco stand owned by Danny Meyer/Union Square Hospitality Group. Winter menu and space heaters keep it going all year long.
This cultish and tiny eatery is hidden behind a curtain in a hotel lobby. Limited menu - just tasty burgers, fries, beer & brownies. Cash only, some seating if you can snag a table. Divey feel - bring a marker to write on the walls.
Indulge in an expansive assortment of 50 traditional and creative pies at this sit-down restaurant founded by an Italian father-daughter team. Also gluten-free & vegan options, as well as salads and starters.
Eat thin-crust square pies in outdoor seating overlooking historic, cobbled Stone Street at this casual yet classy pizzeria.
Beloved Brooklyn based Ample Hills Creamery's 10th shop features indoor seating (including comfy booth seating), a small kids play area and 20+ creative flavors including Nectar of the Queens (honey cinnamon ice cream mixed with pieces of baklava and galaktoboureko from local Artopolis Bakery), only available a this location. Also try three brand new flavors inspired by favorite Super Heroes: Black Panther, Captain America and Spider-Man.
This upscale yet friendly sit-down restaurant features farm-to-table American food served inside and on the tented patio of a fieldstone cottage nestled in gorgeous Fort Tryon Park. Designed by the famous Olmsted Brothers, the classic structure has a cobblestone exterior, granite archways and a slate roof, with massive oak trusses supporting the dining room’s 18-foot ceiling.
Choose from 88 inventive flavors of texture-driven small-batch ice creams like Tahini Caramel and Black Coconut Ash and even French Fry (plus 'American Classics' including five variations of vanilla), in an old-fashioned ice cream parlor. Samples available (two per customer) Limited indoor and outdoor seating. Go early to beat the line (which moves quickly). Elaborate sundae bar available Friday & Saturday 6 pm-midnight.