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Friday, November 1

Shopsin’s

9:00 am–2:30 pm

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).

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Belvedere Castle

9:00 am–7:00 pm

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.

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Dylan’s Candy Bar

10:00 am–9:00 pm

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 at the Ice Cream & Dessert Parlor.

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Cowgirl

10:00 am–11:00 pm

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.

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Joe’s Pizza

10:00 am–11:30 am

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.

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Arepas Cafe

11:00 am–10:00 pm

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.

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Momofuku Noodle Bar

11:00 am–10:30 pm

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.

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Citycakes Bakery

11:00 am–9:00 pm

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.

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Tacocina

11:00 am–10:00 pm

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.

FREE
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Burger Joint

11:00 am–11:00 pm

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.

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Kesté Pizza & Vino

11:30 am–11:30 pm

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.

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Adrienne’s Pizza Bar

11:30 am–11:30 pm

Eat thin-crust square pies in outdoor seating overlooking historic, cobbled Stone Street at this casual yet classy pizzeria.

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Ample Hills Creamery Astoria Scoop Shop

12:00 pm–11:00 pm

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.

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New Leaf Restaurant

12:00 pm–8:00 pm

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.

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Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream Flagship Store

12:00 pm–11:30 pm

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.

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Tuesday, November 5

Hall of Ocean Life

10:00 am–5:45 pm

A 94-foot-long blue whale hangs over an assortment of sea creatures in this giant hall, lit to evoke being underwater. See dioramas of the ocean’s diverse and complex web of life including coral reefs, giant squid and awesome bioluminescent swimmers.

Lots to touch, tons of info, and a movie on a big screen – a good place to relax while kids run around the lower level. The bathrooms in the corner are usually less crowded than those in the main hall.

 

Free with museum admission
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The Rose Center for Earth and Space

10:00 am–5:45 pm

Explore the vast range of sizes in the cosmos, the 13-billion-year history of the universe, the nature of galaxies, stars, and planets, and the dynamic features of planet Earth. Find your weight on different planets, touch an actual meteorite, learn about all sorts of stars, walk along a ramp showing the vastness of time and see the stars in magical planetarium show sin a striking sphere.

 

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Oceans: Our Blue Planet

10:30 am–5:30 pm

Meet fascinating creatures in the largest and least understood habitat on earth. Explore the coastal shallows to deeper, more mysterious worlds with  stunning 3D footage of clever dolphins, cunning octopus, resourceful tusk fish and more biological wonders.

Buy tickets in advance at the admissions desk. 2D screenings also available.

$28/adult, $16.50, ages 2-12, $16.50, seniors & students (includes museum admission)
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Friday, November 15

Lincoln Station

8:00 am–9:00 pm

Choose from sandwiches, soups, and salads, rotisserie chicken, mac and cheese, lasagne and more tasty food plus beer, wine, house-made pastries and La Colombe coffee. Counter service with lots of seating in a cozy spot with exposed brick and cool art. Across the street from the Brooklyn Museum.

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Tuesday, November 19

Smörgås Chef

11:00 am–9:00 pm

Try a variety of farm-to-table Scandinavian sandwiches, salads, appetizers, entrées and pastries in a nature-inspired space brimming with hygge. No kids menu and a little serene (maybe go during off hours) but all ages love those breads and meatball.

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Wednesday, November 20

Joy Burger Bar

11:00 am–10:00 pm

Build your own burger (beef, turkey or veggie) with unique toppings and signature sauces or choose from  a specialty burger menu. Also serves fries, frickles (fried pickles, milkshakes and more.

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Friday, November 22

Samsung 837

11:00 am–9:00 pm

Experience cutting edge technology including virtual reality demos and an immersive, interactive digital art room in a spacious, high-design spot with a French cafe.

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Sunday, December 1

Barbie Beauty Pop-Up

4:00 am–6:00 pm

Explore an immersive Barbie pop-up space with cute photo ops, including a life-sized Barbie box and Dream House vanity.

Photo from aria_is_chicc.

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Hippo Playground

7:00 am–8:00 pm

Frolic and splash with beloved hippo statues in this well maintained playground in lovely Riverside Park featuring swings, wooden and metal play equipment, slides, a spray shower, picnic tables, benches, sand pit, a drinking fountain, bathrooms and summer weekday art projects.

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Hex & Co Board Game Cafe

8:00 am–11:00 pm

Play over 1000+ games, including a big kids section. Discover Star Trek Risk, Golden Girls Clue and so much more. Make new friends, watch Dungeon & Dragon tournaments and shop for new family favorites.

Range of food options available including gourmet pretzels and ice cream sandwiches.

$10/unlimited gaming
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The Peace Fountain & Children’s Sculpture Garden

9:00 am–5:00 pm

See charming small bronze animal sculptures created by K-12 students from NYC and tri-state area around a 40-foot high bronze sculpture by Cathedral Artist-in-Residence Greg Wyatt that weaves together several representations of the conflict between good and evil. Also look for peacocks roaming around the lovely grands of the grand Cathedral.

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Junzi Kitchen Greenwich Village

10:00 am–11:00 pm

Feast on customizable, healthy bings, noodles and salad bowls at a modern fast-casual Chinese food restaurant with counter service and lots of tables.

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Junzi Kitchen Bryant Park

11:00 am–10:00 pm

Feast on customizable, healthy bings, noodles and salad bowls at a modern fast-casual Chinese food restaurant with counter service and lots of tables.

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Junzi Kitchen Morningside

11:00 am–10:00 pm

Feast on customizable, healthy bings, noodles and salad bowls at a modern fast-casual Chinese food restaurant with counter service and lots of tables.

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East Village/Lower East Side Street Art

Look for lots of cool murals around this hip neighborhood, on walls, sliding metal gates and on the sidewalk. Current favorite include hearts at restaurant Ladybird & store Speigel and rainbow faces on Avenue A – see this guide for some tips but feel free to wander as it’s always changing.

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