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Morningside Heights Map

The neighborhood around Barnard College, Morningside Heights, is home to 35,000 people, as well as a dynamic mix of cultural, religious, and academic institutions; restaurants and stores. Stretching from about 106th Street to 123rd Street between Morningside Park and Riverside Park, it is 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan by subway.

Morningside Heights map



  1. Amir's Falafel
    • Monday-Friday: 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
      Saturday-Sunday: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
    • A Middle Eastern mainstay, Amir's doesn't hesitate to use spice and garlic. Prices are reasonable.
  2. Columbia Bagels
    • Open 24 hours
    • The bagels are always hot; plenty of bagel and cream cheese varieties.
  3. Hungarian Pastry Shop
    • Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-11:30 p.m.,
      Saturday: 8:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m.,
      Sunday: 8:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
    • Wonderful homemade pastries in a setting just right for hanging out. Some see it as the anti-Starbucks.
  4. Ollie's Noodles
    • Daily: 7 a.m.-2 a.m.
    • Just steps away from Barnard's gate, Ollie's serves up large portions of tasty Chinese food at reasonable prices. Crowded at lunchtime.
  5. Tom's Restaurant
    • Sunday-Thursday: 6 a.m.-2 a.m.,
      Friday-Saturday: 24 hours
    • Made famous by Suzanne Vega's song "Tom's Diner" and by Seinfeld, Tom's has been owned by the same Greek family for about half a century. Good diner food.
  6. V & T Pizzeria
    • Daily: 11:30 a.m.-1 a.m.
    • Said to be the best pizza on the Upper West Side.
  7. West End Gate
    • In the 1950s and '60s, this bar/restaurant was a haunt of Jack Kerouac (it's mentioned by name in one of his novels).


  1. Columbia University Bookstore
    • Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.,
      Saturday-Sunday: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
  2. Book Culture
    • Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-10 p.m.,
      Saturday: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.,
      Sunday: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
    • Specializes in scholarly titles.
  3. Mondel's Chocolates
    • Monday-Saturday: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.,
      Sunday: noon-6 p.m.
    • Mondel's has been satisfying chocolate cravings for about 50 years with its truffles, creams, pretzels, and more.
  4. Papyrus Books
    • Monday--Saturday: 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m.,
      Sunday: 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
    • Specializes in new fiction, literary criticism, philosophy, travel, and computer books. Good periodical section.
  5. M2M Market
    • 7 a.m.- midnight, daily.
    • Asian market and grocery.

Places of Interest

  1. Grant's Tomb
    • President Ulysses S. Grant and his wife are entombed above ground at this national landmark. A small museum covers his life and career.
  2. Interchurch Center
    • Home to the American headquarters of many Protestant denominations as well as the National Council of Churches.
  3. Low Memorial Library
    • Part of the New York City Register of Historic Places, Low Memorial Library is the centerpiece of Columbia's campus. Its steps are one of the most popular outdoor hangouts in New York City.
  4. Riverside Church
    • The church's bell tower offers a great view of the city--a trip to the top costs $2.
  5. Riverside Park
    • Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted (who also created Central Park), Riverside Park offers a quiet space to walk, exercise, eat al fresco, read, or just relax along the Hudson River.
  6. Cathedral of St. John the Divine
    • Under construction since 1892, this cathedral is the world's largest. The seat of the Episcopal Diocese of Manhattan, the cathedral is the site of concerts, films, and readings.
  7. Studio Museum in Harlem
    • Wednesday-Friday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.,
      Saturday-Sunday: 1 p.m.-6 p.m.
    • Cost: Adults $5
    • Exhibitions of black art and culture. Lectures, concerts, poetry readings.