Restaurants and Bars
Indian Road Café
Although billing itself as simply a neighborhood café, Indian Road Café is all that and more. It serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch menus with farm-to-table options. To pair with the food, it offers a full bar with a varied selection of beer, wine, and spirits. It’s also an all-day coffee bar, opening at 7 AM daily (8 AM on Sundays) and hosts a range of events, including the expected (trivia on Wednesday nights and live music on a regular basis) and the unexpected (knitting club meetings on Tuesdays). It also supports the local arts scene by displaying the works of local artists. The common denominator for Indian Road Cafe’s diverse offerings seems to be community.
Adding to its neighborhood feel, it’s tucked into an Art Deco apartment building at the corner of W. 218th Street and Indian Road, on a residential block facing Inwood Hill Park a stone’s throw from the Columbia University boathouses.
Located on Broadway near the 207th Street subway station, Inwood Local would be another great place to finish up a visit to Inwood. The food and drinks are served with a relaxing, friendly vibe and the place has a cool ambiance of exposed brick, wood, and soft lighting. There’s also a back patio. My favorite is the lamb burger with a side of couscous, but there are lots of good food options. Inwood Local touts itself as a wine bar but it also serves an impressive rotation of craft beers.