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Top Choice Park in Upper West Side & Central Park

Central Park

One of the world’s most renowned green spaces, Central Park comprises 843 acres of rolling meadows, boulder-studded outcroppings, elm-lined walkways, manicured European-style gardens, a lake and reservoir — not to m…
Top Choice Arts Center in Upper West Side & Central Park

Lincoln Center

This stark arrangement of gleaming modernist temples houses some of Manhattan’s most important performance companies: the New York Philharmonic, the New York City Ballet and the iconic Metropolitan Opera House, whos…
Top Choice Museum in Upper West Side & Central Park

American Museum of Natural History

Founded in 1869, this classic museum contains a veritable wonderland of more than 30 million artifacts – including lots of menacing dinosaur skeletons – as well as the Rose Center for Earth & Space, which has a …
Top Choice Lounge in Upper West Side & Central Park

Manhattan Cricket Club

Above an Australian bistro (ask its host for access), this elegant drinking lounge is modeled on the classy Anglo-Aussie cricket clubs of the early 1900s. Sepia-toned photos of batsmen adorn the gold brocaded walls,…
Top Choice Vegan in Upper West Side & Central Park

Candle Cafe West

The wide-ranging menu at this popular, candlelit restaurant is entirely vegan, entirely organic and entirely delicious: with options like spaghetti and 'wheatballs', seitan piccata, chimichuri-grilled portobello ste…
Opera in Upper West Side & Central Park

Metropolitan Opera House

New York’s premier opera company is the place to see classics such as Carmen, Madame Butterfly and Macbeth, not to mention Wagner’s Ring Cycle. It also hosts premieres and revivals of more contemporary works, such a…
Dance in Upper West Side & Central Park

New York City Ballet

This prestigious ballet company was first directed by renowned Russian-born choreographer George Balanchine back in the 1940s. Today, the company has 90 dancers and is the largest ballet organization in the US, perf…
Modern American in Upper West Side & Central Park

Dovetail

This Michelin-starred restaurant showcases its Zen-like beauty in both its decor (exposed brick, bare tables) and its delectable, seasonal menus – think striped bass with sunchokes and burgundy truffle, and venison …
Cinema in Upper West Side & Central Park

Film Society of Lincoln Center

The Film Society is one of New York’s cinematic gems, providing an invaluable platform for a wide gamut of documentary, feature, independent, foreign and avant-garde art pictures. Films screen in one of two faciliti…
Performing Arts in Upper West Side & Central Park

SummerStage

One of the best-loved events in Central Park is the series of outdoor concerts known as SummerStage. Every summer the park hosts dozens of performances, showcasing a wide mix of cultural fare – indie rock, jazz, mod…