As the leaves change in New York City, so do its menus. Right up there with admiring fall foliage and breaking out our coziest clothing, seasonal eating is a favorite autumn activity among New Yorkers. Whether they’re here only for the season or simply inspired by it, here are the best seasonal dishes to try this fall in New York City.
At the “world’s first all-oatmeal café,” two fall classics combine to create the only dish you’ll be craving this cold-weather season. Available all year round, the Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal at Greenwich Village eatery OatMeals tastes particularly great when there’s a chill in the air. The warming bowl of steel-cut oats comes swirled with pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice, and brown sugar, and is topped with crunchy pecans, making every day feel like Thanksgiving—and every bite something to be thankful for.
The local lunch-breaker’s pick for budget (and body)-friendly food, health-conscious chain Dig Inn becomes even more of a delicious destination in the fall. Governed by its pledge to “roll with the seasons,” the fast-casual eatery rolls out an of-the-moment menu come autumn, featuring seasonal additions like charred Brussels sprouts, cinnamon-spiced farro with butternut squash, and maple cauliflower and chickpea crumble. Try them all when you order one of the restaurant’s famous market bowls, comprising one protein and three sides of your choice.
Warm fall vibes are what’s on the menu at neighborhood haunt Sunday in Brooklyn. Let the wood-burning ovens—and welcoming staff—at this Williamsburg hotspot warm your heart and stomach as you dig in to an unexpected fall dish of pumpkin soft-serve ice cream with bourbon caramel and spiced pumpkin seeds.
Come autumn, pizza fans (so, all New Yorkers) flock to this international chain for one of the most coveted slices in New York City. The Brussels sprout pizza at Motorino comes coated in creamy white sauce and topped with mozzarella, smoked pancetta, olive oil, garlic, and a generous helping of everyone’s favorite fall vegetable. Tip: the ingredient-focused restaurant removes this pie from its menu after autumn, so act fast—trust us: even you pizza-purists won’t want to miss this pie.
Join the trendy clientele at Westville locations throughout the city for Instagram-friendly fall food. The autumn market plate at this humble healthy haven comprises four fresh dishes for just $17 and features your choice of beets with goat cheese and walnuts, Brussels sprouts in a honey dijon dressing, roasted butternut squash, and more.
This fall, recently-opened Nolita hotspot The Sosta is heating things up as temperatures drop. Brought to you by a co-founder of fast-casual favorite by CHLOE, this carb-centric concept delivers authentic Italian fare without the fuss—really. Cool fall days call for The Sosta’s hearty pasta plates and seasonal specials, like the warm faro bowl and the minestrone soup, featuring homemade ditalini swimming in tomato, carrot, celery, and onion.
With its massive menu of seasonal dishes (think: wood-grilled broccoli salad, squash, and sage wholewheat pizza and butternut fries), Loring Place is set to be your go-to fall dining destination, all season long. Led by ABC Kitchen and ABC Cocina vet Chef Dan Kluger, this West Village restaurant treats ‘seasonal’ not as a buzzword but as a way of being. Comprising caramelized onions, gooey cheese, and fresh squash alongside grilled sourdough bread, Loring’s baked ricotta and roasted kabocha toast exemplifies the eatery’s ethos (and is sure to hook you in for the rest of the season).
From the menu of jajaja, a contemporary Mexican spot with a colorful, all-vegan menu plus tequila and mezcal cocktails | Courtesy of jajaja
Cooking up vegan Mexican fare on the Chinatown-Lower East Side border, Jajaja is like nothing you’ve seen and everything you’ve been missing. This fall, enjoy guilt-free food that only tastes sinful, like the beet and pumpkin empanada featuring kabocha squash, chimichurri, and swiss chard smothered in hot pumpkin queso. Tip: the color-loaded plates here make for as good of an IG shot as one of New York’s fall foliage.
Dropping temperatures call for “innovative Thai dishes that warm your soul,” the specialty at East Village eatery Ngam. Among the 1,100+ Yelp reviews of this local favorite, you’ll find more than a few mentions of Ngam’s chiang mai fries, an addictive dish of fried kabocha pumpkin wedges served with fiery red curry mayo and a sweet and sour peanut relish.
For fall’s best food ‘gram (and some of its best food, period), run, don’t walk, to Extra Virgin. Butternut squash ravioli, autumn vegetable minestrone soup, and roasted Brussels sprouts with caramelized apples and pancetta, will all quench your craving for a taste of fall. The main attraction of the season, however, is Extra Virgin’s wild mushroom and pumpkin risotto, featuring large pieces of glazed pumpkin, creamy gorgonzola, and tender risotto overflowing from a miniature edible pumpkin.
Think guilt-free fall food doesn’t exist? The creators behind Ruby’s popular pumpkin salad invite you to think again. When your body needs a break from the season’s carb-centric cuisine, this light dish of pumpkin, goat cheese, pine nuts, and baby spinach delivers a delicious pumpkin fix—no food-coma involved.