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
Bleu Evolution ($$)
Pastas, seafood and other Italian and Mediterranean classics
808 West 187th Street
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
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
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
Carrot Top ($)
Fresh pastries, coffee and sandwiches
5025 Broadway @ 214th Street
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
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.
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.
4953 Broadway between 207th Street and Isham Street
District 12 ($$-$$$)
This bar/gastro-pub/steakhouse seems to have it all. Slide on in for a margarita at the upstairs bar, then adjourn to the stunningly renovated steakhouse and adjoining beer garden on the lower level.
Location: 4892 Broadway, between 207th Street and 204th Street
Domino’s Pizza ($)
El Tina ($)
The fried fish plates and soups at this lunch counter style restaurant look tempting, but the real draw is the fish market attached to the restaurant. The fish and shrimp are fresh and inexpensive. It’s also just about only place in the neighborhood to buy fresh seafood.
500 West 207th Street (Between Post and 10th Avenue).
Garden Cafe ($$)
Pastas, sandwiches, wine and beer with outdoor patio seating
Between 207th & Isham
Grandpa’s Brick Oven Pizza ($)
Pizza and other Italian favorites
4973 Broadway @ 211th St
Latin American/Mexican dishes with an incredible tequila selection
597 West 207th Street
Between Broadway & Vermilyea Avenue
Hashi Sushi ($$$)
While slightly more expensive than most of the neighborhood fare, one taste of their sushis, ceviches and other artfully presented dishes explains everything. This fusion of traditional Asian and Caribbean flavors is bold and delicious. The restaurant, with its couches and screamingly strong Scotland Yard cocktails, has an East Village vibe.
5009 Broadway (at 214th Street)
il Posto ($$)
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
Il Sole ($$$)
Pastas and other traditional Italian favorites
233 Dyckman Street @ Seaman Ave
Indian Road Cafe ($$)
Bistro, coffee and wine bar
600 W 218th Street between Indian Road & Seaman Avenue
International Food House
Restaurant and buffet featuring mofongos, Cuban sandwiches, arroz con pollo and other hearty international fare.
217 Dyckman Street & Broadway
Open 24 hours a day
Wine bar and beer garden with any eclectic array of appetizers and entrees.
4957 Broadway (Between 207th Street and Isham)
La Marina $$$
The New York Times describes this riverside hot spot as “Where South Beach Meets Inwood.” A scene of celebrity sightings including Leonardo DiCaprio and Jay-Z, La Marina is the perfect location to grab a cocktail and watch the sunset. Full menu.
348 Dyckman Street (at the Hudson River)
La Nueva Espana ($$)
Top notch rotisserie chicken at this no nonsense Latin American eatery
606 West 207th Street
Between Broadway & Vermilyea Ave
La Pinata ($)
Just a simple Mexican grill.
4930 Broadway at 207th Street
Free delivery with $15.00 order
Mamajuana Cafe ($$$)
Latin American fusion and cocktail lounge.
247 Dyckman Street
Between Payson & Seaman Ave
Mama Sushi ($$)
Mamajuana’s sushi cousin. This new Inwood haunt features traditional sushi alongside such fusion specialty rolls as “El Campesino and the “Boca Chica.”
Delivery from 12:00pm-10:00pm
Parkview Restaurant ($$)
After a full renovation, the Parkview is back! With a fully menu for breakfast, lunch or dinner, this upscale diner is a super location to dine while watching the action on the Dyckman Strip. Welcome back my friends. I’ve missed you!
Location: 219 Dyckman Street between Broadway and Seaman Avenue
Palace Pizza ($)
Thanks to a review in the Manhattan Times this 60 year old pie palace is now my favorite pizza joint in the neighborhood. The slices are huge, cheesy and satisfying. They don’t deliver, but its worth the walk because these guys know pizza.
121 Dyckman near Post Avenue
Papa John’s ($)
Late night? Need a pizza? Need it fast? Papa John’s delivers until midnight on weekdays and one a.m. on weekends.
4927 Broadway (a bit South of 207th Street)
Papasito Mexican Grill & Agave Bar
Chips and salsa, guacamole, pico de gallo, sangria, tequila, shrimp, steak, tacos, more tequila. It’s a fiesta every night at Papasito’s.
223 Dyckman St (between Broadway & Riverside Drive)
Piper’s Kilt ($)
Simple pub style food in a bar environment. Great burgers
Broadway @ 207th Street
Pizza Haven ($)
Your basic pizzeria.
4942 Broadway @ 207th Street
VS Berry ($)
Frozen yogurt has finally arrived in Inwood. Does that make us gentrified or just delicious? Just steps from the A train, its a nice pitstop for the kids on their way back home.
Location: 4971 Broadway at Isham Street
Yummy Thai ($$)
4959 Broadway (at 207th Street)
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.