Top 10 things to do in September

Dine Outside.

Al fresco eateries with a view. 

Before summer officially winds down, seize the chance to enjoy one of NYC’s many incredibly stylish and chic outdoor cafés. For Hudson River and iconic skyline views, Pier i Café is unmatched.  Casual sunset dining and everything from chilled salads and wraps to lobster rolls and skirt steak make this our first “go-to” suggestion (500 W 70th St).  For French fare with a unique Latin flair, visit Chelsea’s lively Americano situated atop its namesake hotel (518 W 27th St). We recommend ordering the Loup de Mer – a delicious European Seabass that is perfectly paired with a glass of their French wine.  Or, hit their rooftop pool La Piscine if you prefer light bites and cocktails cabana-style.  Those seeking a little people watching with their experience should head to the Meatpacking District’s one-stop dining extravaganza at The Standard Hotel (848 Washington St). The Grill serves American classics by a Michelin-starred chef while the Plaza offers more casual outside dining in front of the hotel (in the only public square in Lower Manhattan). And for a little ping-pong and beer, hit their Biergarten and enjoy the open-air fun of it all. 

Synth-pop, Broadway tunes & more!

Incredible NYC Venues hosting epic shows.

Looking to add a one of a kind highlight to your NYC experience this September?  Then check out the roster of headline concerts and pick from big name after big name.  Electronic music band Depeche Mode brings its powerhouse “Delta Machine” tour to town for two dates at two arenas – Brooklyn’s Barclay Center on 9/6 and Long Island’s Jones Beach on 9/8.  For a self-stylized little orchestra with a twist, Pink Martini offers a unique evening of everything from classical and jazz to old-fashioned pop. Catch them at the iconic Beacon Theatre on 9/22 (ticketmaster.com).  Lastly, Tony-winning composer Duncan Sheik debuts at 54 Below, Broadway’s premier supper club, for one week only on 9/7-9/14.  Check with your hotel concierge for up front seats or a combo dinner and a show package.

Extravaganza at the Guggenheim.

Experience James Turrell’s transformative Light & Space Exhibit.

A groundbreaking exhibit by American artist James Turrell transforms the world famous Guggenheim Museum into a massive rotunda of light. His first exhibition in a New York museum since 1980, this show focuses on the artist’s groundbreaking explorations of perception, light, color, and space.  Five concentric rings of LED fixtures beam towards the ceiling, shifting natural light and delivering a totally new experience to the building.  The installation reimagines Guggenheim designer Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic architecture, resulting in one of the most dramatic transformations of the museum ever conceived.  One of three concurrent exhibitions across the country celebrating Turrell, the Guggenheim show runs through 9/25 (www.guggenheim.org).  This is a “don’t miss” for museum go-ers this month.

Wear it well

The best of SoHo Boutique Shopping.

SoHo is a mecca for savvy shoppers looking for men’s and women’s fashion at the hippest boutiques in the country. Visit 3.1 Phillip Lim for sophisticated and contemporary threads set against a sleek backdrop of hardwood floors and mirrored walls (151 Mercer Street).  Eclectic and quirky describes Opening Ceremony’s flagship shop, offering meticulously curated selections from indie and established designers including Proenza Schouler and Rodarte (35 Howard St.).  For edgy minimalist clothing, head to the ultra-hip Swedish collective Acne Studios (33 Greene St.) and navigate the labyrinth layout while you check out everything from ultra-modern to futuristic.

Fabulous Park Side Dining.

Central Park South Restaurants are in a class of their own.

Located on the 9th floor of the Museum of Art and Design, Robert is a sensual red-hued space with breathtaking park views (2 Columbus Circle). Feast on their traditional American fare and Inventive dishes like crispy ricotta gnocchi with veal ragu. Less than a mile east and steps from The Plaza Hotel, neighborhood favorite Sarabeth’s offers all-day dining with a popular brunch including waffles and eggs benedict (40 Central Park S).  For modern American fare, the South Gate Restaurant & Bar shines with an evolving seasonal menu and fresh organic ingredients (154 Central Park S).

Drink & Be Merry!

Take a break at these Happy Hour Hotspots.

A busy day deserves a little play in the city that never sleeps. On the East side, Bookmarks Lounge at the Library Hotel entices with swanky rooftop views and literary-themed drinks (299 Madison Ave.).  Enjoy cocktails on the outdoor terrace or try the Hemingway (rum, mint and champagne) indoors beside the fireplace. The sultry candle-lit anotheroom in Tribeca is a Zagat-rated beer specialist also serving wine in speak-easy style digs (249 West Broadway).  A bit north in the heart of the Meatpacking District, Fig & Olive impresses with Mediterranean aperitivo selections, live music, and complimentary bites with drink purchase (420 W 13th St.).

Foot Forward.

Designer Shoe Shopping in the City.

At Charlotte Olympia boutique, fun and flirty footwear become instant conversation pieces (22 East 65th St.). From Art Deco styled platforms to the cosmic collection of Zodiac-inspired flats, these eye-catching shoes add high-octane glamour to any outfit. It’s heaven on earth in the shoe department of Saks Fifth Avenue where luxury designers like Louboutin, Chanel and Prada are sold for a fraction of the price (611 5th Ave). The express elevator to the 8th floor ensures a swift arrival at this mecca of a shoe store.

Rush for Sugar.

Decadent Desserts abound Downtown.

If dessert were an Olympic sport, NYC would win a medal. Dominique Ansel Bakery creates a stir this summer with its legendary trademarked cronut, a croissant-doughnut hybrid that has sweet-toothed patrons lining up at dawn (189 Spring St.).  Equally as tantalizing is Magnolia Bakery, a once unassuming pastry shop that HBO’s hit series “Sex and the City” helped turn into a household name. Its specialty remains cupcakes but the banana pudding is divine (401 Bleecker St.). For a more adventurous tasting, Momofuku Milk Bar and Bakery dazzles the taste buds with imaginative concoctions like crack pie, cereal-milk soft-serve ice cream and the compost cookie (coffee grounds mixed with chocolate and potato chips) (251 E. 13th St).

Fun under the Sun.

Partake in NYC Park activities.

September weather is still mild enough for brisk, park-filled days. Summer on the Hudson, the annual outdoor arts & culture festival, continues in Riverside Park from 59th to 153rd Street. With scheduled events like Sunset Yoga, Human Chess and choreographed Dance Safaris, there’s no better way to stay active outdoors. Over on Governor’s Island, artfully designed vintage carousels (adults can ride too!) from France have found their second home through September 29th.  For a bit more park energy, a 7-minute ferry departing from the Battery Maritime Building transports you to the carnival atmosphere of Fête Paradiso, which takes place Saturday’s and Sunday’s from 10am–6:30pm.  Lastly, sharpen your reflexes and take part in Bryant Park Fencing Fridays between 1:00pm-2:00pm where masters from Manhattan Fencing Center offer beginner group lessons in this graceful modern sport. En garde!  No need to bring your own sabre as equipment is provided.

Batter Up!

Follow the pinstripes and catch a Yankees home game.

Attending a Yankees game might as well be a right of passage for native New Yorkers and visitors alike. Don’t miss your chance to see the New York Yankees on their home turf in their impressive modern stadium. Choose from three games vs. the White Sox (9/2, 9/3, 9/4) and four games vs. the Red Sox (9/5, 9/6, 9/7, 9/8). For tickets, visit: yankees.mlb.com/Tickets