NYC's Upper West Side
American Museum of Natural History is one of NYC's Upper West Side.

1. American Museum of Natural History

9.4
200 Central Park W (btwn W 77th & W 81st St), New York, NY
Science Museum · Upper West Side · 1181 tips and reviews

ThePurplePassport.comThePurplePassport.com: Scoping the dino bones and then adventurously exploring the echoing halls is a classic NYC rainy day experience. We also love how the museum's size and variety means every visit can be different. Read more.

Beacon Theatre is one of NYC's Upper West Side.

2. Beacon Theatre

9.4
2124 Broadway (at W 74th St), New York, NY
Concert Hall · Upper West Side · 150 tips and reviews

ThePurplePassport.comThePurplePassport.com: The space is small enough that you feel like you’re oh-so-close to the performers (we could almost touch Lionel Richie at one show) yet showy enough that you're wowed by its gorgeous design. Perfect. Read more.

3. Central Park

9.8
59th St to 110th St (5th Ave to Central Park West), New York, NY
Park · Central Park · 1380 tips and reviews

ThePurplePassport.comThePurplePassport.com: Our favorite activities are taking in summertime Shakespeare in the Park performances, going for a scenic jog along, strolling the Conservatory Garden, and enjoying a picnic at Sheep Meadow Read more.

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is one of NYC's Upper West Side.

4. Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

9.6
70 Lincoln Center Plz (btwn Columbus & 10th Ave), New York, NY
Performing Arts Venue · Lincoln Square · 186 tips and reviews

ThePurplePassport.comThePurplePassport.com: Lincoln Center offers over 400 events a year, all featuring performers who are the best-of-the-best in their field. There are free 11am “meet the artist” events on the first Saturday of every month. Read more.

Museum of Arts & Design (MAD) is one of NYC's Upper West Side.

5. Museum of Arts & Design (MAD)

8.8
2 Columbus Cir (btwn 8th Ave & Broadway), New York, NY
Art Museum · Theater District · 74 tips and reviews

ThePurplePassport.comThePurplePassport.com: MAD has some interesting exhibits (we dig the contemporary jewelry gallery & gorgeous collection of quilts), and the Open Studio (w special demonstations by featured artists) is a pretty nifty idea. Read more.

New-York Historical Society Museum & Library is one of NYC's Upper West Side.

6. New-York Historical Society Museum & Library

9.1
170 Central Park W (at W 77th St), New York, NY
History Museum · Upper West Side · 86 tips and reviews

ThePurplePassport.comThePurplePassport.com: The engaging, family-friendly exhibits and children’s museum offer a great way to connect with the history of New York. We like matching a morning visit here with an picnic in nearby Central Park. Read more.

Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine is one of NYC's Upper West Side.

7. Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine

9.3
1047 Amsterdam Ave (at W 112th St.), New York, NY
Church · Morningside Heights · 98 tips and reviews

ThePurplePassport.comThePurplePassport.com: There’s a great range of tours, which means there something for everyone, from family friendly look-'rounds to Halloween crypt crawls. Our favorite is the Vertical Tour... Read more.

Asiate at Mandarin Oriental, New York is one of NYC's Upper West Side.

8. Asiate at Mandarin Oriental, New York

8.7
80 Columbus Cir, New York, NY
Asian Restaurant · Hell's Kitchen · 49 tips and reviews

ThePurplePassport.comThePurplePassport.com: You may have seen New York, but seldom like this. With views this spectacular, a sunset reservation seals the deal for possibly the most romantic evening you may ever encounter. Read more.

Bar Boulud is one of NYC's Upper West Side.

9. Bar Boulud

8.4
1900 Broadway (btwn 63rd & 64th St), New York, NY
French Restaurant · Lincoln Square · 150 tips and reviews

ThePurplePassport.comThePurplePassport.com: Bar Boulud is just the right amount of cool and casual without trying too hard to be trendy. We like how the wait staff is laidback yet perfectly professional, and the communal table adds to the fun. Read more.

Boat Basin Café is one of NYC's Upper West Side.

10. Boat Basin Café

390 W 79th St (at Hudson River), New York, NY
Beer Garden · Upper West Side · 209 tips and reviews

ThePurplePassport.comThePurplePassport.com: If you’re looking for fun and relaxation, this is a great spot to bring a large group without worrying about reservations or too much rowdiness. In the summer, waterside seating can’t be beat. Read more.

Citarella Gourmet Market - Upper West Side is one of NYC's Upper West Side.

11. Citarella Gourmet Market - Upper West Side

8.6
2135 Broadway (at 75th St), New York, NY
Grocery Store · Upper West Side · 31 tips and reviews

ThePurplePassport.comThePurplePassport.com: Shop here to appear, and feel, like a true local: it is THE place for fish and meat in New York, and you will find no better outlet for tasty fresh, gourmet ingredients to wow your friends and family. Read more.

Community Food & Juice is one of NYC's Upper West Side.

12. Community Food & Juice

8.4
2893 Broadway (btwn 112th & 113th St), New York, NY
American Restaurant · Morningside Heights · 137 tips and reviews

ThePurplePassport.comThePurplePassport.com: The food is delicious and prepared in a way that showcases the natural flavors of the ingredients. We love their juices and warm beverages (Hot Buttered Cider, anyone?). Read more.

Dovetail is one of NYC's Upper West Side.

13. Dovetail

8.7
103 W 77th St (at Columbus Ave), New York, NY
New American Restaurant · Upper West Side · 119 tips and reviews

ThePurplePassport.comThePurplePassport.com: Dovetail is in a great location if you’re interested in taking in some sights as well as eats. More good news? Dessert here is no afterthought: you can’t go wrong. Read more.

Gari of Columbus is one of NYC's Upper West Side.

14. Gari of Columbus

8.8
370 Columbus Ave (btwn 77th & 78th St.), New York, NY
Sushi Restaurant · Upper West Side · 77 tips and reviews

ThePurplePassport.comThePurplePassport.com: If you’re looking for a delicious sushi dinner on the UWS, this is the place to go. Enjoy but be warned: Sugio’s sushi omakase starts at $65 for 10 pieces. Sushi is also available à la carte. Read more.

Jean-Georges is one of NYC's Upper West Side.

15. Jean-Georges

9.3
1 Central Park W (btwn W 60th & W 61st St), New York, NY
French Restaurant · Lincoln Square · 236 tips and reviews

ThePurplePassport.comThePurplePassport.com: Everything is fantastic, but we never go wrong with the ultra-fresh seafood. Because the $38 prix fixe lunch menu continually changes, this is one to do over and over again. Read more.

Kefi is one of NYC's Upper West Side.

16. Kefi

8.3
505 Columbus Ave (btwn W 84th & W 85th St), New York, NY
Greek Restaurant · Upper West Side · 125 tips and reviews

ThePurplePassport.comThePurplePassport.com: It’s impossible not to love the fantastic, traditional Greek, especially given the unbeatable prices. Popular dishes include the Kefi salad, spinach pie, and moussaka. Read more.

Land Thai Kitchen is one of NYC's Upper West Side.

17. Land Thai Kitchen

8.8
450 Amsterdam Ave (btw 81st & 82nd), New York, NY
Thai Restaurant · Upper West Side · 128 tips and reviews

ThePurplePassport.comThePurplePassport.com: This colorful, bite-sized resto on the Upper West Side serves up swell Thai treats from Thai-born chef David Bank. The food is consistently tasty and very reasonably priced, too Read more.

Landmarc is one of NYC's Upper West Side.

18. Landmarc

8.5
10 Columbus Circle (at W 60th St), New York, NY
American Restaurant · Hell's Kitchen · 243 tips and reviews

ThePurplePassport.comThePurplePassport.com: The low-key atmosphere is a definite plus, given its high profile location. Its large windows allow for great natural lighting during the day, and the views of Columbus Circle are impressive. Read more.

Marea is one of NYC's Upper West Side.

19. Marea

9.4
240 Central Park S (at 59th St & Broadway), New York, NY
Seafood Restaurant · Theater District · 273 tips and reviews

ThePurplePassport.comThePurplePassport.com: We love the painstaking attention to detail: everything from the tableware to the exotic species of fish is chosen with utmost care. And that spaghetti with crab and sea urchin… we can't get enough! Read more.

Nougatine at Jean Georges is one of NYC's Upper West Side.

20. Nougatine at Jean Georges

9.1
1 Central Park W, New York, NY
French Restaurant · Central Park · 88 tips and reviews

ThePurplePassport.comThePurplePassport.com: Nougatine offers Jean Georges’s cuisine for a fraction of the price. Plus, we like the way we can usually just walk in. And in the right weather, the terrace is divine. Read more.

Per Se is one of NYC's Upper West Side.

21. Per Se

9.1
10 Columbus Cir Ste 4 (at W 60th St), New York, NY
French Restaurant · Hell's Kitchen · 176 tips and reviews

ThePurplePassport.comThePurplePassport.com: Everything is spot-on, from the impeccable and accommodating service and the flawless food (perfect in both presentation and taste) to the gorgeous views. What’s not to love? Read more.

Picholine is one of NYC's Upper West Side.

22. Picholine

35 W 64th St, New York, NY
French Restaurant · Lincoln Square · 40 tips and reviews

ThePurplePassport.comThePurplePassport.com: Picholine is perfect for those who appreciate spiffing themselves up in their Sunday best for a formal wine-and-dine night out. And this is an ideal choice for an elegant pre-Lincoln Center meal. Read more.

Rosa Mexicano is one of NYC's Upper West Side.

23. Rosa Mexicano

8.8
61 Columbus Ave (at W 62nd St.), New York, NY
Mexican Restaurant · Lincoln Square · 178 tips and reviews

ThePurplePassport.comThePurplePassport.com: The strength of the tasty margaritas is an open secret among locals. A gluten-free menu, kids menu, and delivery, and takeout are all available. Absolutely come for the guacamole prepared table side. Read more.

Sarabeth's is one of NYC's Upper West Side.

24. Sarabeth's

8.5
423 Amsterdam Ave (btwn W 80th & W 81st St), New York, NY
Breakfast Spot · Upper West Side · 119 tips and reviews

ThePurplePassport.comThePurplePassport.com: Come here for brunch; Sarabeth's is definitely worth the early morning wait. The fluffy pancakes are to die for, as is the French toast. Read more.

Telepan is one of NYC's Upper West Side.

25. Telepan

72 W 69th St (at Columbus Ave), New York, NY
New American Restaurant · Lincoln Square · 86 tips and reviews

ThePurplePassport.comThePurplePassport.com: Telepan's market-driven menu is creative without trying too hard, and the atmosphere is sufficiently refined for a proper dinner with the family or a date. Read more.

The Loeb Boathouse in Central Park is one of NYC's Upper West Side.

26. The Loeb Boathouse in Central Park

8.6
East 72nd St. & Park Drive North (Central Park), New York, NY
American Restaurant · Central Park · 166 tips and reviews

ThePurplePassport.comThePurplePassport.com: The Boathouse is one of those surreally rural-feeling places. Were it not for the eclectic, oh-so Manhattan clientele & those skyscraper glimpses, you could easily forget that you were in the city. Read more.

27. Bluemercury

7.3
2305 Broadway (W 83rd St), New York, NY
Cosmetics Shop · Upper West Side · 4 tips and reviews

ThePurplePassport.comThePurplePassport.com: The selection is unbeatable–bluemercury always has just what we’re looking for–and the knowledgeable staff are super helpful. There's also a stock of men’s body care available in store. Read more.

28. Town Shop

8.0
2270 Broadway (at 82nd Street), New York, NY
Lingerie Store · Upper West Side · 11 tips and reviews

ThePurplePassport.comThePurplePassport.com: The arrangement here is very thrift store-esque, with clothes grouped by color and category, i.e. bras, camisoles, slips, etc. You will leave with the best-fitting bra you’ve ever owned, period. Read more.

Zabar's is one of NYC's Upper West Side.

29. Zabar's

9.1
2245 Broadway (at W 80th St), New York, NY
Food & Drink Shop · Upper West Side · 175 tips and reviews

ThePurplePassport.comThePurplePassport.com: We love stopping by here when putting together a picnic for a day in Central Park (the lox and rugelach are not to be missed!), and we also have fun browsing their nifty selection of kitchen toys. Read more.

Cleopatra's Needle is one of NYC's Upper West Side.

30. Cleopatra's Needle

7.4
2485 Broadway (btwn 93rd St and 92nd St), New York, NY
Jazz Club · Upper West Side · 36 tips and reviews

ThePurplePassport.comThePurplePassport.com: Unlike most other jazz clubs, Cleo’s has no cover charge–music to our ears! Also, the open-mic night sessions are a fun way to listen to lesser-knowns showing off their pipes or jamming skills. Read more.

The Lobby Lounge at Mandarin Oriental, New York is one of NYC's Upper West Side.

31. The Lobby Lounge at Mandarin Oriental, New York

8.5
80 Columbus Cir, New York, NY
Tea Room · Hell's Kitchen · 41 tips and reviews

ThePurplePassport.comThePurplePassport.com: The sky-high panoramic views are just beautiful, especially if you’re lucky or savvy enough to drink or dine here during a sunset. Read more.

MObar at Mandarin Oriental Hotel is one of NYC's Upper West Side.

32. MObar at Mandarin Oriental Hotel

7.8
80 Columbus Cir, New York, NY
Hotel Bar · Hell's Kitchen · 23 tips and reviews

ThePurplePassport.comThePurplePassport.com: We like it for the well heeled crowd, the tastefully risqué scene, and the appealing air of exclusivity. Good to know: In addition to cocktails, the bar also serves up appetizers and small plates. Read more.

The Abbey Pub is one of NYC's Upper West Side.

33. The Abbey Pub

7.3
237 W 105th St (btwn Broadway & Amsterdam Ave.), New York, NY
Bar · Upper West Side · 30 tips and reviews

ThePurplePassport.comThePurplePassport.com: This is a great place to meet up and enjoy time with friends. The bartenders are all very friendly, the classic pub menu is moderately priced, and the crowd truly hails from the neighborhood. Read more.

Central Park Boathouse is one of NYC's Upper West Side.

34. Central Park Boathouse

East 72nd st (Park Drive North), New York, NY
Harbor / Marina · Central Park · 83 tips and reviews

ThePurplePassport.comThePurplePassport.com: This is one of our favorite summertime watering holes. It’s a great spot for a relaxed date, pre-dinner drinks, or a boozy brunch with friends. Read more.

Exhale Central Park South is one of NYC's Upper West Side.

35. Exhale Central Park South

9.3
150 Central Park S (btw 6th and 7th Ave), New York, NY
Yoga Studio · Theater District · 48 tips and reviews

ThePurplePassport.comThePurplePassport.com: The wellness offerings (a mix of Eastern & Western classes & treatments) made us hum w/ health & serenity. Brides-to-be can get in shape for the big day with the spa's 6-week "Core Evolution” package. Read more.

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, New York is one of NYC's Upper West Side.

36. The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, New York

8.8
80 Columbus Cir (at W 60th St), New York, NY
Spa · Central Park · 15 tips and reviews

ThePurplePassport.comThePurplePassport.com: Guests are encouraged to book an appointment (e.g., a 1 hour 50 minute ritual), not a service, allowing for a consultant to advise the client on the best services for their body upon arrival. Enjoy! Read more.

The Empire Hotel is one of NYC's Upper West Side.

37. The Empire Hotel

8.2
44 W 63rd St (at Broadway), New York, NY
Hotel · Lincoln Square · 87 tips and reviews

ThePurplePassport.comThePurplePassport.com: We can't get enough of the stylish party atmosphere. Plus, the beds (w/ Frette linens) are super soft, which makes it that much easier to recharge after long nights of wind-exposed rooftop schmoozing. Read more.

38. Mandarin Oriental, New York

9.2
80 Columbus Cir (at W 60th St), New York, NY
Hotel · Hell's Kitchen · 83 tips and reviews

ThePurplePassport.comThePurplePassport.com: It’s a classic luxury experience with an added jolt of sex appeal and style. We love waking up to the stunning views of the city and then capping our evenings scoping the sizzling lounge scene. Read more.

The Phillips Club is one of NYC's Upper West Side.

39. The Phillips Club

7.7
155 W 66th St (Broadway), New York, NY
Hotel · Lincoln Square · 3 tips and reviews

ThePurplePassport.comThePurplePassport.com: If you’re going to be in town for an extended period of time, this is a great option. You’ll really feel like a local rather than just a visitor with your fully equipped mini-flat. Read more.

Trump International Hotel & Tower New York is one of NYC's Upper West Side.

40. Trump International Hotel & Tower New York

7.5
1 Central Park W (60th St.), New York, NY
Hotel · Lincoln Square · 47 tips and reviews

ThePurplePassport.comThePurplePassport.com: The service is flawless (seriously–your wish is really their command), and the rooms are unquestionably swanky. Picky eaters rejoice: in-room fridges come fully stocked to your specifications. Read more.