Hope you enjoyed my summer of New Jersey, but now that it’s almost fall, it’s time to go back to the city. I love every season in New York City. Each season has something unique about it. These are the things I love about fall/autumn in New York City.
- Everyone’s back from summer vacation, including celebrities. I think this is one of the best times of year for celebrity sightings.
- The lecture circuit is open again with interesting talks at many different venues. (Yes, I am a nerd.)
- San Gennaro Festival in September–I love the ten-day festival in Little Italy and try to go as many times as I can. I like the Mass, procession, and of course, the food.
- New York state apples at the Union Square Greenmarket.
- Brooklyn Book Festival–A great place for literary-types like me to get our fix. So many great independent and small press publishers. I always find something interesting here.
- Mooncakes for Mid-Autumn Festival–I enjoy going to Chinatown to get mooncakes at the local bakeries.
- Columbus Day Parade–I have marched in the parade before. It is a great way to celebrate my Italian culture and share it with the world.
- Village Halloween parade–This is an event not to be missed. I have marched in the parade many times. It is a lot of fun to see the creative costumes and have a crazy night out in the Village.
- Leaves changing color at Central Park.
- Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade–OK, you have to do this parade at least once. Known for its giant balloons, the parade is a must-see, especially if you know someone who works along the parade route, like I did, and can watch it from the comfort (and warmth) of inside.
me marching in the Village Halloween parade
Central Park in fall
Brooklyn Book Festival
–Dina Di Maio
I probably should’ve tried the pizza at Zia Esterina Sorbillo on Mulberry Street in Manhattan’s Little Italy because that is what they are famous for in Naples. I have eaten it there and wrote about it in a previous post.
This visit I was alone and wanted something a little lighter–not that this huge calzone was.
I ordered the salame calzone. I believe they use good ingredients here, and the prices do reflect that.
The calzone was good but a little peppery for my taste, although I do think it’s the Neapolitan style, as my grandma’s calzones had a good amount of black pepper.
If I return, I would definitely get the pizza. It’s Neapolitan-style, which tends toward a “soggy” center that is different from New York-style pizza. When I told my cousin in Italy that Sorbillo opened up in New York, he was very excited and said it is very good pizza. So I think if you are looking to try a pizza that closely resembles the style of pizza in Naples, this is the place to go.
I recently had brunch at two very nice spots on the Upper West Side, an area of the city where I usually do not spend much time.
One is Machiavelli on Columbus & 85th. A gorgeous restaurant with lush decor, the menu is decidedly Italian, including brunch with dishes like polenta with parmesan and truffle oil, nutella crepes, and lemon and ricotta pancakes. I had the frittata salsiccia with Italian sausage, goat cheese, spinach and tomato. It was wonderful.
Another spot is Ella Kitchen & Bar on Columbus & 72nd. Here, the brunch consists of appetizing Latin & Mediterranean variations of classic dishes like baked eggs with Argentine sausage; eggs Benedict with grass-fed skirt steak and sauteed spinach; or avocado toast with edamame, black sesame seed, scallions, radishes, and hard-boiled egg. I got the classic baked eggs with heavy cream and parmesan.
From February 18 through 28, the NYC location of Wasabi Sushi & Bento is celebrating its first birthday by giving away free onigiri to any customer who tags a photo @Wasabi_NYC! Just show your post at checkout.
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Thanksgiving Dinner, Thursday, November 27, 2014, 4 to 7 p.m., The Water Table, Brooklyn
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