New Leaf Cafe - Fort Tryon Park

Apt. 78 - 191st/Broadway

Buddha Beer Bar - Broadway/191st

Planet Fitness - Dyckman/Vermilyea

Locksmith Bar - 191st/Broadway

Fort Tryon Park

La Casa Del Mofongo - 183rd/St.Nick

Fort George


neighborhood

One of three sub-neighborhoods of Washington Heights, Fort George historically runs from north 181st Street to south Dyckman St. and from Broadway east to the Harlem River. It was named after the fifth and final Fort ever built in New York during the American Revolutionary War in 1776 near current day Audubon Avenue and 192nd Street. Fort George has been featured in various New York television shows as well as the films “Precious”, “Mad Hot Ballroom,” and “GWB.” It is home to one of Yeshiva University’s many campuses and, as a primarily residential area, Fort George offers a more relaxed form of neighborhood exploration due to its many parks, restaurants, and bars.

what to do

Though most are primarily restaurants, after dinner a lot of these eateries become places to drink up and cut a mean rug. La Casa Del Mofongo, Altus Café, and Apt.78 all keep their bars open into the night and introduce DJs, transforming themselves into dance central! Locksmith and Buddha Beer keep the taps flowing and your glasses full before you ever get the words, “hit me, sergeant” out of your mouth. Next door to Buddha Beer Bar, night club Arka Lounge features the best in Latin, pop, and hip hop, while up the hill at Lucky Seven Tapas Bar the drinks are flowing, the music going, and the people are dancing like it’s their job.

GROCERIES AND SUPERMARKETS

If you rather stay home and get your Rachel Ray on, there are variousoptions for your culinary needs. Neighborhood staples are Bravo Supermarket on Broadway at 181st St., Key Foods on Broadway at 187th St., Fine Fair on St. Nicholas at 191st St. or Dan’s Supermarket on 185th St. at St. Nicholas.

SPECIALTY MARKETS, STREET VENDORS, AND GREENMARKETS

For your health food needs, check out New Age Nutrition Health on Broadway between Hillside Ave and 193rd St. They have a moderate assortment of snack foods, easy-prep meals, and staple foods like pasta, frozen food, and bulk grains and nuts. If you have penchant for produce, you’ll enjoy great deals from street fruit vendors along 181st St. from Broadway to Amsterdam and on St. Nicholas Avenue from 181st St. to about 187th St. Getting to know your local vendors is vital, as you’ll learn who has the best produce for your taste buds and budget. Depending on the season, carts carry exotic tropical fruits like lechosa (papaya), mangos, and guava. You can also enjoy fresh produce from local farmers at the following green markets: United Palace Greenmarket (175th St. and Broadway, Thursday, 8am-3pm, July-Nov), Columbia Presbyterian Greenmarket (168th St. and Fort Washington, Tuesday, 8am-3pm, Jun-Nov), and Inwood Greenmarket (Isham St. between Seaman and Cooper, year round, Sat, 8am-3pm). For a fresh ocean catch, check out OK Fish Market at 189th and St. Nicholas, Ra’s Fish Market at Sherman and Thayer, and Houng’s Fish Market at Dyckman and Post Ave. Looking for something to accompany your delectable creations? Pick up wine and other spirits at 30-year neighborhood favorite St. Nicholas Vinoteca (189th St. and St. Nicholas Avenue), Heights Wine and Sprits (Broadway at 192nd St.), featuring wines from around the globe, or Dyckman Liquors (Dyckman and Post Ave.), which has a basic selection of cheapies but goodies.

SHOPPING

Fort George offers a lot of great places to shop. Most stores can be found along the 181st St. corridor or the St. Nicholas corridor. Apparel tends to be casual clothing similar to H&M, Forever 21 or Jimmy Jazz at really affordable prices. Notable shops include: New York and Co. at 181st St. and Broadway, and Zodiac and Mission Fashion at 181st and St Nicholas. For higher end clothing, Kartier Couture at St. Nicholas Avenue Between 185th and 186th will keep any man dapper and Bless Boutique at Nagle Ave. and Thayer St. offers a wide range of women’s fashion. When you get tired of your threads, Goodwill at 181st St. between Amsterdam and Audubon is available to take your old and turn it into someone else’s new while giving you a receipt for a tax write off.

FITNESS

With a slew of parks, keeping fit in Fort George is a no brainer. You can find running trails in Ft. Tryon Park, Highbridge Park, along the Harlem River Drive, or along Audubon Avenue. But if outdoor fitness isn’t your jam, there are a few gyms close by. Planet Fitness at Dyckman  St. and Vermilyea Ave. offers a $10/month membership package. If you’re more of a community feel type of person, the YM&YWHA (Young Men & Women's Hebrew Association) at 54 Nagle Avenue off of Ellwood has a full service gym and offers fitness classes as well.

SERVICES

Fort George has a lot of different friendly vendors offering great services. If pounding the pavement looking for your apartment has your shoes looking weathered, take them to Art Shoe Repair at St. Nicholas and 190th St. They’ve been in the community for over 25 years, the owners are super friendly and professional. In need of a little home repair? Look no further than NHS Hardware at St. Nicholas and 187th Street, on Broadway and 192nd Street, and Nagle and Arden Street. They have just about everything you need for home repairs, from locks, to hinges, to plungers, to wood, to plexiglass. Need to decorate your new place? Check out Ritz Paints Store. A certified Benjamin Moore dealer, Mr. Ritz has over 30 years in the neighborhood and in the business. He’s friendly, professional, and he will get you the right color! If you need to keep your clothing looking and smelling fresh D&D Laundromat at 184th St. and St. Nicholas Avenue offers 24hr service and Open Cleaners at St. Nicholas and 190th will dry clean your goods and sew/patch if need be.

where to eat/drink

RESTAURANTS AND NIGHTLIFE

Fort George offers a diverse range of restaurants that will leave you salivating. At 183rd Street and St. Nicholas you’ll find popular La Casa Del Mofongo, a Dominican restaurant specializing in mofongo, a refried plantains dish. Walking down Broadway at 185th street is Altus Café, serving up an eclectic American fusion menu and a great atmosphere. Further up on Broadway at 192nd St. is a hub of great restaurants including Locksmith Wine and Burger Bar, Buddha Beer BarApt. 78, and Arlezol Café. As it’s name might suggest, Locksmith Wine and Burger Bar is a great place to grab a glass of wine, burgers, and one of the best variety of fries in NYC. Buddha Beer Bar is a beer garden with a diverse selection of brews and a crazy delicious menu offering American, Korean, and Mexican dishes. Apt. 78 offers sexy, strong drinks and a delicious tapas menu; on Sundays they host a cozy brunch with great eats and mimosas. Arelzol Café features a relaxed and beautiful ambiance, varied menu, and great service. Tryon Public House (bar/restaurant opened by same guys who own Bronx Brewery) has recently opened on Broadway and Dyckman right across from Ft Tryon Park as well!

QUICK AND YUMMY: COFFEE SHOPS, BAKERIES, & MORE  For quick food to-go, Fort George offers a host of options from pizza shops to bakeries to coffee and smoothie bars. You can get a quick cup of joe at almost any bodega (small grocery store), as well as the Dunkin Donuts at St. Nicholas and 191st St. If coffee isn’t your thing, Gloria’s Juice Bar at 181 St. and Audubon, Mary’s Natural Juice at 191st and St. Nicholas Ave., Green Juice Cafe at 184th and Broadway, and Empanadas Monumental  at 189th St. and St. Nicholas Ave. all make fresh fruit smoothies to your liking; they also offer empanadas and other small baked appetizers for just a few dollars more. Grullon Bakery at 185th and St. Nicholas Ave. and Esmeraldo Bakery at 181st St. and Audubon Ave. also offer baked goodies like European influenced Dominican sweet treats as well as freshly baked breads. And  when you’re looking for munchies but your budget is ouchies, you can always stop for pizza at West 190th Pizza Corporation at 190th and St. Nicholas or Charlie’s Pizza  at 185th Street and St. Nicholas.

Though most are primarily restaurants, after dinner a lot of these eateries become places to drink up and cut a mean rug. La Casa Del Mofongo, Altus Café, and Apt.78 all keep their bars open into the night and introduce DJs, transforming themselves into dance central! Locksmith and Buddha Beer keep the taps flowing and your glasses full before you ever get the words, “hit me, sergeant” out of your mouth. Next door to Buddha Beer Bar, night club Arka Lounge features the best in Latin, pop, and hip hop, while up the hill at Lucky Seven Tapas Bar the drinks are flowing, the music going, and the people are dancing like it’s their job.

transportation

The A Train makes stops at 181st St and 190th St, and the 1 Train makes stops at 181st, 191st, and Dyckman Streets. As far as buses in the neighborhood: The Bx7 and M100 buses run up and down Broadway, the M3 bus north and south on Saint Nicholas, and the M101 bus runs north and south on Amsterdam Ave. On W.181st St, several buses come into Manhattan from the Bronx and vice versa including the Bx11, Bx13, Bx36, Bx35, and Bx3. Also, gypsy cabs are everywhere in the neighborhood.