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 Follow This Food-Filled Day Trip Along the Metro-North New Haven Line

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Stretching from New Haven, CT, to New York City, the New Haven Line joins the Harlem Line in Mount Vernon and continues south to Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan. While primarily known as a commuter rail for workday travel, the New Haven Line offers much more than transportation. It unveils a gateway to delectable fare at every stop, catering to both locals and visitors alike. If you’re looking for delicious restaurant options near the Westchester stops, follow this mouthwatering food-filled day trip along the New Haven Line.

Savor breakfast in Rye at The Granola Bar

Three-minute walk from Rye station

Stop by Purchase Street in Rye and choose from a variety of sweet and savory breakfast options to start your day. Whether you choose the egg bowl of the day or the challah French toast, you can fuel up for your long day ahead. If you aren’t feeling too hungry early in the morning, you can still stop in and enjoy the morning drink selection of coffees, espressos, cappuccinos, and smoothies.

Or grab a bite at On The Way Cafe

Seven-minute drive or 37-minute walk from Rye station

Open from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., this cafe is the perfect place to stop in and grab coffee and food before a long day of travel ahead. The breakfast options feature organic eggs from Feather Ridge Farm and a variety of local and organic items. Try the organic egg white frittata with sauteed mushrooms, onions, tomato, and melted herb goat cheese. Another favorite is the cafe’s parmesan and chive organic scrambled eggs with crispy home fries and toast.

Enjoy a hike at the Friends of Rye Nature Center

Five-minute drive or 21-minute walk from Rye station

Take a break and immerse yourself in nature. After filling up at breakfast, a brisk walk between the beautiful rows of trees is a great way to get exercise and enjoy the outdoors. The Rye Nature Center has over two miles of hiking trails. The paths are family-friendly, and children can also find their way to the playground equipped with slides and activity stations.

Sit down for lunch at Trattoria Vivolo in Harrison

Two-minute walk from Harrison station

In the late summer and early fall, take a seat and dine outside at Trattoria Vivolo. Dig into a light and refreshing meal by ordering the wild salmon marinated in fresh garden herbs and served over a bed of greens. Or, savor Italian classic pasta dishes such as bucatini all’ Amatriciana with pancetta, spicy tomato sauce, and pecorino cheese. If you’re looking to try a meal outside of your usual palate, dig into the delicious but messy grilled rack of lamb in rosemary lime sauce.

Or save your lunch appetite for Augustine’s Salumeria in Mamaroneck

One-minute walk from Mamaroneck station

Only a few minutes away from the train station in Mamaroneck, you can find yourself seated for lunch at Augustine’s Salumeria in no time. Begin by tasting the slow-roasted Italian beef sandwich on homemade bread. Or, dig into one of the filling pasta dishes such as a gnocchi oxtail ragu. If you are traveling in a group, split the burrata appetizer or try out the mussels and other seafood options on the menu.

Or try Mediterranean French cuisine at Le Provencal Bistro in Mamaroneck

Two-minute walk from Mamaroneck station

Sip on signature rosés from the south of France in the charming dining room of Le Provencal Bistro. To accompany the wine, check out the menu filled with traditional Mediterranean French Cuisine such as chicken Francese, salmon niçoise salad, and escargots bourguignonne. If you are looking for light fare before jumping back on the New Haven Line, share a French Picnic Platter complete with cured meats and an assortment of cheeses.

Or indulge in upscale Latin fusion at Donjito in Mamaroneck

Seven-minute walk from Mamaroneck station

Grab a seat at a table on the patio outside or cool off in the air conditioning to savor your lunch at Donjito. Whether you want to try paella, mofongo, Latin sushi, or a burger, you can get it here. Start with a round of chips and dip at the table before moving down the menu. Then, jump in and order entrees such as skirt steak tacos, spicy shrimp quesadillas, or a Cuban sandwich. While you enjoy the delicious food, sip on a margarita, mojito, or sangria from the extensive drink menu.

Check out all that Harbor Island Park has to offer

14-minute walk from Mamaroneck station

After a nice sit-down lunch, walk the tree-filled paths at Harbor Island Park. If it’s a warm and sunny day, check out Stephen E. Johnston Beach, which is open on assorted weekends throughout the fall. Whether you just want to take in the scenery and relax or go swimming and kayaking in the water, Harbor Island Park can be fun to stop along your food-filled trip.

Take a break and learn needlework at Stitch by Stitch in Larchmont

Five-minute walk from Larchmont station

Before grabbing dinner, stop on Palmer Avenue in Larchmont to sit and stitch with others. Store owners Betty Scanlon and Madalena Bruno run instructional classes at various levels to teach people the basics of needlework. They also have special events and feature collections of work from locals. Even if you don’t feel like stitching, head inside and explore the handmade work of others, which includes blankets, pillows, stuffed animals, and holiday decorations.

Sit down for dinner at Brasserie Le Steak in Larchmont

Three-minute walk from Larchmont station

It’s that time of day! Get ready for the final course as your fun-filled food day wraps up at this French steakhouse. Order one of the classic French dishes such as escargots, frog legs, and steak tartare. Move onto the dinner selections and choose between a selection of burgers, seafood, steaks, lamb, and pasta. You may want to try the broiled swordfish, machete burger, or filet mignon. Then, finish off your day with dessert. With seven items on the dessert menu, almost everyone can find a sweet they enjoy. Go for the classic New York-style cheesecake or ask the staff about the special of the day.

Or wait until New Rochelle to dine at Maria Restaurant

13-minute walk from New Rochelle station

If you are looking for an extensive menu with a dish to satisfy everyone, stop on Huguenot Street to visit Maria Restaurant. Begin your meal with starters such as eggplant fries, cauliflower fritters, barbecue pork ribs, or crispy crab cakes. When you are ready to order the main course, check out the Scottish salmon with charred carrots, braised kale, and pickled currants. Otherwise, try the premium grilled pork chop with peppers, broccoli rabe, and fingerling potatoes.

Or eat at One Seventy Nine in New Rochelle

Seven-minute drive or 18-minute walk from New Rochelle station

Start off the night with crispy fried calamari, veal meatballs, or roasted Brussels sprouts. While you’re snacking on appetizers and waiting for your main course, order a drink. Enjoy wine by the bottle or by the glass or try specialty cocktails such as an espresso martini, Manhattan, or strawberry mule. For dinner, choose from a selection of flatbreads, soups, salads, burgers, steaks, pasta, and seafood.

Or wait for the final stop to dine at 1730 Wine Bar and Eats in Mount Vernon

Five-minute drive or 24-minute walk from Mount Vernon station

Close out your trip of delicious meals with dinner on William Street at 1730 Wine Bar and Eats. Begin the night with an appetizer and specialty wine to cleanse your palate before digging into your final entrée. Order the pineapple habanero wings or the coconut shrimp with spicy mango dip as a starter. Choose a merlot, pinot noir, or red blend from the extensive list of wines to pair with your dishes. For the main course, enjoy a margarita pizza or vegan burger. Finally, close out the night with dessert. The berry cheesecake, chocolate lava cake, or creme brulee will be the perfect end to your food-filled adventure along the New Haven line.

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