This area of New York is beautiful - well, the Upper West Side tends to be, anyway. There is a wonderful restaurant called Fairway Cafe that specializes in Barbecue. New York Historical Society is also nearby. But best of all, Central Park West is within walking distance. With Broadway just down the street, you are able to shop and eat in the vicinity. Traffic is nothing to brag about, as it does get congested by sightseers. West End Ave is also close by for shopping and restaurants.