Our guide to one of the most affluent and picturesque village in the county
Bronxville Metro-North Station
AM Pit Stops
Where to grab your coffee and carb of choice on your morning commute
94 Pondfield Rd
While everyone knows about Slave to the Grind for coffee (see below if you don't), locals hit Lange’s Deli for great sit-down omelets or fried-egg sandwiches to go (both with free 12-ounce coffees!). It's also a good choice for lunch sandwiches—and dinner lines can get long, too!
143 Parkway Rd
While the Village Café is not especially fancy, it feels like a bonus that, here, you can eat your breakfast outdoors. It’s a wise indulgence before you spend eight hours under fluorescent lighting in your cubicle. Look for simple wraps and the like.
04 Kraft Ave
Kraft Bistro, with an eclectic mix of Tuscan furniture and Mediterranean/American small plates, is a popular brunch pick—though, for the full effect, return at night when the whole joint is ablaze with candlelight.
Others you might consider:
Slave to the Grind
58 Pondfield Rd
A local legend that's known for its unique atmosphere as well as its coffee.
Best One-Hour Lunch Spots
When fast food simply won’t do
Dobbs & Bishop Fine Cheeses
107 Pondfield Rd
You can’t really go wrong at Dobbs & Bishop. Sure, you might have to eat your meal on a park bench (or—gasp—at your desk), since this shop only has a window seat for shoppers. But, with such excellent bread, salumi, and fine cheeses, you won’t be able to buy a finer picnic meal locally.
74 1/2 Pondfield Rd
If you require more of an actual restaurant, Underhills Crossing is a fine, mid-level, New American restaurant. It’s got a democratic, all-bases-covered menu that also makes it a safe bet for working lunches and dinners.
Haiku Asian Bistro
56 Pondfield Rd
Let’s say you don’t want all the carbs in the usual lunch of burger, sandwich, or slice. Haiku does reasonable sushi lunch specials, as well as Chinese, Thai, and Malay standards. It's also good for celebratory after-work meals—it has a cool cocktail and sake list.
Your Lunch Hour Best Bets to…
FIX A FLAT/GET YOUR CAR FIXED
D&A Auto Center
26 Paxton Ave
The recently enlarged facilities of this 2011 Best of Westchester winner now include a body shop, so you can get body work done, in addition to mechanical repairs.
Bronx River Gas & Auto Care
719 Bronx River Rd
Features a readily accessible location near the Bronx River Parkway, a Getty gas station, and a convenience store.
BUY A CARD/GIFT
Mano A Mano
80 Kraft Ave
A four-time Westchester Magazine Best of Westchester winner, this home-décor boutique specializes in handmade designer furnishings you won’t find anywhere else. Also offers complimentary gift-wrapping.
Mrs. Morgan’s Flower Shop
145 Parkway Rd
Known for quality flowers, artistic arrangements, and superior service, Mrs. Morgan's is the place to go for flowers for any occasion.
Bronxville Fitness Club
72 Palmer Ave
Offers flexibility uncharacteristic of gyms, with the option to pay on a monthly basis—no long-term contract required.
Mike Cola Fitness
102 Pondfield Rd
Recognized for innovation within the industry, Mike Cola is serious about health, with services including nutritional counseling, muscle activation techniques, massage therapy, boot-camp classes, and alternative fitness.
HAVE YOUR SHOES REPAIRED:
18 Palmer Avenue
With more than 50 years of experience, this is the place to go when you need a quick shoe fix—or a battery replacement for your watch.
GET YOUR HAIR CUT (MEN)
The Gramatan Barber Shop
25 Pondfield Rd
Enjoy the surroundings of this old-fashioned shop with mirrored walls and four styling stations.
GET YOUR HAIR CUT (WOMEN)
Studio One Hair Designers
102 Pondfield Rd
Walk-ins are welcome, and, if you decide you want nail-care services, waxing, massage, or facial treatments as well, you can get it all done in one place.
Fabio’s Hair Studio
137 Parkway Rd
Attention to detail, accommodating service, and knowledge of the latest trends make for loyal customers who refuse to go anywhere else.
Clothes Doctor Cleaners
78 Palmer Ave
This organic, eco-friendly business ensures that no harsh chemicals are used in their green cleaning process. On your birthday, receive 50 percent off your order.
Spic & Span Cleaners
79 Pondfield Rd
Free pick-up and delivery, plus 20 percent off new customers’ orders over $50.
PM Pit Stops
Where to grab dinner-to-go after work when the kitchen@home is “closed.”
502 New Rochelle Rd
Technically located in Bronxville, Eliá Taverna is in the Chester Heights section of town (which miraculously borders Tuckahoe, Eastchester, New Rochelle, and Mount Vernon). It does a brisk trade in takeout gyros, souvlaki, and Greek salads, though it’s no secret with locals—you might have to wait. Be smart and call as you’re leaving work, or—if you’re lucky enough to live in the area—opt for delivery.
Blue Moon Café
7-27 Pondfield Rd.
While neighboring New Rochelle offers a more authentic experience, locals love Blue Moon Café for Gringo-fied, chips-n-guac Mexican. You can belly up to the kitschy bar for massive, sugary margaritas, or take that burrito home in a bag to gobble in front of the tube. Blue Moon also has a catering menu, so it’s a good choice for sending out from the office.
124 Pondfield Rd
Sammy’s Downtown is happy to sling its French-inflected, pan-Euro menu as takeout. On it, you’ll find everything from mussels to steak frites (making a pleasant change from the usual options). Be warned, though: if you do take out, you won’t be able to enjoy Sammy’s notorious artwork. Depending on how you look at it, its walls are decorated with either off-putting or luscious, nude, all-girl hotties.
Where to Play Hooky
Shhh! We won’t tell if you won’t tell. Bronxville’s haven, the Bronx River Parkway Reservation, was the first linear park in the nation. It is also Westchester’s oldest park, with 807 acres spanning 13.2 miles from the New York City line north to Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla. This is the perfect place for bicycling, walking, running, and nature study. It's a favorite with the Hudson River Audubon Society of Westchester; you might even observe a great egret near the lake.
Where to Celebrate That Promotion
Rosie’s Bistro Italiano
10 Palmer Ave
This congenial joint is owned by the folks behind Sammy’s Downtown, and Rosie’s is Sammy’s equal in vibe, buzz, and local popularity. It’s a fun destination to hit with the work crowd to celebrate a success: its Italian menu is broad enough to please every palate, and no one will notice if the celebrating gets a bit loud.
The City’s Best- Kept Secret
The Siwanoy Indian tribe inhabited the Gramatan Rock area above Bronxville Station. In 1666, the Mohican tribe’s Chief Gramatan signed a decree in which he sold the land to the settlers. Folklore has it that Chief Gramatan’s presence still resides on Sunset Hill, providing a stroke of luck to locals.
✔Frank William Abagnale, Jr., notorious as a confidence man, check forger, impostor, and escape artist, lived the first 16 years of his life in Bronxville. His life inspired the movie and current Broadway musical Catch Me If You Can.
✔Former President John F. Kennedy lived at 294 Pondfield Road, and wrote Why England Slept at his family’s house there.
✔Scenes from several movies were filmed in Bronxville, including: Stepmom, Firstborn, Rounders, Six Degrees of Separation, and Baby Mama.
The 411 on Where You’re Putting in 40+
Population: 6,323 (as of 2010)
Mayor: Mary C. Marvin
Average price of commercial space: Between $30 and $50 per square foot, with “more for restaurant or salon use,” according to Jonathan Gordon, president of Admiral Real Estate Services Corp (admiralrealestate.com) in Bronxville.
Unemployment (December 2010): 7%
Largest Employer: Lawrence Hospital Center (1,100)
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