Top 10 Things to do in October

Garden of Eatin’.

Outdoor dining at its best.

In NYC, dining out isn’t just about quality eating – it’s about ambiance! Several of the city’s top-notch restaurants now offer backyard-style gardens where customers can treat themselves to a delicious meal and a killer atmosphere all at the same time. A popular favorite among couples is The Park, located right near The High Line and the Hudson River. This aptly named restaurant provides a romantic, expertly decorated outdoor space, making it the perfect date night locale (118 Tenth Ave.). Peter Hoffman’s much buzzed about Back Forty has become a hotspot for celebrity sightings, thanks in large part to its hip, outdoor garden area. Between the low-hanging lights and comfy, mismatched chairs, this eccentric vibe will make customers feel right at home (190 Avenue B). Lastly, health nuts will want to check out Pure Food and Wine. This trendy, vegan raw restaurant allows its visitors to enjoy delicious, gourmet food al fresco while underneath shaded tables and the glow of twinkling lights. It’s double the fun and half the calories. That’s what we call a win-win situation! (54 Irving Place).

Touchdown!

NFL games you won’t want to miss.

The start of fall means football season is in full swing, allowing diehard fans the chance to see some of their favorite NFL stars in action on their home turf. Come watch as the NY Giants tackle the Philadelphia Eagles (10/6) and the Minnesota Vikings (10/21) at MetLife Stadium (giants.com). Or witness as the NY Jets take on the Pittsburgh Steelers (10/13) and the New England Patriots (10/20) in what’s sure to be two must-see games of the season (newyorkjets.com). Ready, set, HIKE!

 Art Abounds.

Boutique museums you should know about.

The Met and MoMA usually get all the attention, but New York City is chock-full of smaller, lesser-known museums that have just as much to offer. History buffs will fall in love with The Morgan Library & Museum, which showcases Gutenberg Bibles as well as manuscripts by the likes of Mark Twain and Jane Austen (225 Madison Ave.). Hard-core art lovers will want to check out the The Frick Collection, where they can experience masterpieces by artists such as Bellini, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Gainsborough, and Whistler (1 E. 70th St.). Prepare to be stunned.

Shop Til You Drop.

Check out the best of Fifth Avenue.

When it comes to shopping, NYC is hard to beat. Take a stroll down Fifth Avenue and find some of the finest fashion-forward stores in town. Check out Cartier for a wide variety of high-end jewelry and watches, guaranteed to impress that special someone no matter what the occasion (653 Fifth Ave.). Then there’s Henri Bendel’s collection of brand-name designer handbags and fashion accessories, for those looking to find the perfect wardrobe accents. One trip here and you’ll be runway-ready in no time (712 Fifth Ave.).  Speaking of which, Armani Exchange (created by Italian designer Giorgio Armani) is always a great go-to for the latest hip styles that will make you the envy of your social circle (645 Fifth Ave.).

Absolute Mad-ness.

Wine and dine in the heart of Madison Avenue North.

The City that Never Sleeps always knows how to eat. Located in the upper-region of Madison Avenue, Nello Restaurant has played host to many of the NY elite, offering an impressive wine selection and savory homemade pastas that will leave your mouth watering for more (696 Madison Ave.). For a sophisticated atmosphere at modest prices, stop by Bar Italia for some authentic Italian cuisine and desserts to die for (3 words: Crepe with Nutella). This perfect blend of downtown edge and uptown elegance promises to make every meal an enjoyable one (768 Madison Ave.). Lastly, check out Fred’s at Barneys where there’s something on the menu for everyone. Whether it’s the lobster bisque, Baltimore crab cakes, or their nationally famous Mark’s Madison Avenue salad, this modern day bistro never fails to satisfy your appetite (660 Madison Ave.).

Give Me a Break(fast).

NYC’s best brunch locales.

Breakfast is great, but brunch is better. NYC’s popular French bistro, Balthazar, serves up a delicious assortment of breakfast favorites, including Brioche French Toast with smoked, crispy bacon and Apple Cinnamon Pancakes with warm maple syrup. Of course, it wouldn’t be a true brunch without a few alcoholic beverages. We strongly recommend the Champagne-Pick-Me-Up! (80 Spring St.). For a great view, head on over to the Meatpacking District’s STK Rooftop, where you can sip sangria and enjoy the Manhattan skyline all at the same time (26 Little West 12th St.).

Watch Yourself.

Tell time in style.

Is it time to get a new watch? Wempe sells some of the most exquisite timepieces in the world, showcasing top-of-the-line brands such as Panerai, Cartier, Rolex, and many more (700 Fifth Ave.). But if your wrist craves something a little more unique, you’ll love Tourneau’s contemporary collection of one-of-a-kind timepieces, named the TNY Series. At this store, watches aren’t just an accessory – they’re a lifestyle choice (510 Madison Ave.).

Shaken, Not Stirred.

Stop by the best martini bars in town.

Whether it’s due to a long day at the office or just the city’s fast-paced atmosphere, some days you just need a good drink. And nothing calms the nerves better than a New York City martini. Pravda, an underground Russian speakeasy in SoHo, prides itself in serving some of the best vodka-infused martinis in town. From horseradish to citrus to cucumber-dill, these unique flavors are the perfect way to unwind after a long, hard day (281 Lafayette St.). For those who enjoy a good view with their drink, The Metropolitan Museum’s Roof Garden Café and Martini Bar should be right up your alley. Located on the roof, this causal outdoor setting allows its visitors to enjoy refreshing beverages with the Manhattan skyline as their backdrop (1000 Fifth Ave.). Lastly, swing over to Cibar, an upscale martini lounge in the heart of Gramercy Park. Guests can relax in front of a roaring fire or unwind in the bamboo garden, all while enjoying their wide selection of specialty martinis, such as the Chocolate, Watermelon, and Bellini Martini (56 Irving Pl.).

Music To Our Ears.

Carnegie Hall reopens its doors.

Classical music fans will want to check out Carnegie Hall’s list of October events for its 2013-2014 season. The popular venue reopens its doors on October 2nd for the Opening Night Gala where it will showcase the great talents of The Philadelphia Orchestra. The gala benefits Carnegie Hall’s art and education programs and includes a dinner at the Waldorf Astoria’s Grand Ballroom following the concert (carnegiehall.org/specialevents). Jazz lovers will want to stick around for The New York Pops performance on October 4th, which will guest star the internationally renowned jazz trumpeter, Chris Botti. Other October highlights include the American Symphony Orchestra (10/3), the Mariinsky Orchestra (10/10, 10/11, 10/15), and The MET Orchestra (10/13).

Concerts Galore.

Black Crowes, John Legend, and Barenaked Ladies, oh my!

You haven’t truly lived until you’ve witnessed a NYC concert. From live bands to outdoor festivals, no place appreciates music quite like this city. Don’t miss as the Black Crowes perform at Terminal 5 in Hell’s Kitchen for 4 nights only on 10/24, 10/26, 10/27, and 10/29 (terminal5nyc.com). Nine-time Grammy Award winner, John Legend, will grace the Beacon Theatre stage with special guest Tamar Braxton on 10/28 and 10/29, as part of his Made To Love tour. The R&B singer will be performing singles from his fourth solo album Love in the Future (beacontheatre.com/events). Popular Canadian rock band, Barenaked Ladies, will also stop by the Beacon with special guests Whitehorse for a one night only event on 10/17. Come join the band as they celebrate 25 years together (beacontheatre.com/events).