Taking your dad to New York for Father’s Day? Treat him to a special day by bringing him to the Upper West Side’s finest. These NYC restaurants, bars, and attractions are guaranteed to do the trick.

Breakfast at Zabar’s

Downtown spots will be packed out for brunch. Skip the commute to Russ & Daughters and head just around the block from The Lucerne to Zabar’s, the Upper West Side’s gourmet epicurean emporium. Established in 1934, the spot is known for having the finest smoked fish, caviar, coffee, and cheese. Browse the isles of the iconic store, as seen in Wood Allen’s 1979 film Manhattan and 1998’s You’ve Got Mail, then head to Zabar’s Café for a cup of coffee or a cappuccino.

Cuba Exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History

Complete with self-guided dinosaur tours, mummies, and earth and space artifacts, the American Museum of Natural History was made for dads. Don’t miss the special ¡Cuba! exhibit, which closes this August. It’s the quickest and easiest way to give dad the full Havana experience without ever leaving New York City.

Relax by the River at Boat Basin Café

No reservation is needed at Boat Basin Café. The casual outdoor spot, located on the Hudson River, serves up burgers, beer, and sandwiches. It’s the perfect place to soak up the sun and spend some time with the family. Come in the afternoon and stick around for the sunset, and, if your dad is adventurous, head into nearby Riverside Park for kayaking on the Hudson.

Enjoy Dinner at Tavern on the Green

One of the most iconic landmark restaurants in New York, Tavern on the Green is the perfect Upper West Side spot for Father’s Day dinner. Make a reservation and give dad his choice of striped bass, rack of lamb, or dry-aged sirloin steak. The restaurant’s bucolic Central Park setting also creates the perfect photo opportunity for the entire family.

Go for Beers at Beer Authority

End the night at Beer Authority in Hell’s Kitchen, just one subway stop south of the Upper West Side. Treat dad to countless global beers – 90 on tap, and 100 by the bottle. Once you’ve made your selection, head up to the rooftop deck to enjoy the view.


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