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Fun Things To Do After Dark in NYC This Fall

As the city that never sleeps, night time is when we come alive.

Photo courtesy of Related-Oxford
Photo courtesy of Related-Oxford
Photo courtesy of Related-Oxford

In a town where being nocturnal is a celebrated personality trait, we’re blessed to (how’s that saying go?) live in the “city that never sleeps”-and simply put, the after hours scene here in New York City is unmatched.

After finishing up daytime explorations like discovering the culinary wonders of our city’s gleaming new food halls or going on an afternoon date, there’s still plenty to do when the sun’s gone down. From late-night meals at 24-hour restaurants to special events taking place in the upcoming months, here are fun things to do after dark in NYC this fall.

Flickr/Tarnie
Flickr/Tarnie
Flickr/Tarnie

Have a late-night meal at a 24-hour restaurant

Throughout fall
Various locations
In our current times, the majority of the city’s eateries shut off their lights to close up shop way before the clock strikes midnight. So, to say we’re totally in love with the restaurants still operating on a nocturnal 24-hour schedule is an understatement. For classic diner joints, there’s everything from Kellogg’s Diner in Williamsburg and the 76-year-old Court Street Diner in Long Island City, to the Cuban cuisine purveyors of Coppelia on the Chelsea/West Village border. Other spots for late-night munchies are Gammeeok, a Koreatown standby that’s open 24 hours Wednesday–Sunday, and the Williamsburg and Bushwick locations of La Isla Cuchifrito. We also tip our hats to notable mentions like The Donut Pub in Chelsea and Cooler Runnings Jamaican Restaurant in Wakefield.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images
Photo courtesy of Getty Images
Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Win a prize for your fab roller-skating fit

Thursday, September 15, 7:30 pm–10 pm
Central Park
The DiscOasis at Wollman Rink-which channels retro vibes with copious amounts of glitter, art installations, weekend events (like Skaterobics), and tunes curated by Grammy-winning producer Nile Rogers-is coming up on its last few weeks before its winter transition into the famed ice arena. Before the spot’s last run on Sunday, October 2, there’s one more chance to experience another fantastical disco-themed party, this time hosted by world famous fashion designer Zac Posen. At Roller Ball Night, guests are encouraged to pull out all the stops and those wearing the most inventive/outrageous threads will be chosen by Posen and fellow judges to win surprise prizes. Needless to say, we’re dressing to impress.
Cost: Tickets from $21.85

Photo courtesy of Related-Oxford
Photo courtesy of Related-Oxford
Photo courtesy of Related-Oxford

Kick off Oktoberfest at the Western Hemisphere’s highest outdoor sky deck

Friday, September 16 and Saturday, September 17, 6 pm–10 pm
Hudson Yards
The perfect excuse to spend the evening sipping on huge steins of German beer, munching on pretzels, and flexing your finest pair of matching lederhosen is this year’s Oktoberfest activities at the Edge-the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere. Here, on the 100th floor of the impressive 30 Hudson Yards skyscraper, enjoy musical performances by an oompah band, tons of themed goodies, and unparalleled views of the city. Take note: ticket purchases come with the option to explore the rest of the spot’s attractions that include trippy art installations and more. Afterwards, head over to Oktoberfest at Pier 15’s Watermark, where holiday events are being hosted seven days a week until October 31 with free RSVPs available via the website.
Cost: Tickets from $38

Photo by Luis Nieto Dickens
Photo by Luis Nieto Dickens
Photo by Luis Nieto Dickens

Dance until you drop at the city’s hottest clubs

Throughout fall
Various locations
When you’re on the hunt for good beats that rattle the building, flashing lights, and steamy air from heavy-handed fog machines, New York City is most certainly not at a loss for hot clubs to dance the night away. With newer additions like Midtown’s house music mecca, Nebula, and the retro-themed discotheque, Ciao Ciao (which is a favorite of our TikTok bestie Tefi), there’s truly a vibe for everyone. Plus, there’s also the always-reliable rooftop sensation, Elsewhere, and the Georgia O’Keefe-inspired hotspot in the Freehand Hotel called Georgia Room. For a spicier spot, there’s Wonderland, a sultry nightclub/adult entertainment venue, which has been known to attract celebrities like the power duo of Cardi B and Offset.

Photo by @ChrisLavado
Photo by @ChrisLavado
Photo by @ChrisLavado

Punch out your anxieties before raving the night away

Wednesday, September 21, 7 pm–late
East Williamsburg
When it comes to local music venues, The Brooklyn Mirage reigns supreme. And for a special treat, this September, Movement Live by Michelob Ultra (an organization that hosts virtual and in-person workout events with the added bonus of celebratory beverages at the close of each occasion) is teaming up with the spot for an evening of high-energy exercise and dj sets. Led by Rumble Boxing instructors, more than 350 participants can take part in 10 rounds of shadow boxing, which are complemented by beats courtesy of DJ Ruckus. Following the sweat sesh, guests are treated to a headline performance by the world-renowned DJ duo Loud Luxury, which will go on until the early hours of Thursday morning.
Cost: Tickets from $59.99

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Flickr/Arts Initiative
Flickr/Arts Initiative

Watch a dreamy array of lanterns light up the night sky

Saturday, September 24, 8 pm
Morningside Heights
For a heartwarming and community-based experience, check out the 11th annual Morningside Lights lantern festival. Here, participants can create their own lanterns then travel along a 45-minute procession around Morningside Park through to the Columbia University campus. This year’s theme, The Reimagined Monument, is all about reconsidering the concept of conventional art, and how we compassionately incorporate more honesty and inclusivity moving forward.
Cost: Free to participate

Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn Bowl

Go bowling before vibing to live music for a good cause

Monday, October 10, 7 pm
Williamsburg
On World Mental Health Day, treat yourself and a few friends to an evening at the Brooklyn Bowl. Hosted at this bowling alley/music venue that’s long been a neighborhood fav, guests can bowl a few rounds before popping over to the stage area to catch an exclusive set from the well-known indie pop band MisterWives (known for songs like “Reflections” and “Where Do We Go From Here?”) with a guest feature from joan. As an added bonus, the proceeds from purchased tickets will go to funding the mental health and wellness resource for music industry folks called Backline.
Cost: Tickets from $35

Steve Edreff/Shutterstock
Steve Edreff/Shutterstock
Steve Edreff/Shutterstock

Embody spooky vibes via city-wide Halloween night festivities

Monday, October 31
Various locations
On the best night of the year to relish the city after dark, first up, we have the iconic Village Halloween Parade, which first made its debut back in 1973 and travels up Sixth Avenue in Greenwich Village from 7 pm to 11 pm. If a classic horror flick is more your thing, catch Halloween (1978) under the stars at the Rooftop Cinema Club in Midtown starting at 7:15 pm. End your All Hallow’s Eve by heading to House of Yes in Bushwick for the Gala Of The Gone event, which features a spooky evening filled with elaborate costumes, aerialists hanging from above, high energy DJ sets, and more.

Photo by Liz Clayman
Photo by Liz Clayman
Photo by Liz Clayman

Grab an expertly-crafted nightcap at one of the city’s best bars

Throughout fall
Various locations
When thirsty for an expertly-crafted nightcap, New Yorkers have it good. Whether it’s the swanky celebrity-backed Pebble Bar at Rockefeller Center or 64 floors up with breathtaking views at Overstory in FiDi, late-night spots abound. We’re also partial to bars offering live entertainment alongside our drinks, like The Nines piano bar in NoHo or the Lamba Lounge in Harlem, that’s set up with everything from video games to a photo booth and Jenga. And perfect for the autumn weather, we have to shout out our fav al fresco destinations like Ridgewood’s Nowadays plus the sweet outdoor seating at Dante in the West Village.

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Scavenge for Peeps Cookies and More Fun Treats in NYC This Easter

The best Easter desserts in NYC this spring include Easter Bunny Churros and Carrot Cake Macarons.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

As spring makes its way through New York City, not only do we get to enjoy beautiful weather, stunning cherry blossoms, and cool activities priced at $Free.99, but it’s also the perfect time for some limited-edition desserts.

With Easter fast approaching, bakeries are filling their shops with tons of chocolate eggs, carrot cake-flavoured everything and all types of flavours that offer both nostalgia and innovation within the city’s dessert landscape. After you’ve picked up a cake from the city’s best new bakeries, from Easter Bunny Churros to Carrot Cake Macarons, here are 8 Easter desserts to try in NYC right now.

Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery

Magnolia Bakery

Throughout April
Various locations
There’s great news for devotees of Magnolia Bakery’s Classic Banana Pudding: For Easter, the spot is mixing up the iconic dessert’s vanilla pudding with some carrot cake. The Carrot Cake Pudding is filled with freshly grated carrots, coconuts, pineapples, raisins, and walnuts. And if both bananas and carrots aren’t your thing, they’ll be offering their Classic Vanilla Cupcakes in pastel colours with a Cadbury chocolate egg hidden inside.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

Funny Face Bakery

Through Easter Sunday
NoHo and Seaport
Known for their celebrity face and meme-worthy decorated cookies, fans of Funny Face Bakery know that a new fun design is always just around the corner. For Easter, they’ve created the adorable Hoppy Easter decorated cookie that resembles a classic box of marshmallow Peeps. Along with that, they also have the return of their fan-favourite Caramel Pretzel Chip cookie flavour, plus a set of three mini-decorated cookies perfect for gifting.

The Doughnut Project

Friday, April 7 through Easter Sunday
West Village
With the ever-changing flavours at The Doughnut Project, it’s super easy to miss out on trying out a new debut. But this Easter weekend, there will be two new flavours available. One is of course, a carrot cake doughnut topped with a cream cheese glaze, and the other is known as the Doughnut Nest-a French cruller “nest” with a cream-filled doughnut hole “egg” in the centre.

Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour

The Fragile Flour

Wednesday, April 5 through Easter Sunday
East Village
For stellar vegan desserts this holiday, head to The Fragile Flour, a plant-based bakery and dessert wine bar. They’re known for going all out for each holiday with a variety of new pastry options that you can pair perfectly with a glass of wine. This Easter, they’ll have a whole dessert menu that’s both delicious and gorgeous for posting on IG. The menu includes Stuffed Carrot Cake Cookies, a Lemon Cake (whole or by the slice), some festive cupcakes, and specialty macarons.

Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Through mid April
Midtown
For a luxurious take on Easter chocolates, browse the selections available at Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate. You can even pick the Easter Signature Chef’s Selection for a special box curated by award-winning chefs. For something other than chocolate, choose between the Carrot Cake Macarons or the cake flavored Easter Marshmallow Trio, both of which are almost too cute to eat.

La Churreria

Throughout April
Nolita
This churro-centric spot is putting the cutest Easter spin on their crispy cinnamon churros by twisting them up into bunnies and bunny ears. At Churreria, choose from a Bunny Churro Lollipop topped with your choice of chocolate or dulce de leche and sprinkles, or the bunny ear churros in the Ube and Matcha ice cream sundae or the Ube Milkshake, both of which are made with ice cream from il laboratorio del gelato.

Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci

Lafayette

Throughout April
NoHo
You’ve surely seen this croissant tons of times while scrolling through IG or TikTok, whether it’s the Pain au Chocolat one or the latest of the month. Known as SuprĂŞmes, these filled croissants went viral and continue to live up to the hype each time a new flavour comes out. April’s flavour-sour cherry amaretto with a Luxardo custard and toasted almonds. While you’ll have to be super early and wait in line during one of their three drops of the day to get a taste, we promise you it’ll be worth it.

Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain

Levain

Seasonal
Various locations
We all know the iconic cookies from Levain-they’re gigantic, perfectly crispy and chewy, and well worth the long lines. For spring, the shop is launching a new flavour: Caramel Coconut Chocolate Chip. Filled with gooey caramel chips, fresh shredded coconut, and melty dark chocolate, it’s one you’ve got to try while it’s still around. To further celebrate the new season, all of Levain’s storefronts will be decked out in spring floral displays, serving as the perfect backdrop for pictures.

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Alaina Cintron is an Editorial Assistant at Thrillist. Her work can also be found in Westchester Magazine, Girls’ Life, and Spoon University. When she’s not at her desk typing away, you can find her exploring a local coffee shop or baking a new recipe.

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