Upper West Side

Welcome to Upper West Side

A sprawling artistic neighborhood with easy access to green spaces

The Upper West Side is nestled between the Hudson River and New York's Central Park. The neighborhood is best known for its performing arts and cultural institutions, such as operas and museums. 

It is also an intellectual hub with a vibrant nightlife, making it popular with youthful techies.

Upper West Side's rich history as an affluent neighborhood dates back to the late 19th century when real estate investors developed high rises and grand projects like the Dakota. 

Townhouses comprise the predominant home architecture in the area. The neighborhood gives residents plenty of opportunities to indulge their every desire, from dining at the hottest restaurants to shopping at the trendiest boutiques.

What to Love 

  • Green outdoor spaces
  • Numerous performing arts centers 
  • Vibrant nightlife 
  • Access to upscale restaurants 
  • Well-established infrastructure
  • Picturesque cityscape views 

Local Lifestyle

The Upper West Side has a sophisticated city vibe attributable to its high-rise apartments and awe-inspiring architectural styles. The neighborhood's quiet streets give it a walkable personality. This personality is a magnet for people who love casual strolls in laid-back city settings. 

Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping

The Upper West Side offers residents and travelers a range of chic boutiques, posh restaurants, and high-end retailers. Zabar's is a gourmet emporium, a housewares retailer, a Jewish deli, and a specialty store all in one. The Manhattan landmark also specializes in culinary delights such as caviar and smoked fish. 

Café Luxembourg is a hip, classic restaurant that serves French comfort dishes in the heart of the Upper West Side. The establishment's indoor dining area offers extra comfort thanks to its plexiglass windows, rain-proof awnings, and electric heaters. You can reserve your space at the restaurant well in advance. 

Barney Greengrass is a staple and fantastic option if you are looking for fresh bagels and lox on the Upper West Side. The longstanding Jewish deli features outdoor and indoor dining areas. Popular dishes on the establishment's creative menu include crispy salads, smoked sturgeon, roast beef sandwiches, and much more. 

The Ribbon is a chic dining spot that offers American cuisine in the heart of the Upper West Side. The establishment has a warm, family-friendly atmosphere attributable to its polished surroundings and retro touches. You can also order your favorite drink from the restaurant's generous cocktails and wines list. 

Jacob's Pickles is the place to be if you love Southern American fare. The elegant restaurant serves culinary delights such as house-made pickles, fried chicken, and biscuit sandwiches. Guests also choose their favorite wines to accompany their hearty food portions. 

Things to Do 

The Upper West Side's attractions, art museums, and parks make the community unique. 

Central Park is a green outdoor space distinct from Manhattan's concrete jungle. Upper West Side's residents and local and international tourists can easily access the park's running tracks, recreational spots, turtle ponds, tennis courts, and many other facilities. 

Whether you are a keen historian or an outer space enthusiast, the American Museum of Natural History in the Upper West Side has something for everyone. The museum showcases scientific collections, outer space illustrations, global cultures, and natural wonders. The Children's Museum of Manhattan is an excellent place to spend time with kids. The children's museum features a raft of entertaining, hands-on, and educational activities and exhibits. 

If you are a performing arts fan, the Lincoln Center is a must-visit. The iconic complex is home to the infamous Metropolitan Opera and the NYC ballet. 


The New York City School District 3 serves the Upper West Side community. Private and public schools in the district include:

  • Abraham Joshua Heschel School, Grades PK, K-12
  • Regis High School, Grades 9-12
  • Dalton School, Grades K-12
  • The Spence School, Grades K-12 

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