15 Quiet places on the Upper West Side of Manhattan

The ’15 Best Quiet Places’ On The UWS: Did They Get It Right?

Foursquare City Guide recently published a list of the “15 Best Quiet Places” on the Upper West Side. Here’s what they said.

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Posted Tue, Jun 8, 2021 at 12:08 pm ET|Updated Wed, Jun 9, 2021 at 12:45 pm ET
An image of a beautiful home on the Upper West Side.
An image of a beautiful home on the Upper West Side. (Shutterstock / Duozoid)

UPPER WEST SIDE, NY — The Upper West Side has had its fair share of lists made about the best elements of the neighborhood. The best restaurants, the best park spaces, the best blocks, and the best buildings have all been written down and discussed by community members of the residential neighborhood.

Recently, Foursquare City Guide published a more unique list of Upper West Side spots, but one that can undoubtedly be appreciated as the summer months bring an uptick of noise to the neighborhood.

The destination recommendation website posted on May 31 the “15 Best Quiet Places In The Upper West Side, New York.”

The quiet spots include Upper West Side cafes, streets, parks, and more.

Here are the 15 local spots included on the list, let us know in the comments if you agree:

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Let’s go!


  1. Central Park West and West 86th Street: “One of my favorite streets across from Central Park,” reads a comment included in the Foursquare list.
  2. Pier I at West 70th Street: “Take a seat on the pier and admire the beautiful views of NYC. It is so peaceful, you’ll forget you’re in Manhattan,” reads a comment included in the Foursquare list.
  3. Theodore Roosevelt Park from West 77th to 81st Streets: “This quiet little park nestled near the Museum of Natural History is perfect for a summer night,” reads a comment included in the Foursquare list.
  4. The David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center – 61 West 62nd Street: “This quiet little atrium is the perfect place to hide out in between fashion shows at Lincoln Center,” reads a comment included in the Foursquare list.
  5. Peacefood Cafe at 460 Amsterdam Avenue (82nd Street): “Want a light meal? Get the peace bowl with choice of daily roasted veggies and quinoa or rice,” reads a comment included in the Foursquare list.
  6. West 91st Street Garden within Riverside Park: “Beautiful volunteer-run garden with ever-changing flowers. Wonderful views of the Hudson and a tree-lined promenade,” reads a comment included in the Foursquare list.
  7. Riverside Park Promenade at West 83rd Street: “The best park in Manhattan!! Great runs in the morning and beautiful walks during the evening while watching amazing sunsets,” reads a comment included in the Foursquare list.
  8. Barnes & Noble at 2289 Broadway (West 82nd Street): “If the top floor cafe is too noisy for you, the 2nd floor of Barnes & Noble will find much more peaceful areas to read in. So you can grab the magazine for 4 and bring it down to 2,” reads a comment included in the Foursquare list.
  9. Excelsior Hotel NYC at 45 West 81st Street: “An amazing location, so quiet and peaceful! Would stay here again in a second! Nice size room with a great view of Central Park/Natural History Museum,” reads a comment included in the Foursquare list.
  10. The Muffins Cafe at 222 Columbus Avenue (West 70th Street): “Definitely a hidden gem. Would highly recommend stopping here rather than going to Starbucks/Joe Cofee,” reads a comment included in the Foursquare list.
  11. Smoke Jazz & Supper Club at 2751 Broadway (Between West 105th and 106th Streets): “If you’re looking for a quaint space with good food and live jazz, look no more. The seafood pasta had me wanting more. Also, this place truly respects music, so please abide by the quiet policy,” reads a comment included in the Foursquare list.
  12. Tarallucci e Vino Wine Bar at 475 Columbus Avenue (West 83rd Street): “So nice for breakfast brunch. Love the quiet vibe. Tasty food,” reads a comment included in the Foursquare list.
  13. Amber at 103 West 70th Street: “I love this place, is for everyone who loves quiet places and nice music,” reads a comment included in the Foursquare list.
  14. The Leopard at des Artistes at 1 West 67th Street: “The veal loin Milanese was great with very fresh arugula and cherry tomato,” reads a comment included in the Foursquare list.
  15. LeFrak Theater at 200 Central Park West (Between West 77th and 81st Streets): “Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the museum, and catch a flick. Quiet and comfy,” reads a comment included in the Foursquare list.

You can check out the full breakdown of the best quiet places on the Upper West Side on the Foursquare website.

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