For the most part, Pelham’s reputation hinges on its short commute to Grand Central, its move-here-worthy public schools, and a fine-arts movie theater with a tradition of drawing big-name stars. But this town has more going on, from public art and cool coffee shops to classic slice joints and antiquing for a good cause.
10:45 a.m. Start in Pelham’s somewhat industrialized corner with a caffeine jolt at Caffé Ammi (109 Sixth St; www.caffeammi.com). Owned by espresso-machine and coffee importer Ammirati, Inc. next door, the Brooklyn-vibe coffee shop roasts single-origin and micro-batch coffees on site. Pair a perfectly pulled shot, cold brew, or seasonal lavender-honey latte with a pastry from NYC’s Balthazar Bakery.
11:30 a.m. It’s a short walk to the Pelham Art Center (155 Fifth Ave; www.pelhamartcenter.org). Inside, the gallery space showcases free exhibits from local and international artists across a multitude of disciplines. Don’t skip the small courtyard, where there’s typically something on display, like New York-based Korean artist Sui Park’s colorful installation of recycled industrial materials through March 20.
12:15 p.m. Drop a little cash at INSPO (144 Fifth Ave; www.theinspoboutique.com). Mother-daughter duo Janice Harding and Ginghi Clarke opened this chic boutique last year, offering a curated collection of party-ready dresses, jewelry, giftable home goods (vegan soy candles, anyone?), and original artwork, all at affordable prices.
1 p.m. At only 2.5 square miles, Pelham boasts five corner-slice joints. While residents have strong opinions about which is best, there’s no question that cash-only Pelham Pizza (113 Fifth Ave; www.pelhampizzeria.com) is a favorite. The sausage slice was named among the nation’s 100 best slices by The Daily Meal in 2014, but we’re partial to the eggplant slice and chicken roll.
1:30 p.m. Indulge in something sweet at Flowerbake by Angela (136 Fifth Ave; www.flowerbake.com), where the cupcakes are made with organic flour and cage-free eggs and the white-washed space has pressed tin ceilings and a bold floral mural. Or stop by the bakery counter at DeCicco & Sons’ flagship location (43 Fifth Ave; www.deciccoandsons.com), to customize a filled-to-order cannoli.
2 p.m. Cross under the train tracks to hit Pelham’s antique stores. At tiny Timeless Treasures (200 Sparks Ave) sift through a neat jumble of jewelry, furniture, pottery, and porcelain. Then delve into the 4,800 square feet of finds at Accents on Antiques (125 Wolfs Ln) across the street, where each sale benefits Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital.
3:15 p.m. Check out Wolfs Lane Park. Reopened in 2017 after a $647,000 redesign, the green space now features winding paths, bocce courts (you did bring your bocce balls, right?) and a sculpture garden with rotating exhibits from the Pelham Art Center.
Photo courtesy of the Picture House
4 p.m. Grab a ticket for whatever’s playing — and a bag of the county’s best movie-theater popcorn — at The Picture House (175 Wolfs Ln; www.thepicturehouse.org). Established in 1921, the theater was saved from demolition and transformed into a fine-arts theater in 2002, screening box-office hits, indie films, and documentaries in its two theaters.
7 p.m. Just down the block, Cantina Lobos (217 Wolfs Ln; www.cantinalobos.com) brings a much-needed infusion of Mexican flavors — tequila cocktails, tacos, and chicken in 12-hour mole — and quirky-cool décor to Pelham’s dining scene. For a more formal, white-tablecloth-style dinner, head to La Fontanella (115 Wolfs Ln; www.lafontanellapelham.com), where tuxedo-clad waiters serve generous plates of fresh pasta.