It’s been nearly 6 months since we set up shop on Columbus Avenue and changed the FHITness scene on the Upper West Side! Now that we have settled into our new digs, we thought it was time to share our favorite local restaurants, bakeries, and shops. The next time you plan on HITing it on the UWS, check out this guide to know where to fuel up before class and indulge after.
The Upper West Side is full of top-notch dining options. FHIXers looking to get their greens on the fly can hit up Sweetgreen (there are 2 locations within walking distance of Fhitting Room!), Just Salad, or Blossom Du Jour. If you’re searching for solid sit-down options, Simon recommends the Chicken Salad at our neighbor, Bella Luna. Other UWS regulars including Ben are partial to Playa Betty’s California-inspired menu and beach-y vibes. Our Location Leader, Elspeth, prefers the Italian options and friendly service at Bellini. For those looking to carbo-load, H&H Bagels is a frequent between-class stop for Mat and Eric.
Sometimes, even our highest-energy FHIXers need a little pick me up. Luckily, Columbus Avenue is home to plenty of coffee shops, including Birdbath, Joe’s Coffee, and Birch Coffee. If you’re looking to get your juice FHIX, major chains like Juice Generation and Juice Press have outposts on the Upper West Side
Looking to indulge a little after an extra-grueling FHIX? There are many decadent dessert options in our new ‘hood! Levain has two neighborhood locations for those looking to sample their drool-worthy cookies. For a healthier treat, Lacee recommends picking up a Klossie from Milk Bar, while Troy opts for the occasional cookie from the Macaron Parlour.
If you are searching for some fitness gear, Lululemon and Athleta are both within walking distance of our newest location. If you’re in the market for something to wear when you’re not in spandex or lycra, check out neighborhood boutiques including Olive and Bette’s, Intermix, CPW, and Variazioni.
Not sure what to do post-FHIX? For a little culture fix, consider stopping by The Natural History Museum, The American Folk Art Museum, The New York Historical Society, or The Museum of Biblical Art. There’s also a weekly farmer’s market every Sunday on 79th Street and Columbus, and of course, Central Park is just one block away for those looking to add some nature into their day.