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The Café

Tea in The Cafe at Wave Hill

January 9 through January 12—Monday through Friday—Wave Hill House, together with The Café, will be closed for maintenance. Both reopen Saturday morning, January 13.

Located in historic Wave Hill House, The Café at Wave Hill offers guests delicious and artisanal food selections to enjoy as they take in captivating views of the Hudson River and Palisades. Operated by Great Performances, The Café serves a menu of local ingredients from the Northeast, including its very own 60-acre Katchkie Farm in Kinderhook, NY. The menu, changing with each season, features warm entrées, sandwiches, salads, snacks, coffees, teas, refreshers, beer and wine. Menu offerings always include vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and kid-friendly options. Kosher beverages and snacks are available year-round; sandwiches and salads, under Star-K certification, are included in the menu May through August.

Afternoon Tea

Offered at select times during the year, Afternoon Tea in The Café is an opportunity to take in the beauty of Wave Hill House while enjoying a classic selection of whole leaf teas, including green, black and herbal, whole-leaf teas. Afternoon Tea is served with scones, tea sandwiches and bite-sized desserts. Upgrade to high tea for optional sparkling wine along with strawberries and cream. Minimum of two guests are required for tea service. Reservations must be made 48 hours in advance by calling 718.549.3200 x395 or emailing wavehillreservations@greatperformances.com.

Seasonal Cafe Menu

From The Kitchen

  • Chicken Panini: thyme & onion roasted chicken, Gruyère, kale, red wine demi aioli, sourdough served with kettle chips & pickled veggies
  • Grilled Cheese: cheddar, Gruyère, muenster, sourdough served with kettle chips & pickled veggies
  • Cauliflower Toast: cauliflower purée, pickled charred carrot, kale chip, wild hives seven grain toast served with greens
  • Daily Sandwich: served with kettle chips & pickled veggies
  • Chicken Pot Pie: free-range chicken, carrots, leeks, potatoes

Children’s Menu

  • Grilled Cheese: cheddar, white bread, carrot sticks
  • Penne Pasta: whole wheat penne pasta & tomato sauce
  • Chicken Tenders with carrot sticks
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly withcarrot sticks
  • Horizon Organic Milk, vanilla or chocolate
  • Organic Juice Box


  • Cookies
  • Tea Cakes
  • Muffin
  • Seasonal Pie


  • Whole Leaf Teas: NYC breakfast, earl grey, mint, Herbal serenity, tropical white tea, decaf ceylon, green, chamomile
  • Espresso Drinks: cappuccino or latte, espresso, macchiato, Americano
  • Kobrick’s Coffee
  • Cold Brew Coffee
  • Unsweetened Iced Tea
  • House-Made Sodas
  • Seasonal Refreshers
  • Saratoga Water: still & sparkling
  • Wine: City Winery SoHovignon Blanc, City Winery Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Beer: Bronx American Pale Ale, Sixpoint Sweet Action, Ommegang Witte 

Afternoon Tea Menu

Choice of Loose Leaf Tea


  • Assorted Seasonal Flavors
  • Raspberry Preserves &Devonshire Cream
  • Dates, Dried Apricot & Grapes

Tea Sandwiches

  • Smoked Salmon Napoleon with dill
  • Cucumber & Roasted Red Pepper with Boursin cheese
  • Curry Chicken Salad with raisin walnut crisp
  • Petit Croque Monsieur
  • Roasted Turkey with watercress

Chef’s Selection of Assorted Petit Fours


High Tea Selections  + $10
Sparkling Wine
Strawberries & Cream