If Dobbs Ferry has one thing in spades, it’s character. Once a working-class community, that spirit — and an influx of new people who have moved to the now-popular village — has fostered an mix of independent shops, green spaces, and hot restaurants, making this Rivertown a compelling place to spend a Saturday.
Get a leisurely start to your Saturday with brunch. Go full-on decadent at City Perch (1 Livingstone Ave; 914.348.7003) in Rivertowns Square, where you can make it rain truffles or caviar over your eggs Benedict, or pair bottomless bellini with your banana-and-candied-pecan French toast.
Browse the diverse shopping scene along Main Street. Hardcore comic-book fans will want to stop into NYHC Comics (115 Main St; 914.707.1969) to see what new collectibles line the shelves. Prefer sidetables to superheroes? Home Again Consignments (121 Main St; 914.693.8900) boasts an eclectic mix of gently used items ranging from vintage serveware and antique clocks to mid-century ottomans and hand-painted toy chests. While you’re there, don’t miss the small art gallery displaying pieces from the ’60s.
Head to Cedar Street to take in a little culture at Gallery on Cedar (37 Cedar St; 917.903.4759), which showcases prints, photographs, and fine-art pieces from mostly Hudson Valley-based artists.
Just a few storefronts away is Hocus Pocus Magic Shop (35 Cedar St; 914.755.1450) where owner and magician Richie Magic (yes, it’s his real name) is always happy to show aspiring illusionists a few tricks. And don’t miss a chance to browse the selection of international vintages and hard-to-find spirits at Rochambeau Wines & Liquors (389 Broadway; 914.693.0034).
Walk a stretch of the Old Croton Aqueduct. Once a vital source of water for much of the county, it’s now a pathway of wooded trails running the length of the Rivertowns. Pick up the Dobbs Ferry portion along Cedar Street (between Sushi Mike’s and Zion Episcopal Church) or head down to the Italianate Keeper’s House (15 Walnut St), which is now the site of the park’s visitor-and-education center.
If you’re planning to stick around for dinner, make a detour for drinks first. The stone bar at Harper’s (92 Main St; 914.693.2306) is one of the best places to quaff sophisticated — and strong — craft cocktails like the Boulevardier, made with smoked-orange-infused rye.
Nearby Sushi Mike’s (146 Main St; 914.591.0054) is probably the county’s most popular spot for creative rolls, like the Out of This World, with snow crab, spicy tuna, and avocado. Or, for something that feels like a steal, try the three-course small-plates brunch — choose from tender meatballs and eggs, corn waffles with roasted bone marrow, chili fried chicken, and roasted suckling pig, to name a few — at The Cookery (39 Chestnut St; 914.305.2336).