The Vegetarian Option: Indian Road Cafe in Inwood | Serious Eats: New York

Story & photos by Howard Walfish

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Indian Road Cafe may just be the most north-westerly restaurant in all of Manhattan. It is literally across the street from Spuyten Duyvil Creek, separating Manhattan from the Bronx, and looking out from the restaurant provides a commanding view of the Henry Hudson Bridge. The menu, at first glance, reads like standard upscale bar food, albeit one that makes sure to point out the vegan and gluten-free options on the menu. But a closer look reveals a menu with a little more creativity to it than you may think.

The cold wind coming in off of the water may have you craving a bowl of soup, and sometimes the daily offerings—rice, bean, & tomato ($6.50) on this visit—are meat-free. So full and thick it was almost a chowder, the soup was overflowing with lima, kidney, and black beans, as well as bits of spinach and chunks of carrot. I found myself scraping the bottom of the bowl before I knew it.

Read more: The Vegetarian Option: Indian Road Cafe in Inwood | Serious Eats : New York.

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