In 2013, The New York Times dubbed Hastings-on-Hudson “Hipsturbia,” a suburb in transformation as a result of priced-out Brooklynites who were relocating to the Rivertown. As of 2019, we’d be hesitant to call Hastings the most hipster village in Westchester, but the influx of urbanites has bolstered its offerings, including a bustling farmers’ market, restaurants, galleries, and shops.
photos by doug schneider
Like any former Brooklynite, Hastings residents love a strong cup of locally roasted coffee. On a Saturday morning, you’ll likely find them at Antoinette’s Patisserie (417 Warburton Ave; www.giacobean.com), a cute but chic café that pairs Hastings-based GiacoBean coffees with flaky croissants.
Held in the library parking lot, the Hastings Farmers’ Market (7 Maple Ave; www.hastingsfarmersmarket.org) assembles a destination-worthy assortment of vendors. Stock up on Hudson River Apiaries honey, artful chocolates, Hudson Valley-produced cheeses, buttery La Petite Occasion small-batch caramels, Mangalista by Møsefund charcuterie, bread, whiskey, and hummus from Hastings’ Taiim Falafel Shack.
Get to Saint George (155 Southside Ave; www.saintgeorgebistro.com) on the early side for brunch. The menu is dedicated to French classics, including a thick-cut croque monsieur with jambon and bubbly Gruyère; simple, well-executed omelets; and bottomless Champagne cocktails for $15.
Stretch your legs at one of Hastings’ many parks. Hike trails past stone walls, stately trees, and ponds at Hillside Woods (Edgewood Ave; www.hastingsgov.org).
Stroll a section of the Old Croton Aqueduct (www.aqueduct.org), stopping to admire the 100-foot stone arch at Rowley’s Bridge. Or lounge on the grass — that counts as stretching, right? — at MacEachron Waterfront Park (100 River St; www.hastingsgov.org) for the town’s best views of the Hudson River.
Pick up a sweet treat on Warburton Avenue. At Penny Lick Ice Cream Company (580 Warburton Ave; www.pennylickicecream.com), all of owner Ellen Sledge’s small-batch scoops are made with Hudson Valley dairy, including the intense Ethiopian macchiato.
In the mood for a baked good? Try By the Way Bakery (574 Warburton Ave; www.btwbakery.com) for slice of layer cake or an old-fashioned cookie so good, you’d never suspect it’s gluten- and dairy-free.
Continue down Warburton until you reach Main Street, where you’ll find Suburban Renewal (1 Main St; suburbanrenwalny.wordpress.com), a two-level antique shop with plenty of hidden gems, like vintage teapots and Midcentury Modern furniture.
Across the street is Chelsea Dry Goods (2 Main St), a general store that stocks a little bit of everything, from stylish home goods and printed tees to kids’ toys and sassy birthday cards.
Pop into the airy exhibit space at artists-run Upstream Gallery (8 Main St; www.upstreamgallery.com). Established in 1991, the gallery’s rotating shows are curated and/or created by its cooperative of painters, sculptors, photographers, and printmakers.
Clockwork Records (24 Main St; www.clockworkrecordsny.com) is a county institution for music lovers. Take your time sifting through the stacks, and you might find out-of-print collectibles alongside vinyl pressings of the Clash, Beatles, Metallica, Dead Kennedys, and more.
Happy hour runs until 6 p.m. at Boro6 (549 Warburton Ave; www.boro6winebar.com) with select bottles of wine and cocktails deeply discounted, meaning you’ll have cash leftover for cheese and charcuterie. Or, splurge on the $75 grand plateau — lobster, shrimp, clams, and a dozen oysters — at Bread & Brine (19 Main St; www.breadandbrinehoh.com), where you can while away the rest of the evening at the bar.