Hello Upper West Side
Flanked by Central Park to the east and the Hudson River to the west, Upper West Side is every bit as affluent as neighboring Upper East Side and every bit as pleasant too. The brownstone buildings and popular brunch spots attest to Upper West Side's largely residential, upscale composition, and you'll see plenty of parents pushing strollers and still half-asleep residents taking their dogs out for an early morning walk. But that's not all there is to this quintessential New York neighborhood. The New York Historical Society and the American Museum of Natural History are both excellent; less crowded than the MET and the Guggenheim on the other side of Central Park, you can get your history fix at either of these venerable New York institutions. For a caffeine fix, look no further than Zabars: an iconic luxury food emporium that has been going strong on Broadway in Upper West Side for over 80 years. Their coffee is fantastic, roasted every Tuesday as soon as the delivery guys drop off the coffee beans, and the banter of the sales staff is pretty good too. Plan ahead to book tickets to see a show at the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts, or hop on the subway (take the 1, 2 or 3 from a station on Broadway) to head south and discover the rest of the city.