As the crisp breeze rustles through the golden-hued leaves and the cityscape transforms into a mesmerizing tapestry of warm colors, there is no denying it. Autumn has arrived in New York City. Our mission is as clear as the autumn skies in this compelling journey we are about to embark on. To explore the delectable Autumn treats that New York City has to offer.
New York City in Autumn is a playground for the senses. A culinary haven where pumpkin-spiced wonders, freshly baked pies, and maple-infused delights take center stage. Join us as we uncover the charm of the city that never sleeps during this enchanting season. And prepare to savor every bite, sip, and moment. 🍂🍰☕
Cherishing Autumn’s Beauty in New York City: Seasonal Delights and Nostalgic Sips
Autumn is my absolute favorite time in this beautiful city—I cherish it with all my heart. There is something magical about the cool, crisp air that sweeps through the streets. The stylish fashion that graces the sidewalks, the tantalizing new menu items that grace the tables of restaurants citywide and the cozy nights spent wrapped in blankets at home. But of course, that very first, soul-warming sip of my beloved pumpkin spice latte is the best moment ever.
Just before fall descends upon the city, I find myself eagerly anticipating the opportunity to indulge in all things pumpkin-spiced. It is more than a flavor—it is a nostalgic journey that begins with that initial, eagerly awaited sip. As the familiar aroma wafts from my cup, it conjures memories of my very first encounter with a pumpkin spice latte. A moment so dear it is etched in my heart.
I close my eyes and savor that moment in time. It was a beautiful time in my life—a simpler time when the world felt a bit warmer, a bit kinder.
Pumpkin Spice Heaven: The PSL Phenomenon in New York City
Ah, the annual return of the Pumpkin Spice Latte [PSL] is like a warm hug for your taste buds as the Autumn chill sets in. In the heart of New York City, this seasonal sensation takes on a life of its own. From the first sip, you are transported into a world of autumnal bliss. New York City’s cafes and coffee shops compete to craft the perfect PSL. Making it a must-try for any Autumn enthusiast.
The iconic Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Chelsea is one standout spot to indulge in PSL magic. They elevate the classic with small-batch roasts and hand-crafted expertise. For a cozier experience, check out the charming local cafes in Brooklyn or the trendy spots in Manhattan’s West Village.
The rich, creamy blend of espresso, steamed milk, and pumpkin spice syrup dances on your palate, leaving you craving more. And, of course, no PSL adventure is complete without a sprinkling of cinnamon and a dollop of whipped cream.
As you stroll through the city streets, you will find cozy corners and bustling cafes offering their unique twist on the PSL. Embrace the pumpkin craze and savor this quintessential fall treat as you explore the vibrant neighborhoods of New York City.
Our Top Picks
Cup of Brooklyn
Venturing into Brooklyn, you will discover gems like Cup of Brooklyn, nestled at the vibrant crossroads of Gates Avenue and Broadway. It is my all-time favorite Brooklyn cafe. Beyond the hustle and bustle is a haven of curated delights.
This charming establishment is a labor of love by the dynamic duo, John and Agnieszka. A husband and wife team with a passion for crafting exceptional coffee experiences. Their lavender latte and Ginger Turmeric Latte have won my heart on many occasions. However, come Autumn, there is no place I would rather be than in this cozy cafe. Sipping on a soul-warming Pumpkin Spice Latte paired with a delectable donut. It is the perfect blend of flavors and ambiance, making every visit a memorable chapter in the story of Autumn treats.
Indulging in the enchanting world of Pumpkin Spice Lattes reaches its pinnacle at the iconic Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Chelsea. Here, the classic is transformed into an art form, with small-batch roasts and expert craftsmanship. In August, this beloved drink celebrated its 20th anniversary, and to mark the occasion, Starbucks introduced Pumpkin Spice to their Starbucks Reserve® stores and Roasteries for the very first time.
Now, the menu boasts not only the cherished Starbucks Reserve® Pumpkin Spice Latte but also the Pumpkin Spice Whiskey Barrel-Aged Iced Latte and the Pumpkin Spice Espresso Martini. These delightful concoctions are perfectly complemented by freshly-baked Princi® Pumpkin Maritozzi and the tempting Pumpkin Caramel Mini-Bundt Cake. It is a symphony of flavors that will have you savoring every sip and bite.
Maman Pumpkin Pie Latte, a true masterpiece. It is crafted with freshly brewed espresso, velvety steamed milk, and a house-made pumpkin spice puree that takes your taste buds on a captivating journey through the season. And for those seeking a caffeine-free delight. Do not miss their Pumpkin Milk Dark Hot Chocolate—a rich and comforting alternative that promises to warm your heart with every sip.
Maman is an upscale coffee shop with multiple Manhattan locations that adds a touch of artistry to your fall beverage experience.
Anticipation builds as we eagerly await City Cakes‘ Pumpkin Spice Latte with Cream Cheese Foam. It is delightful annual ritual, but we must note that this year, there is a chance the cream cheese foam might not make an appearance—though we are certainly keeping our fingers crossed. Nevertheless, the anticipation is high for their other fall treats, from gluten-free Pumpkindoodle Cookies and Pie-Filled Pumpkindoodle Cookies to Pumpkinbutter Crumble Cake [available in cupcakes or slices] and the always delightful s’mores cupcakes. Get ready to embrace the autumn flavors, with a sprinkle of hope for that beloved cream cheese foam.
Bedford Studio in the West Village
Both Brooklyn and Manhattan abound with delightful choices in the realm of charming cafes. Bedford Studio in the West Village is one standout spot we can not help but adore. Their seasonal offerings are nothing short of amazing, capturing the essence of autumn in every sip.
At Bedford Studio, you are spoiled for choice with an array of delectable options. Pumpkin Spiced Latte, Maple Cinnamon Latte, Pumpkin Spiced Chai Latte, or the comforting Hot Apple Cider. Nestled in the heart of the West Village. This luxury coffee house graces a tree-lined, townhome-filled street in one of the most picturesque corners of New York City. It is a place where every cup tells a story, and every visit becomes a memorable journey through the flavors of fall.
Pie Paradise: New York City’s Bakeries and Their Flaky Treasures
When celebrating the fall season with a hearty slice of comfort, New York City knows how to deliver. The city’s bakeries take pie-making as an art form. They offer an array of sweet and savory delights that capture the essence of autumn.
Start your pie journey at Two Little Red Hens in the Upper East Side, where their apple crumb pie is a slice of heaven. But let us not forget about savory delights. In Astoria, Balkh Shish Kabab House introduces you to Borani Kadoo. A tantalizing Afghan pumpkin dish that is a symphony of roasted pumpkin, aromatic spices, creamy yogurt, and crunchy nuts.
For those with a penchant for creativity, One Girl Cookies in Cobble Hill steals the show with their irresistible whoopie pies. They burst with pumpkin pie cake and a luscious cream cheese filling.
However, the city’s bakers do not stop at classics. At Petee’s Pie Company in Brooklyn, the bourbon pecan pie offer a decadent treat that is bound to leave you yearning for more. Meanwhile, Milk Bar is a treasure trove of unique delights. Including their renowned Milk Bar Pie, seasonal Pumpkin Coffee Cake Cake Truffles, Pumpkin Dulce de Leche Cake and Pumpkin Coffee-Cake Cake that captures the essence of Autumn in every bite. And if you find yourself in the city come November. Do not dare to miss the Milk Bar iconic Thanksgiving croissant. A brilliant fusion of pie and croissant that will have your taste buds singing.
Each pie tells a story of tradition and innovation, and the city’s diverse neighborhoods offer a delightful variety of options. Whether you prefer sweet or savory pies, you will find something to satisfy your cravings in the bustling bakeries and cozy cafes that adorn the city’s streets.
Syrupy Dreams: Exploring NYC’s Maple-Infused Goodies
As the leaves turn fiery shades of red and orange, maple syrup takes center stage in New York City’s Autumn culinary scene. The sweet, amber elixir finds its way into a variety of delectable treats that evoke the cozy essence of autumn.
One iconic spot to experience maple heaven is Clinton St. Baking Company in the Lower East Side. Their maple-buttered pancakes are a revelation, and the aroma alone is worth the visit. And do not miss out on the unforgettable experience of indulging in the iconic Sunday Pancakes at Sunday in Brooklyn. A true indulgence where the fusion of Hazelnut Maple and Brown Butter elevates taste to an extraordinary level.
But it is not just breakfast or Brunch that gets the maple treatment. Many restaurants across the city feature maple-glazed dishes, from chicken and waffles to bacon-wrapped dates drizzled with maple syrup. And let us not forget maple candy. You can find a bite-sized taste of fall at various candy shops throughout the city.
New York City’s Autumn season is not complete without indulging in the warmth and sweetness of maple. So, embrace the syrupy goodness and let your taste buds savor the magic of this seasonal delight.
Our Beloved New York City Autumn Treats: Beyond the Basics
Indulging in autumn’s delights across New York City is an exquisite journey, and here are some of our absolute favorites that you will not want to miss.
1. Nothing Bundt Cakes
We can not help but start with a cherished favorite—Nothing Bundt Cakes seasonal sensation, the Pumpkin Spice bundt cake. Infused with the richness of savory pumpkin and an exquisite blend of spices. This limited-time treat is possibly our top pick—irresistibly moist and screams Autumn. Available from September 11th through December 3rd, or while supplies last. It sets the perfect tone for a delightful exploration of Autumn flavors in the heart of the city.
2. Dominique Ansel
Indulge in the Cronut from Dominique Ansel. It is an ingenious blend of a croissant and donut that is as innovative as it is irresistibly delicious.
3. Posh Pop Bakery
Experience the Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cheesecake or Pumpkin Cakepop from the gluten-free Posh Pop Bakery—an exquisite twist on the timeless pumpkin flavor that will delight your taste buds.
4. Magnolia Bakery
Discover the magic of autumn with Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes and creamy Pumpkin Pudding from Magnolia Bakery. It is where every delectable bite brings the essence of fall to life.
5. Billy’s Bakery
Indulge in the delightful creations at Billy’s Bakery, where you can relish a scrumptious Delicious Pumpkin Bar, heavenly Maple Creme Whoopie Pies, and an exquisite Autumn Spice Bundt Cake.
6. Lady M
Immerse yourself in the ethereal Pumpkin Brûlée Mille Crapes from Lady M. A heavenly creation that encapsulates the very essence of the season, offering a delightful taste of autumn’s delights. The Pumpkin Brûlée Mille Crêpes, a decadent creation showcasing layers of Vanilla Pumpkin Pastry cream, rich Pumpkin Purée, and Handmade Crêpes. Crowned with velvety custard and delicately brûléed Italian meringue chilboust, each bite is a symphony of autumn flavors and exquisite craftsmanship.
7. Doughnut Plant
Indulge in the delightful harmony of flavors and textures with the Pumpkin Spiced Donut and Apple Cinnamon Crumble from Doughnut Plant.
8. Locanda Verde
Plan a November excursion to Locanda Verde and relish their moist pumpkin loaf. It is generously crowned with toasted pumpkin seeds, a lavish infusion of butter, and just the right touch of warm spices. And while you are there, order their Signature Pastry Basket.
9. Little Cupcake Bakeshop
Savor the delight of Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes from Little Cupcake Bakeshop. It is crafted with real pumpkin purée and crowned with luscious maple cream cheese frosting. And all finished with a hint of cinnamon for a truly irresistible treat.
10. Fat Witch Bakery
At Fat Witch Bakery, relish the mouthwatering Pumpkin Brownies [Pumpkin Caramel Babies]. It is a delightful creation that layers rich pumpkin cake on top, promising a decadent and unforgettable treat.
12. Sugar Sweet Sunshine Bakery
Sugar Sweet Sunshine Bakery on the Lower East Side presents a delightful pumpkin [The Nog] pudding in a cup. It is thoughtfully mixed with velvety whipped cream and crowned with crumbled layers of pumpkin cake. A dash of eggnog pudding adds that extra layer of creamy delight to take your indulgence to the next level. And, of course, no visit is complete without indulging in the sublime pleasure of a delicious Pumpkin Pie.
ChickaLicious Pumpkin Puff boasts a classic pie crust crowned with delicate puff pastry. Embrace the spiced pumpkin filling within—an authentic autumn delight that weaves together delightful textures and rich flavors.
14. Union Square Greenmarket
For those who relish the unadulterated flavors of Autumn, a visit to the Union Square Greenmarket is a must. As the autumn season unfurls its colorful tapestry, this vibrant market becomes a showcase for local bakeries and vendors. All of whom present an enticing array of freshly baked pumpkin spice delights.
From mouthwatering Pumpkin Spice Muffins to hearty breakfast scones and even delectable pumpkin-infused Greek desserts. This market is a sanctuary for pumpkin spice enthusiasts who appreciate the wholesome allure of homemade treats. It is where you can savor the genuine essence of the season’s warmth and comfort in every bite.
Cookies + Ice Cream
Every compilation of autumn treats is incomplete without the irresistible combination of cookies and ice cream.
- Pumpkin Sugar ‘N Spice Cookie from Funny Face Bakery in Manhattan. This decadent treat features white chocolate chips baked into a thick, sweet, pumpkin-flavored cookie dough, finished with a delightful coat of cinnamon.
Savor the Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookie from Levain Bakery. Conveniently located across various spots in the city, including Williamsburg, Upper East Side, NoHo, and Astoria. Their gooey Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookie stands unparalleled, promising an unforgettable autumn treat.
Satisfy your cravings with Cold Stone’s Signature Frosted Pumpkin Bread Ice Cream. A frozen delight brimming with authentic pumpkin bread batter, delectable pie crust pieces, luscious caramel swirls, and a tantalizing hint of spice. All delivering an icy indulgence that captures the essence of fall.
- Experience the very essence of autumn as you savor the delightful Pumpkin Ice Cream from Sundaes And Cones.
Funny Face Bakery
6 Fulton Street—South Street Seaport
319 Lafayette Street—Noho
167 West 74th Street—Upper West Side
164 N 4th Street—Williamsburg
1484 3rd Avenue—Upper East Side
139 Flatbush Avenue—Downtown Brooklyn
Sundaes And Cones
95 E 10th Street—East Village
Festive Feasting: New York City’s Vibrant Autumn Food Scene
In New York City, Autumn is not just a season. It is a celebration. Festivals and food trucks burst onto the scene, offering an array of delightful, seasonal treats that cater to every palate.
One of the highlights is the annual Big Apple Crunch [October 26th]. It is where thousands gather in Times Square to simultaneously bite into locally grown apples, marking the city’s official start of apple season. It is a festive spectacle you will want to attend.
For those seeking eclectic and Instagram-worthy delights, the city’s food trucks deliver in style. These mobile kitchens transform the streets into a gastronomic wonderland, from Pumpkin Empanadas to Apple Pie Ice Cream Sandwiches. Wafels & Dinges crafts the perfect Waffles that distinctly embody the essence of autumn. A journey that began with a ’68 Chevy Truck navigating the streets of New York City. Their mission at Wafels & Dinges? To give America’s “Belgian waffles” a truly elevated and delectable upgrade.
And, of course, you can not talk about fall festivals without mentioning the New York City Wine and Food Festival. This epic culinary event features celebrity chefs and a smorgasbord of seasonal dishes that will tantalize your taste buds.
As you navigate the city’s fall festivals and food truck scene, be prepared to indulge in unique flavors and experiences that capture the festive spirit of the season.
Cafe Chronicles: Cozy Spots to Sip and Savor
When the autumn chill settles in, there is nothing quite like cozying up in a café with a steaming cup of something delightful. New York City boasts an array of charming cafes and dessert spots perfect for savoring the season.
For a dose of European charm, visit Maison Pickle on the Upper West Side. Their hot chocolate is a velvety masterpiece that pairs perfectly with their house-made French Toast. Do not overlook the chance to savor their Seasonal Sips—an essential part of the Maison Pickle.
For an intimate dessert experience, head to Amelie on the Upper West Side. Their Warm Apple Tarte Tatin is a masterpiece of buttery pastry and caramelized apples that embodies the essence of fall.
These cafes [or Restaurants] offer not only delicious treats but also an escape from the city’s hustle and bust
As we bid adieu to our mouthwatering adventure through New York City’s Autumn treats, one thing is clear: this city knows how to celebrate the season in style. From the comforting embrace of pumpkin spice to the decadence of apple pies, and the sweet symphony of maple, each bite is a testament to the city’s culinary creativity. So, as you venture into the brisk streets of New York City this Autumn, make sure to indulge in these unforgettable Autumn treats. As the leaves fall and the city sparkles with autumnal charm, let your taste buds be your guide. New York City, in all its fall glory, awaits your culinary exploration.