The young crowds and trendy spots in Downtown Manhattan make it easy to overlook the island’s northernmost section—Uptown. But a quick train ride from the Duane Street Hotel uncovers a realm of iconic architecture, legendary sites, and a surprisingly vibrant food scene. Here’s where you need to go in Uptown Manhattan.
This Harlem landmark first opened in 1914 and has since launched the careers of some of the most famous performers of all time including Jimi Hendrix, Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder. The venue is famous for its Amatuer Night—a competition during which up and coming talents showcase their skills in front of a live audience that judges the best talent of the night. The event takes place every Wednesday with tickets starting at just $16 a piece.
Apollo Theater. 253 W 125th St, New York, NY. (212) 531-5300
Skate beneath the shadows of Midtown’s tallest skyscrapers, walk the grand American Elm-lined mall, and find your favorite nook of the world’s most famous urban park. Occupying the core of Uptown Manhattan, from 59th Street to 110th Street and between 5th and 8th Avenue, it’s an easy pit stop no matter which part of the area you decide to explore.
Central Park. New York, NY
Red Rooster Harlem
Celebrity chef-helmed restaurants don’t always live up to the hype, but Red Rooster does. Chef Marcus Samuelsson, who you probably know as a judge from Top Chef, Iron Chef and Chopped, has been serving up soul food classics in this Harlem hangout since 2010. While they serve up a hosts of tasty apps, snacks and entrees, go for the Fried Bird Royale for two—a whole fried chicken along with mac & greens, mace gravy, liver butter, waffles and Jou Jou biscuits.
Red Rooster Harlem. 310 Lenox Ave, New York, NY. (212) 792-9001
Constructed between 1935 and 1939 The Cloisters combines Gothic and Romanesque architecture for one of the most picturesque museums in New York City. Located at the tip of Manhattan in Fort Tryon Park, the monasterial structure is filled with stone columns and lush courtyards with sweeping views of the Hudson River. It’s the closest you’ll get to a trip to Rome without leaving NYC.
The Cloisters. 99 Margaret Corbin Dr, New York, NY. (212) 923-3700
American Museum of Natural History
Steps from Central Park, the American Museum of Natural History is the only place in the city you can see 230 million year old dinosaur fossils—which should be reason enough to check the place out. If meteorites, animal dioramas and exotic plant species are more your speed, there are plenty of those too.
American Museum of Natural History. Central Park West & 79th St, New York, NY. (212) 769-5100