north of 110th Street may seem like it’s not part of the city, but that’s what makes it a great place to visit. The northernmost neighborhood of Manhattan, Inwood, has a diverse selection of activities, from landmarks and parks to restaurants and cafés, for those looking to get away from the bustle of Midtown.
Part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Cloisters museum recreates a European monastery. This museum has a wide selection of religious artwork from the Middle Ages and even earlier in history. Be sure to check out the room with the ‘Unicorn Tapestries,’ complete with a ‘real’ unicorn horn. Take a trip to this serene museum for a lesson in monastic history or just to enjoy the art, the gardens, and the view.
The Cloisters, 99 Margaret Corbin Drive, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 923 3700
Fort Tryon Park
Fort Tryon Park
Stretching from the Cloisters down to Washington Heights, this idyllic park will make you feel far off and free. With views of the Hudson River and the New Jersey Palisades and set on a hill, Fort Tryon is a great place to make an escape. The Heather Garden looks perfect for fall; the changing leaves will surround you with color as you explore. Check out their events, like morning fitness on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, and the upcoming Plein Air Landscape Painting Workshop on October 11th.
Fort Tryon Park, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 795 1388
Inwood Hill Park
Ideal for birdwatchers and tree lovers, Inwood Hill Park is the most natural place you’ll find in Manhattan. This park contains the largest remaining forest and the last natural salt marsh in the area. Native Americans used to settle in forest caves here, and you can still see the caves today. Besides exploring the elements, be sure to check their calendar for upcoming astronomy events and talks on outdoor skills.
Inwood Hill Park, Dyckman Street and Hudson River, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 408 0100
This little park in the heart of Inwood has some history attached to it. Both a Revolutionary War site and home to marble outcroppings from the Cambrian period, Isham Park has a lot of value in a small space. While Fort Tryon and Inwood Hill Park are bigger, Isham’s lawn is the perfect size for a football game or a picnic, and the park has stunning views of the Hudson and Harlem River valleys.
Isham Park, Isham Street and Seaman Avenue, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 639 9675
Broadyke Meat Market
Whether you’re looking for a good butcher or just a stop for a sandwich, you have to visit Broadyke Meat Market. This shop has a reputation for being the highest-rated butchery in the neighborhood. The owner is friendly and you’ll get fast service. Located right by the Dyckman Street subway stop, you can grab a sandwich on the go and look back on the happy memory of Inwood as you ride away.
Broadyke Meat Market, 4767 Broadway, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 569 3470
Along with Indian Road Café, Inwood Local is a favorite bar in the neighborhood. With excellent bar snacks like Kobe burgers and yam fries and an impressive selection of wine and beer, this is a great spot to take a few friends and have a good time. They also have a backyard garden for warmer days.
Inwood Local, 4957 Broadway, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 544 8900
Henry Hudson Bridge
This scenic steel bridge connects Inwood Hill Park to the Bronx over Spuyten Duyvil Creek. When it opened in 1936, the Henry Hudson Bridge was the longest fixed arch bridge in the world. Today, this bridge is a beautiful landmark of Inwood and the Spuyten Duyvil neighborhood of the Bronx. You can see the massive arch from Columbia’s football field right on the creek or from certain spots in Inwood Hill Park.
Henry Hudson Bridge, Bronx, NY, USA
The Dyckman Farmhouse is the oldest farmhouse in Manhattan and the oldest house in Inwood. Built in 1764, this Dutch colonial style house feels a bit out of place in the neighborhood, but it’s a good reminder of the old New York. Now, you can visit the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum to see the house and surrounding gardens. Be sure to check out their free events, including special tours every Saturday at noon.
Dyckman Farmhouse, 4881 Broadway, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 304 9422
Inwood’s diverse selection of restaurants offers many different cuisines and provides you with many options that aren’t chain restaurants. For Venezuelan food, look no further than Cachapas y Mas. This neighborhood favorite serves authentic Venezuelan cuisine, including plantain sandwiches, burritos, and, of course, cachapas, or corn cakes, with a variety of toppings. Mamajuana Café is another local favorite, serving Latin food for both brunch and dinner. Stop by the wine bar for some sangria or their special Jack Punch.
Cachapas y Mas, 107 Dyckman Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 304 2224
Mamajuana Café, 247 Dyckman Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 304 0140
Local Coffee Shops
If you’re looking for somewhere to stop for coffee, Inwood has some great options. Indian Road Café, a neighborhood favorite, serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner, complete with a full bar. Located next to Inwood Hill Park, this is the perfect spot to stop for caffeine, food, or a drink at the end of the day. Be sure to check out their live music and trivia events. Darling Coffee is another local spot to get a coffee or tea. They also have excellent sweets; customers rave about the scones, which are made in house.
Indian Road Café, 600 West 218th Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 942 7451
Darling Coffee, 4961 Broadway, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 304 0181