Since moving to Washington Heights in 2012, I've come to love the neighborhood -- and its various idiosyncrasies and cultural attractions. Here are some of the best places to go, some big and some small (all well loved by me).
Small seating area but the best omelets within walking distance of the 157th St 1 train stop. The staff is always friendly and efficient, and if you live in the neighborhood delivery is free. Bonus: they are well stocked with Red Bull (and the smoothies aren't bad, if you want something a wee bit healthier).
A trainer at my gym told me about this place, telling me it has the best Spanish food in the neighborhood. He was right; the rice and beans in particular are among the best I've ever had!
Reme offers basic diner food, mere steps away from the 1/A/C 168th St stop. Sit at the counter for quick service & an old-school Heights diner experience, or linger at one of the tables with fresh coffee and an array of dessert options.
It's a ten-block walk past almost a dozen inferior pizza joints for me to get here…but it's totally worth it. Slices are a mere $2.25, too.
If you're a fan of old graveyards -- and not everyone is -- then this is a must-see cemetery. Many NY notables are buried here, including John James Audubon.
The oldest remaining home in Manhattan, the Morris-Jumel Mansion was built as a summer home for a British colonel and at one point during the Revolutionary War served as George Washington's Headquarters. Washington would later return to the home in 1790 along with members of his cabinet, including John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and Alexander Hamilton. Today, the mansion is a landmark that offers tours as well as regular events themed around historical aspects of the neighborhood.
Outside of the Museo del Prado in Madrid, Spain, this museum is home to the largest collection of works by El Greco and Goya. It's definitely a hidden uptown gem.
The Academy honors distinguished writers, artists, and other creatives. But it also hosts public events several times every year, offering access to its members many projects and accomplishments.
Home to the Metropolitan Museum of Art's medieval collection, The Cloisters is itself designed in the style of a number of French medieval cloisters (Saint-Michel-de-Cuxa, Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, Bonnefont-en-Comminges, Trie-en-Bigorre, and Froville) and other French monastic sites. The site is especially beautiful on warm sunny days, when you can follow up your visit with a picnic in Fort Tryon Park.
The Cloisters -- the Met's medieval collection -- are located in this park, but they aren't the only reason to visit. Sweeping views of the Hudson River and the George Washington Bridge as well as ample space for picnicking, relaxing, or birdwatching. Every fall, park is also home to a Medieval Festival -- be prepared to see people in period clothing and participating in some very non-modern activities.
The only lighthouse on Manhattan island, The Little Red Lighthouse was also made popular by a children's book of the same name. While it's no longer in operation, it remains its former glory, standing 40 feet tall and painted (of course) bright red.
Also called Q & Q Taco, this Washington Heights mainstay has some of the best fajitas I've had outside of Texas. Bonus: they offer fried tofu as an option for almost everything on the menu.
Just your average takeaway Chinese joint… but they're open until midnight during the week & offer free delivery. The small ma po bean curd is enough for at least two meals, too.
On Feb. 21, 1965, Malcolm X was assassinated during a speech at the Audubon Ballroom (165th St. and Broadway). The building's interior was demolished but its facade remains as part of Columbia University, and it now houses the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center. The center offers education events as well as hosts a collection of historical materials.