Manhattan's Upper West Side (Adrianna's To Do List for the UWS)

The Upper West Side (UWS) for short, is a terrific neighborhood. I arrived her one January day to audition for the American Musical & Dramatic Academy all the way from Michigan. I didn't really plan on staying for long but as luck turns out I got accepted into the American Musical & Dramatic Academy and my first apartment was on the Upper West Side. Since than I've lived in quite a few neighborhoods but the Upper West Side is where my heart will always belong.

With Central Park on one side and Riverside Park on the other, the Upper West Side is one of the most sought after neighborhoods in Manhattan. It's not unusual to see a celebrity dining in one of the area restaurants or to hear the sounds of "Juilliard"students displaying their musical talents from their apartment.  This terrific neighborhood has everything from cozy cafes to the famous Metropolitan Opera.


Get a ticket for a taping of "The Chew" "Live with Kelly & MIchael" or "The View" filmed at ABC Television, go on a shopping spree at "Shops at Columbus Circle."

Spend a day with the family at the "American Museum of Natural History" and afterwards see a space show at Hayden Planetarium."

Take a tour of the "Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts" famous for the Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center Theater, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, School of American Ballet, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and the Juilliard School.

Devote an hour or two at the New York Public Library for Performing Arts.

Walk down Central Park West and marvel at all the expensive real estate. "The Dakota" which opened in 1884 is a chateau style residence building with lots of celebrity residents.

Hit the American Folk Art Museum and The Cloisters Museum. If you have kids let them have fun at the Children's Museum of Manhattan.

Enjoy the outdoors at Riverside Park a waterfront public park on the Hudson River. There's the Hudson River Greenway for bicycling and jogging, basketball courts, tennis courts, soccer fields, volleyball courts and free use of kayaks. The Eleanor Roosevelt Monument and Grant's Tomb are both inside Riverside Park.

2121 Broadway (STEPS) is where to watch the best dance steps by dancers taking a class.

Stroll down Amsterdam, Broadway, and Columbus Avenue all great for bars, restaurants, and shopping.

Stock up on gourmet food at Fairway 2127 Broadway and Zabars 2245 Broadway. This is where New Yorker's love to shop.

Have dessert and coffee at a European cafe called Cafe Lalo 201 West 83rd Street. Peer through the adorable French windows.

Order a hot dog and papaya juice at Gray's Papaya 2090 Broadway. They're open 24/7.

Visit the GreenFlea Market at 100 West 77th Street and observe what the vendors are selling.

Look at all the lovely brownstones that are scattered throughout the Upper West Side. See if there's a "For Rent" sign in any of the windows.

The Upper West Side has comedy clubs, jazz clubs, and plenty of bars and restaurants to make your nightlife stimulating.


Bourbon Street: 407 Amsterdam
Cleopatra's Needle: 2485 Broadway (great jazz music)
Jake's Dilemma: 430 Amsterdam
Shalel Lounge: 65 West 70th Street
The West 79th Street Boat Basin Cafe (A thrilling experience)


Stand Up New York: 236 West 78th Street has comics that will have you laughing your heart out.

Jazz CLubs:

Dizzy's Club Coca Cola: 10 Columbus Circle

Smoke: 2751 Broadway


Ayurveda Cafe: 706 Amsterdam has a Zen-like atmosphere with outstanding Indian vegetarian food.
Barney Greengrass:  541 Amsterdam is a popular Jewish deli.
Candle Cafe:  24 Broadway has a "vegan" menu.
Dovetail: 103 Wes 77th Street is known for contemporary American dishes.
Gennaro: 665 Amsterdam has some of the best Italian food in Manhattan.
Hunan Park: 721 Columbus has the best Chinese food.
Per Se: 10 Columbus Avenue is the place to eat first class French cuisine.
Picholine: 35 West 64th Street serves tasty French dishes.
PorterHouse: 10 Columbus Circle is one of many great New York steakhouses.
Sushi Yasaka: Japanese f251 West 72nd Street has tastyood.
Telepan: 72 West 69th Street is the place to indulge in marvelous contemporary American cuisine.


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