Upper West Side Summer Guide

Posted June 27th, 2017 by Richard Pretsfelder, Sophie Smadbeck

Though summer weekends are a great time to venture out to the beach and mountains, they’re also a great time to enjoy the warm weather in the City. Situated between two event-filled parks, the Upper West Side is a particularly summer-friendly neighborhood. There, you can find an activity for any type of weather, person or mood. Here’s your comprehensive guide to summer on the Upper West Side.

Food to try

Buceo 95

Where: 95th Street and Amsterdam

What: Tapas and Wine bar

Mermaid Inn

Where: Amsterdam between 87th and 88th Streets

What: Seafood spot known for oysters and lobster rolls

Boat Basin Cafe

Where: 79th Street in Riverside Park

What: Casual outdoor restaurant overlooking the Hudson

Things to do

When it's rainy or hot...

New York Historical Society

Where: 77th Street and Central Park West

Current Exhibitions:

American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life and Times
World War I Beyond the Trenches
Thomas Jefferson: The Private Man, from the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society
Saving Washington

American Museum of Natural History

Where: 79th Street and Central Park West

Current Exhibitions:

The Titanosaur
Humpback Whales
Inside You
Opulent Oceans

On the perfect sunny day...

Picnic in Central Park or Riverside Park

Riverside Park Tennis Courts

Where: 96th Street

Free Kayaking at Manhattan Community Boathouse

Where: Pier 96 at 56th Street

For a special night out...

Beacon Theatre

Where: Broadway and 74th Street

Upcoming Events:

Grammy Salute to Music Legends – July 11
Jerry Seinfeld – July 27
The Beach Boys – August 17

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Where: Columbus Avenue between 62nd and 65th Streets

Upcoming Events:

Oslo – Running through July 16
New York Philharmonic

Symphony Space

Where: Broadway and 95th Street

Upcoming Events:

Trevor Noah – July 13
Sheilah Smiley – August 12

Shakespeare in the Park

Where: Delacorte Theater in Central Park

Upcoming Shows:

Julius Caesar – May 23-June18
A Midsummer Night’s Dream – July 11-August 13


Where: Parks across the five boroughs

What: Performing arts festival throughout the summer