Local Restaurants & Attractions

Exploring New York City’s sprawling expanse can be an exciting, but somewhat daunting endeavor. Here in Riverdale, we proudly inhabit our own mini-metropolis of food and culture—perfect for those times when you’d rather stay nearby.

The following sites are located within walking distance of campus, or within a 10-minute car ride.


paellaTin Marin

This Spanish eatery features small plates of various cuisines in a dimly lit, ambient atmosphere. Brimming with an array of vegetarian and meat-centered options, Tin Marin’s Caprese empanadas and the tostones are among the top menu items. 

Jake’s Steakhouse

Expert wine pairings and some of the best steaks, chops and seafood in the city are renowned trademarks of this neighborhood favorite. Also boasting an extensive craft beer list and ambiance in a casual yet upscale setting, the merits of this Riverdale standout have been touted by reviewers and diners alike.

sal's exteriorSalvatores of Soho

Affectionately known as Sal's by locals, this restaurant offers an authenticate taste of Italy right in our backyard. The outdoor seating allows patrons to enjoy summer nights while dining on delicious Italian classics including brick oven pizza, chicken piccata and ravioli alla vodka.

An Beal Bocht Café

Delicious, cozy and consistent, An Beal Bocht is a tried-and-true staple in the northwest Bronx. It is a frequent host to rousing performances of Irish and local music, poetry, comedy, and theatre. The Gaelic Burger, topped with all the traditional fixings, is a neighborhood favorite.

Parks & Gardens

wave hillWave Hill

Wave Hill, a 28-acre public garden and cultural center at West 249th Street, overlooks the Hudson River and Palisades. Focused on celebrating artistry and legacy of gardens and landscapes in the Bronx, offers magnificent views and programs in horticulture, education and the arts.

Van Cortlandt Park

The third largest park in New York City, Van Cortlandt features the largest freshwater lake in the Bronx, two public golf courses, wetlands, playing fields, wetlands and more. With an area of 1,146 acres, the park includes the last remnants of the borough’s native woodlands. Running trails, a pool and the Riverdale Stables are a few landmarks to visit and enjoy.

New York Botanical Gardens

A National Historic Landmark, this verdant 250-acre landscape is host to more than one million plants spread across 28 specialty gardens, including a conservatory, children’s adventure garden and old-growth forest. The New York Botanical Garden also operates one of the world’s largest plant research and conservation programs.

Museums & the Arts

van cortlandt houseVan Cortlandt House Museum

While you’re visiting us, spend some time at the Van Cortlandt House Museum, which has been open to the public since 1896. Located inside Van Cortlandt Park at Broadway at West 246th Street, the museum focuses on the Van Cortlandt family, the social history of those who worked on the property, and the decorative arts. Open for self-guided tours six days a week.

The Bronx Museum of the Arts

Who says you need to hop the No. 1 train to Manhattan to satisfy an art fix? The Bronx Museum of the Arts hosts an ongoing rotation of dance, theatre, and contemporary art exhibitions, and has a robust education department, with family and teen programming throughout the year.


yankee stadiumYankee Stadium 

Experience the legend of Yankees baseball by going to a game or taking a tour of the stadium. One of the most successful in the world, the team has included National Baseball Hall of Fame inductees Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mandle and Yogi Berra.

Bronx Zoo

The largest metropolitan zoo in the United States and among the largest in the world is in the Bronx. With 265 acres of wildlife habitats, the zoo offers diverse attractions including the World of Reptiles, the Bison Rage, the Aquatic Bird House, the Pheasant Aviary, the Baboon Reserve, and many more. The zoo has free admission on Wednesdays.