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Thanksgiving Eve Balloon Blow-Up Night on the Upper West Side

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photo by Paul Katcher

The Macy’s Balloon Blow-Up Night on The Upper West Side
To get yourself in the holiday spirit, go watch Macy’s fill up the giant corporate logos that are the Macy’s Parade balloons. The night before the parade, the balloons are inflated on either side of the Museum of Natural History (W.77th & W. 81st, between Central Park West and Columbus Ave.).

Viewing is permitted on the north side of 77th and the south side of 81st St.  Enter the queue on 79th St. & Columbus Ave.

The weather will be brisk, so we suggest you  hit one of the many bars on the Upper West Side. Be prepared for a crowd.

 

Here are some suggestions…

 

Dive 75dive75
101 W. 75th St. (bet. Amsterdam & Columbus Ave.)
New York, NY
(212) 362-7518
facebook.com/Dive75

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gin-mill-logoThe Gin Mill
442 Amsterdam Ave.
(between 81st & 82nd St.)
New York, NY
(212) 580-9080
NYCBestBar.com/ginmill

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jakesdilemma_logo2014Jake’s Dilemma
430 Amsterdam Ave.
(between 80th & 81st St.)
New York, NY
(212) 580-0556
NYCBestBar.com/jakes

 

Directory of the Bars of the Upper West Side:

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W. 60s:

web-chain-link-iconAtlantic Grill: 49 W. 64th St. (between Broadway & CPW) (212) 472-2050
seafood brasserie with nautical décor, featuring a raw bar and sushi
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web-chain-link-iconCafe Fiorello: 1900 Broadway (W. 63rd St.) (212) 595-5330
Italian restaurant & bar across from Lincoln Center
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web-chain-link-iconGabriel’s: 11 W. 60th St. (Broadway & Columbus Ave.) (212) 956-4600
Italian bar & restaurant by Gabriel Aiello
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web-chain-link-iconEmpire Hotel: 44 W. 63rd St. (between Columbus Ave. & Broadway) (212) 265-7400
Lobby bar and seasonal rooftop bar at the Empire Hotel
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web-chain-link-iconNougatine at Jean Georges Café: 1 Central Park West (Columbus Circle) (212) 299-3900
Naugatine is the more casual sister of Jean‑Georges, with a very lively bar.
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web-chain-link-iconP J Clarke’s at Lincoln Center: 40 W. 63rd St. (Columbus Ave.) (212) 957-9700
West side location of the famous NYC institution
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web-chain-link-iconRosa Mexicano: 61 Columbus Ave. (W. 62nd St.) (212) 977-7700
famous Mexican restaurant near Lincoln Center serving authentic Mexican cuisine
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web-chain-link-iconThe Smith: 1900 Broadway (63rd St.) New York, NY. (212) 496-5700
casual American brasserie & bar in Lincoln Square
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web-chain-link-iconVanguard: 189 Amsterdam Ave. (between 68th & 69th St.) New York, NY (212) 799-WINE [9463]
Wine bar serving small plates of American food with French influence.


W. 70s:

web-chain-link-iconAmsterdam Ale House:  340 Amsterdam Ave. (between 76th & 77th St.) New York, NY (212) 362-7260
Craft beer bar featuring 30 drafts, over 40 bottles & cask conditioned ale
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web-chain-link-iconBeacon Bar: 2130 Broadway (between 74th & 75th St.) New York, NY (212) 787-1100
Cocktail lounge at Hotel Beacon.
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web-chain-link-iconBlondie’s: 212 W. 79th St. (between Amsterdam & Broadway) New York, NY   (212) 579-9777
Sports bar
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web-chain-link-iconBoat Basin Café: W. 79th St. & Riverside Park. (212) 496-5542
Seasonal outdoor bar & restaurant overlooking the boat basin on the Hudson River.
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web-chain-link-iconBourbon Street:  407 Amsterdam Ave. (between 79th & 80th St.) New York, NY   (212) 721-1332
New Orleans themed sports bar and Post-college party bar.
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web-chain-link-iconBurke & Wills: 226 W. 79th St. (between Amsterdam & Broadway) New York, NY (646) 823-9251
Australian bistro & bar.
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web-chain-link-iconCafé Luxembourg: 200 W. 70th St. (between Amsterdam & West End) (212) 873-7411
Neighborhood bistro & bar
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web-chain-link-iconCafé Tallulah: 240 Columbus Ave. (71st St.) (212) 209-1055
Bi-level French restaurant, cocktail lounge, & bar
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web-chain-link-iconDive 75: 101 W. 75th St. (bet. Amsterdam & Columbus Ave.) New York, NY  (212) 362-7518
Neighborhood sports bar.
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web-chain-link-iconDovetail: 103 W. 77th St. (Columbus Ave.) (212) 875-8600
Michelin-starred restaurant & bar near the Museum of Natural History, serving American cuisine from chef/owner John Fraser.
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web-chain-link-iconDublin House:  225 W. 79th St. (between Broadway & Amsterdam Ave.) New York, NY.  (212) 874-9528
Old-school neighborhood Irish pub.
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web-chain-link-iconElla Kitchen & Bar: 249 Columbus Ave. (between 71st & 72nd St.) (212) 579-9929
Kitchen & bar featuring Mediterranean and Latin inspired shared plates and serving hand crafted cocktails
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web-chain-link-iconEmerald Inn: 250 W. 72nd St. (between Broadway & West End) (212) 874-8840
4-generation family owned Irish pub and restaurant (relocated in 2013 after 70 years on Columbus Ave.)

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web-chain-link-iconGebhard’s Beer Culture: 228 W. 72nd St. (between Broadway & West End) (917) 639-3420
Beer bar, bottle shop and kitchen catering to the beer lover, from the novice to the connoisseur.
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web-chain-link-iconIsabella’s: 359 Columbus Ave. (77th St.) (212) 579-3076
Restaurant & bar near the Museum of Natural History, featuring Mediterranean & American cuisine
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web-chain-link-iconLincoln Square Steak: 208 W. 70th St. (between Broadway & West End) (212) 875-8600
a classic steakhouse with a piano bar
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web-chain-link-iconLOCL Bar: 2178 Broadway (77th St.) (212) 362-1100
Zinc topped bar, inspired by the roaring 20’s, inside the NYLO Hotel
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web-chain-link-iconMalachy’s: 103 W. 72nd St. (between Columbus & Amsterdam Ave.) (212) 874-4268
Neighborhood dive bar & Irish pub.
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web-chain-link-iconManhattan Cricket Club: 226 W. 79th St. (between Amsterdam & Broadway) (646) 823-9251
Upscale cocktail lounge hidden behind a green leather door in Burke & Wills
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web-chain-link-iconPier i Café: 500 W. 70th St. (Riverside Park South) (212) 362-4450
Seasonal outdoor bar & grill in Riverside Park on the Hudson River. (enter W. 68th St & Riverside Blvd.)
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web-chain-link-iconPlaya Betty’s: 320 Amsterdam Ave. (75th St.) (212) 712-0777
California style beach restaurant & bar
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web-chain-link-iconSanta Fe: 73 W. 71st St. (Columbus Ave.) (212) 724-0822
Family owned, neighborhood Mexican restaurant known for their margaritas
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web-chain-link-iconShalal: 65 1/2 W. 70th St. (between Columbus & CPW) (212) 799-9030
romantic subterranean Moroccan lounge
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web-chain-link-iconStand-Up NY: 236 W. 78th St. (Broadway) (212) 595-0850
one of New York City’s premiere comedy clubs
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web-chain-link-icon Sugar Bar: 254 W. 72nd St. (between Broadway & West End Ave.) (212) 579-0100
Ashford & Simpson’s Sugar Bar
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web-chain-link-icon Tessa: 349 Amsterdam Ave. (between 77th & 78th St.) (212) 390-1974
modern Mediterranean tavern blending southern French and Italian cuisines.


W. 80s:

web-chain-link-iconB. Café West: 566 Amsterdam Ave. (between 87th & 88th St.) (212) 873-0003
Serving authentic Belgian cuisine and Belgian beer
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web-chain-link-iconBarley & Grain: 421 Amsterdam Ave. (80th St.) (646) 360-3231
American Whiskey Bar and Restaurant
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web-chain-link-iconCafé Lalo: 201 W. 83rd St. (between Amsterdam & Broadway) (212) 496-6031
famous European-style cafe
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web-chain-link-iconCalle Ocho: 45 W. 81st St. (between Columbus & Central Park S.)  New York, NY  (212) 873-5025
Bar & restaurant with pan-Latin menu in the Excelsior Hotel.
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web-chain-link-iconCilantro: 485 Columbus Ave. (W. 83rd St.) New York, NY (212) 712-9090
Neighborhood Tex-Mex restaurant serving southwestern cuisine.
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web-chain-link-iconThe Dead Poet: 450 Amsterdam Ave. (between 81st & 82nd St.) New York, NY   (212) 966-4225
Irish pub with a literary theme
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web-chain-link-iconE’s Bar:  511 Amsterdam Ave. (between 84th & 85th St.) New York, NY  (212) 877-0961
Neighborhood bar & restaurant with an extensive beer selection
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web-chain-link-iconThe Firehouse: 522 Columbus Ave. (between 85th & 86th St.) New York, NY  (212) 787-FIRE
Firefighter themed sports bar and tavern
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web-chain-link-iconFred’s: 476 Amsterdam Ave. (83rd St.) New York, NY   (212) 579-3076
Dog-themed neighborhood bar & restaurant
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web-chain-link-iconGeorge Keeley’s: 485 Amsterdam Ave. (bet. 83rd & 84th St.) New York, NY   (212) 873-5810
Craft beer bar that has earned the Good Beer Seal
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web-chain-link-iconThe Gin Mill: 442 Amsterdam Ave. (between 81st & 82nd St.) New York, NY   (212) 580-9080
Sports bar & grill
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Hi Life Bar & Grill:  477 Amsterdam Ave. (83rd St.) New York, NY   (212) 787-7199
Cocktail bar
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Jake’s Dilemma: 430 Amsterdam Ave. (between 80th & 81st St.) New York, NY   (212) 580-0556
craft beer bar
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Joe’s Bar: 480 Amsterdam Ave. (83rd St.) New York, NY (212) 579-4299
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McAleer’s Pub: 425 Amsterdam Ave. (between 80th & 81st St.) New York, NY (212) 874-8037
Sports bar and Irish-American pub
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Osteria Cotta: 513 Columbus Ave. (between 84th & 85th St.) New York, NY  (212) 873-8500
Italian wine bar & osteria
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The Parlour: 250 W. 86th St. (bet. Broadway & West End) New York, NY (212) 580-8923
Irish pub and restaurant
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Prohibition:  503 Columbus Ave. (between 84th & 85th St.) New York, NY  (212) 579-3100
Live music venue
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St. James Gate: 441 Amsterdam (81st St.) New York, NY (212) 362-6202
Irish pub

 

W. 90s:

Dive Bar
732 Amsterdam Ave. (96th St.)
New York, NY
(212) 749-4358
facebook.com/divebarNYC

 

Gabriela’s Restaurant & Tequila Bar: 688 Columbus Ave. (between 93rd & 94th St.) New York, NY (212) 961-9600


W. 100s:

Broadway Dive
2262 Broadway (between 101st & 102nd St.)
New York, NY
(212) 856-2662
facebook.com/BroadwayDive

The Abbey Pub: 237 W. 105th St. (Broadway) New York, NY (212) 222-8713
Amsterdam Tavern: 938 Amsterdam Ave. (106th St.) New York, NY (212) 280-8070
Bernheim & Schwartz Hall & Restaurant: 2911 Broadway (between 113th & 114th St.) New York, NY (212) 335-2911
The ‘dam:  988 Amsterdam Ave. (109th St.) New York, NY   (212) 257-4998
The Ellington: 936 Amsterdam Ave. (106th St.) New York, NY   (212) 222-4050
West End Hall: 2756 Broadway (between 105th & 106th St.) New York, NY  (212) 662-7200

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