When it comes to exploring all that the Hudson Valley has to offer, Metro-North is an invaluable resource. Not only does it offer locals a straight shot to New York City, but it also gives city residents easy access to the wonders of our region. On the eastern side of the Valley, the Harlem Line has 38 stations, the most of any Metro-North mainline. Its northern terminal, Wassaic, is the northernmost station in the system, bringing riders to scenic eastern Dutchess County.
Following the Harlem Line, let’s adventure off the train and to some of our favorite spots to munch, starting in Brewster.
Savor breakfast at Bob’s Diner
One-minute walk from Brewster station
Bob’s Diner is a classic American diner just a stone’s throw from the Brewster Train Station. Despite its recent renovation, the food remains the same and is still served fresh by the same family that did it when it first opened. It’s cooked right in front of you on the griddle if you choose counter seats and, since there are only a limited number of booths, you might end up there anyway. It’s an unsuspecting, tiny spot that will leave you wanting more.
27 Main Street, Brewster
Before getting back on the train: Brewster isn’t necessarily known for its Main Street, but the Southeast Museum and Brewster Public Library just a few doors down have a lot to offer for history buffs. Or, if you’re looking to walk off your breakfast, head towards Southeast Veteran Park, which has a path near it that provides water views.
Pick up a book and grab a coffee at the Katonah Reading Room
One-minute walk from Katonah station
Right around the corner from the Katonah Train Station is the Katonah Reading Room, a small bookstore that looks like it’s in someone’s house. The shop has a selection of excellent reads and fun stationery. Perhaps more importantly, it also serves delicious drinks like the Bee’s Knees latte, made with lavender, honey, and vanilla. The menu rotates, but expect different sweet treats, milkshakes, smoothies, and more.
19 Edgemont Road, Katonah
Before getting back on the train: Stop into Sgaglio’s Marketplace to buy gourmet goods to bring back home. It’s a hometown staple inside of a historic building that sells quality meats and goods. Right around the corner is Katonah Pasta, where you will find some of the best three-cheese ravioli in the area, along with plenty more fresh pasta to make at home.
Dig into lunch at Exit 4 Food Hall
Nine-minute walk from Mount Kisco station
We’re taking you past several delicious restaurants in downtown Mount Kisco to Exit 4 Food Hall, the first-of-its-kind full-service food hall in Westchester County. Menus are constantly changing among the vendors who call this spot home. There is everything from wagyu sliders and mozzarella donuts to ahi bao banh mi and sushi burritos. Plus, there’s outdoor seating for a sunny day.
153 East Main Street, Mount Kisco
Before getting back on the train: We love Mount Kisco’s food scene, so we don’t blame you if you stop in Little Crepe Street for dessert (our favorite is the dulce de leche with fresh fruit). The town is also the perfect spot, and first on our list, to do some shopping. Keep an eye out for the Gap, Chico’s, Athleta, Shoes ‘N’ More, and other boutique stores.
Indulge with a freshly brewed beer at Soul Brewing Company
One-minute walk from Pleasantville station
Right across the street from the Pleasantville Train Station is a hotspot for grabbing a freshly brewed beer. If you time it right, you might stumble upon live music. There’s indoor and outdoor seating and all different kinds of brews, which is why we recommend the beer flight. A fan favorite is the Belgian Dubbel, but we promise you’ll want to stay to try more than just one of these brewed onsite beers.
41 Wheeler Avenue, Pleasantville
Before getting back on the train: Another bookstore on our list is The Village Bookstore around the corner from Soul Brewing Company. It’s a quaint spot worth checking out. If you’re looking to spend a few more hours in town, the Jacob Burns Film Center shows indie, foreign, and classic films and documentaries. If you want a tipple to sip on during the flick, the venue offers alcoholic drinks alongside classic concessions. It’s been a staple for film culture in Westchester since it opened in the early 2000s.
Finish your day with dinner at Lilly’s in White Plains
Five-minute drive or 17-minute walk from White Plains station
We saved the best for last. White Plains boasts many top restaurants for locals, but you can’t go wrong with Lilly’s, where tapas meet the brick oven. Lilly’s offers contemporary small plates and fresh seafood, including fish tacos, grilled octopus, and tuna tartare.
169 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains
Before getting back on the train: Mamaroneck Avenue restaurants are packed on Friday and Saturday nights, both with dinner reservations and the start of nightlife. We recommend sticking around if that’s your thing. During the day, head to the Westchester Mall for shopping. It features 140 stores, including Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Louis Vuitton, and Gucci.
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