September is a lovely time of year to visit New York City. The city boasts numerous outdoor attractions like its parks and outdoor events as well as a myriad of new restaurants to visit on your trip to the city. It’s impossible to be bored in NYC. If you’re planning to travel to the city this September, here are some must-see events and new eateries you don’t want to miss.

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit (September 4-6 and 11-12)

Visit Greenwich Village to enjoy the annual Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit. This arts festival includes both arts and crafts, including oil paintings, sculpture, jewelry, fiber, ceramics, and more. The exhibit is the perfect place to pick up a special souvenir to commemorate your visit to NYC. Each year, the festival attracts a wide range of art lovers, including locals and tourists alike. 

Coney Island Mermaid Parade (September 12) This has recently been canceled 🙁

If you’re in town on the 12th, you don’t want to miss one of the city’s most eclectic celebrations–the Coney Island Mermaid Parade. Head to Surf Avenue dressed as a mermaid, sailor, pirate, or your favorite sea creature to celebrate along with the rest of the crowd. Even if you don’t choose to dress up, you can come to watch and enjoy the parade and other attractions of Brighton Beach.

Update: As of September 4th this has been canceled.

Feast of San Gennaro (September 16-26)

Visit Little Italy for its annual fair known as the Feast of San Gennaro. During the twenties when Italian immigrants celebrated this saint’s day, the feast lasted for just a single day. Now, the celebration continues for longer than a week. If you love Italian food, this fair is a must-visit attraction with its cannoli-eating contests, pizza, and rich religious and cultural history. 

Shukette (Chelsea)

Head to Soho to enjoy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes in an ambient setting where you can relax with your partner or friends over delectable cuisine. As the sister restaurant of Soho’s Shuka, Shukette offers a more laid-back experience. Enjoy specialties like the squid kabobs, fish in a cage, or succulent lamb gyro. 

Hancock St. (Greenwich Village)

Hancock St. boasts a swanky ambiance and an upscale, white-tablecloth dining experience. This neighborhood bistro is the perfect place to enjoy a romantic dinner date. Its menu features seasonal dishes like summer vegetable pot pie as well as classic bistro favorites like steak au poivre, roasted chicken, and slow-roasted short ribs. 

Sydney’s Five (East Village)

Some might call the fare at Sydney’s Five bar food, but that hardly does it justice. This bar and eatery is the perfect place to hang out while enjoying unusual bar eats like andouille sausage corn dogs. In addition to popular menu items like the lamb burger and green curry mussels, there’s also a raw bar and refreshing appetizers like gazpacho. 

New York offers attractions and cuisine for people of all ages and tastes. Whether you’re in the mood for hot dogs near Central Park or gourmet faire after a day of sightseeing in Manhattan, you’ll find that The Big Apple is your oyster when it comes to food and entertainment. If you’re visiting NYC this September, be sure to keep these attractions in mind.

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