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How to Spend a Saturday in Pleasantville

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We know Pleasantville has its farmers’ market and the Jacob Burns Film Center — and you should absolutely visit both if you have the time — but that’s not all. The walkable downtown is also home to a diverse dining scene, boutique shops and bookstores, and even one of the country’s premier sports facilities.

By Samantha Garbarini & Anthony Tornatore

10 a.m. – Start Your Day at the Pleasantville Farmers Market

Kick off your weekend with a visit to the Pleasantville Farmers’ Market (10 Memorial Plaza; 914.205.4545), the area’s largest year-round farmers market, with more than 40 vendors. Grab some breakfast — maybe a freshly baked waffle from Pika’s Farm Table or an oversized breakfast cookie from Red Barn Bakery — then shop for root vegetables, humanely raised meats, jams, honey, cheeses, and more.

11:30 a.m. – Play Ping-Pong at the Westchester Table Tennis Center

Sure, Olympians have played there, but you don’t need the perfect Penhold grip to brush up on your ping-pong skills at Westchester Table Tennis Center (175 Tompkins Ave; 914.741.0738). A $12 day pass includes unlimited play on any of the 19 tables (paddles and balls are provided at the center), plus a chance to spot players with some seriously impressive strokes.

1 p.m. – Grab Lunch at Little Mumbai Market

For lunch, head to Little Mumbai Market (475 Bedford Rd; 914.773.0500), Chef Bonnie Saran’s casual Paris-meets-Mumbai restaurant, to cozy up to street foods like Indian-style rice bowls and crêpes stuffed with smoked ham and Swiss or Indian-fusion fillings like chana masala. In more of a pizza mood? Check out nearby Wood & Fire (59 Marble Ave; 914.747.2611) for Neapolitan-style rounds from the wood-burning brick oven.

 

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2:30 p.m. – Buy Some Clothes at Rhodadendron

Stop into Rhodadendron (73 Wheeler Ave; 914.238.7899), where everything — from classic clutches to pieces with flowy, feminine silhouettes — is reasonably priced.

 

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4 p.m. – Buy Your House Something While Your Away

Pop into TapeMeasure (18 Washington Ave; 914.769.6421) to browse fabric samples and pick up some design inspiration for your next DIY project. From there, head to Kimberly House (29 Washington Ave; 914.495.3910), where owner Hendrien Dewhurst sources a gorgeous mix of handmade home-and-beauty products from her native South Africa and surrounding countries. Then backtrack to The Village Bookstore (10 Washington Ave; 914.769.8322) and peruse the shelves to find your first great read of 2022.

 

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5:30 p.m. – Get Ready to Eat at Dai Sushi

Go early to increase your chances of getting a walk-in table at Dai Sushi (8 Pleasantville Rd; 914.769.0638). Order from the ultra-fresh sushi bar, but don’t overlook the hot options, including the vegetable udon and a deceptively simple rib-eye steak with teriyaki sauce. If it’s already full — or you’re just not in the mood for sushi — head to Pubstreet (20 Wheeler Ave; 914.909.5408) for seafood with the best balance of health and flavor.

 

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7:30 p.m. – See a Movie at the Jacob Burns Film Center

After being out all day and eating a big meal, what better way to finish off your evening than by catching a movie at the Jacob Burns Film Center (364 Manville Rd; 914.773.7663). This five-screen cinema is the home to live performances, film screenings, and visiting artists. So, sit back and relax and enjoy the film (remember to turn off all cellular devices 😉).

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9 p.m. – Catch Some Z’s at Crabtree’s Kittle House Restaurant & Inn

Located four miles away from Pleasantville, Crabtree’s Kittle House Restaurant & Inn (11 Kittle Rd; 914.666.8044) is your place to be if you want to be pampered and have a good night’s sleep. With only 12 suites on site with three unique areas, this inn reflects all the comforts and amenities of being at home. They also have two eateries on site and a wine list of over 65,000 bottles.


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