Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The magic of the Upper West Side

The Upper West Side is a hotbed of high culture and at Country Inn the City we are right in the thick of it. Groundbreaking opera, dance and orchestral productions at Lincoln Center, along with institutions like the American Museum of Natural History and the New-York Historical Society, and the notable Beacon Theater (home to the recent Tony Awards), and Central Park are just a few of the neighborhood’s marquee destinations. Architectural jewels beckon from the palazzo Beaux Arts extravaganzas in the Apthorp and the Ansonia to the former neo-Gothic residence of John Lennon in the Dakota.

Dining and shopping options abound from the big chain stores to the Mom and Pop locations covering all manner of shopping options that define Upper West Side eclecticism and choice. From freshly baked delicacies at H&H Bagels and silky sturgeon at Barney Greengrass to the nearby gourmet food stalwarts in nearby Zabars, Citarella and Fairway, to Latin-Chinese (yes, Latin-Chinese) cuisine at Flor de Mayo, the neighborhood's ethnic eateries, brunch spots and date-night diners run the gastronomic gamut. And with everything from vintage racks to spare high-fashion boutiques, the retail possibilities are similarly diverse. The Upper West Side's nightlife holds its own, too. Where else can you enjoy an aria, a dive-bar beer and some rooftop jazz, all in the space of a few hours?

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