Overview

The Upper West Side neighborhood (UWS) is located on the Northern West part of Manhattan and it lies between W 59th Street to W 110th Street, and between Central Park and the Hudson River. It is a very homey residential area surrounded by ornamented brownstones and beautiful pre-war buildings dating from late 19th and 20th century. Its streets are covered by leafy trees and in the warmer weather, the sidewalks display all kind of outdoor seating.

In the city that never sleeps, Midtown is where all the action takes place. It’s loud and lively thanks to the honking taxi cabs and neon Broadway lights. It would be a pity to walk the bustling streets without a camera in your hand. This on-the-go neighborhood is a favorite of tourists and longtime residents alike thanks to its signature skyscrapers, world-class entertainment, classic restaurants and beautiful Central Park. If you like the hustle, this is the perfect place to call home.

Eat

Right in the heart of Midtown is world-famous Le Bernardin, a pricey seafood-focused restaurant with a four course prix fixe option, a truffled foie gras, and an expansive wine list. Just steps from the Plaza, you’ll find Beautique, a glamorous and glitzy new addition to the neighborhood. The menu feature expensive cuts of meat and fish, but you can avoid breaking the bank by hitting up their happy hour for fancy $10 cocktails. For a taste of classic Italian flavors, book a reservation at Trattoria Trecolori. This hotspot on Broadway and 8th is always packed thanks to their knockout pasta dishes.The district is also home to the Central Park South location of Sarabeth’s, an upscale brunch spot where nothing beats the lemon and ricotta pancakes.

Drink

There are several iconic watering holes in the district, starting with Harry’s New York Bar, tucked inside the Park Lane Hotel. Nearby, the new-ish Tanner Smith’s is an upscale, Prohibition-inspired cocktail bar that also serves “tipsy tea-inspired” brunches on the weekends. The neighborhood is scattered with a number of pubs and dives, with delightfully kitschy Irish Pub and Barcelona Bar (which has a menu entirely dedicated to shots), being standouts. No trip to Midtown would be complete without imbibing at a rooftop bar, so head to BarSixtyFive to check that off your list. It’s a great way to sip a cocktail while taking in 360 views of the city.

Shop

In Midtown, diamonds really are a girl’s best friends. The neighborhood’s blocks are packed with high-end jewelry stores like Global Gold & Silver and the world-famous NYC Diamond District. While you’re on the way the spending through your savings, you’ll want to stop at Saks Fifth Avenue. The luxury department store boasts an impressive selection of high-end brands, whether you’re searching for shoes, gowns, suits, makeup or handbags. High-street shoppers will love Uniqlo, Anthropologie, Forever 21, and Top Shop, all scattered around Fifth Avenue.

Play

If you’re looking to get a taste of classic Broadway, you’ve come to the right nook.The Majestic Theater has been playing Phantom Of The Opera since it opened in 1988 and Radio Music Hall, nicknamed the Showplace Of The Nation, was once the city’s leading tourist destination for its top-notch calendar or events. The music hall also offers guided tours that reveal the secrets of the Great Stage, plus, may bump into a Rockette! Stand-up comedy fans can’t miss a night at Caroline’s on Broadway, one of the most established clubs in the country. Headliners including Louis C.K., Robin Williams and Andrew Dice Clay have all performed the venue and Mitch Hedberg was there for his last shows before his death in 2005. Finally for a night of jazz, Iridium is an intimate, basement club hosts a regular roster of local and national talents.

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