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This Week in NYC: Oct 9–15

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Feeling the fall vibes yet? Pumpkin spice season is well underway, and there’s more than enough activities to keep you busy. This week we’re looking forward to giving back, decor inspiration, a cafeine hit, and more. See below for this week’s agenda.

Monday
Want to treat yourself to a night out while also helping those in need? Then head to The Green Room 42, the Theater District’s newest live entertainment venue, tonight for a charitable concert that’s being held to help rebuild Houston’s Theater District after it was damaged by Hurricane Harvey. The concert features Broadway stars Ali Stroker (Spring Awakening), Kate Rockwell (Legally Blonde: The Musical, Rock of Ages, Bring It On), Andy Karl (Groundhog Day, On The Twentieth Century, Rocky), Alex Newell (Once on This Island), and many more. Get tickets here570 Tenth Avenue, New York, NY 10036

Tuesday
Enjoy the work of Brooklyn’s celebrated design community all under one roof at the Brooklyn Heights Designer Showcase. Hosted in a 1867 townhouse, this showcase features work by interior and landscape designers, as well as decorative artists. Whether you need some creative inspiration for an upcoming project or simply enjoy art, this showcase will have something for everyone. 32 Livingston Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11201

Wednesday
Southern food doesn’t exactly scream “vegan-friendly,” but today only at Pretty Southern, renowned chef Sam Talbot’s new restaurant, you can enjoy #PrettyVegan versions of your favorite Southern foods, including macaroni and cheese, fried chicken biscuits, and chicken and waffles. Tickets for dinner, $35, available here14 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Thursday
The New York City Wine & Food Festival, which kicks off today, is celebrating its 10th anniversary with more than 80 events through Sunday. This festival, which brings together the world’s top wine and spirits producers, chefs, culinary personalities, and TV chefs, features tasting events, classes and seminars, parties, wine pairings, and much more. For a list of events and tickets, see here. Various locations

Friday
If a festival dedicated to coffee is more your style, you’re in luck because the New York City Coffee Festival kicks off today and runs through the weekend. Enjoy coffee tastings, interactive workshops, barista demonstrations, food, coffee cocktails, live music, art and more at this annual gathering of coffee enthusiasts. Tickets, starting at $25, available here125 W. 18th St. New York, NY

Saturday
Today is National Dessert Day, which means it’s time to forget about your diet and indulge in something sweet. If you really want to treat yourself, we suggest heading to celebrity hot spot Philippe and ordering the Cotton Candy Baked Alaska. This dessert is made with strawberry and vanilla bean ice cream and meringue, topped with a cloud of cotton candy covered in rum. As if that wasn’t enough, the dish is set ablaze right at your table. Talk about Instagram gold! 33 E. 60th St. New York, NY

Sunday

Hungry? Head to brunch. This week we’re loving 33 Greenwich, which serves up an elevated take on New Orleans style cooking that will have you daydreaming of jazz tunes and beignets for days. Italian more your speed? Aunt Jake’s tasty brunch classics will hit the spot.

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