Morningside Heights

  Last modified on February 9th, 2019

Morningside Heights has tons of great restaurants, eclectic shopping, an impressive academic presence and beautiful parks and churches. Many Upper West Side residents consider it to be part of the neighborhood. Learn more about Morningside Heights in NYC!  

Where is Morningside Heights?

Morningside Heights is located between West 110th and 125th Streets, bounded by Riverside Drive and Morningside Park. The zip codes of this area are 10025, 10026 and 10027.

Notable Residents of Morningside Heights

  • George Carlin grew up on West 121st Street, which is now named after him.
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald lived at 200 Claremont Ave. 
  • Composer George Gershwin lived at 501 West 110th Street.
  • Writer Allen Ginsberg lived at 536 West 114th Street.
  • Novelist Jack Kerouac lived at 421 West 118th Street.
  • Thurgood Marshall lived in Morningside Gardens.

Morningside Heights Restaurants, Bars and Bakeries

Not only are there a ton of great Morningside Heights restaurants, but you can also find any and every type of restaurant in Morningside Heights.

Koronet Pizza

2848 Broadway

This popular Morningside Heights pizza place is known for their giant slices. There is another Koronet Pizza in Washington Heights, near Columbia University’s medical campus.

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Tom’s Restaurant

2880 Broadway

Basic diner, best known for its appearances on Seinfeld. Worth a trip to snap some photos.

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Dig Inn

2884 Broadway

Farm-sourced, fast-casual American food. Servings come with a base, two sides and one main (limited options for a stress-free meal).

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Shake Shack

2957 Broadway

Yep, there is a Shake Shack by Columbia University. Standard menu plus ice cream and beer. And the Shake Shack app!

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Max Soha

1274 Amsterdan Ave

Cozy Italian restaurant, well-known for their delicious pastas. Read more about Max Soha.

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Community Food & Juice

2893 Broadway

Community Food & Juice is a new American restaurant with a great breakfast menu, organic and vegetarian foods.

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1239 Amsterdam Ave

East African restaurant with an emphasis on Ethiopian cuisine. Dishes are served with home-baked flat bread and eaten by hand!

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1187 Amsterdam Ave

American comfort foods, including gluten-free menu options. Friedman’s is a family-run NYC chain named after economist Milton Friedman, who coined the phrase “there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch”.

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125 La Salle Street

Pisticci is an eco-conscious Italian restaurant with live jazz on Sundays.

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Jin Ramen

3183 Broadway

Known for some of the best ramen in NYC.

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3157 Broadway

Retro looking diner with yummy burgers and sandwiches and sixteen draft beers.

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Hungarian Pastry Shop

1030 Amsterdam Ave

Long-standing staple of the neighborhood, Hungarian Pastry Shop is the perfect place to enjoy some Eastern European sweets while working on your next novel.

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V & T Pizzeria

1024 Amsterdam Ave.

Open since 1945. This classic pizza place offers thin crust pies and great Italian entrees in a warm and casual atmosphere.

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Arts and Crafts Beer Parlor

1135 Amsterdam Avenue

A really cool bar with art exhibits!  And 24 rotating draft beers.

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The Heights Bar & Grill

2867 Broadway

Two-level bar with great happy hour deals. Read more about The Heights Bar & Grill.

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Stores and Shopping in Morningside Heights

Book Culture

536 W 112th St

Book Culture is a popular, independent bookstore offering ongoing events, best-sellers and children’s books.

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University Housewares

2901 Broadway

This family-owned home-goods store is perfect for new Columbia students.

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Morton Williams

2941 Broadway

Supermarket chain open 24 hours a day.

West Side Market

2840 Broadway

Open 24/7 and usually packed. Plenty of options including beer, prepared foods and produce.

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Vino Fino Wine Shop

1252 Amsterdam Ave

A small and cute wine shop. They mostly carry bottles from small vineyards.

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Mondel Chocolates

2913 Broadway

This chocolate store has been around since 1943. Small and super charming. Products include truffles and creams, fruits, nuts, assorted gift boxes and all kinds of brilliant chocolate concoctions.

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Janoff’s Stationery

2870 Broadway

Pens, stationary, office and art supplies. This is another independent store that’s been in the neighborhood for a long time.

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Shoe Tree

2876 Broadway

Cute family-owned and operated children’s shoe store. They offer seasonal products, and many name brands and smaller labels as well.

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Milano Market

2892 Broadway

Gourmet deli with great sandwiches and Italian specialties, including prepared foods and awesome cheeses and meats!

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Jack’s Art Gallery

2855 Broadway

This art store provides its customers with high quality frames, framed prints and acid-free mats. The staff is very friendly and accommodating.

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Tea Magic

2878 Broadway

Small store offering bubble tea, milk and fruit slushies, frozen yogurt and snacks including dumplings and waffles.

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Hex & Company

2871 Broadway

This board game cafe has over 1000 games, coffee and espresso, and meats and cheeses. They also offer educational programs for kids, and are the largest board game cafe in Manhattan.

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Felix and Fanny

2868 Broadway

Non-profit gift store with toys for kids, clothing for baby’s and gift baskets. All of their profits go to The Children’s Aid Society.

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Morningside Heights Apartments

Many of the apartments in Morningside Heights are owned by Columbia University. However, there are plenty of rentals and co-ops available for others who are interested in the neighborhood.

Some noteworthy buildings in Morningside Heights include:

Avalon Morningside Park, 1 Morningside Drive

Luxury rental high-rise. This sleek, glass structure comes with a full-time doorman, gym and parking garage. Located right next to Morningside Park.

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501 West 110th Street

Prewar rental building with an elevator and 66 apartments. Famous composer George Gershwin once lived here.

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Enclave at the Cathedral, 400 West 113th

It’s name comes from the fact that it’s located right next to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. This modern rental building comes with over 10,000 square feet of amenities.

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1080 Amsterdam

Built in 2015, this rental building has 96 apartments and a full time doorman.

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545 West 110th St.

This beautiful condominium comes with common outdoor space for all residents, parking and a children’s playroom.

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The Paterno, 440 Riverside Drive

This pre-war co-op was designed by Schwartz and Gross in the early 1900s. One of the more noteworthy buildings on Riverside Drive.

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Fowler Court, 400 Riverside Drive

This low-rise co-op has a truly stunning exterior, with exposed red brick and magnificent windows. Designed by George F. Pelham in 1908.

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The Colosseum, 435 Riverside Drive

The Colosseum has a beautiful curved exterior, hugging the south west corner of 116th Street.

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Morningside Gardens

This co-op complex consists of 980 apartments and amenities including a fitness center, game room and children’s play center.

Morningside Heights Schools

There is a reason Morningside Heights is nicknamed the “Academic Acropolis”! Here are just the most noteworthy educational institutions. 

Columbia University

One of the best schools in the country, with its main campus entrance on 116th and Broadway. Read more about Columbia University and some of the famous people who went there.

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Barnard College

3009 Broadway

Private women’s liberal arts college founded in 1889. It is one of the oldest women’s colleges in the world, and is affiliated with Columbia.

Manhattan School of Music

120 Claremont Ave

A music conservatory offering programs in jazz, musical theater, orchestra, classical and opera. They also offer pre-college programs for those aged 5 to 18.

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Bank Street College of Education

610 West 112th Street

Bank Street has an elementary school, college and grad school. Their mission is to improve the education of children and their teachers.

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New York Theological Seminary

475 Riverside Drive

A biblical school which prepares men and women for faith-based careers.

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Morningside Heights Churches and Monuments

The Cathedral of St. John the Divine

One of the prettiest churches in NYC, and a major photo destination for both locals and tourists. Both the facade and interior must be seen! The church also hosts a number of events throughout the year.

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Riverside Church

490 Riverside Drive

An interdenominational, interracial, international, open, welcoming, and affirming church and congregation, modeled after the 13th Century gothic cathedral in Chartres, France.

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Grant’s Tomb

122nd and Riverside Drive

This memorial is the burial ground of Ulysses S. Grant. Formally named The General Grant National Memorial, you can learn more about it at

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c/o Wikipedia user King of Hearts

Morningside Heights Parks

Sakura Park

122nd and Riverside Drive

Sakura Park is a beautiful place to relax in silence!

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Morningside Park

Morningside Park serves as the border between Morningside Heights and South Harlem. It features hilly terrain, a large pond where you can often find ducks, and soccer fields.

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West 111th Street People’s Garden

Located at 1036 Amsterdam, this lush green space is open to all!

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Riverside Park

This section of Riverside Park is quiet and peaceful, and it’s a great place to feel like a local or catch a Hudson River sunset.

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Streets of Morningside Heights

There are some majestic and truly breathtaking blocks in the Morningside Heights neighborhood. Here are just a few exceptionally eye-popping ones!

116th between Riverside and Broadway

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All of Riverside Drive.

I think it’s prettiest up here. Large prewar buildings with lots of character, plus townhouses and mansions.

The Morningside Heights Library

The New York Public Library has a location in Morningside Heights which is located on 113th and Broadway.  The building was designed by Robert A. M. Stern and includes a Columbia University dorm and a retail shop.

This NYPL location offers:

  • Videos, books on tape, and CDs for all ages
  • Lifelong Learning collection for adult new readers of English
  • Large Print collection
  • Community Information collection
  • Internet access for free public use
  • Films, story hours, and reading-aloud programs for children
  • Puppet shows, crafts, music programs, and other special events for children
  • Author readings, lectures, workshops, music, poetry, and theater programs for adults
  • Class visits by appointment

Learn more here.

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