How to Spend a Saturday in Dobbs Ferry

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From brunch and some early morning shopping to cocktails and nightlife and everything in between, get up bright and early for a one-of-a-kind Ferry tale.

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 a mix of independent shops, green spaces, and hot restaurants, making this Rivertown a compelling place to spend a Saturday.

By Samantha Garbarini & Anthony Tornatore

9 a.m. – Start Your Day with Breakfast at Dobbs Diner

Start your day in the heart of Dobbs Ferry with a relaxing breakfast at the Dobbs Diner (434 Broadway; 914.674.0850). If you want to keep it simple, there three egg omelettes are cooked to perfection, however, if you are feeling adventurous to start your day, may we suggest the banana walnut pancakes.


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10:30 a.m. – Get Your Thrift on at Home Again Consignments

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 side tables to superheroes? Home Again Consignments (121 Main St; 914.693.8900) boasts an eclectic mix of gently used items ranging from vintage serve ware 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.


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12 p.m. – Chow Down Some Lunch at Hudson Social

Located directly next to the Metro North Railroad and siting on the edge of the Hudson River, lies Hudson Social (11 Station Plaza; 914.478.3634). Not only will you be treated to the sounds of the Hudson River and the views of the Tappan Zee Bridge, but you will also be enjoying a delicious, fresh meal. We recommend the Social Burger (sharp cheddar, B & B pickles, and social sauce), as well as an order of the Crispy Brussels Sprouts.


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2 p.m. – Take in a Little Culture at Gallery on Cedar

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.

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3:30 p.m. – Make Wine Disappear

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).


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5 p.m. – Enjoy Dinner at Sushi Mike’s or The Cookery

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).

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7:30 p.m. – Take a Stroll on the Old Croton Aqueduct

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 Rivertown’s. 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.


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9 p.m. – Rest at the Tarrytown House Estate on The Hudson

Located a few miles north of Dobbs Ferry, this 4-star hotel embodies elegance reminiscent of America’s Gilded Age. Overlooking the Hudson River, the Tarrytown House Estate (49 E Sunnyside Ln; 914.591.8200) is a haven for recreation and relaxation. Hit the tennis court, shoot some hoops, or take a dip in the pool. When you are done with that, enjoy a fantastic meal at Goosefeather, one of 2020s top 20 restaurants in the USA by Esquire Magazine.

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