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Fall foods: Reasons to get excited

Cooler nights: culinary delights.

Fall is the harvest season: time to celebrate all that we're grateful for. While summer is considered the best time for food (think: tomatoes, berries, melon) there's so much to eat in fall, too. And the food (and drink) of fall is, above all else, comforting.

Apples, apples everywhere

Just picked, tree-ripened apples are a real thing
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Just picked, tree-ripened apples are a real thing of beauty. And they taste delicious too! In September and October, apple picking is all the rage (just check your Instagram feed for proof). The crisp fruit will start appearing on menus around the city, and apple pies will be presented at dinner parties aplenty. Want to get in on the festivities?

The best apple pies in New York City

How to make cinnamon apple rings

Hard cider

There’s no doubt that hard cider is making
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There’s no doubt that hard cider is making a spirited comeback in the U.S. and especially in N.Y. State, where cider-making is supported by the Cuomo Administration's Taste NY initiative. You can support all the producers too by buying cider but also taking part in Cider Week NYC, which starts on Oct. 24.

Here's what you need to know about cider.

Figs

Fig trees were brought to New York City
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Fig trees were brought to New York City by Italian immigrants and while some did not survive the harsh winters, many have. A fresh fig is unbeatable when it comes to pleasurable eating. Because of its delicate texture and unbeatable sweet yet herbal flavor, chefs across the city have are using it in memorable dishes right now.

Grub Street put together a comprehensive list. Check it out.

All pumpkin everything

For those of you who love the pumpkin
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For those of you who love the pumpkin spice lattes, this is your season. Almost every coffee shop in the city is indulging in the trend and making a "coffee" drink for you to, likewise, indulge in. So there's that. But if you're a pumpkin purist, who loves the taste of actual pumpkin, then this is also your season: the season of pumpkin pie, one of the best things in the world, and definitely one of the best things about fall.

Our favorite is from 4&20 Blackbirds and is called Brown Butter Pumpkin Pie. YUM.

Casseroles, stews, tagines

Fall is the start of the best season
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Fall is the start of the best season for home cooks. It's cooler outside, so keeping your oven or stove top on for long periods of time is no big deal, and also something about the turning leaves just makes even the most amateur cooks feel ready to take chances in the kitchen. It's exciting.

Fall flavors are also more dramatic, sensual and aromatic, and the best recipes help them sing. Say hello to cinnamon, nutmeg, all-spice and five-spice, fennel and anise. Here are some of our favorite recipes:

Chicken tagine with fennel and olives

Red wine braised short ribs

Hasselback sweet potatoes

TAILGATE!!!

So shacking up in an apartment with a
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So shacking up in an apartment with a plate of wings isn't exactly tailgating, but we'll take what we can get. And Sundays in the fall watching football just isn't as good without the appropriate eats. Obviously, you can get wings anywhere in the city, but here are our favorite places to get some:

Bromberg Bros. Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken: Get chicken, chicken and sides, chicken and salad (NO) and much more from this East Village spot.

Dinosaur BBQ: This gargantuan Gowanus BBQ spot does take-out for its entire menu, which features much more than chicken wings, think: ribs, pulled pork, brisket. And if your TV is too small, head to the restaurant to watch the game. (All NFL will be shown, including out-of-market games!)

Hope Garage: This Williamsburg restaurant and bar also does take-out and delivery and have some of the best wings in Brooklyn. They are extra crispy and are elevated - instead of just plain old blue cheese, you get blue cheese fondue.

Beer, lots of delicious beer

Beer season kicks into high-gear in the fall.
Photo Credit: Shipyard Brewing Co.

Beer season kicks into high-gear in the fall. Hops just taste better when there's a nip in the air, don't they? Not only is Oktoberfest in the fall, but it's also the season of pumpkin and other fall-flavored brews. Here are some of our favorites, like Shipyard Brewing Co.'s Pumpkinhead Ale. What kind of beer do you like to drink in the fall?

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