If you haven’t noticed yet, we’re right in the heart of it. It’s the time of year when we take normal products that we consume every day and add a nice little pumpkin kick to it because as the weather gets cooler, that’s just what you do. It’s Pumpkin Season. Let’s take a peek at some of the best places in New York City to eat yummy pumpkin treats:
To some people, September 22nd marks the first day of fall. To others, the day Starbucks rolls out their pumpkin spice latte is the day that the leaves start changing in their minds. This year, that day was September 4th (a little too early for my taste, but I won’t complain), and since then Starbucks’ across the city have been serving up the delicious drinks.
But if you want to try a fresh take on the beverage, Starbucks isn’t the answer. AQ Kafé is. This delectable drink can be found on Broadway just off Columbus Circle and is as good as it gets. Don’t get me wrong, I love the convenience of the Starbucks version, but if I find myself in Midtown, I’m going to AQ Kafé.
If you’re a beer lover, than pumpkin season is likely one of your favorite times of year. It marks the end of the light, breezy beers of summer and the beginning of the full flavored, dark, heavy beers of the colder months. The pumpkin ale is one of the first beers in this transitional phase and offers a sweet yet spicy body for your palate.
One of the best pumpkin ales that you’ll find anywhere in NYC is Heartland Brewery’s version. The Smiling Pumpkin Ale is a delicious addition to the pumpkin season festivities that will put a grin on your face. You will be able to find this beer in any of Heartland’s locations around Manhattan.
I suppose pumpkin pie doesn’t necessarily fall into the same category as the previous two beverages. It doesn’t have the same “let’s add pumpkin to our already tasty treat” feel to it, but pumpkin pie is such an important part of pumpkin season that I cannot leave it off the list.
Everyone in New York claims to have the best pumpkin pie in the city. I truly cannot tell you where the best is, but I recently ate a delicious piece of pie from the Little Pie Company in Midtown West. It is simple and to the point, but when it comes to pie I think it is more of a personal preference. That is why I suggest you wait until November, grab those pumpkins that you’ve been using as Halloween decorations and make your own version. Here are 20 different recipes for you to choose from to fit your tastes.
In a fall state of mind? Check out this fall foliage brunch cruise and see New York City change before your eyes.