Eating + Drinking

Where to Eat the Most Apple-icious Treats (Including Pizza!) in NYC

Get a load of these big apples!

Photo by Mikey Boyle/Courtesy of Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge

The official fruit of New York—both city and state—is delicious on its own, but NYC’s many restaurants and cafés like to spiff up the signature autumnal bounty. Take a bite out of the freshest apple-inspired dishes and desserts of the season.  

Apple Crisp at Brooklyn Winery

Cozy nights usually begin (and end) with some vino, but this urban winery likes to throw an old-fashioned crisp into the mix. Served in a personal ceramic cocotte, BK Winery’s version keeps the cinnamon crumble you know and love and adds a dollop of vanilla Chantilly cream on top as a sweet finisher. P.S. Swing by for a cheap date night on Wednesdays, when bottles are half off with the purchase of two dishes. 213 North 8th Street, Williamsburg

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Fall Apples & Cream Patbingsu at Golden Diner

Shaved ice from around the globe has been one of the year’s hottest dessert trends—and we caught onto it quickly!—but one of our favorites this season comes from chef Sam Yoo’s greasy spoon in Chinatown. The Momofuku alum introduced his own take on Korean patbingsu (shaved ice) when dinner service launched in September. It’s a refreshing reimagining of apple pie made with ingredients both American (stewed apple slices, Cinnamon Toast Crunch) and otherwise (condensed vanilla milk, sweet adzuki beans). 123 Madison Street (between Market Street and Mechanics Alley), Chinatown

Salted Caramel Apple Cruller at Daily Provisions

Upper West Siders have eagerly anticipated the opening of Danny Meyer’s all-day café since the project was first announced in March—and their waning patience means his signature crullers have been selling out earlier than usual. If you manage to get there in time (which means waiting on line before dawn breaks), order the uptown-only seasonal flavor: a doughy version of a carnival caramel apple, dripping in salty-sweet sauce and gingerly sprinkled with toasted peanut bits. 375 Amsterdam Avenue (at West 78th Street), Upper West Side

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Apple Sorbet at Caffe Panna

Just around the block from Danny Meyer’s Daily Provisions’s Gramercy location is daughter Hallie Meyer’s ice cream parlor, which launched with instant raves thanks to strong social media word of mouth and high-caliber followers. The buzz is well earned, though: Meyer’s gelato and affogato sundaes are already being called some of the city’s best frosty treats. Turn on your Instagram notifications for Panna’s stories, where they regularly announce specialty scoops of the day like this hyper-seasonal sorbet, made with juices from freshly picked Connecticut apples. 77 Irving Place (at East 19th Street), Gramercy

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Apple Hot Pocket at Mister Paradise

This East Village cocktail den throws it back to your elementary days with its microwave-free take on your (and my) favorite after-school snack. Here they forgo savory fillings for the sweet stuff, filling a golden puff pastry with thinly sliced Granny Smiths sautéed in autumnal spices and plenty of butter before adding à la mode touches like malted pandan ice cream and a sprig of mint. Beat that, Bon Appètit! 105 First Avenue (between East 6th and 7th Streets), East Village

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Little Apple Cider Pancakes at Hunky Dory

Claire Sprouse’s newish café on Crown Heights’s main stretch draws considerable crowds during most parts of the day, but especially during brunching hours. There you’ll find these little silver-dollar gems consistently leaving the kitchen, delivered as a duo (if you’re craving a snack) or a sextet (if you want a full breakfast). Aside from being perfectly perfumed and fluffy thanks to a whipped yogurt base, each micro-pancake is surrounded by a pool of rosemary-kissed toffee sauce and topped with a smattering of crumbled bacon and pecan bits. 747 Franklin Avenue, Crown Heights

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Apple Bacon Pizza at Williamsburg Pizza

What’s better than early-morning bacon, a fresh midday apple, and late-night pizza? Answer: All of the above combined. This paper-plate chainlet proves that you can have it all with this indulgent bit of heaven, pairing juicy apple slices and thin slabs of bacon with three types of cheese (smoked mozz, shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano, and Gorgonzola chunks) and nutty walnut bits on the same slice. Salivating already? Us too. Locations in Williamsburg and Crown Heights and on the Lower East Side, the Upper East Side, and the Bowery

Dough-Pie at Magic Hour

Finally, a stunt dessert worth the stomach space! Moxy Times Square’s rooftop bar and lounge takes the go-big-or-go-home approach when it comes to its love of apples, baking up a behemoth apple cider doughnut-pie hybrid that feeds 12 (or an extremely hungry me). Caramelized Honeycrisp apples and spiked maple syrup are baked inside of a massive doughnut (weighing in at five pounds!), then decadently covered with eye-catching toppings like a strong bourbon glaze, crispy cinnamon crumblies, and a rainbow of chocolate balls and sprinkles. 485 Seventh Avenue (at West 36th Street), Garment District

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