Interesting places abound nearby.
Dream and evasive Cafe Alou on 83rd between Columbus and Broadway is where Tom Hanks dated Meg Ryan in You've got Mail. The pastry is as luscious and decadent as the French decoration. A must visit. Then around the corner you have the best Hazelnut coffee in town. The place is called Drip and do pay attention to the stationary computers and myriad concepts in a coffee shop.
Then later at night you have Lava Lounge that has an exceptional red lounge room with huge pillows and a basement lava room. It changed names recently but ask around on 83-84th Street on Columbus and you will be directed in the right direction. In addition, just walking down Columbus you must take advantage of the exquisite Snapper presented at Calle Ocho between 82nd and 83rd Street on Columbus. It was spectacular and is a must treat.
The oyster lovers will be pleasantly served on Columbus between 78th-79th Street at Ocean Grill with your own private fire place, find it and for a final enjoyment of privacy, find Cafe Artistes at 1 w. 67th. Of course, you must visit Tavern on the Green which is located a stone throw away in Central Park off Central Park West and 70th Street. These are the secrets of the Upper West Side. Indulge this and don’t forget that Lincoln Center and the Shakespeare in the Park have free performances all summer long, every summer. Lincoln Center has live music bands outdoors on Lincoln Plaza for free for 4-6 hours each Saturday night during the summer. All from Salsa, Jazz, and Classical to anything that makes you move.
You are walking distance to Central and Riverside Parks, 79th Street Boat Basin, American Museum of Natural History (80th St and Columbus avenue),Hayden Planetarium, Children’s Museum of New York (83rd and Amsterdam) Metropolitan Museum of Art (Fifth Ave and 81st) Fairways, Zabars, Movie theatres and Lincoln Center. Public transportation is one block away. SAFETY: Ranked as one of the safest neighborhoods in Manhattan, famous people regard this upper west side neighborhood as safe, for we have actors Alec Baldwin a few blocks down, Ben Stiller and Mick Jagger, Barbara Streisand, Jerry Seinfeld, Demi Moore, and Madonna live nearby. The NYC police department 20th precinct station is two blocks away on 82nd Street and Columbus Avenue. There is ample police security in the neighborhood. PARKING: You can park free on the street. There are 4 or 5 garages nearby at a cost of $35.00 for 24 hours. You can usually find street space parking by cruising around for 5 or 10 minutes.