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How to Spend a Saturday in Pleasantville

Photo by Glen Randmer


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.

10 a.m. Kick off your weekend with a visit to the Pleasantville Farmers’ Market (40 Romer Ave), the area’s largest indoor market, with more than 40 vendors. Grab some breakfast — maybe a freshly baked waffle from Pika’s Farm Tableor  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. 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 $10 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.

Photo by Ken Gabrielsen

1 p.m. 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.

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

2:30 pm. Across the street, The Gordon Parks Foundation (48 Wheeler Ave; 914.238.2619) archives and displays the work of acclaimed photojournalist Gordon Parks, who shot images focusing on poverty, race relations, and urban life in the ’40s and ’50s for LIFE magazine as its first African-American staff photographer.

3:30 p.m. Get your afternoon caffeine buzz at The Black Cow Coffee Company (7 Wheeler Ave; 914.495.3727), where you can choose from a long list of single-origin cups.

4:30 p.m. Now that you’re fueled up, 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; 845.277.1200), 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 2018.

Photo by Doug Schneider

6 p.m. Go early to increase your chances of getting a walk-in table at Dai Sushi (8 Pleasantville Rd; 914.769.0638). Definitely 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; www.pubstreet.com), the newest restaurant from Village Social’s Mogan Anthony.

8 p.m. Not catching an art film at
Jacob Burns tonight? Soak in a bit of whiskey culture at Flights Wine & Whiskey Bar (10 Marble Ave; 914.769.4040; www.theflightbar.com), where flights run the gamut from rich Kentucky bourbons to local ryes to trendy Japanese bottles.

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