Places to Eat

Upper West Side

We do not provide meals for participants during the summer institutes. In the Trail Guide (Institute’s Daily Schedule), we publish a list of restaurants in the nearby area so that participants are able to plan their meals. In an effort to further assist you, we decided to provide this list of some of our staff’s favorites so that you can plan to get the best of what the UWS has to offer by way of cuisine, beforehand. We hope it helps.

A quick word about location. Many of these restaurants are located on the UWS of Manhattan, but not close enough to campus to visit during your lunch break. The restaurants listed first and starred * are walkable from Teachers College and open during your breaks. As always, the Teachers College cafeteria, located on the basement level of Grace Dodge, will be open throughout the summer.

Lastly, and probably most importantly, for your morning cup-of-joe, there is a coffee cart located on the south side of 120th Street (across the street from Teachers College). On this same corner there is also a Joe’s Coffee located on the second floor of Columbia’s new science building, at 550 West 120th Street. Finally, there is a Starbucks located in Teachers College, outside of Gottesman Library, on the ground floor, which opens around 8:30 am daily.

Grace Dodge Dining Hall
Teachers College cafeteria
525 W 120th Street
New York, NY 10027
Summer hours: Mon–Thurs 8am–2:30pm, Fri-Sun Closed
Appletree Market
Takeout lunch; Coffee/Deli/Grocery
1225 Amsterdam Ave btwn. 120th & 121st Street
New York, NY 10027
Phone: (212)865-8840
Yelp review
Subs Conscious
Takeout lunch; Coffee/Salads/Sandwiches/Soups
1213 Amsterdam Ave nr. 120th Street
New York, NY 10027
Phone: (212)864-2720
Menupages review
Shake Shack
Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Dessert / Ice Cream Shop
2957 Broadway
New York, NY 10025
Phone: (646) 383-5506
NY Mag restaurant review
Sit down lunch; American Nouveau, Eclectic/Global
1272 Amsterdam Ave nr. 123rd Street
New York, NY 10027
Phone: (212)531-7600
NY Mag restaurant review
Thai Market
960 Amsterdam Ave nr. 107th Street
New York, NY 10025
Phone: (212)280-4575
NY Mag restaurant review
Sit down lunch; Ethiopian/Moroccan
1239 Amsterdam Ave. nr. 121st Street
New York, NY 10027
Phone: (212)663-0505
NY Mag restaurant review
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Frozen Yogurt
2600 Broadway at 98th Street
New York, NY 10025
Phone: (646)422-7022
Store location website with daily flavor playlist