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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

Beans and Vines ($$)
This coffee and wine bar serves tapas and other tasty treats.
4842 Broadway
Phone: 212-544-2326
website

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
Location: 565 West 207th Street
Phone: 212-567-8322
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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 ($)
This locally owned cafe features coffee and espresso from Blue Bottle’s roastery in Brooklyn, baked goods, seasonal soups featuring locally grown produce, sandwiches and much, much more.
4961 Broadway
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Dichter’s Pharmacy ($)
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
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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

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
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Inwood Gourmet
Inwood’s own gourmet shop. Cheese, olive oil, spinach pies and much, much more…
95 Cooper Street (Between 207th Street and Isham)
Phone: 646-649-2627

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

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($)
This 60 year old pie palace is one of my favorite pizza joints 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

Tryon Public House ($$)
American gastropub with nice selection of craft beers and delicious pub fare.
Phone: (646) 918-7129
4740 Broadway between Dyckman and Thayer
website

VS Berry ($)
Just steps from the A train, its a nice pitstop on the way back home.
Phone: 212-304-1110
Location: 4971 Broadway at Isham Street

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

16 COMMENTS

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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…

  4. 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!!!

  5. 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.

  6. 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 !

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. […] 2) Wine and dine on the Dyckman Strip. From crispy fish tacos at Mamajuanas to bangers and mash at the new Tryon Public house, there’s something for everyone. The strip is also a great place to people watch—especially when the weather heats up. (More neighborhood dining options here.) […]

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