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Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Fresh-baked pizzas, seven different burgers, a soft pretzel, local beers, and…Wait: Is this a restaurant or a movie theater? Actually, it’s a wonderful fusion, where a mingling of indie, classic, foreign, and recently released films are shown while servers stealthily bring out food and drink. (914-226-3082; www.drafthouse.com/nyc_area/yonkers  

Mont Olympos Diner—Perched on a hill above Central Avenue is this bastion of classic diner food where a mix of families, blue collar workers, and retirees congregate for big-portion meals including Greek dishes like lamb kebab, Disco fries with melted cheese, and Belgian waffles. They lose a few points because they aren’t open 24 hours, but 1 am is close enough.  (914-961-4677; www.montolymposdiner.com

Nathan’s Famous—Erected in 1965, this was the third location of the hot dog chain that now sells its juicy franks at more than 40,000 service and retail outlets internationally. The 10,000-square-foot building was demolished in 2012 and rebuilt to about one-third of the size. Go to page 82 for more on this historic Nathan’s. (914-779-0700; www.nathansfamous.com)

Scuba New York—Hudson River dives anyone? Okay, perhaps a muddy view of tires and gangster skeletons in cement boots is not your idea of a worthwhile scuba outing, but this is the only dive shop in the area with classes in a heated, saltwater dive pool. (914-779-2966; www.scubanewyork.com) 

Cross County Shopping Center—Built in 1954 on the site of an Algonquin trading post (check out The Trading Rock plaque acknowledging the native tribes and English and Dutch settlers), the 885,000-square-foot Cross County is one of the nation’s first open-air shopping malls. (914-968-9570; www.crosscountycenter.com)

Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway—Slots, slots, and more slots combine with a one-half-mile harness racing dirt track (founded in 1899) and stage shows (everything from Frankie Valli tribute bands to edgy comedians) to satisfy upwards of 8 million visitors annually who don’t want to make the trip to Atlantic City or Mohegan Sun. Gamblers along the Harlem Line take note: There’s a free shuttle from the Mount Vernon West station to the racino. (914-968-4200; www.empirecity
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