Owned by a local couple, Darling Coffee provides plenty of natural light from large storefront windows and a minimalist decor of warm woods with cool metal trim. The service is attentive and the atmosphere is relaxed, even unhurried, a counterpoint to the active street scenes of Broadway passing by those windows. But the setting, attractive though it is, is just the stage for the real star, namely the high quality and reasonably priced coffee, tea, and food. Likewise, art on the wall and music on the speakers complement the experience but don’t overwhelm.
A recurring theme for Inwood is its duality, with energizing density on one hand and its calming open spaces and waters on the other. Darling Coffee captures both of these; it offers a respite and a recharge.
Yes, Dichter Pharmacy is one of our recommended coffee shops. And, no, it’s not an ironic name, this is a fully functioning pharmacy with prescription and over the counter medicines. But, it also offers food, ice cream, an old-school soda fountain, and coffee.
Dichter Pharmacy has strong and long roots in the community. It has served Inwood for decades and its current owner and pharmacist, Manny Ramirez, once worked there as a teenager before buying it several years ago from his former boss.
It has only been in its current location since 2013, located on Broadway down the block from Darling Coffee, after a fire destroyed its previous building. Dichter Pharmacy survived that setback and continues to serve the community, not only as a business but as a resource, for example hosting family friendly string quartet performances.