Neighborhood Guide

Neighborhood Guide

Upper West Side

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Upper West Side


The Upper West Side of New York City brings together a wide variety of people and culture, from luxury apartments along Central Park West and West End to highly coveted brownstones and spacious apartments along Broadway.  Primarily residential, this community-oriented neighborhood spans from West 59th Street up to 125th Street, and from Central Park to the Hudson River. In contrast to the Upper East Side, where many of the residents are more conservative, commercial and business types, the Upper West Side has the reputation of being the location of choice for the city’s more liberal, artistic and cultural kind.  Home to the famous AmericanMuseum of Natural History and highly distinguished LincolnCenter, the neighborhood is abound with exciting events and activities and offers easy access to the rest of Manhattan with a multitude of Subway lines and buses spanning the area.  With excellent restaurants and outdoor cafes lining every street, a multitude of shopping options and gourmet markets, the Upper West Side is the perfect home for every type of person.





With hundreds of restaurants, cafes, and delis of all kinds, the Upper West Side is a haven for foodies and hungry residents alike.  For the best smoked salmon in the city, be sure to check out Barney Greengrass (541 Amsterdam Ave), a deli favorite on the UWS, and for a good burger look no further than the Upper West Side’s Shake Shack (366 Columbus Ave).  For more sophisticated tastes, one can find mouth-watering tapas at elegantly decorated Calle Ocho (446 Columbus Ave), or classic American options at

Chef John Fraser’s new establishment Dovetail (103 W. 77th Street).



The AmericanMuseum of Natural History is unquestionably one of the best museums in the world.  Located right on Central Park, this massive complex is home to over 50 permanent exhibits, an IMAX Theater, the world-renowned Butterfly Exhibit, celebrated research laboratories, and the RoseCenter for Earth and Space, home to the magnificent Hayden Planetarium.  Only a short walk away you will find LincolnCenter, one of the most celebrated performing arts centers in the country.  LincolnCenter houses 12 separate complexes, including the Metropolitan Opera House, Alice Tully Hall, and Avery Fisher Hall.  Some of the most prestigious organizations in the world perform within the center, including the New York Philharmonic, the JulliardSchool, the Big Apple Circus, and the New York City Ballet.  The Children’s Museum of Manhattan is also a neighborhood favorite, as well as the AMC 84th Street Movie Theater that offers 3D features.  Central Park itself, on the eastern border of the UWS has tons of activities and attractions to offer, including playgrounds, fields, the Reservoir, boating and bicycling rentals, Shakespeare in the Park, and more.  RiversidePark along the Hudson River is also a beautiful green space complete with boating activities, running tracks, fields, and playgrounds.


For more information about Central Park:


Transportation/Getting Around

The 1, 2, and 3 trains service the Upper West Side and travel along Broadway with frequent stops, and the B and C trains span Central Park West. A number of bus routes cross through the UWS, and there is always a cab available if you need one.




The Upper West Side is home to some of the most elite schools in New York, including the CollegiateSchool, the TrinitySchool, the CalhounSchool, and Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School.  The UWS also has some of the best public schools in the city, including FiorelloH.LaGuardiaHigh School, P.S. 9, P.S. 87, and I.S. 187. The prestigious ColumbiaUniversity lies on the Northern edge of the UWS, creating a fun and youthful environment, and a section of FordhamUniversity’s campus can be found in the area surrounding LincolnCenter.



The Upper West Side has everything you could want in a nightlife scene, from chic lounges and sports bars to dive bars and local pubs.  For a great bar scene that makes you feel at home, check out Jake’s Dilemma (430 Amsterdam Ave), or for delicious cocktails with a fantastic view, make your way to MObar (80 Columbus Circle) on the 35th floor of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.  Prohibition (503 Columbus Ave) is the place for live music and must-have martinis, or visit Abbey Pub (237 W. 105th Street) to catch the latest game.


Other restaurants on the Upper West Side:


·          Big Nick’s Burger and Pizza Joint (2175 Broadway)- $- Good for Takeout

·          Café Luxembourg (200 W. 70th Street)- $$$- French Bistro

·          Carmines (2450 Broadway)- $$- Classic Italian

·          Charm Thai (722 Amsterdam Ave)- $$- Asian Fusion

·          Fred’s (476 Amsterdam Ave)- $$- Classic American

·          Hi-Life Bar and Grill (477 Amsterdam Ave)- $$- Pub Food

·          La Dinastia (145 W. 72nd Street)- $$- Chinese/Latin Fusion

·          Noche Mexican (452 Amsterdam Ave)- $- Mexican, Good for Takeout

·          Ocean Grill (384 Columbus)- $$- Seafood

For more restaurants on the UWS, check out New York Magazine’s Restaurant Section:


Other bars/clubs on the Upper West Side:

  • Broadway Dive (2662 Broadway)- Classic dive bar
  • Cleopatra’s Needle (2485 Broadway)- Live jazz bands and swing music
  • The Pier I Café (Pier 1)- Caribbean-themed beach bar
  • Sip (998 Amsterdam Ave)- Casual tapas bar
  • Stone Rose Lounge (10 Columbus Circle, 4th Floor)- Swanky cocktail lounge

For more bars and clubs on the UWS, check out New York Magazine’s Bars Section:



  • Crunch Gym (162 W. 83rd Street)
  • New York Sports Club (NYSC) (2527 Broadway)
  • Equinox (344 Amsterdam Ave)


Dry Cleaners/Tailors:

  • Apthorp Cleaners (383 Amsterdam Ave)
  • Green Apple Cleaners (322 Columbus