3. Cafe Lalo, 83rd Street and Amsterdam

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Walking into Cafe Lalo for the first time, the amount of pies, cakes, and tarts on display is frankly overwhelming. The patisserie, which opened in 1988, has a European-style entrance facing 83rd Street. On its opening, the Cafe was a sign of the gentrification of the Upper West Side but it eventually became a staple of the area. Like many restaurants in New York City, Cafe Lalo was hit hard by the COVID lockdown. The cafe has been closed since 2020, with a sign on the door saying it is closed for renovation. There is currently a court battle between the landlords of the building and the cafe owners over rent payment and repairs.