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Indian Road Café

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600 W. 218th St., New York, NY 10034 40.872579 -73.91748
at Indian Rd.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-942-7451 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: American Nouveau, Cafes, Coffeehouse, Mediterranean, Soup & Sandwich
  • Price Range: $

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    7 out of 10


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Mon-Thu, 7am-10pm; Fri-Sat, 7am-11pm; Sun, 8am-9pm

Nearby Subway Stops

1 at 215th St.



Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Breakfast
  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Fireplace
  • Great Desserts
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Take-Out
  • View


  • Beer and Wine Only


Accepted/Not Necessary


Co-owner Jason Minter has lived in the upper reaches of Manhattan since the early ‘90s and, as his producer gig for The Sopranos came to a close, he seized the moment to found the kind of comfy, upmarket neighborhood café he’d always wanted. He furnished a multilevel corner building facing Inwood Hill Park, with views of Riverdale and the Hudson River, with tables and chairs from the show’s Vesuvio restaurant and eclectic finds like a 75-year-old oak bar from the Catskills, plush couches, and a faux fireplace. Wildflowers and a revolving selection of works by local artists complete the look. The chefs have different expertise (one has German ancestry but grew up in Asia), but share a philosophy of favoring local ingredients, some from the Inwood farmer’s market. The result is simple, zesty Italian offerings that shift daily. Basil pesto oozes out of the sides of a grilled chicken panino; ciabatta from Balthazar soaks up guacamole paired with shrimp and bacon. A spring salad consists of arugula, frisée, asparagus, sunflower seeds, pea shoots, and strawberries. The same care goes into curating the drinks—organic French-pressed coffee, sparkling juices, wines, and microbrews.

Trivia and Tastings

Trivia nights, wine tastings, and knitting-group meetings are among the regular events.