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The 15 Best Places to Visit in October (and the Most Wallet-Friendly)

PureWow Logo By letters@purewow.com (Dan Koday) of PureWow | Slide 1 of 15: If you haven’t heard, New York is back, baby! The city is wide open, and it seems like outdoor dining is here to stay, which means that the city is even more cosmopolitan and European in vibe than you’ve likely experienced on a past visit. Some of our favorites for a classy night out on the town include Sola Pasta Bar, and yep, you totally read that right. The “pasta bar” is packed with delicious favorites, like a yummy squid ink pasta, crowd-pleasing cacio e pepe, and spaghetti alle vongole, as well as a take on the classic Aperol Spritz that uses Italicus bergamot flavored liqueur. Other outdoor stunners include Match 65 Brasserie, which boasts a melt-in-your-mouth steak tartare; the fancy pants, dreamy floral garden display at Scarpetta; and, the charming neighborhood feels of The Leroy House, with its tables and outdoor dining structure positioned on a popular stretch of the West Village’s Hudson Street. Pro tip: If it’s on the menu, get the burrata. New restaurants, grub spots, and bars are also starting to open up as a result of loosened restrictions and return to normal life. Great Jones Distilling Co. is one Big Apple opening of note, as it’s Manhattan's first and only legal whiskey distillery since prohibition, which is pretty cool if you ask us. A menu of whiskey cocktails, tastings and gourmet bites are what guests can expect to find when they visit, all housed inside a beautiful and expansive building with enchanting retro design and located in one of “The City’s” hippest neighborhoods, NoHo. Halloween is also sure to be a blast in late October, especially since 2020 was such a dud. New York City’s legendary Halloween parade is back on, and it’s likely to draw a pretty epic crowd this year and some of the wildest, most innovative costumes you’ve ever seen. The best part? Recent KAYAK data suggests that average airfare to NYC is just $235 in October*. Where to stay: The Algonquin has everything, from a snazzy bar to a legend of ghosts to a hotel cat. The hotel was built in 1902 and recently underwent a renovation and now features a stunning, updated lobby. It’s long been a place business folks and creative types would hunker down in Midtown to take a meeting and get some work done—and for guests, it will make you feel like you’re hanging out in the world’s most luxurious living room. Opening just in time for an October visit, Pendry Manhattan West will be the first New York City outpost for the rapidly expanding Pendry Hotels & Resorts, a newcomer favorite with trendy luxe properties already operating in Baltimore, Los Angeles and Chicago.

1. NEW YORK, NY

If you haven’t heard, New York is back, baby! The city is wide open, and it seems like outdoor dining is here to stay, which means that the city is even more cosmopolitan and European in vibe than you’ve likely experienced on a past visit.

Some of our favorites for a classy night out on the town include Sola Pasta Bar, and yep, you totally read that right. The “pasta bar” is packed with delicious favorites, like a yummy squid ink pasta, crowd-pleasing cacio e pepe, and spaghetti alle vongole, as well as a take on the classic Aperol Spritz that uses Italicus bergamot flavored liqueur. Other outdoor stunners include Match 65 Brasserie, which boasts a melt-in-your-mouth steak tartare; the fancy pants, dreamy floral garden display at Scarpetta; and, the charming neighborhood feels of The Leroy House, with its tables and outdoor dining structure positioned on a popular stretch of the West Village’s Hudson Street. Pro tip: If it’s on the menu, get the burrata.

New restaurants, grub spots, and bars are also starting to open up as a result of loosened restrictions and return to normal life. Great Jones Distilling Co. is one Big Apple opening of note, as it’s Manhattan's first and only legal whiskey distillery since prohibition, which is pretty cool if you ask us. A menu of whiskey cocktails, tastings and gourmet bites are what guests can expect to find when they visit, all housed inside a beautiful and expansive building with enchanting retro design and located in one of “The City’s” hippest neighborhoods, NoHo.

Halloween is also sure to be a blast in late October, especially since 2020 was such a dud. New York City’s legendary Halloween parade is back on, and it’s likely to draw a pretty epic crowd this year and some of the wildest, most innovative costumes you’ve ever seen. The best part? Recent KAYAK data suggests that average airfare to NYC is just $235 in October*.

Where to stay: The Algonquin has everything, from a snazzy bar to a legend of ghosts to a hotel cat. The hotel was built in 1902 and recently underwent a renovation and now features a stunning, updated lobby. It’s long been a place business folks and creative types would hunker down in Midtown to take a meeting and get some work done—and for guests, it will make you feel like you’re hanging out in the world’s most luxurious living room.

Opening just in time for an October visit, Pendry Manhattan West will be the first New York City outpost for the rapidly expanding Pendry Hotels & Resorts, a newcomer favorite with trendy luxe properties already operating in Baltimore, Los Angeles and Chicago.

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