Upper West Side
Upper West Side
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Trendy area with cafes, restaurants and fashionable shops.
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The area
Neighbourhood: Upper West Side
Nestled between Central Park and the Hudson River, the Upper West Side offers iconic architecture and a quiet, residential respite from the buzzing energy of downtown. Along Central Park West are many of the city’s most iconic apartment buildings, as well as the American Museum of Natural History, which has been welcoming visitors to its historic exhibit halls for over 140 years. Culture fans will love Lincoln Center, home to some of the world’s best opera, dance, film, and theatre performances, all centrally located around a beautiful fountain. Spanning the entire length of the Upper West Side, Riverside Park is ideal for a long, leisurely stroll in a quiet green space.
How to get there
  • 86th St • 2 min walk
  • 79th St • 7 min walk
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  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia14,038 contributions
    This area of Manhattan is family-friendly
    NYC's Upper West Side is a desirable address on Manhattan Island. The pace of life is less frenetic than the Downtown area. There are good community facilities, including traditional delicatessens. Although many families do not find Manhattan conducive to family life and flee to the suburbs, the Upper West Side has a welcoming family environment. We stayed several weeks here with our son, who was working on Wall St, and enjoyed the experience.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 March 2023
  • Mark G
    Catonsville, Maryland3,336 contributions
    What A Fantastic Neighborhood
    The Upper West Side seems to have it all, including expensive real estate. It is just far enough away from the hustle of lower Manhattan and Midtown but still having all the amenities at a slower and quieter pace. You have the Beacon Hotel and Theatre, the Lincoln Center, museums, incredible architecture like the Ansonia and the Dorilton, restaurants, shops as well as quirky little side streets and quiet neighborhoods just off the main thoroughfares. Much to see and appreciate in this historic area.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 30 March 2023
  • The Five Road Trippers 🚙🎡🎢🧳
    Long Island, New York15,368 contributions
    Beautiful Architecture & Great Family Neighborhood
    Just walking a couple of blocks, you can see the unique architecture on the Upper West Side. It does not compare to the Upper East Side, where you have old architecture but many modern apartment buildings. Central Park West has many older apartment buildings with doormen. It has a very luxurious feel. The stoops aka steps in front of the brownstones were grand as they were wide with ornate railings. There are plenty of restaurants and the American Museum of Natural History. Central Park is on the very eastern edge along Central Park West.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 April 2023
  • Thomas V
    Oakland, California16,734 contributions
    Love to Visit Here
    We came here several times on our New York trip, to meet friends for dinner, to visit the west side of the Park, and to go to a museum. There is so much here, and it is a great residential neighborhood. Lots and lots of food. Lots of culture.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 9 July 2023
  • therichastill
    Stevenage, United Kingdom2,704 contributions
    Nice Area
    The Upper West Side of Manhattan starts from Columbus Corner and stretches North. Central Park is just across Central Park West from some grand buildings, many of which are apartment blocks. It's quite an exclusive area to live in but it is a nice area to visit. There are places to get a drink and something to eat including coffee or something a little stronger?
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 13 November 2023
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therichastill
Stevenage, UK2,704 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
The Upper West Side of Manhattan starts from Columbus Corner and stretches North. Central Park is just across Central Park West from some grand buildings, many of which are apartment blocks.

It's quite an exclusive area to live in but it is a nice area to visit. There are places to get a drink and something to eat including coffee or something a little stronger?
Written 13 November 2023
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Natia P
2 contributions
Sept 2023 • Family
could use some upgrades and better music or complimentary drinks.. boat was dirty .. old ... ragged
Written 25 September 2023
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Ken M
Charlotte, NC6 contributions
Dec 2022
So much to do. Great restaurants. Great experience. Experience it best at Christmas.Found some gems - pizza restaurants, and great shopping.
Written 3 August 2023
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,734 contributions
May 2023
We came here several times on our New York trip, to meet friends for dinner, to visit the west side of the Park, and to go to a museum. There is so much here, and it is a great residential neighborhood. Lots and lots of food. Lots of culture.
Written 10 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

The Five Road Trippers 🚙🎡🎢🧳
Long Island, NY15,368 contributions
Apr 2023 • Family
Just walking a couple of blocks, you can see the unique architecture on the Upper West Side. It does not compare to the Upper East Side, where you have old architecture but many modern apartment buildings.

Central Park West has many older apartment buildings with doormen. It has a very luxurious feel. The stoops aka steps in front of the brownstones were grand as they were wide with ornate railings. There are plenty of restaurants and the American Museum of Natural History. Central Park is on the very eastern edge along Central Park West.
Written 12 April 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Mark G
Catonsville, MD3,336 contributions
Mar 2023
The Upper West Side seems to have it all, including expensive real estate. It is just far enough away from the hustle of lower Manhattan and Midtown but still having all the amenities at a slower and quieter pace. You have the Beacon Hotel and Theatre, the Lincoln Center, museums, incredible architecture like the Ansonia and the Dorilton, restaurants, shops as well as quirky little side streets and quiet neighborhoods just off the main thoroughfares. Much to see and appreciate in this historic area.
Written 30 March 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia14,038 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
NYC's Upper West Side is a desirable address on Manhattan Island. The pace of life is less frenetic than the Downtown area. There are good community facilities, including traditional delicatessens. Although many families do not find Manhattan conducive to family life and flee to the suburbs, the Upper West Side has a welcoming family environment. We stayed several weeks here with our son, who was working on Wall St, and enjoyed the experience.
Written 24 March 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Kittygal 🇺🇦 🌻
Los Angeles, CA8,310 contributions
Oct 2022 • Solo
I finally made my film pilgrimage to Riverside Drive and W 105th to see the hil Madonna ran up (barefoot!) in the film Who's That Girl?. And I was lucky enough to meet some local residents who remembered the filming, so had stories to tell.

The architecture here is a feast for the eyes, I almost got a sore neck from constantly looking up. The Marion Davies mansion, which featured in the novel The Blue Butterfly, still stands. And water towers aplenty, one of my favorite parts of NYC architecture.

There are eateries, art centers, and stores, of course, but that's another topic for a different review. Suffice it to say, I really had a wonderful and interesting morning's walk in the neighborhood.
Written 27 October 2022
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psudino
Weehawken, NJ4,124 contributions
Dec 2021
When I think of this section of the city I think of the Arts. Lincoln Center, Beacon Theater, Strawberry Fields, the art of classic NYC architecture that will juxtapose the all-glass eventuality of midtown. You can also tour a beautiful cathedral, stroll the park and eat with the locals in some of the most non-touristy restaurants the city. Once you are done with the chaos of midtown head up here for a completely different, quieter and less crowded NYC experience.
Written 10 March 2022
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StephenCross
Dublin, Ireland18,470 contributions
Feb 2022 • Solo
The upper west side is a nice neighbourhood with many tree lined roads and a lot of very expensive front line properties that overlook Central Park.
Written 6 February 2022
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