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  • Writer's pictureJ.J. and Soo

Upper West Side Favorites

I LOVE the Upper West Side. Hands down, it's my favorite part of Manhattan. A few years ago, I was on a huge You've Got Mail obsession that surprisingly hasn't died out. I can always go for a "bouquet of newly sharpened pencils". If you've seen the movie, you know that it's set in New York City's Upper West Side. The charming brownstones, local bookstore, cafe, flower stands, street carnival, and neighborhood grocery store make the viewer want to imagine that this whimsical world is a reality somewhere. Let me tell you, the reality is the Upper West Side.

I think one of the greatest things about this neighborhood is feeling more like a local than a tourist. The streets are quieter and the people actually live here!

So, here are a few of our favorite places in case you have the itch to visit a real life movie set.


Joe's Coffee - I love the small atmosphere for a quick to go coffee and awesome service!

514 Columbus Ave

Cafe Lalo - As seen in You've Got Mail. Go for the ambience.

201 West 83rd St


Sarabeth's - You can't go wrong here...everything is delicious!

423 Amsterdam Ave. between 80th and 81st

Spring Natural Kitchen - Love their outdoor seating and fresh food!

474 Columbus Ave


Gray's Papaya - As seen in You've Got Mail. In my opinion, the best hot dogs in NYC & cheap!

2090 Broadway

Patsy's Pizza - Affordable, delicious, fast, sit-down.

61 W 74th St.


Maison Pickle - Incredible atmosphere and a mouth-watering menu. Love the Chef's Wedge salad and Classique Mac and Cheese.

2315 Broadway


Levain Bakery - Don't miss the cookies that melt in your mouth. Usually a wait, but the line goes quickly. Be ready to order!

167 W 74th St

Alice's Tea Cup - My friend and I enjoyed a nice relaxing afternoon of tea and scones. Scrumptious!

102 W 73rd St


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