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Celebrate November Food Holidays in NYC

November doesn't have to be all about turkey!

Nearly every day in November brings a designated food holiday worth celebrating-- and we're talking nachos, cupcakes and so much more.

Break out your eating pants now and plan ahead for all the edible festivities.

November 1: World Vegan Day

To kick of Vegan Awareness Month, November starts
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To kick of Vegan Awareness Month, November starts with World Vegan Day. Celebrate the day after Halloween by giving up animal products for the day and indulging in some tasty cruelty-free cuisine. The East Village's Angelica Kitchen is known for its creative vegan cuisine, going way beyond broccoli and rice. For an Asian twist, check out Lan Cafe, which serves vegan Vietnamese food like pho and banh mi.

November 3: National Sandwich Day

If every day in American isn't National Sandwich
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If every day in American isn't National Sandwich Day, we encourage you to celebrate today by going all out. Check out our list of NYC's best sandwiches and stuff your face with all the bread and fillings you can. Sandwiches for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert today! And yes, ice cream sandwiches can count too.

November 4: National Candy Day

Time to celebrate with all that leftover trick-or-treating
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Time to celebrate with all that leftover trick-or-treating loot. If you already are your way through Halloween candy, stop by some sweet NYC candy shops like Sockerbit, Stieber's Sweet Shoppe or Dewey's Candy in DUMBO. For leftover Halloween treats, check out our wine and candy pairings.

November 5: National Doughnut Appreciation Day

It's always a good day to appreciate a
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It's always a good day to appreciate a doughnut, and New York is such a great place to do so. Pay your celebratory visit to Dough, Doughnut Plant, Peter Pan Donuts or your favorite NYC doughnut maker for a sugary treat.

November 6: National Nachos Day

Fun fact: Nachos are over 70 years old!
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Fun fact: Nachos are over 70 years old! That totally pre-dates the microwaved cheese and Tostidos snack. Created in 1943 by Mexican restauranteur Ignacio "Nacho" Anaya, the original nachos were made from fried corn tortillas with melted cheddar cheese and sliced jalapeño peppers. While nachos have definitely evolved since then, they're still a pretty excellent snack. Celebrate with the assorted nacho flavors (including carne asada!) at Taqueria Diana or go all out with a platter of nachos grandes at El Maguey y la Tuna. For a late night celebration, try the loaded nachos at Pork Slope, made with chili, jalapeños, cheddar, tomatoes, onions, and drizzled with lime sour cream.

November 8: National Cappuccino Day

Celebrate all that is caffeinated and foamy today!
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Celebrate all that is caffeinated and foamy today! Grab a cappuccino at your favorite independent coffee shop or go to Everyman Espresso for a more unique twist on your favorite espresso beverage.

November 9: National Scrapple Day

What is scrapple? If you don't know, you
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What is scrapple? If you don't know, you might not want to ask, but if you enjoy foods along the lines of hot dogs and salami, you'll probably like it. You can find homemade Scrapple at many Southern restaurants including Bubby's, egg, Hill & Dale and Sweet Chick. For a gourmet rendition, try the scrapple at Telepan, served with coddled egg and collard greens.

November 11: National Sundae Day

This holiday falls on a Tuesdae-- but that
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This holiday falls on a Tuesdae-- but that doesn't mean you can't have a sundae celebration! You can opt for a comically huge sundae at Serendipity III or go for something more refined like the salted caramel pretzel sundae at Morgenstern's Finest Ice Cream. Ample Hills Creamery also serves a tasty variety of sundaes, including the Piggies by the Campfire s'mores style treat and a classic brownie sundae with caramel sauce.

November 14: National Pickle Day

New York is probably the best place in
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New York is probably the best place in the world to celebrate pickle day! Stock up on pickles at The Pickle Guys, collect jars from Brooklyn Brine, or visit a classic like 2nd Avenue Deli for a platter of pickles with (or for) your dinner.

November 16: National Fast Food Day

Among the culinary crowd, fast food in generally
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Among the culinary crowd, fast food in generally scoffed at, but that doesn't mean NYC hasn't produced some excellent fast food chains! Stop into Shake Shack to celebrate with a Shack Burger and crinkle fries, get a Crif Pack from Crif Dogs or just get a dollar slice-- fast and easy celebrations!

November 17: National Baklava Day

This Middle Eastern dessert is sticky, flaky and
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This Middle Eastern dessert is sticky, flaky and oh so sweet-- this will be a great day. Head to Artopolis Espresso, which has location in Morningside Heights and Astoria for a generous slice of their gooey baklava. You can also grab some tasty baklava from Turkish cafe Güllüoglu, also known for being the world's biggest baklava wholesaler!

November 18: National Apple Cider Day

The best place to get apple cider is
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The best place to get apple cider is easily at an NYC Greenmarket. And of course, chase it down with an apple cider doughnut! For a healthy dose of apple cider, you can sip warm cider or a cider smoothie at Juicy Lucy.

November 21: National Gingerbread Day

The winter holiday season has barely kicked off
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The winter holiday season has barely kicked off but gingerbread day is here! Lucky for gingerbread lovers, New York Hall of Science's Gingerbread Lane opens today. Check out the 1.5 ton, 300-square-foot made completely of sugary confections.

November 23: National Espresso Day

This holiday falls on a Sunday this year
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This holiday falls on a Sunday this year so you can caffeinate for the week! Go on a coffee crawl to get espresso shots from Ninth Street Espresso, iamcoffee, Everyman Espresso, Madman Espresso or any of your favorite NYC coffee shops.

November 24: National Sardine Day

We already told you that sardines are swimming
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We already told you that sardines are swimming onto menus all over NYC! Visit All'Onda, French Louie or Achilles Heel for some creative and tasty sardine dishes.

November 26: National Cake Day

Pre-game your Thanksgiving feast by celebrating cake day!
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Pre-game your Thanksgiving feast by celebrating cake day! Special order a birthday cake from Momofuku Milk Bar, because it doesn't get more festive than that. If you want cake by the slice, check out the daily offerings at Magnolia Bakery or Billy's Bakery.

November 28: National French Toast Day

The day after Thanksgiving this is the perfect
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The day after Thanksgiving this is the perfect way to use your leftover bread. Or go out and stuff yourself with French toast! Chocolate decadence French toast from Norma's is a sweet way to celebrate. For a slightly toned-down option, try the Nutella stuffed French toast at Saxon and Parole.

November 29: National Chocolate Day

As if we had to give you ideas
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As if we had to give you ideas on how to celebrate this one, we suggest visiting one of New York's premium chocolatiers. Visit Mast Brothers Chocolate Factory, Jacques Torres or Rakka Chocolate for your chocolatey day. To feast on chocolate, head to Max Brenner for a totally chocolate-centric meal.

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