"Affordable family neighborhood"
West 96th Street. While the stretch of this street east of Central Park ranges from the Old World elegance of Carnegie Hill to the more laid-back vibes of Spanish Harlem and Yorkville, West 96th Street is more thematically consistent. One of the major crosstown roads of the Upper West Side, West 96th Street is a bustling and at times depressing traffic hub, with crosstown buses, cars, and subway stations all dotting the landscape. Like much of the Upper West Side, the architecture is heavy and nineteenth century, with little of the playful Art Deco look that characterizes much of Midtown. This renders the area - less upscale than elsewhere on the Upper West Side - somewhat village-like in scale, with smaller buildings and brownstones taking the place of high-rises: a viable option for families looking for reasonably prices accomodation. The dining options here tend to be family-owned establishments rather than high-end trendy locations - good on wallets and food quality alike. Try Gennaro on Amsterdam between 92nd and 93rd, or Cafe con Leche between 95th and 96th on Amsterdam. Cafe Frida, two blocks norht, is another good bet.