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Restaurants & Bars 8

Inwood spots

Alison Ritz | Jun 18, 2001 10:47 AM

Having just moved way way up to Inwood recently, I was a bit daunted by the lack of culinary finds. We got a cake from Carrot Top last weekend which wasn't too bad--super sugary for sure, but also nicely moist and a hit at a party. Has anyone been to Nueva Espana on 207th? We've eaten there twice, ordering the paella marinera both times ($20 for two), which is a somewhat solid choice, with fresh scallops and mussels but frozen shrimp. The chicken seems to be the thing to get. For the best hang-out spot with a million-dollar view, the Tubby Hook at the western end of Dyckman on the Hudson is awesome: directly on the water, taking advantage of the lovely river breezes and an unobstructed view of the undeveloped Palisades. You'd swear you're in the Hudson Valley if it weren't for the trash and heavily scaffolded bridge to the immediate east, though the unsightly elements are easily ignored. A veggie burger for six bucks was fine for what it was, and my dad liked his chicken skewer, but we couldn't be picky at this place, which keeps late hours and is popular with the salsa-listening crowd at night. The Piper's Kilt, the nicest choice of the neighborhood's multiple Irish bars, claims to have the best burger in NY. But what claimed to be "Cheddar" on my boyfriend's cheeseburger was, in his words, worse than Que Bueno cheese spread. So be warned--order a plain burger. We're still adjusting (especially since he just left his job as a produce specialist in Chelsea Market), but with more finds, we hope to be fine. Rumor has it a real live restaurant is opening in Fort Tryon Park, in the old stone house which now serves as a hot dog stand/pit stop. I peeked in a window and saw evidence of a bar and booths under construction. By the way, how crazy is Fifth Avenue in Park Slope now? Blue Ribbon?! Perhaps something will creep upwards towards us Manhattan concentrics...

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