Home to some of Manhattan’s most iconic cultural landmarks and bordered by Central and Riverside Parks, the Upper West Side, despite its impressive stature and global reputation, retains a comfortable neighborhood feel for residents.
As one of Manhattan’s oldest neighborhoods, the Upper West Side is home to a rare and enticing mix of beloved New York institutions and up-and-coming trends, as well as devoted locals who enjoy enviable proximity to everything from 100-year-old cafes and shops to breathtaking performances at Lincoln Center.
Beloved local gems are found alongside up-and-coming trendsetters for a varied landscape of dining and entertainment.
Thrive in the fresh air between Manhattan’s most iconic outdoor spaces, Riverside Park and Central Park. From city strolls to sunset cocktails al fresco, everything in this neighborhood feels like signature NYC.
Leave the streets behind and enter a well-worn tunnel of ceiling reaching, book-stuffed shelves, crisscrossed Escher-style with ladders and staircases. As bookstores go, it doesn’t get any more classic New York – in quintessential fashion, there’s even a cat.
224 W. 79th St.
Roasted in a carriage house in Upstate New York, Irving Farm’s beans make their way down the stairs, across the outdoor patio, and into this brownstone basement cafe where they’re brewed perfectly, meeting even the most discerning New Yorker’s standards.
Wouldn’t it be nice to eat ice cream and help the world? Well, at Blue Marble each scoop of artisanal, Certified Organic, GMO-free ice cream supports organic farmers, ethical business practices, and global community initiatives. Plus it tastes really, really good.
503 Columbus Ave.
Danny Abrams's upscale-yet-casual Cape Cod inspired seafood spot offers something for everyone - including for children. Small plates, finger foods, oysters-galore. Develop a nuanced understanding of their extensive oyster selection exploring their Oysterpedia pages.
W 91st St. & Riverside Dr.
Nestled among honey locust trees along the banks of the Hudson in Riverside Park live a friendly family of hippo statuary. Along with its namesake, this childhood wonderland is filled with swings, slides, play structures, splash pads, and shaded benches.
You don’t have to travel far to indulge in an authentic taste of France at this New York CIty family-owned patisserie. Fresh every day, each ingredient is mindfully sourced, and because they don’t use additives or preservatives, each treat is a little less guilt packed.
217 W 85th St.
Meaning “olive” in Ancient Greek, Eléa captures authentic Greek flavors in thoughtful, modern dishes. Their split-level dining spaces are light and effortless, evoking the soft, sandy beaches of the Mediterranean coastline - the perfect setting for indulgent, meandering meals.
541 Amsterdam Ave.
Like they say on their website, this Jewish deli has been a New York tradition since 1908. They’re known as much for their extensive fish options - particularly smoked and sturgeon - as for their quirk-filled, character-rich storefront. Also for their no credit cards stance.
Within The Beacon’s ornate, Greek-inspired interior, and under the watchful eye of 30-foot-tall Goddesses, many of the world’s most famous entertainment acts have performed on its curtainless stage. That tradition is still kept alive to this day.
449 Amsterdam Ave.
Named for the world-renown, deeply beloved Choux à la Crème, Barachou has raised a flag as the first French cream puff bar in New York. This colorful pastry shop specializes in all things warm, fluffy, sweet, and decadent, and is a go-to for a last-minute host gift.