Indian Road Cafe

4.8
109 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Top tags:
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Local Ingredients
  • Live Music
For ten years Indian Road Cafe has served the locals of the tight-knit Inwood neighborhood as both a "proudly unpretentious clubhouse" and a haven for creative cuisine. Opening serving locally sourced salads and sandwiches (a revolutionary idea for the neighborhood at the time), the restaurant has continuously evolved to be on the forefront of the uptown "foodie" scene.

In 2014 the restaurant welcomed NYC native Michelin trained Nicholas Wright to the helm. Using his training in New York's top Italian and nouveau French establishments, Chef Wright works to create a uniquely New York kitchen while staying true to IRC's philosophy of using only the best ingredients available.

Today the cafe's daytime offerings are simple, locally sourced American fare. The evenings showcase a more elegant menu highlighting Chef Wright's commitment to ingenuity and quality, featuring housemade pastas, charcuterie, breads and the only in-house dry aging program uptown.
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OS
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and the people where nice

p
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, as always, in a fantastic ambience.

RC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our local and truly excellent value!
We have taken guest who in turn have recommended the restaurant!

NY
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went there for Drag Bingo, which raises money for local organizations. It’s a great neighborhood place with good food, drinks and super friendly staff.

HG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food & atmospher! Robert is a great jazz pianist!

DP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A neighborhood fave! A great combo of casual and fine dining. Relaxed atmosphere, fantastic food, super friendly staff.

RC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding food, comfortable atmosphere, and a piano player. A great place.

JZ
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been coming to Indian Road since it opened - and it just keeps getting better. We love the welcoming vibe, the lovely staff, the selections from the bar, and of course the wonderfully creative food. Last time the duck prosciutto was the standout. We will of course keep going back...

T
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The new spring menu is lovely, and the emphasis on local is appreciated. My rye pasta with mushrooms and crispy egg was sublime, and the beet salad with the hidden bottom dressing was delish. I'd make the trip from midtown again!

MH
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great! We were there for Drag Bingo. It was a blast. Very much fun for all ages. Food was delicious. Service was wonderful. It was a wonderful experience.

EH
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious food.
Could not make a small green salad as an appetizer. Only salad option was a beet salad, not my favorite.
Sort of a simple thing...

g
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

chef nick's new menu is very good. the service was, as usual, excellent. indian road cafe is a neighborhood treasure. without you, we would be lost in a sea of terrible places to eat.

FS
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic! The kale salad was good and I always love the lobster Mac and cheese. The wine was a bit pricey, but they had a nice French Chardonnay by the glass. We wanted to order dessert, but we were so stuffed by the generous portion of our entree! But overall, our dining experience was great!

C
New England
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had not been there in a few months and the experience was as fabulous as ever. Great food, friendly atmosphere and service. A must go place!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

First date for wife and myself after birth of our son

IL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The menu has changed but not necessarily for the better. The service was somewhat distracted despite it being unusually slow that night.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Indian Road Cafe is a gem of Inwood. As always, great food and excellent service.

OT
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delightfully diverse offerings creatively presented. A neighborhood gem!

S
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great variety of food. Everything from the bread and butter (both house made) to the entrees and bar bites was outstanding. Great service from Mandy. Very pleased with the experience!

GM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

At the very top of Manhattan...loved it. Right next to the water and park so go at lunch or before dinner!!

RC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 4

This was our favorite restaurant
The last 2 visits were not good
Burnt fish smell from the kitchen
The smoke alarm went off 3 times
The food was over spiced
This used to be great They need to polish up their game

DB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place, awesome food that is selected & prepared with true skill & care. The staff is outstanding .

JB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love love love this neighborhood gem. It's my go to for all occasions. Everything about it is first rate and the staff is truly exceptional. Went there twice this past Friday with guest that were visiting and both times my friends were impressed by not only the food but the waiter, hostesses, ambiance. Do yourself a favor when you go, get the lobster mac & cheese. It's amazing!!

SA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had reserved a table on Thanksgiving for two, and needed to add a third the day before. IRC made it work.

TR
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

There were 2 tables of two and one table of fourteen in one small area of the restaurant. The rest of the restaurant was empty. Seating is a little watt from the big group would have allowed us to hear each other.

DG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is truly a neighborhood gem. The service is outstanding and the food is delicious. Short and simple.

DP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great neighborhood place that feels casual and fancy at the same time. A real hidden gem up here. Wonderful food, great staff.

MR
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

My husband's pulled pork sandwich and apple pie were delicious. My vegetarian special was terrible: some vegetables were overcooked, some barely cooked and the topping of broccoli rabe had inedible stems and too much deep fried batter. Good beer and wine list.

LH
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Great spot near park loved decor. Comfy. Dissappointed inavocado bacon sandwich. GF bread was small, grilled not toasted so it was gummy & wet. Yucky. Would not order again. Was expecting more vegetables in lunch selections. Not many at all. I will probably enjoy dinner more. Will give another chance. The chai latte was very enjoyable. You need more for GF vegan options & more cooked veggie plates. (With quinoa or other protein. )

LF
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The food for the price was just poor to fair. Maybe we all ordered the wrong things. Brunch here was better than dinner.

P
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The food is glorified diner fare — definitely overpriced for what it is. The ambiance is nice despite the underwhelming piano play, and they have no competition in this neighborhood.

d
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite spots for weekend breakfast and lunch, but we went with a big group for a special birthday dinner. The food was great, the service was relaxed, and they let us linger for hours. There was a live piano player and he played happy birthday when my father-in-law's cake came to the table. It was a perfect birthday dinner spot and we will definitely be back!

JM
New York Area
78 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

It is rare to see a restaurant with such a high rating (on Open Table & Yelp) so I felt compelled to try it. A nice walk up from The Cloisters and worth every step. Very friendly and attentive staff, drinks were cold and prompt, food was excellent. Everyone (four of us) said it was a nice treat to get to the top of Manhattan and enjoy such a nice late afternoon/early evening gathering. I'd go back in a heartbeat.

BW
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Consistently great! Friends don’t mind the travel since they enjoy the experience of dining at Indian Road.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meal and service were great.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Must try Inwood location. Have been multiple times!

SH
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Love the restaurant and the food but the noise level was close to unbearable

JO
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

No hostess which we had to wait for ten minutes and just found a table for ourselves. Spending extra for bottomless drinks on brunch is a waste of money since it’s mostly orange juice.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Another great meal from Indian Road Cafe.

MN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Indian Road Cafe is our local favorite. It never disappoints.

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