A public garden & cultural center

The Café

Afternoon Tea, Tuesday thru Friday
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Tuesday thru Sunday, 10AM–4:30PM

The Café at Wave Hill offers visitors a wide selection of local and artisanal offerings in historic Wave Hill House, a former Hudson River mansion. Enjoy sweeping views of the majestic Hudson River and Palisades as you dine in The Café or outside on the Kate French Terrace.

Select from The Café’s warm entrees and specials, made to order while you compose the perfect combination at the salad bar, where ingredients vary throughout the year. Or choose from a selection of prepared salads, sandwiches and snacks for a quick meal. 

Much of the seasonal produce and ingredients featured in The Café is sourced from Katchkie Farm, Great Performances’ 60-acre, organic farm in Kinderhook, NY.  The Café is sensitive to many of our visitors’ dietary restrictions, offering vegetarian, gluten-free and kosher entrees.

This past spring and summer, Wave Hill and Moss Cafe partnered to bring to our visitors a local, sustainable, made-from-scratch menu that is kosher under the Va'ad haRabbonim of Riverdale. The pilot program was a success, and we received wonderful feedback about it from our patrons. Sadly, Moss Cafe is—temporarily, anyway—having to turn all its attention to growing its still very new café business. We remain hopeful that we will have the opportunity to resume the partnership in the future. In the meantime, our recent surveys tell us that our visitors want more vegetarian, vegan and kosher options, and we will be exploring new opportunities to continue offering these menu choices.

Afternoon Tea

We invite you to discover New York’s newest destination for Afternoon Tea.  The Café at Wave Hill pairs a classic menu with an assortment of green, black and herbal teas. This traditional tea service includes the following four elements: savory, scones, sweets and tea. The menu, presented by Great Performances, will change seasonally and include an array of tea sandwiches, scones, and bite-sized desserts. High Tea includes a glass of sparkling wine and strawberries.

You can enjoy Afternoon Tea in The Cafe or on Wave Hill House's Kate French Terrace. This dining experience will leave you feeling relaxed and satiated. Join us for this timeless and luxurious tradition after a walk through Wave Hill's stunning gardens.

Afternoon Tea is served Tuesday through Friday, with seatings at 2PM and 2:30PM.  Reservations are required and can be made by contacting Diane Russo, Cafe Manager, at  wavehillreservations@greatperformances.com   We will take reservations until 2pm the previous day, and there is a two-person minimum.

Tea Service is $26 and High Tea Service is $36. Wave Hill Members receive a 10% discount.