Restaurants

by Cole Thompson

With new restaurants moving into the neighborhood on a regular basis, the Inwood dining scene gets better every day.  Whether you are starting your day off with a fresh cup of coffee from the Indian Road Cafe or ending your night with a brick oven pizza from Grandpa’s,  Inwood has something for every taste and budget.  Below are just a few “tastes of Inwood.”  Below are a few of my favorites.  Happy dining.

Amy’s Restaurant ($)
Chinese takeout at affordable prices
586 West 207th Street
Between Vermilyea Ave & Broadway
Phone: 212-567-3175

Bleu Evolution ($$)
Pastas, seafood and other Italian and Mediterranean classics
808 West 187th Street
Phone: 212.928.6006
www.bleuevolutionnyc.com

Cachapas y Mas
I have a feeling this shrine the cachapas will soon become one of my neighborhood favorites. For the uninitiated, a cachapas is a traditional Venezuelan sandwich. Delicate pieces of pork, or just about any topping you like, are piled into an enormous corn pancake with a host of different ingredients. The result is a mouthwatering tower of food with a six dollar price tag. The friendly staff also cooks other traditional Venezuelan favorites including empanadas, tacuchos, patacones and arepas.
Location: 107 B Dyckman Street (near 10th Ave)
New York, NY 10034
Phone:212.304.2224
website

Cana y Cafe
Dominican Fusion- I can’t wait to see what this new kid on the block has to offer.
Location: 565 West 207th Street
Phone: 212-567-8322
website

Caridad- El Rey del Bistec
The name is in Spanish, but “The King of Steak” translates well in any language. A sports bar and restaurant, this local establishment does a booming delivery business. Ask about their family specials which include rotisserie chicken, rice & beans, plantains and soda at a price that’s almost too low to believe.
565 West 207th Street east of Broadway
Phone: 212-567-8322

Carrot Top ($)
Fresh pastries, coffee and sandwiches
5025 Broadway @ 214th Street
Phone:212-569-1532
www.carrottoppastries.com

Cumin ($)
This Indian restaurant is not even in Inwood, but they do deliver. I include it only because Inwood does not yet have its own Indian restaurant and this Riverdale establishment promises curry in a hurry.
3549 Johnson Avenue
Riverdale,New York
Phone: 718-432-2481
Free Delivery


Darling Coffee
($)
This locally owned cafe features coffee and espresso from Blue Bottle’s roastery in Brooklyn, baked goods, seasonal soups featuring locally grown produce, sandwiches and much, much more.
4961 Broadway
website

Dichter’s Pharmacy ($)
Everything old is new again thanks to the vision of owner Manny Ramirez who put the lunch-counter back in the Inwood apothecary scene. Dive into an egg cream, order a scoop of delectable ice cream or nosh on an old school pastrami–all while getting your prescription filled.
Phone: 212-569-1230
4953 Broadway between 207th Street and Isham Street
Website

District 12 ($$-$$$)
This bar/gastro-pub/steakhouse seems to have it all. Slide on in for a margarita at the upstairs bar, then adjourn to the stunningly renovated steakhouse and adjoining beer garden on the lower level.
Phone: 212-304-1700
Location: 4892 Broadway, between 207th Street and 204th Street
Website

Domino’s Pizza ($)
4797 Broadway
Phone: 212-567-8600
www.dominos.com

El Tina ($)
The fried fish plates and soups at this lunch counter style restaurant look tempting, but the real draw is the fish market attached to the restaurant. The fish and shrimp are fresh and inexpensive. It’s also just about only place in the neighborhood to buy fresh seafood.
500 West 207th Street (Between Post and 10th Avenue).
Phone: 212-567-5031

Garden Cafe ($$)
Pastas, sandwiches, wine and beer with outdoor patio seating
4961 Broadway
Between 207th & Isham
Phone: 212-544-9480
website

Grandpa’s Brick Oven Pizza ($)
Pizza and other Italian favorites
4973 Broadway @ 211th St
Phone: 212-304-1185

Guadalupe ($$$)
Latin American/Mexican dishes with an incredible tequila selection
597 West 207th Street
Between Broadway & Vermilyea Avenue
Phone: 212-304-1083
www.guadaluperestaurant.com

Hashi Sushi ($$$)
While slightly more expensive than most of the neighborhood fare, one taste of their sushis, ceviches and other artfully presented dishes explains everything. This fusion of traditional Asian and Caribbean flavors is bold and delicious. The restaurant, with its couches and screamingly strong Scotland Yard cocktails, has an East Village vibe.
5009 Broadway (at 214th Street)
646-837-6891

il Posto ($$)
The perfect marriage of Argentina and Italy results in a brick oven pizza to die for. Other choices include soups, pasta and salads.
277 Dyckman Street west of Broadway
Phone: 212-304-0144
Website

Il Sole ($$$)
Pastas and other traditional Italian favorites
233 Dyckman Street @ Seaman Ave
Phone: 212-544-0406
www.ilsolenyc.com

Indian Road Cafe ($$)
Bistro, coffee and wine bar
600 W 218th Street between Indian Road & Seaman Avenue
Phone: 212-942-7451
www.indianroadcafe.com

International Food House
Restaurant and buffet featuring mofongos, Cuban sandwiches, arroz con pollo and other hearty international fare.
217 Dyckman Street & Broadway
Phone: 212-942-5656
Open 24 hours a day
website

Inwood Local
Wine bar and beer garden with any eclectic array of appetizers and entrees.
4957 Broadway (Between 207th Street and Isham)
212-544-8900
website

Inwood Thai $$
Standard Thai fare served with a smile at this eat in/take out/delivery restaurant.
582 West 207th Street at Vermilyea
Phone: 212-942-9101
website

La Marina $$$
The New York Times describes this riverside hot spot as “Where South Beach Meets Inwood.” A scene of celebrity sightings including Leonardo DiCaprio and Jay-Z, La Marina is the perfect location to grab a cocktail and watch the sunset. Full menu.
348 Dyckman Street (at the Hudson River)
Phone: 212-567-6300
Website

La Nueva Espana ($$)
Top notch rotisserie chicken at this no nonsense Latin American eatery
606 West 207th Street
Between Broadway & Vermilyea Ave
Phone: 212-567-0500

La Pinata ($)
Just a simple Mexican grill.
4930 Broadway at 207th Street
Free delivery with $15.00 order
Phone: 212-567-5110
website

Mamajuana Cafe ($$$)
Latin American fusion and cocktail lounge.
247 Dyckman Street
Between Payson & Seaman Ave
Phone: 212-304-1217
www.mamajuana-cafe.com

Mama Sushi ($$)
Mamajuana’s sushi cousin. This new Inwood haunt features traditional sushi alongside such fusion specialty rolls as “El Campesino and the “Boca Chica.”
237 Dyckman
Phone: 212-544-0003
Delivery from 12:00pm-10:00pm
website

Parkview Restaurant ($$)
After a full renovation, the Parkview is back! With a fully menu for breakfast, lunch or dinner, this upscale diner is a super location to dine while watching the action on the Dyckman Strip. Welcome back my friends. I’ve missed you!
Phone: 212-544-9024
Location: 219 Dyckman Street between Broadway and Seaman Avenue

Palace Pizza ($)
Thanks to a review in the Manhattan Times this 60 year old pie palace is now my favorite pizza joint in the neighborhood. The slices are huge, cheesy and satisfying. They don’t deliver, but its worth the walk because these guys know pizza.
121 Dyckman near Post Avenue
Phone: 212-576-9588

Papa John’s ($)
Late night? Need a pizza? Need it fast? Papa John’s delivers until midnight on weekdays and one a.m. on weekends.
4927 Broadway (a bit South of 207th Street)
Phone: 212-942-7272
Free Delivery

Papasito Mexican Grill & Agave Bar
Chips and salsa, guacamole, pico de gallo, sangria, tequila, shrimp, steak, tacos, more tequila. It’s a fiesta every night at Papasito’s.
223 Dyckman St (between Broadway & Riverside Drive)
(212) 544-0001
Website

Piper’s Kilt ($)
Simple pub style food in a bar environment. Great burgers
Broadway @ 207th Street

Pizza Haven ($)
Your basic pizzeria.
4942 Broadway @ 207th Street
Phone: 212-569-3720
www.mypizzahaven.com

VS Berry ($)
Frozen yogurt has finally arrived in Inwood. Does that make us gentrified or just delicious? Just steps from the A train, its a nice pitstop for the kids on their way back home.
Phone: 212-304-1110
Location: 4971 Broadway at Isham Street

Yummy Thai ($$)
4959 Broadway (at 207th Street)
917-529-0811
Website
A new and welcome addition to the neighborhood. Standard Thai fare like you’d expect to find in Midtown. Yummy Thai is clean, friendly and reasonably priced.


{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

charles soria December 2, 2008 at 5:06 pm

wonderful and interesting web
bravo!

Elizabeth December 2, 2008 at 10:25 pm

This is a great resource, not only to those who are looking for an apartment, but to anyone interested in Inwood and its history.
Thank you

Martin Barrios December 3, 2008 at 12:24 pm

Excelente pagina.Lo felicito al autor.,puesto que he conocido Inwood y es exactamente como la pinta.’

martin matsil May 13, 2009 at 3:05 pm

iam looking for a cocktail lounge used as a location of preston lopez,cable show,on bcat,it was a latin lounge,in washington heights,any help will be appreciated.thanks.

gerard pawling June 22, 2009 at 6:14 pm

Is the Hi-Ho Chinese restaurant on Dyckman still opened? It had the most delicious Chow Mein in all of the tri-state area.

Cole Thompson June 22, 2009 at 6:37 pm

I don’t believe so, though I’ve heard old-timers rave about the place.

gerard pawling July 4, 2009 at 10:03 am

today being july 4th always brings me back to dyckman street because it was on this day in 1962 on this street that i first saw and met my future and still adorable wife – she had just come out of shillingman’s and i was headed to moe’s to purchase a top for a game of crack-top. our eyes locked for a moment and she gave me that furtive glance. it wasn’t until about three months later that we met again this time for good – ahhh! to think it all began so long ago…

Joel Tankel August 15, 2009 at 4:09 pm

Lets also mention on 187th St, Kismat Indian resturant is excellent – Angela’s (Vicki’s) Coffee Shop is great, in Fort Tryon,New Leaf is great but pricey.
What happened to the Bistro on Broadway that became Bistro Marrakech and closed recently? I moved to Inwood from Washington Heights 9 months ago and its the best thing I ever did!!!

Steve Harris October 17, 2009 at 11:35 am

Hi Ho was very large on the north side of Dyckman near the corner of Vermilyea. The place we went was closer to Broadway called Min Ju. It was smaller. We used to joke that we were going to eat at the Jewish Chinese place. School special when we went to PS 52 was 50 cents for soup, entree, rice, ice cream and a pot of tea. It was right near the subway entrance and the newstand.

Cole Thompson October 20, 2009 at 7:59 am

I’ve heard others disuss the Hi-Ho. It must have been a popular spot. I wonder if anyone out there has any photos or even an old menu from the place. -Cole

Dennis Harris August 4, 2010 at 5:25 pm

Does anyone remember the The Nashburger at Nash’e coffee shop on Dyckman ?
Or what about Trachmans Deli -207th and Vemilyea- a great Pastrami or Corned Beef sandwich for $.55 !
Remember going into the Capital on Broadway during the hot summer and getting 2 burgers,a 12 oz. Pepsi and Fries from Alice all for a $ 1..
Those were the days !

Peter Hirsch April 22, 2011 at 8:33 pm

This discussion of old-time chinese restaurants on Dyckman brings to my mind the place I used to haunt in the late early 80s, La Gran Via. It was cuban-chinese and may have occupied the premises of Hi-Ho or Min-Ju. I was on the north side of the street and maybe 3 or 4 buildings to the east of Bway. It was here that I had my first taste of mofongo (if you have to ask, you don’t want to know) and became addicted to the roast pork (pernil), a mound of carne that came drenched with oily garlic and accompanied by the perfect platanos and rice and beans, laid out on a plate divided into 3 sections, like I used to eat off of as a toddler. Oh yeah, by the way, it cost something like $2.98. I never had any reason to sample the chinese portion of the menu, since I had lost interest in old-time cantonese even at that date, but I bet it wasn’t bad.

I think it must have closed up by the 90s. I recall that there was a Carvel just to the west. I can’t recall when they closed up shop. Maybe around the time that the Dyckman St. Woolworths and the Alpine movie palace also bit the dust.

Michael Merlis February 28, 2012 at 9:13 pm

My grandfather owned a butcher shop on Broadway between Academy st. and the block south of it. What is on that block now? I moved from Seaman Ave. in 1962 after graduating from George Washington H.S. that year. Curious to know what the old neighborhood is like. Thanks

Eileen Chusid September 7, 2012 at 9:57 am

I noticed Michael Merlis’s comment. I remember his grandfather. We used to call him Uncle Ben. My maiden name was Daly and our family lived in 80 Seaman along with the Merlis family and other great people. Happy to hear the neighborhood is revitalizing.

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