Upper West Side Museum & Foodie Tour
Best in class: Museum, Burger, Hot Dog, Cocoa, Cookie.
I took the great LES walking tour posted by another CH member and had a great experience. Thought I would give back and share a little tour I found on my own.
Start out at the American Museum of Natural History and take in all the great exhibits offered by one of the premiere museums in the country. American Museum of Natural History 79 Central Park West, New York - (212) 769-5700.
After you finish at the museum, if you exit on Central Park West, you will go right, and then turn right on the first street that runs along side the museum, 77th, and go down until you get to the corner at Columbus Ave where you will find The Shake Shack where you can get a $4.75 version of the famous Pat LaFrieda burgers sold elsewhere for almost $30(different meat blend at Minetta Tavern), get one Shack Burger, you'll want more, but hold back, you'll need room for what is coming next. Shake Shack 366 Columbus Ave, New York - 646-747-8770.
After leaving the Shake Shack, continue the same direction on 77th until you reach Amsterdam and turn left and go to the corner of 72nd, where Broadway intersects Amsterdam, and you will find Gray's Papaya, considered by many the best hot dog in New York. You might want to try the papaya drink too!
Gray's Papaya 2090 Broadway # 1, New York - 212-799-0243.
After leaving Gray's, go back in the opposite direction on Amsterdam until you pass 73rd and reach Jacques Torres, the chocolate master himself for a cup of the best hot chocolate on the planet, get the regular or get brave and ask for the Wicked Blend made with chiles which will fire you up! Jacques Torres 285 Amsterdam Ave, New York - 212-787-3256.
Then, continue the same direction on Amsterdam until you reach 74th, cross the street and go right to Levain Bakery on the corner for "Possibly the largest, most divine chocolate chip cookies in Manhattan." These babies weigh about a pound each and are divine.
Levain Bakery 167 West 74th St New York, NY 10023-212-874-6080.
By the way, there are two great NY specialy grocers in the area as well. Fairway and Citarella are both on the same block of Broadway between 74th and 75th.
I just visited NYC last week and found this mini tour on my own. I set it up as real food first, dessert last. Hope I got the turns correct, I checked on google maps and all looked good. One thing I can be sure of, you will not be disappointed by any of these wonderful places.