Fall brings many exciting changes: foliage explodes into color, clocks go back an hour, cardigans come out of dressers. More importantly, harvest foods become ripe for eatin’. If you’re looking for New York City’s best fall flavors, from apple pie to pumpkin doughnuts to butternut squash soup, look no further. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite fall treats and where to get them!
1. Pumpkin Doughnut at Doughnut Plant
Locations in Chelsea, Lower East Side, Brooklyn, & Queens // Price: $$
Craving dessert for breakfast? Doughnut Plant’s pumpkin doughnut is iced in a spiced glaze and finished with pumpkin seeds and cinnamon. All doughnuts are made fresh daily with organic ingredients, and no trans fat, eggs, preservatives, or artificial flavorings and colors.
2. Jack Daniels Bread Pudding from Dessert Club by ChikaLicious
204 E 10th St New York, NY 10003 between 1st Ave & 2nd Ave, East Village // Price: $$
In need of a sweet treat? The Dessert Club’s Jack Daniels Bread Pudding will satisfy any cravings. This delight features a warm piece of pecan bread pudding topped with brown sugar, cinnamon, and a hefty scoop of vanilla soft serve ice cream.
3. Moroccan Spiced Butternut Squash Soup from Midwinter Kitchen
327 2nd Ave New York, NY 10003, Gramercy // Price: $$
The environmentally-conscious should give Midwinter Kitchen a try! This Gramercy restaurant serves food from its own 92-acre farm in Ancram, New York, where it’s grown naturally, humanely, and sustainably. Be sure to book a reservation in advance, as tables fill up quickly.
4. Pumpkin Ravioli at Raffetto’s
144 W Houston St New York, NY 10012, Greenwich Village // Price: $
This 111-year old, family-run shop uses the same machinery to make their pasta that Marcello Raffetto bought in 1916. Though you can choose from over 50 types of pasta and a variety of sauces to create a custom dish, we recommend their mouth-watering pumpkin ravioli.
5. Spaghetti Squash from Feast
102 3rd Ave New York, NY 10003, East Village // Price: $$$
Feast crafts its menus to correspond to seasonally available ingredients. This fall, try the spaghetti squash pasta dinner for a delicious twist on a classic! The dish is made with fresh squash and garnished with housemade ricotta, edamame, mint, and basil pistou.
6. Pumpkin Spice Cupcake from Magnolia Bakery
Locations in Bloomingdales 3rd Ave, Bleeker Street, Grand Central Terminal, Penn Station, Rockefeller Center, and the Upper West Side // Price: $$
World-famous Magnolia Bakery offers a pumpkin spice cupcake that will cure any sweet tooth. Its cakes, cupcakes, and other desserts are a timeless favorite for New Yorkers, who can order them for delivery without even leaving their apartment.
7. Salted Caramel Apple Pie from Four & Twenty Blackbirds
Five locations in Brooklyn, served at a variety of other locations // Price: $$
Four and Twenty Blackbirds is run by the Elsen sisters, whose passion for pie has earned nationwide buzz. This season, dig into their Salted Caramel Apple Pie, which has seasonal ingredients sourced locally and organically, and incorporates natural sweeteners whenever possible.
8. Cider from Wassail
162 Orchard St New York, NY 10002, Lower East Side // Price: $$
The perfect place to grab drinks this fall is Wassail, which features an extensive selection of apple-based cocktails. The bar also has 90+ ciders available, on draught and by-the bottle, so you’ll be sure to find a suitable cider for the season.
9. Fall Ice Cream Flavors at Ample Hills Creamery
Locations in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens // Price: $$
Ample Hills Creamery has fun seasonal ice cream flavors, including “Autumn in New York,” an apple cider sorbet made on-site with amaretto, ginger, and cinnamon. Also popular is their “No Sleep Till Pumpkin,” which blends pumpkin-flavored butter cake and coffee ice cream. Ample Hills uses organic cane sugar and hormone free milk and cream from grass fed cows, and spends as much time baking as they do pasteurizing and churning in order to deliver the best product.
10. Apple Cider Caramel Sauce Dessert Pizza at Paulie Gee’s
60 Greenpoint Avenue Brooklyn, NY // Price: $$
Paulie Gee’s is an artisanal, vegan-friendly pizza restaurant that serves classic pies and a variety of creative sweet pizzas. The Apple Cider Caramel Sauce Dessert Pizza features apples, dollops of ricotta, and a sweet caramel sauce drizzled over a perfectly charred crust.