Central Park is conveniently located in the center of Manhattan. It is bordered on the north by West 110th Street, on the south by West 59th Street, on the west by Eighth Avenue and the east by Fifth Avenue.
The northern tip of Central Park is arguably the most fantastic. The North Woods at the Ravine are the dense woodlands covering the northwest quadrant of Central Park from 101st street to 110th street. This reserve, with a wide variety of trees and shrubs, features a variety of bird species and is a cherished retreat for naturalists. Feeling the need for peace and tranquility? Check out the calming 103rd Street waterfall. At 110th Street you’ll find Lasker Pool, an amazing, free (!) public pool, which is transformed into an ice skating rink in the colder months.
Beyond the abundance of carts and food stands throughout the park, there are also hidden gems and café’s about.
Dancing Crane Café: This café at the Central Park Zoo is open to both zoo visitors and outside patrons. It has both indoor and outdoor seating, and features relatively inexpensive fare, such as sandwiches, snacks and drinks. It is located at 64th St. and Fifth Ave.
Boathouse Restaurant: Overlooking the Lake, the Boathouse Restaurant has an express café as well as a more formal dining option. It is located at E. 72nd St. and Park Drive North.
Tavern on the Green: This restaurant is one of New York's iconic dining spots, attracting thousands of diners every year, and it has also been known as the place to be seen in New York City.
Le Pain Quotidien: Located just north of Sheep Meadow on the Mineral Springs Pavilion. Le Pain Quotidien provides light fare such as sandwiches and bakery items. There are sit-down options both inside and on the terrace. You can also walk up to place your order and take it to go. The café provides extended-range Wi-Fi so you can check your email either on the pavilion or in nearby Sheep Meadow. It is located mid-park at 69th St.
Petrie Court Café and Wine Bar: If you want to sit and sip an alcoholic beverage in an elegant setting, this café is for you. Located in the Metropolitan Museum of Art with Central Park as a backdrop, this European-style restaurant by day serves lunch, Sunday brunch and afternoon tea, and by night transforms into a swank wine bar. It is on Fifth Ave. at 82nd St.
Along Central Park West the B,C trains stop at 96th, 103rd, and 110th St. At 110th and Lenox the 2,3 trains stop and then head to the UWS to 96th and Broadway.
Buses: At 96th St the M96 and M106 bus run crosstown across the park. The M10 bus runs along Central Park West, and the M1, M2, M3, and M4 buses run along 5th Ave and 110th St.