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This Week in NYC: September 18–24

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Feeling the fall vibes? Us too. That’s why we’re excited about all the places getting a jump-start on Octoberfest this week. Think beer specials galore. Plus, get your history fix twice over: at a decades-old festival in Little Italy and via a documentary celebrating the life of the most famous shoe designer of the past century. Any guesses who that is? (Hint: Carrie Bradshaw was a huge fan.) Keep scrolling for this week’s social agenda.

Monday
Start the week off right in Little Italy by checking out the 91st annual Feast of San Gennaro, an 11-day celebration of the patron saint of Naples. This event brings millions of tourists to New York City to celebrate with food and music and more food (Think cannolis and pasta and mozzarella—you get the picture.) Tonight marks the pinnacle of the event, the feast day mass and procession. Find out more here.

Tuesday
Time Out New York is on a quest to visit some of NYC’s best sky-high drinking spots. Join TONY this Tuesday as it takes its quest to Lovage Bar in Hell’s Kitchen, a space with 360-degree views, upscale American fare, and inventive cocktails. A ticket, $20, gets you complimentary wine and light bites. Find out more here 346 W 40th St, New York, NY 10018

Wednesday
Get a head start on Oktoberfest this year at Loreley Restaurant & Biergarten in the Lower East Side. As part of its 45 Days of Oktoberfest celebration, beginning today, happy hour is extended on Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., with beer specials on rotating German beers ($2 for half liters and $14 for liter steins.) We can’t wait to take advantage of their outdoor space while the weather is still perfect. 7 Rivington Street, New York NY, 10002

Thursday
You know the brand Manolo Blahnik, but do you know the man behind the name? Get the whole story in the new documentary from Music Box Films, Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards. We’ll be going just to find out what that title means! And to see what Anna Wintour, Rihanna, Naomi Campbell, Karli Kloss, and other fashion notables have to say about this iconic designer. In NYC, the film is showing at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema and the Landmark at 57th. Find out more here.

Friday
October is around the corner but the Octoberfest celebrations are plentiful. Start the weekend right at Biergarten on the Terrace from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Davio’s. The Italian restaurant will transform its terrace into a beer garden, the perfect place to enjoy a tasting of Coney Island Brewery beers (including one made with espresso from Cafe Grumpy—it’s called Freaktoberfest). Also enjoy light bites perfect for fall: mini chili dogs, fried pickles, milk chocolate–covered kettle corn treats, and more. Tickets, $55, are available here447 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10017

Saturday
It’s taco time, and things are about to get spicy. Head to The Well in Brooklyn for the Taco Takeover, a two-day celebration of all things tacos. Expect unlimited margaritas, beer and tequila samples, tacos, of course, and even bobbing for churros. Participating restaurants include some of our favorite spots—La Esquina, Oaxaca Taqueria, Kimchi Taco, and Tipsy Scoop. Tickets, starting at $55, available here272 Meserole St, Brooklyn, NY 11206

Sunday
It’s brunch time! This week we’re loving chef Dan Kluger’s fresh farm-to-table cuisine at Loring Place in Greenwich Village. And if you’re feeling more indulgent, head to Mom’s Kitchen in Astoria for mouthwatering comfort food.

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