Palisades Interstate Park's Gem on the Cliffs Palisades Interstate Park's "Lookout Inn" Serves Up American Classics and Old-Time Charm

Built in 1937-1938, the State Line Cafe at Lookout Inn on the Palisades Interstate Parkway looks out over the Hudson River valley. You can see as far as some parts of Connecticut and Long Island. It originally was open air, had a gas station, and was separated from the cliffs by Route 9W. The area around it and the world has changed, but all except for three years during WWII, the cafe has been open through it all.

This is the view from the cafe out over the cliffs, looking over Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y. and into the Hudson River valley.

Short Interview with Emily Brown, 26, of Englewood, who says she's a regular visitor of the cafe.

Books, postcards, and pictures line the shelves in Lookout Inn. Along with the State Line Cafe, there is a gift shop.

Decorative lights in the Inn

The cafe serves classics such as a footlong hot dog, ½ pound hamburger, cheesesteak, BLT, and sides such as french fries and onion rings. The cafe also serves breakfast.

Hamburger (I don't like tomatoes), french fries, and lemon Snapple.
Photo Credits: Palisades Interstate Park Commission

These historic photos show old iterations of the Inn. In the top photo, the main the uniform is a gas station attendant as the Inn used to have a filling station. On the left, you can see the highway to the right of the Inn and the light that stopped traffic to let pedestrians cross the highway to the cliff edge.

View looking out directly over the cliffs. On the right is the town of Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y.
View looking south towards the Bronx. Yonkers, N.Y. is visible in the bottom middle.
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Dustin Niles


All photos by Dustin Niles unless otherwise noted.

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