Park/Fifth Ave. to 79th St. Arts & Entertainment

Goethe-Institut New York

Address: 72 Spring Street
Phone: 212-439-8700
Website: www.goethe.de/ins/us/lp/enindex.htm

This little museum/institute is located across the street from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and occasionally hosts some small, highly interesting shows, featuring promising new talent.

Neue Gallery

Address: 1048 Fifth Avenue
Phone: 212-628-6200
Website: www.neuegalerie.org

A relative newcomer to the area, this museum specializes in German and Austrian art. As such, it has a small, but interesting collection of expressionist and Bauhaus pieces, among others. They also feature a popular central-European restaurant, Caf¿ Sabarsky, renowned for its charming interior and wicked-delicious strudel.

The Frick Collection

Address: One East 70th Street
Phone: 212-288-0700
Website: www.frick.org

This French-style neo-classical mansion was once home to Henry Clay Frick, an American steel and railroad tycoon. Featuring a renowned collection of artwork that includes paintings by Vermeer, Velazquez, Goya and Degas, the setting alone makes any trip here an experience to remember.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Address: 1000 Fifth Avenue
Phone: 212-570-3894
Website: www.metmuseum.org

One of the world's greatest museums, the collections of the Met are on par with the Louvre. The items on exhibit range from fine Japanese prints to 20th century masterpieces. Some of the permanent featured collections include an Egyptian wing, a classical European section, featuring several Rembrandts and Vermeers and a world-class impressionist installment.