Wave Hill is not what you typically envision when you think of the Bronx. Inspiring enough for Mark Twain and Theodore Roosevelt’s parents to rent out for a few summers, this.once-upon-a time private estate features a 28-acre public garden brimming with abundant wildflowers and shady pergolas overlooking the Hudson River and New Jersey’s Palisades. Vistas stretch all the way up to the Tappan Zee Bridge. Once the estate of George W. Perkins, a former partner of J.P. Morgan’s, the property was deeded to the City in 1960. The main garden is anchored by two magnificent buildings: Wave Hill House and Glyndor House, a 1927 Georgian Revival now used to exhibit contemporary art.
What better place to wile away a spring Sunday afternoon than here at Wave Hill’s Café? Offering brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Sunday in season, concerts usually follow in the garden. Although the menu is typical brunch, the ingredients behind it are super fresh. Organic produce fresh from Katchkie Farm, a project of Wave Hill’s exclusive caterer Great Performances is a part of all dishes served. You’ll get to taste artisanal produce like Thunder Pickles, beets, and pesto. Main dishes are a part of the caterer’s 100-Mile Menu which sources ingredients from within a 100-mile radius of the New York City. Best of all, you are supporting a good cause. Katchkie Farm donates five percent of its yield to anti-hunger organizations like The Food Bank and City Harvest.
Be sure to make reservations by 4PM the Friday before at 718.549.3200×395 . Price is $22 per person plus $6 admission to the grounds. Indoor and outdoor seating available. Wave Hill provides free van service between the front gate and the Metro-North Railroad Riverdale station and the terminus of the #1 subway train at West 242nd Street.
photo courtesy of Great Performances