Welcome back to New York City students! We gave you some pretty awesome guides to neighborhoods in New York City, but what about the sub-neighborhoods surrounding Manhattan’s universities? We’ll start this week with Columbia University.

Located on 116th Street and Broadway, Columbia University is a private Ivy League university on the Upper West Side.  Founded in 1754, it’s one of the nine colonial colleges founded before the Declaration of Independence. And while the Upper West Side is more known for being spacious and residential, there are some seriously awesome places to check out up there. Let’s get started!


Morningside Park: Nestled in the middle of Upper Manhattan lies this gorgeous 30 acre historic park. A great place to have a picnic with friends or catch up on some class readings. Check it out at 90 Morningside Drive, NY, NY.

Grant’s Tomb: The final resting place of Ulysses S. Grant and his wife, Julia Dent Grant. Grant’s Tomb is the most substantial monument in Riverside Park. In the warmer months, stop here for a free jazz concert. W 122nd St & Riverside Drive


Hungarian Pastry Shop: This place is SO CUTE and great for studying. Plus, they have the best coffee I’ve ever had. 1030 Amsterdam Ave

Tom’s Restaurant: Snap a selfie outside this TV-famous spot. Tom’s Restaurant is the famous diner from Seinfeld! I highly recommend the blueberry pancakes. 2880 Broadway


Community: Healthy, fresh and delicious Community is a great lunch spot! I recommend the Rice Bowl. So good. 2893 Broadway

Amir’s Grill: An awesome place for middle-eastern food. The perfect place for lunch with friends, or bring your parents when they’re visiting! 2911-A Broadway


Culture Tea Bar: Right by Columbia University’s Teacher’s college, this tea spot is awesome! They have bubble tea which is super yum. 3111 Broadway

Book Culture: This place is a great spot to buy and sell your text books. But the shop also regularly hosts reading by Columbia faculty, and is a great opportunity to meet some like-minded students! 450 Amsterdam Ave


Massawa: An awesome East African eatery that has traditional Ethiopian food. Show your parents how cultured you are by taking them here for dinner when they visit! 2895 Broadway

Kitchenette: Come here for some post-exam comfort food with friends. This southern style restaurant is cute and casual, with awesome food. 1272 Amsterdam Ave


1020 Bar: This no-frills dive is always popping off on the weekends. Be prepared to wait in line to get in! But it’s worth the wait. 1020 Amsterdam Ave.

The Hamilton: A new elegant cocktail bar just a few blocks from Columbia this is a great place to go get a drink with the girls. Plus, they have really great food! 998 Amsterdam Ave.


There are many options for late night food around Columbia, but the only one worth mentioning is Koronet. Seriously guys, the pizza here is HUGE. One slice is like 4 slices. It’s cash only so bring some dollars! 2848 Broadway

If you’re looking for an apartment near Columbia, No Fee Rentals has great apartments for students! From multi-bedroom shares, to studio apartments we have what you’re looking for, close to school!

Until Next Time!