11 Food Events You Need to Check Out This Fall
Festival season isn’t over yet—at least not for foodies. As the weather starts to cool off (please, let it be soon), the city ramps up its culinary offerings in the form of celebrations, pop-ups, dinner series and more. Say hello to the tastiest time of year.
Urbanspace Fall Pop-Ups
The popular outdoor markets return for their fall run: Mad. Sq. Eats (September 8 to October 5), Garment District (September 17 to October 26) and Broadway Bites (September 24 to November 2). Swing by to find beloved vendors like Ice & Vice and the Truffleist, plus plenty of new concepts from local chefs.
Seaport Food Lab
Get ready for a heavy dose of girl power. This year, the downtown food lab will welcome eight renowned female chefs into its kitchen starting September 12, including James Beard Award winner Nancy Silverton, Beatrice Inn chef Angie Mar, and butcher duo extraordinaire Erika Nakamura and Jocelyn Guest. The six residencies (each five days long) will feature special menus from the innovative powerhouses, served in a dinner-party format.
Pie Night at Dominique Ansel Kitchen
Pastry guru Dominique Ansel kicks off pie season with an all-you-can-eat extravaganza on Wednesdays and Thursdays starting September 12. For one hour, guests can enjoy unlimited slices of pie, ice cream and apple cider at his West Village bakeshop. We’re not just talking sweet stuff either. This year’s roster includes savory fillings such as slow-braised pork shank and cheesy artichoke, alongside the sugary options (like vanilla bean flan and salted caramel apple pie). Reservations are currently booked up, but we’re keeping our fingers crossed for cancellations.
Beer ye, beer ye. For four weekends starting September 21, OktoberFest brews will be on tap at South Street Seaport’s Watermark Bar. Knock back six different beers from Munich and traditional German fare like giant pretzels, brats and potato salad—all while taking in breathtaking views of the East River. (P.S. Entry is free, but be sure to buy food and drink tickets ahead of time to skip the line.)
On September 22, the “Oscars of Street Food” will return for its 14th year. Snag a ticket to taste bites from 25 of the city’s best street food and market vendors, and see them go head-to-head in five different categories. Only one delicious vendor will score the Vendy Cup.
Taste of Gramercy
Sample the best of the restaurant-heavy neighborhood at this annual tasting on September 29. More than 25 eateries will showcase their fare, including bistro steakhouse Boucherie, pretzel croissant maker City Bakery and Danny Meyer’s Roman-inspired coffee shop Caffe Marchio. Proceeds from the day benefit local schools.
7th Annual Momo Crawl
On October 7, ride through Jackson Heights in a vintage wooden trolley as you look for the best Himalayan dumplings in the neighborhood. Grab a festival passport to purchase $1 momos at competing locations, then celebrate the winner at a music and dance festival featuring performers from Tibet and Nepal.
New York City Wine & Food Festival
The OG food festival returns with its usual all-star lineup. From October 11 to 14, rub elbows with celeb chefs like Andrew Zimmern and Marcus Samuelsson at intimate dinners, rooftop soirees and other food-packed tastings. New to the festival this year: a breakfast pajama party hosted by the Today show’s Dylan Dreyer and Sheinelle Jones, a sampling of the Big Apple’s most iconic sandwiches with Adam Richman and Instagram influencer Devour Power, and a nighttime dessert celebration with Christina Tosi and PureWow. (Check out the full calendar here.)
Museum of Pizza
Ice cream, eggs and bubble tea have all received the Insta-worthy “museum” treatment. Next in line? Pizza. Making its debut on October 13, the temple to cheesy slices will, of course, include made-for-camera installations (a cave, a beach and a fun house, to name a few) and a pop-up pizzeria.
Food Film Fest
The chance to eat what you see on screen actually happens at this annual celebration of food and film. Kicking off on October 24, the five-day event will feature films that dive into bagels, brisket, poke and more. There will also be a special screening of the yet-to-air Lower East Side episode from the late Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown.
Luckyrice: Breaking Bao
Luckyrice, the group dedicated to celebrating Asian food culture, returns to the Bowery Hotel on November 16 for its annual Breaking Bao feast. Chefs with cultural backgrounds from all across Asia will gather to serve special off-menu dishes inspired by their families. Tickets go on sale September 20.