IVY INN: A TRADITION OF HOSPITALITY
over a century patrons have found comfort in this historic
building nestled in the heights of the Meadowlands, presently
home to Ivy Inn. Opened in the 1870’s as a stagecoach inn,
travelers in horse and carriage along Polifly Road (later named
Terrace Avenue) stopped here to eat and drink in the tavern
below and sleep in one of six guest quarters above. After the
turn of the 20th century, the inn evolved into a fine
dining restaurant (a popular speakeasy during Prohibition), but
eventually fell into disrepair.
In 1996, the current owners undertook an extensive
restoration. The fireplaces in the dining rooms and cherry
beams in the side “Red Room” were uncovered and repaired. The
horseshoe bar was re-veneered, and the oak icebox (dated 1912)
was refurbished and moved to stand in view inside the barroom.
On Valentine’s Day of 1997, the inn once again
opened its doors for fine dining, renamed Ivy Inn. Ivy, the
symbol of love and marriage, has proven to be a fitting name.
Since reopening, the restaurant has witnessed countless marriage
proposals, weddings and anniversary celebrations. Continuing
its long legacy of hospitality, the inn is once again a Bergen
County favorite and promises to inspire cherished memories for
many years to come.