Upper West Side NYC Guide

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NYC Neighborhood Guides

The Upper West Side is a residential neighborhood filled with young professionals and families. It is a great place to stay if you are looking to avoid the heavy crowds of Midtown and Times Square, but still be very close to all the major attractions and subway access. It is especially great if you want to be right near Central Park. The UWS is home to much of NYC’s Art, Culture, Museums, shopping and restaurants.

Things to Do | Hotels | Discount Passes

Recommended Restaurants | Shopping | Printable Map

Upper West Side NYC
Hayden Planetarium, Museum of Natural History


Things to Do

Children’s Museum of Manhattan (212 W 83rd, Amsterdam /Bway) – Hands-on activities, kids art, sandbox table, oversized Lite Brite, water playground. Best for youngest kids (under 7). $10, Closed Mon.

Beacon Theatre – a classic, intimate concert and show venue on the Upper West Side of NYC, not far from Lincoln Center. With less than 3,000 seats, its original art deco styling, a great location and New York landmark status, the Beacon is a very "old school" spot with a strong and loyal local following.

American Museum of Natural History (CPW, 77th-81st St) – Great exhibits, all about humans, man, cultures, dinosaurs. The Planetarium and Space Show is a must-see for kids and fun for adults. Suggested Contribution: $16 (museum), $9 ages 2-12. Planetarium: $24, $14 children, includes Museum access and contribution.

New York Historical Society (170 CPW, 76th/77th) –  permanent exhibits of New York furniture, furnishings, toys, souvenirs and very interesting rotating exhibits, slavery, Jackie Kennedy/Eleanor Roosevelt. Closed Mon. $12 Adult, Under 12 free.

Lincoln Center (Bway, 61st to 66th Sts) – home to the New York State Theater, New York City Ballet, the New York City Opera, the Metropolitan Opera House, Avery Fisher Hall, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vivian Beaumont Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center (located at 59th Street), the Library and Museum of the Performing Arts, the School of American Ballet and the world-famous Julliard School of Music.

Time Warner Center (TWC, at Columbus Circle)– enormous shopping and dining mall ranging from typical chains to unique NY to very high end.

Walk Columbus Ave for boutiques and restaurants, Amsterdam Ave for bars and boutiques, CPW for park views and history, such as the Dakota (72nd), where John Lennon was shot, and pay respects across the street at the Strawberry Fields memorial. Check Whole Foods in the TWC to grab a picnic for Central Park and definitely walk around Lincoln Center – lots of free concerts.


Upper West Side Discount Passes

The New York Pass

The New York Pass Includes:

  • Museum of Natural History – free general admission to the Museum and Rose Center for Earth and Space.
  • Make Mine Music… A Musical Walking Tour
  • Museum of Biblical Art
  • New York Historical Society Museum
  • Central Park TV and Movie Sites Tour
  • Tour at Lincoln Center

New York Explorer Pass

  • Museum of Natural History – free general admission to the Museum and Rose Center for Earth and Space.
  • Lincoln Center Performing Arts Guided Tour
  • New York Historical Society Museum
New York CityPASS

New York CityPASS

  • Museum of Natural History – Only Pass that also includes the Planetarium Space Show

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Upper West Side Recommended Restaurants

Carmine’s (2450 Bway, 90th/91st) – huge portions, family style Italian. This is the original and a 2nd is now in the Theater District. A tourist favorite.

Brother Jimmy’s West (428 Amsterdam, 80th/81st) – Old fashioned BBQ (not the best, but reliable). Crayons, skeeball and video games. Usually, kids eat FREE with $10 paid adult meal. Additional locations.

Boat Basin Café (W 79th & Hudson River) – casual, outdoors in Riverside Park at the end of 79th Street on the Hudson River with beautiful views. (Seasonal, Spring to Fall)

Shake Shack (336 Columbus, 77th) – great burgers, fries and shakes with a huge NYC following.

Alice’s Tea Cup (102 W 73rd, Columbus) – Bakery and Desserts/Ice Cream, a wonderland for little girls

Isabella’s (359 Columbus/77th) – Italian/Mediterranean. Great for lunch and dinner, outdoors in summer and an overall UWS classic.

Bin 71 (237 Columbus Ave, 70th/71st) – more of a wine bar than restaurant, excellent small plates, casual but hip scene and outdoors in the summer.

Luce (2014 Bway, 68th/69th) – Italian. Especially nice in summer, with outdoor eating.

Shun Lee (43 W 65th, CPW/Col) – upscale Chinese. Excellent service and food, family friendly. (Note: lately it’s been getting mixed reviews, but I’ve always had good experiences).

Time Warner CenterDizzy’s Jazz Club, Landmarc, A Voce (romantic Italian), Per Se (NYC’s MOST expensive meal), Porter House NY (steak), Stone Rose Lounge (trendy)


Upper West Side Shopping

  • Columbus Ave from about 70th to 85th St – local NYC boutiques, along with dozens of well known chains: UGG, Eileen Fisher, North Face, Barnes & Noble, etc.
  • Local NYC faves include Verve (bags), Olive & Bette’s (trendy clothes), Liana, Berkley Girl (for tweens).
  • Time Warner Center has many chain and high-end shops such as Cole Haan, Stuart Weitzman, Hugo Boss, Coach and J. Crew
  • Century 21 (1972 Broadway)  – designer discount shopping. Huge Men’s department, Work directly with the garment district reps, and only stock locally. Designers include Armani, Pucci, Prada and Missoni, great shoe department for both men and women.

Upper West Side Hotels

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New York City Luxury Hotels – Upper West Side

Mandarin Oriental Hotel

5 Star Rating

From: $900

Mandarin Oriental Hotel NYC

Located high above Columbus Circle and the Time Warner Center, just steps from Central Park, 248 stylishly appointed rooms and suites reflect the oriental heritage of Mandarin Oriental while incorporating contemporary elements of New York City. Every room showcases a breathtaking view of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline, or the scenic Hudson River over which the sun sets.

Amenities include the two-level, Five-Star Spa at Mandarin Oriental, New York and award-winning signature restaurant Asiate.


Trump International Hotel

5 Star Rating

From: $556

Trump International Hotel NYC

Trump International Hotel & Tower, the only Forbes Five-Star and Five-Diamond restaurant in New York delivers the highest level of service, style, and exclusivity. The 52-story New York City hotel is just off Central Park, right at the juncture of Columbus Circle and Broadway and their Five-Star restaurant, Jean Georges, features contemporary international cuisine and was the winner of the 2009 James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Restaurant.

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New York City Boutique Hotels -Upper West Side

Empire Hotel New York City

4 Star Rating

From: $163

Empire Hotel New York City

Located in Lincoln Center, guest quarters at the Empire Hotel offer earthy décor, leather furnishings, satellite television, room service, wireless Internet, and work stations. There is an onsite restaurant, cocktail bar and casual lounge, business and conference facilities, a rooftop swimming pool with with Cabana Rentals (May-September), spa services, and a fitness center.

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Suite Hotels New York City – Upper West Side

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242 W 76th St (Broadway/West End Aves), from $145

Hotel Beacon –  Each of our spacious guestrooms and suites comes complete with marble bathroom, fully-equipped kitchenette, including microwave, coffeemaker, complimentary coffee and tea. 

See More: Suite Hotels in New York City

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Cheap Budget Hotels – Upper West Side

Hotel Newton nycnyc

2528 Broadway Ave at 95th St, from $74

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Subways

  • 1, 2, 3 along Broadway
  • C along Central Park West
  • General Address: Central Park West at 79th St, NY, NY 10024

Street Names change on the UWS: Central Park West (8th Ave), Columbus Ave (9th Ave), Amsterdam (10th Ave), West End Ave (11th  Ave)

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Upper West Side Printable Map

Upper West Side NYC Map
Upper West Side NYC Map
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