The Upper West Side never ceases to surprise me. It holds a bit of nostalgia for me, since a branch of my university was located at Lincoln Center and I spent my first year of New York living exploring this area of Manhattan almost exclusively. Once you make your opinion of the UWS as being a stuffy, old-school part of town, it blasts back with a new lunch spot, date-worthy restaurant or dance party to change your mind.
Below are some of our favorite places that are classically Upper West Side:
TO SHOP: Time Warner Center is about as close to a mall as you can get in Manhattan (the Manhattan Mall itself kind of scares me). The first two floors are all shops and art displays, the basement has a Whole Foods (perfect for a quick dinner of fresh sushi while shopping) and the top levels are home to The Landmarc and The Stone Rose – both with breathtaking views of Columbus Circle.
DRINK DATE: Yes, I included a chain in this one. But the AMC Loews Lincoln Center location is the center of one of my favorite parts of the Upper West Side. It’s the cleanest movie theater I’ve ever been in, and the place is surrounded by great dining options. If you really are craving the hard stuff or need a place to meet with the girls, try Stone Rose in the Time Warner Center or PJ Clarkes.
TO SEE: The Museum of Natural History is a great place to get lost in for a day. Not as overwhelming as the Met, and another great location for stunning views of the park. Plus if you’re a giant dork like me you love Natural History Museums. Also cannot leave out Lincoln Center in this one. The new home of Fashion Week, Lincoln Center also hosts the New York City Ballet and the Metropolitan Opera. A and I were blown away by the beauty of this theater, and suggest you attend a ballet as soon as humanly possible (and psst… Swan Lake is coming back for select performances this weekend after selling out earlier this year).
TO EAT: Mary Ann has written about her love of the Boathouse before. Another great date spot (so classically New York) and one of the best truffle pasta dishes I’ve ever had.
Where do you like to go on the UWS? Tweet us at @nycPRgirls.