How to Spend a Perfect Saturday in New Rochelle

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Here’s a fun-filled itinerary for spending a day in the Queen City from its scenic parks to delicious dishes and all kinds of shopping adventures.

By Samantha Garbarini & Anthony Tornatore

The Queen City of the Sound, New Rochelle, goes big on diversity. With three universities within its borders and a large Latin American population, the city is an interesting mix of dense downtown, green spaces, and entertainment options. Quirky shopping and often-affordable cuisines from around the world add to the mix.

10 a.m. – Kick off your day with Caffeine from Pop’s Espresso Bar

Kick off your weekend with a jolt of caffeine at Pop’s Espresso Bar (7 Huguenot St; 914.278.9533). In addition to cappuccino and cortado, the menu includes a full selection of breakfast items, like an egg and house-cured pork-belly sandwich; avocado toast with goat cheese, pickled onions, and pepitas; and the dannoli, an airy donut filled with cannoli cream.

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11 a.m. – Do Some Shopping on Main Street

Sharing retail space at 543 Main Street, Sweet Preserves (914.235.2442) sources vintage fashion accessories, while Consign It On Main (914.637.7600) boasts an eclectic mix of furniture, tableware, jewelry, and objets d’art. Think that end table looks vaguely familiar? The two stores have provided pieces to TV shows and movies from the past, including The Americans, Gotham, The Post, American Hustle, and the Golden Globe-winning Amazon series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, among others.

12:30 p.m. – Chow Down on Some Ramen

Grab lunch at Roc-N-Ramen (19 Anderson St; 914.365.2267). Located across from the New Roc entertainment complex, this small shop does a cloudy tonkotsu, plus fusion bowls like oxtail-curry and barbecue-chicken ramen.


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1:30 p.m. – Try to Escape at Hour to Exit

After lunch, try your hand at problem-solving at Hour to Exit (466 Main St #206; 914.355.4272), the county’s newest escape-room experience. As the name suggests, you’ll have an hour to escape one of the themed rooms by finding hidden objects and cracking a series of puzzles.


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3:30 p.m. ­– Enjoy the Sights and Sounds of Glen Island Park

If the weekend weather is more lamb than lion, head to Glen Island Park (Weyman Ave; 914.813.6720), connected to mainland New Rochelle by a 1920s drawbridge. Take an hour or so to explore the 105-acre park and look for cannons and German-style castles, remnants of Glen Island’s days as wealthy politician John H. Starin’s 19th-century summer resort.


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5:30 p.m. – Head Downtown for Dinner

Back in downtown, swing by Alvin & Friends (14 Memorial Hwy; 914.654.6549) for the Caribbean-meets-Southern-soul-food restaurant’s secret-recipe rum punch. Then stick around for dinner (there’s live music on Saturday nights), or dine on the freshest grilled fish and signature squid-ink risotto at Dubrovnik (721 Main St; 914.637.3777), the county’s only Croatian restaurant.

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7:30 p.m. – Go to New Roc City for Sky Zone Trampoline Park

If you are looking to do one more thing before you call it a night, then New Roc City (33 Lecount Pl; 914.637.7575) is the place to be. Home to the Sky Zone Trampoline Park (914.740.8407), you can freestyle jump, play ultimate dodgeball, test your skills on the ninja warrior course, or fly without fear into the foam zone.

9 p.m. – Recharge your Battery at the Residence Inn by Marriott

Located directly next door to the Sky Zone Trampoline Park lies the Residence Inn by Marriott (35 Lecount Pl; 914.636.7888). This three-star hotel includes a free full American breakfast, free coffee & tea, an outdoor pool, and a fitness center. To save a few bucks after your busy day, this is the perfect place to be at.

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