Thursday, January 19, 2012

Visiting Inwood

Inwood is located above Harlem and Washington Heights, running from Dyckman street to the tip of Manhattan.  I have a friend who lives in the area and she invited me to lunch and for a walk around some of the great parks up there.

Inwood is much quieter than any other area of Manhattan I have visited so far.  It seemed a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of mid-town, but was only 20 minutes away by train.  It is a diverse neighborhood with lots of families and students living there.  I took the C and A trains up, getting off at Dyckman Street, which is located on the main high street.

We went to lunch at the 'Indian Road Cafe', which is a lovely neighbourhood restaurant.  It was a great place to chill out and my food was delicious.  The lunch menu contains a wide variety of sandwiches and salads and the baked goods looked yummy (damn the new diet!).  The dinner menu looked well worth trying, with a good selection of cured meats and cheeses, as well as various other dishes.  For more information visit http://indianroadcafe.com/.

After lunch we went for a walk in 'Inwood Hill Park' which is really pretty, even in the winter.  It is home to the last natural forest and salt marsh in Manhattan.  It was much quieter than Central Park, very serene and relaxing.  Unfortunately the rain cut our walk short so I will be going back to have proper look when the weather is better.  Check out the park website at http://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/inwoodhillpark.

Inwood also has one of the most famous liquor stores in the city, PJ wine. This store has one of the largest and most reasonably priced selection of wines and spirits in Manhattan.  Visit http://www.pjwine.com for more information.

I really enjoyed my afternoon in Inwood and will definitely be going back for another visit.  When I told my friend I was going to write about the neighbourhood she said, 'Oh no, don't tell everyone about this place, it's our little secret!'.

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