Midtown West represents the heart of New York City to both New Yorkers and outsiders alike. With famed destinations like Times Square, RadioCityMusic Hall, the Theatre District, Penn Station, and much more, when many people think of New York, they think of Midtown West. What once used to be an uninhabited and rough stretch of the city has turned into one of the most desirable places to live in the past twenty years. With many luxury apartments sprouting up all across the neighborhood, as well as more reasonably priced options in the Clinton area, there is a place for everyone to call home in Midtown West. The ability to walk to work, the many restaurants and fantastic nightlife, and the true feeling of being in the heart of the city all add to the allure of this dazzling neighborhood. Stretching from Fifth Avenue to the Hudson River, and from 59th Street down to 34th Street, something exciting is always happening in this metropolitan hub. And with the Port Authority, Penn Station, and many other means of transportation in the area, you will always have easy access to the rest of the city and beyond.
WHY YOU’LL LOVE LIVING THERE:
With famous restaurants scattered throughout the Theater District, and ethnic favorites and cozy cafes closer towards the River, the restaurant scene in Midtown West is just as grand as the neighborhood itself. Abboccato (136 W. 55th Street) offers delicious Italian fare, while AJ Maxwell’s Steakhouse (57 W. 48th Street) is one of the best in the city. Nestled in Le Parker Meridian Hotel you’ll find Burger Joint (119 W. 56th Street), a cozy lobby restaurant with top of the line burgers, and for excellent Chinese cuisine China Grill (60 W. 53rd Street), is the place to go.
With something to see every few blocks, Midtown West is filled with famous landmarks, tourist spots, and other cultural attractions. Times Square and Herald Square represent the epitome of New York, with flashing lights, giant megastores, and legendary New Year’s Celebration. The Theater District is equally as famous, home to Broadway and some of the best performances in history. The Radio City Musical Hall is not far away, nor is RockefellerCenter, where in the winter the fabulous Christmas tree stands above the ice skating rink. Penn Station is a historic monument in the neighborhood, as are Bryant Park and the New York Public Library. And you can’t forget about the infamous Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, or the highly celebrated Museum of Modern Art (MoMa), located on the southern edge of Midtown West. Additionally, DewittClintonPark on 11th Ave and 52nd Street is a beautiful green space complete with playgrounds along the Hudson River.
Penn Station and Herald Square provide access to practically all of the New York Subway Lines. The F, V, B, D, Q, N, R, and W trains converge in Herald Square, and Penn station offers access to the 1, 2, 3 and the A, C, and E trains. Penn Station is also the hub for New Jersey Transit, Long Island Rail Road, and Amtrak, and the PATH is a few blocks away.
P.S. 51, P.S. 212, and P.S. 111 are located in Midtown West, as is H.S. 625 (High School of Graphic Communication Arts).
The bars and clubs in Midtown West are as vivacious as the neighborhood itself. With massive clubs like Amalia (204 W. 55th Street), cozy pubs with midtown flair like the Houndstooth Pub (520 Eighth Avenue), and many more options, you’ll always find a great time when in Midtown West. For a good Karaoke bar, try J’z on (23 W. 32nd Street) and for great music and a dancefloor, head over to Rebel (251 W. 30th Street).
With tons of shopping options along Herald Square, as well as tons of New York memorabilia all along Broadway, there are all sorts of things to buy in Midtown West. Times Square is home to the famous Hershey Store, Virgin Records, and more, while the Manhattan Mall off Herald Square has tons of additional shopping options.
Other restaurants in Midtown West:
- BLT Market (1430 Sixth Ave)- $$$- American
- Bread & Olive (24. W. 45th Street)- $$- Middle Eastern
- Carnegie Deli (854 Seventh Ave)- $$- Famous Deli
- Djerdan (221 W. 38th Street)- $- Eastern European
- Estiatorio Milos (125 W. 55th Street)- $$$- Greek, Seafood
- Kang Suh (1250 Broadway)- $$- Japanese, Korean
- The London Bar (151 W. 54th Street)- $$- Tapas
- Park Blue (158 W. 58th Street)- $$- Global Cuisines
- Rue 57 (60 W. 57th Street)- $$- Bistro
For more restaurants in Midtown West, go to New York Magazine’s restaurant page: http://nymag.com/restaurants/?f=food
Other bars in Midtown West:
- Barcelona Bar (923 Eighth Ave)- Midnight Happy Hour
- Local West (1 Penn Plaza)- Bar with Rooftop
- Mé Bar (17 W. 32nd Street, 14th Floor)- Rooftop Bar next to the EmpireStateBuilding
- Oldcastle Pub and Restaurant (160 W. 54th Street)- Sportsbar
- Tír Na Nóg (5 Penn Plaza)- Class Irish pub
For more bars in Midtown West, go to New York Magazine’s bars page: http://nymag.com/nightlife/?f=bars
- Gold’s Gym (250 W. 54th Street)
- ManhattanPlaza Health Club (482 W. 43rd Street)
- Bally Total Fitness (139 W. 32nd Street)
- Todd Layne Cleaners (829 9th Ave)
- Lamod Dry Cleaners (469 W. 57th Street)
- Sak’s Cleaners (324 W. 47th Street)
- Ms. Buffy’s French Cleaners (889 8th Ave)
- 54 Wine & Spirits (400 W. 55th Street)
- Ray Frank Liquor Store, Inc. (706 9th Ave)
- Westerly Liquor, Inc. (921 8th Ave)
- Whole Foods (10 Columbus Circle)
- D’Agostino Supermarket (917 9th Ave)
- Dean & De Luca (235 W. 46th Street)