Mon-Thu, 7am-10pm; Fri-Sat, 7am-11pm; Sun, 8am-9pm
1 at 215th St.
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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.