Neighborhood Guides

Must-See Upper West Side

by staff, 12/02/2014

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  • Nightlife
    The night's not over once you've finished dinner and dessert—there are plenty of places to hit the town late in the evening. Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Lincoln Center—named for a jazz legend and a soda sponsor—serves up live jazz every night, along with soul food and drinks. Cleopatra's Needle—located uptown along Broadway, at 92nd Street—is another good place to hear jazz and have a bite; here, the menu's Middle Eastern. The Dead Poet names cocktails after authors, and the liquid literary tributes pack a serious punch. In addition to the Edgar Allan Poe and the Robert Frost, there's the Dead Poet cocktail, a secret recipe of seven liquors plus some sour mix. New Yorkers are famous for utilizing every inch of space, and the Boat Basin Café—an open-air bar under a traffic circle—is the nightlife equivalent of an apartment making great use of a Murphy bed. Located on the Hudson River at West 79th Street, the café is open (weather permitting) from late March to the end of October. On warm afternoons and nights, groups of friends crowd in on plastic chairs pulled up to checkered tablecloths to quaff beer, wine and cocktails and chow on burgers.

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