18 Things to Eat and Drink in NYC This October
So many things to eat, so little time. And if you’re like us, you definitely get food FOMO when you discover that the massive pizza fest or the breakfast ice cream you saw on Instagram has already come and gone. But don’t sweat it (save that for the gym, post–food coma)—we’ve mapped out the best things you should be eating this October.
1. Flip Sigi Kamayan Feast at VERSA Rooftop
Join Flip Sigi chef Jordan Andino on October 12 for a kamayan dinner (the word translates to eating “with hands”), a traditional Filipino family-style meal that is typically served over banana leaves. Diners will enjoy specialty cocktails and a menu featuring the likes of crispy lechón, sweet longanisa sausage, chicken adobo thighs, grilled mackerel, lumpia, coconut-garlic fried rice and more. (Email email@example.com to reserve a spot.)
2. ALL THE PIZZA AT THE NEW YORK PIZZA FESTIVAL
If this didn’t already exist, we would try to pull it off ourselves: The New York Pizza Festival returns October 5 and 6 to Crescent Avenue in the Bronx’s Little Italy, bringing together 25 of the country’s best pizzaioli as well as a special consortium from Naples, Italy, aka the birthplace of modern pizza. Taste signature pies from spots like Brooklyn’s own Di Fara Pizza, Good Pie (Las Vegas), Marco’s Coal Fired (Denver), Mission Pizza (Winston-Salem, North Carolina) and Sorbillo (Naples, Italy). Psst: While entry to the festival is free, you can skip some lines by purchasing slice and drink tickets in advance.
3. Seasonal ice cream flavors at Van Leeuwen
The chill in the air is hardly a reason to ditch your ice-cream habit. Stop into any of Van Leeuwen’s NYC shops now through November 20 for its Harvest Season menu, featuring four limited-edition flavors: Pumpkin Cheesecake (with homemade graham cracker crust), Honey Basil Lemon Shortbread and two vegan flavors, Ice Cream for Breakfast (brown sugar and cinnamon oat-milk ice cream, breakfast cookie crumble and a raspberry swirl) and Olive Oil Biscotti Chip (with pumpkin-almond biscotti pieces and chocolate chips).
4. Apple Pie Hot Pocket at Mister Paradise
East Village cocktail bar Mister Paradise reimagines a nostalgic microwave treat. The Apple Pie Hot Pocket is filled with Granny Smith apples (sliced thin and sautéed in butter with cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and cardamom) and served with a scoop of homemade ice cream flavored with pandan leaves and topped with malt powder.
5. Steak Dinner with Delmonico’s x CUT by Wolfgang Puck
Two iconic restaurants team up for the ultimate steakhouse feast. Delmonico’s (aka “America’s first restaurant”) and Cut by Wolfgang Puck come together for a special six-course menu with wine pairings. Cut will take on Delmonico’s classic dishes (like quail a la Keene), while Delmonico’s will re-create Cut favorites (USDA prime porterhouse, two-pound loup de mer and scallop crudo) on October 16 at the Four Seasons Downtown.
6. Taco Omakase at La Chula
We’re familiar with a sushi omakase, but tacos? We intend to be first in line when chef-owner (and Mexico City native) Julian Medina launches his new series at La Chula in Harlem on October 7. Expect a creative six-course menu with tequila cocktail pairings. Think a bagel taco with pastrami salmon, “everything bagel” tortilla, jalapeño crema and scallion salsa; another taco with black cod, barbecued Chinese eggplant and chipotle miso; and a dessert taco made with a churro, Sugar Hill Creamery ice cream and tequila butterscotch–glazed apples.
7. Frost Bites at Great Northern Food Hall
Claus Meyer’s acclaimed Nordic wonderland in Grand Central will be ringing in the season this month with an elevated sundae made with Great Northern’s brand-new ice cream offering, aptly named Frost Bites. Beginning with a vanilla base, these customizable treats can be topped with chocolate, raspberry or caramel sauce, along with crunchy oats, crystallized chocolate and cookie crumbles.
8. ‘DOUGH-PIE’ AT MAGIC HOUR ROOFTOP BAR & LOUNGE
The latest food mash-up is as autumnal as it gets: Starting on October 7, Magic Hour will be adding an apple cider doughnut and pie hybrid to the menu, weighing in at five pounds (and $100). The glazed behemoth is filled with bourbon maple syrup and Honeycrisp apples caramelized with brown sugar and spices, and covered with a boozy bourbon drizzle, homemade spiced crumble, colorful chocolate balls and rainbow sprinkles. It can feed up to 12 people or a very hungry one. (We don’t judge.) But get there early, because the rooftop bar is only serving three a night.
9. Oktoberfest at Pig Beach
Gowanus barbecue favorite Pig Beach is celebrating Oktoberfest through October 6 with steins of specialty beers (like Blue Point Oktoberfest and Sierra Nevada Bitburger) as well as festival bites. Eat as the Bavarians do with a Karl Ehmer bratwurst, German potato salad, Federalist pretzels and pork schnitzel with fries.
10. The NYC Roll at Luke’s Lobster
What happens when an all-star pizza chef and a beloved lobster joint join forces? Good things, that’s for sure. To celebrate its tenth anniversary, Luke’s Lobster has partnered with celebrity chef Matt Hyland (Emily, Emmy Squared, Violet) to create a new twist on the traditional Maine lobster roll. Along with lobster, the NYC Roll features banana peppers, green olives and Portuguese allspice, and it’s only available at Luke’s until October 31. Bonus: A dollar from each sale will be donated to Slice Out Hunger.
11. Charitable Eats at Select NYC Restaurants
Throughout October, some excellent restaurants are sharing generous promotions to support City Harvest’s Marathon Team. For every lobster roll sold during October, Ed’s Lobster Bar will donate $1 (enough to help feed three New Yorkers for a day). Make sure to grab a drink at Bâtard, where $3 from every Green Bullet cocktail sold from now until the end of 2019 will be donated. And now’s the time to try the Triple Threat meatball hero (beef, pork and chicken) at the Meatball Shop, because $5 from every meatball hero sold from October 21 to November 3 will be donated to the team.
12. Israeli Bento Boxes at Lamalo
Lamalo, the restaurant that won us over with its delightful dips, is now serving a Middle Eastern spin on the Japanese lunchbox. Each “box” includes a variety of spreads along with a skewer, side dish and the signature Jerusalem laffa bread. Skewer specials will vary throughout the week but will always include vegetable, fish and meat options—like mushrooms with sage butter, shrimp kofta, octopus, harissa chicken wings or spiced lamb kofta.
13. Luncheonette Roulette at Gertie
Williamsburg’s all-day café Gertie, which takes inspiration from old-school Americana (with an NYC twist), is introducing a “Luncheonette Roulette” series: The restaurant invites its favorite iconic luncheonettes and diners from across the country to host a night at Gertie and add a breakfast sandwich to the menu for the month. This October 14, catch Lil’ Deb’s Oasis from Hudson, New York. Menu highlights include a banana cream chocolate ginger pie with whipped coconut cream, and for the breakfast sandwich, choripán with salsa verde, pickled pineapple and fried egg on an English muffin.
14. Celeb Chef Eats at the New York City Wine & Food Festival
The biggest food party of the year, the New York City Wine & Food Festival, returns October 10 to 13. Guests can expect all of their favorite signature events, like Burger Bash, Drag Brunch and the Grand Tasting, along with a new lineup of intimate dinners hosted by some of the world’s most renowned chefs, such as Andrew Zimmern, Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray. And 100% of net proceeds support the Food Bank for New York City and No Kid Hungry.
15. Sunday Supper at Legasea
Seafood brasserie Legasea launches a new family-style menu on October 6, which is great for kids ($15) and adults ($35) to enjoy together. This month’s Sunday menu is the signature Legasea lobster bake, complete with cauliflower carbonara, butternut squash tempura, pork Milanese and sticky toffee pudding. Plus, Sunday Supper guests can get complimentary soft-serve ice cream from the Moxy soft-serve vending machine (to stay or to go).
16. The Lavan Bagel Sandwich at Black Seed Appetizing
The new Black Seed Appetizing is opening on October 10, and to celebrate, it’s partnering with fellow Chelsea Market purveyor Miznon for the October chef collab sandwich. Inspired by Miznon’s signature Lavan Pita offering, the sandwich features Miznon’s signature roasted cauliflower mixed with tahini, scallions, tomatoes and green spicy sauce, served on your bagel of choice. Get it at any Black Seed location all month (and Chelsea Market when it opens), and feel good knowing $1 from every sandwich goes to the nonprofit Hot Bread Kitchen.
17. Waterfront bites at Taste of the Seaport
Head to Piers 16 and 17 on October 19 for the tenth annual Taste of the Seaport, featuring restaurants like the Fulton, Malibu Farm and R17, along with a Pier Bar, live music and performances. The event raises funds for the arts and enrichment programs at two local public schools. Grab tasting tickets in advance ($40 for five tastes) or pay $45 at the door.
18. Natural Wine Galore at Raw Wine
On October 27 and 28, Raw Wine (created by France’s first female Master of Wine, Isabelle Legeron) brings together more than a hundred of the leading fine, natural, organic and biodynamic wine artisans from around the world, from Italy to Georgia to Chile. Expect panels featuring growers, importers, journalists and other movers and shakers from the natural wine world. Snag a discounted ticket online in advance ($70 to $110) or grab one at the door ($90 to $130).
19. Pumpkin Sticky Bun at High Street on Hudson
This time of year it’s easy to get pumpkin fatigue, but we’ll gladly make an exception for High Street on Hudson. The neighborhood spot just rolled out a sweet and spicy bun by head baker Melissa Weller, which swaps out regular brioche dough for a pumpkin-infused version. P.S. Stop by for brunch to try another seasonal special: pumpkin challah French toast with cinnamon honey butter and maple syrup.