Indian Road Cafe

3.7
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$30 and under
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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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C
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Was one if my favorites for years. Might be the last time we go.
1) probably waited 7/8 minutes for someone to acknowledge we were even standing there.
2) made reservations no table ready. They threw a table or two together we ended up putting place settings where they belong.
3) some of us got menus some did not.
4). Sat there for 10 minutes. No water. No waitress or waiter it was like we were not there.
5) menu is ugh at best. Not what they advertise online at all.
6). What happened to this place !!!! It is just awful now.
6). Place has gone down so bad. Not worth going back.


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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience2

Indian Road Cafe used to be something special, my last two visits were mediocre, at best. On one visit the chicken was overcooked to the point of being inedible, burger medium-well instead of medium-rare. On the second visit both the pasta and scallops were over-peppered so that the pepper masked the taste of everything else.

The waitress was unclear as to which beers were available and it was difficult to get her attention for things like bread, refills on water, the check, even though the restaurant was more than half-empty.

I won’t be going back.

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The food was good. Turkey cooked to perfection. The stuffing was a bit too wet, but otherwise nice. The price (over $100 for 2) was far too large of a price point for a TG meal (all of which was prepared in large quantities in advance).

j
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love IRC. 3rd time there for dinner this week. Everything was just perfect as ususal.

j
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this restaurant keeps me coming back. The food, the service, the location. Just a wonderful place. The carmelized Brussels sprouts were delicious. And you must get the lobster mac & cheese. It's to die for.

DP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We eat here a lot. It's great, great neighborhood place. And certainly the best in Inwood. The food and service are always awesome. As close to fine dining as you would get up here, but in a wonderfully casual atmosphere. It's solid, dependable, friendly, everything you want in a neighborhood place. Just had their Oktoberfest menu and it was amazing. Sure, it can be a little pricier than what you might consider "neighborhood fare," but it's worth it knowing that everything is locally sourced. Plus, in the fickle NYC restaurant world, we want them to keep their doors open, so we're ok with a few extra bucks here.

A
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great time.
Drag Bingo at Indian Road Cafe is always a blast!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great Atmosphere! Celebrated my wife's birthday and the staff could not have been more delightful!

SM
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Love this place - and it's in such a great location. We walk around Ft. Tryon Park and Inwood Forest and end the day at Indian Road - always a reliably great meal.

OS
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and the people where nice

p
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, as always, in a fantastic ambience.

RC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

NY
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

DP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

JZ
Little Rock
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 April 4, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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 March 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
21 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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 March 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 March 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 March 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

First date for wife and myself after birth of our son

IL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

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 February 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delightfully diverse offerings creatively presented. A neighborhood gem!

S
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 December 27, 2018
Overall2food3service4ambience4

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 December 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

JB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 November 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 November 19, 2018
Overall2food4service4ambience1

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 November 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

DP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
8 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience4

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 September 28, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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
12 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall3food2service3ambience3

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 July 20, 2018
Overall3food2service4ambience4

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.