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?
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.
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.
Basic diner, best known for its appearances on Seinfeld. Worth a trip to snap some photos.
Farm-sourced, fast-casual American food. Servings come with a base, two sides and one main (limited options for a stress-free meal).
Yep, there is a Shake Shack by Columbia University. Standard menu plus ice cream and beer. And the Shake Shack app!
1274 Amsterdan Ave
Cozy Italian restaurant, well-known for their delicious pastas. Read more about Max Soha.
Community Food & Juice
Community Food & Juice is a new American restaurant with a great breakfast menu, organic and vegetarian foods.
1239 Amsterdam Ave
East African restaurant with an emphasis on Ethiopian cuisine. Dishes are served with home-baked flat bread and eaten by hand!
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”.
125 La Salle Street
Pisticci is an eco-conscious Italian restaurant with live jazz on Sundays.
Known for some of the best ramen in NYC.
Retro looking diner with yummy burgers and sandwiches and sixteen draft beers.
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.
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.
Arts and Crafts Beer Parlor
1135 Amsterdam Avenue
A really cool bar with art exhibits! And 24 rotating draft beers.
The Heights Bar & Grill
Two-level bar with great happy hour deals. Read more about The Heights Bar & Grill.
Stores and Shopping in Morningside Heights
536 W 112th St
Book Culture is a popular, independent bookstore offering ongoing events, best-sellers and children’s books.
This family-owned home-goods store is perfect for new Columbia students.
West Side Market
Open 24/7 and usually packed. Plenty of options including beer, prepared foods and produce.
Vino Fino Wine Shop
1252 Amsterdam Ave
A small and cute wine shop. They mostly carry bottles from small vineyards.
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.
Pens, stationary, office and art supplies. This is another independent store that’s been in the neighborhood for a long time.
Cute family-owned and operated children’s shoe store. They offer seasonal products, and many name brands and smaller labels as well.
Gourmet deli with great sandwiches and Italian specialties, including prepared foods and awesome cheeses and meats!
Jack’s Art Gallery
This art store provides its customers with high quality frames, framed prints and acid-free mats. The staff is very friendly and accommodating.
Small store offering bubble tea, milk and fruit slushies, frozen yogurt and snacks including dumplings and waffles.
Hex & Company
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.
Felix and Fanny
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.
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.
501 West 110th Street
Prewar rental building with an elevator and 66 apartments. Famous composer George Gershwin once lived here.
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.
Built in 2015, this rental building has 96 apartments and a full time doorman.
545 West 110th St.
This beautiful condominium comes with common outdoor space for all residents, parking and a children’s playroom.
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.
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.
The Colosseum, 435 Riverside Drive
The Colosseum has a beautiful curved exterior, hugging the south west corner of 116th Street.
This co-op complex consists of 980 apartments and amenities including a fitness center, game room and children’s play center.
Morningside Heights Schools
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.
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.
New York Theological Seminary
475 Riverside Drive
A biblical school which prepares men and women for faith-based careers.
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.
490 Riverside Drive
An interdenominational, interracial, international, open, welcoming, and affirming church and congregation, modeled after the 13th Century gothic cathedral in Chartres, France.
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 www.grantstomb.org.
Morningside Heights Parks
122nd and Riverside Drive
Sakura Park is a beautiful place to relax in silence!
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.
West 111th Street People’s Garden
Located at 1036 Amsterdam, this lush green space is open to all!
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.
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
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.