7.5 out of 10

West 85 St, Upper West Side

Ranked 4th best street in Upper West Side
40.7847225003039 -73.970097499556
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Eating Out
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Peace & Quiet
Not great for
  • Nightlife
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Singles
  • Retirees


4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5

"Comfortable family area"

Neither too trendy nor too downmarket, too busy nor too quiet, too artsy nor too bourgeois, the West 80's represent one of Manhattan's few truly balanced areas. While many family-friendly areas are either so dull and residential as to be unliveable, or gather their "safe" atmosphere by raising prices to the level of over the top exclusivity, the Upper West Side is family-friendly yet unpretentious, with a thriving restaurant scene that, though tables may not be booked months in advance, nevertheless offer good and often great food for reasonable (for New York) prices. Some family-friendly restaurants on or around West 85th Street include the relaxing brunch place Popovers, hearty Italian trattoria Nonna's, and Bar Luna, although Celeste is another popular choice. There's plenty of greenery around - with Riverside Park on one side of this not-too-long crosstown street and Central Park on the other. Pet owners will be glad to hear that it's also near the 87th Street Dog Run in Riverside Park, a popular community meeting point. This lively neighborhood is a must-consider for New York families looking for a comfortable place to put down roots.
  • great restaurants
  • family-friendly
  • parks
  • not trendy
  • limited nightlife
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids

"Quiet street that is lovely for a walk."

85th Street is one of the lovely streets on the Upper West Side that you can walk down and escape the hustle and bustle of New York City. Starting on Riverside Drive and continuing to Broadway, you'll walk past gorgeous brownstones and several independent local businesses. Deli Kasbah, a Jewish Deli between West End and Broadway, serves delicious Jewish staples and is run by lovely people. A laundromat on the same section of the street also does a very good job for a reasonable price.

Continuing forward, you may already be hungry from your walk. Consider eating at Dean's Pizzeria, which serves amazing New York style thin crust pizza (and which delivers, which definitely comes in handy). French Roast and La Cucina, a French restaurant and a Spanish restaurant respectively, each also serve delicious food.

After having a meal, continue walking down W 85th St and admiring the brownstones. Before you know it you'll be at Central Park, and you can take a lovely walk onwards from there.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids

"Get away from the crowd"

The central Park Ny is between the 86th and the 79th street. Spent a day up around central park (went to Museum of Nat. History then Central Park zoo) and it was nice to get away from the hustle of the Times Square area.
It was definately a nice change of pace from the downtown Manhattan area. Theres also a Turtle Pond close to the 79th street. The park wasn't crowded at all, and it was nice to just take a leisurely stroll around and enjoy the scenery.If you're looking for a place to go and get away from it all for a while, head up to CP. It's beautiful and can be very relaxing.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

Best Streets in Upper West Side


West 98 St

"Close to major streets, but nothing special. "
40.7962585124096 -73.9715397412998

West 89 St

"Parks and peace "
40.7878215086766 -73.9693449872096

West 72 St

"Eat on a budget on the Upper West Side "
40.7763645005111 -73.9762999992531

West 85 St

"Get away from the crowd"
40.7847225003039 -73.970097499556

West End Ave

"Pricey but worth it. "
40.8026395002913 -73.9678480011539

West 74 St

"Discover something new"
40.7776490003279 -73.9752724995149

Riverside Dr

"Gorgeous, underrated slice of NYC"
40.7928016066132 -73.9770265051021

West 70 St

"Charm, charm and more charm"
40.7755075086588 -73.9783289872355

West 86 St

"Well,there is not a big rush...Restaurants are great...buildings are nice..."
40.7853750001582 -73.9695274997681

West 110 St

"West 110th is an up and coming street in NYC"
40.8044265019571 -73.9673744973842

Best Neighborhoods to Live In

Best Cities to Live In

Tell everyone what you love about your neighborhood!

Leave a Review

Have a question?

How are schools? Is the area safe? What about public transit options?" Why not ask our community of locals!

Ask Now

Selling or Renting Your Home?

Maximize the selling price of your home by sharing what you love about your suburb to increase its appeal...

Leave a Review

Corporate Relocation Manager?

Enable your employees to share local knowledge in a private, trusted environment with those relocating... while building community.

Learn More