This page mostly addresses the Upper West Side of Manhattan, the area of the city where we'll be for the workshop, but other options are also mentioned. This page has a map, suggestions for dining out, guidance to nearby neighborhood stores, and other items that are helpful while you're in the city.

Please direct all questions to Phil Starke

cell:  (520) 270-6851

Here is the schedule for this workshop:

Thursday, Sept. 3:  10:00 am We will be meeting on the front steps of the Metropolitan Art Museum.  We will be having lunch together and then finish with our tour of the Met. I don't know what time we'll be finished.

Friday, Sept. 4:  9:00 am - 4:00 pm - Painting in Central Park

Saturday, Sept. 5: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm - Painting in Central Park

Sunday, Sept. 6: 8:30 - 3:30 pm - Painting in Central Park

New York Info:

If you're wanting to shop for food preparation, in this area you'll find grocers Whole Foods on Columbus and 97th and Mani's is on Columbus and 94th.

Morning Coffee

Great coffee can be found at Birch, on Columbus and 96th, also at Mila Cafe, across from Mani's, and there's also a Starbucks on 100th and Columbus.


Breakfast or Brunch:

Upper West Side
  • Mila Cafe serves very affordable and good breakfast, coffee, and lunch. (CASH ONLY)
  • Calle Ocho – 45 W 81st St.
  • Piccolo Cafe – 313 Amsterdam Ave.
  • Le Pain Quotidien – 72nd and Columbus
  • Jacob's Pickles – 85th and Amesterdam
  • Joseph Leonard – 170 Waverly Pl. (West Village)
  • The Grey Dog – 242 W 16th St. (Chelsea)
  • Jane – 100 W Houston St. (Greenwich Village)
  • Maison Kayser – 1800 Broadway (Midtown West)


  • Jacobs Pickles (Southern – great ambiance)
  • Celeste (Italian)
  • Kefi (Greek)
  • Mermaid Inn (Seafood)
  • Shake Shack (Burgers, shakes, fries, custard, near American Museum Natural History)
  • La Toulisanne (French pastry shop on Amsterdam/106th – very good)
  • B-Cafe (Belgian)
  • Freddy and Peppers Pizza
  • Amsterdam Ale House (Pub)
  • Sushi Yasaka
  • Land Thai
  • Opai Thai
  • Osteria Cotta (Italian-Great Ambiance)
  • Luke's Lobster
  • Ouest
  • Dinosaur BBQ
  • Harlem Public
  • Uva (Italian)
  • DTUT (Coffee Shop - Drinks and Fondue at night)
EAST VILLAGE (There are a lot of great restaurants down here too!)
  • Katja (Austrian)
  • Mighty Quinn's (BBQ)
  • Malatesta
  • The Place (American)
  • Meme Mediterranean
  • Trattoria Pesce Pasta
  • Westville
  • Los Tacos No. 1 (Inside Chelsea Market - Near the Highline)
  • The Bounty  - Great Burgers
  • Traif 
  • Almar - Great Italian Food


The following is a simple guide of suggested gratuities or tips:

Taxi Driver . . . . . . . . . . . 10 - 15%
Waiter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 - 20%
Bartender . . . . . . . . . . . . $1 per drink



There is a pharmacy at 94th & Columbus called Duane Reade.  It's open until 9pm.  If you need a 24 hour pharmacy there is another Duane Reade on Columbus, just north of 97th, across from Whole Foods ... they also have some grocery items.

Important Numbers:

Emergency:  911
Information: 311
Phil Starke cell:  (520) 270-6850

Urgent Care:

Mount Sinai Urgent Care
638 Columbus Ave., at 91st & Columbus
Tel:  (212) 828-3250
8:30 am - 8:30 pm, Monday thru Friday
9:00 am - 3:30 pm, Saturday & Sunday


Mount Sinai Hospital
1 Gustave L. Levy Pl, NY, NY
Tel: (212) 241-6500

From Columbus and 96th St. take the crosstown bus across the park and get off on Madison. Walk north a few blocks and the hospital will be on the left.

St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital
1111 Amsterdam Ave, NY, NY
Tel: (212) 523-4000

From Columbus and 94th St., take the M11 bus. Get off at 9th Ave and W 59th St.


There are several options for very reasonably priced accommodations.

1. Airbnb, Inc:  website:

Travelers can often stay for less than the cost of a hotel room. Airbnb is an online community marketplace that connects people looking to rent their homes with people who are looking for accommodations. Travelers can search the database of properties at any time. In addition, many travelers enjoy accommodations that offer a different experience from standard hotels. These properties allow travelers to trade in the cookie-cutter hotel experience for one that offers a unique and comfortable space away from home.  Here's a sample page for the dates of the workshop:  Airbnb Upper West Side, New York

My son and daughter-in-law participate as hosts with Airbnb and they speak highly of this company and the process.

2. FlipKey by TripAdvisor:  website:      phone:  1-877-FLIPKEY

FlipKey is a vacation rental marketplace with more than 300,000 rentals around the world. Find the perfect place to stay for your trip, and get great value along with the space, privacy and amenities of home.

From their website:  "We make it easy, safe, and fun to find and book the perfect place to stay. Named the “Top Vacation Rental Site” by Travel + Leisure, FlipKey has also appeared in many other top-tier media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, the New York TimesUSA TodaySmartMoney, the LA Times, and MSNBC."

3. HomeAway:  website:

Another option similar to Airbnb.  HomeAway has a database of properties to choose from.   From their website:  "When travelers find a home that best fits their needs and budget, they contact the homeowner/manager directly via the phone number or email address provided in the listing.  Many properties accept online payments, offering a booking process that’s similar to a hotel."