Information for People Who Work or Reside in Yonkers, NY
Everything you need to know about New York State’s fourth-largest city (and New York City’s “sixth borough”)
AM Pit Stops
Where to grab your coffee and carb of choice on your morning commute
Eileen’s Country Kitchen
964 McLean Ave • (914) 776-2001
“Think of Eileen’s as an old-fashioned Irish diner that offers rib-sticking breakfasts lavishly studded with bacon, sausage, and calories,” says Westchester Magazine’s award-winning food writer Julia Sexton. “Sure, you might spend longer at Eileen’s than you would at a Starbucks, but don’t house-baked breads and sausages warrant getting up a little earlier?"
104 New Main St • (914) 376-3700
“Despite a Gallic name, this newcomer offers Hispanic comfort food from seven am until nine pm—perfect timing for a café-con-leche stop before hitting the old cube,” Sexton says.
929 Yonkers Ave • (914) 423-0482
“This is a classic old diner across from the raceway,” Sexton says, “just the place for all-day breakfasts and coffee.”
521 Central Ave • (914) 965-0422
“According to X2O’s Chef Peter X. Kelly, Katie’s Cottage serves an ‘awesome’ Irish breakfast,” Sexton reports.
Best One-Hour Lunch Spots
When fast food simply won’t do
2375 Central Ave • (914) 771-4066
“Korean food is having its moment in the sun, with Korean-Americans like David Chang proselytizing the fiery charms of kimchi,” Sexton says. “But long before Momofuku, Kang Suh was slinging Korean barbecue on the wilds of Central Avenue, since way back in 1983, where comforting dishes like jook—rice porridge—and Korean pancakes definitely hit the spot.”
La Fonda Poblano
200 New Main St • (914) 476-2509
“This is one of those restaurant-world sleepers that savvy diners like to keep to themselves,” Sexton says. “It’s a hole-in-the-wall Mexican hotspot just off Nepperhan that slings stunning tacos and cemitas superfast—and dirt cheap.”
297 S Broadway • (914) 376-1437
“This slightly more serious restaurant does a mean trade in pupusas, the addictive Salvadoran street snack of crisp-griddled corn dough with a variety of fillings,” Sexton notes. “My fave here is their mixed pupusa platter; it offers the whole array, all hot, greasy, and ready to stuff in your gob. Mmmm.”
Others you might consider:
439 S Broadway • (914) 423-5088
Although the décor hasn’t changed in more than 30 years, neither has its quality of pizza. Some of the best pizza north of Arthur Avenue.
Yonkers Public Library
Your Lunch-Hour Best Bets to…
Fix a Flat/Get Your Car Checked:
Tristate Total Car Care/
Yonkers Discount Tire
594 Tuckahoe Rd •(914) 403-3032
Known for low prices and quick service, their mechanics explain the problems with your car in an easy-to-understand way.
McLean Auto Service Inc.
816 McLean Ave • (914) 237-8574
Honest mechanics that meet their deadline promises, do thorough work, and offer great customer service.
Buy a card/gift:
2 Tuckahoe Rd • (914) 963-1009
With over half a century of experience, this florist offers free delivery and exquisite arrangements for any occasion, all with your satisfaction guaranteed.
1034 N Broadway • (914) 376-6700
A great selection of greeting cards, gifts, and even helium balloons, plus all the trappings of an old-time variety store—from candy and snacks to magazines and milk—all make for convenient, one-stop shopping in mostly residential Northwest Yonkers.
750 Central Ave • (914) 423-8669
No initiation fee, free training and orientation with a trainer, state-of-the-art strength equipment, and new cardio machines.
Riverdale Strength & Fitness
2 Bridge St • (646) 593-3030
Personal athletic training using unconventional resources such as tractor tires, sleds, atlas stones, kegs, sandbags, logs, yokes, kettlebells, gymnastics rings, and ropes.
Have your shoes repaired:
Sunshine Shoe Repair Shop
291 S Broadway • (914) 963-1533
Get your hair cut (men):
Continental Hair Stylists Inc.
847 1/2 Bronx River Rd • (914) 237-9980
The go-to barber for your good old-fashioned, basic cut.
Get your hair cut (UNISEX):
Hair Dimension Salons
471 Tuckahoe Rd • (914) 779-5919
No appointment necessary at this salon that specializes in color and has a team dedicated to formal styling for special occasions.
Mr. Carmine International Hair Salon
2132 Central Ave • (914) 793-0300
A full-service salon that has been awarded 1st place in hair replacement four years in a row at the International Beauty Show.
300 Nepperhan Ave • (914) 968-1525
Passionate about customer service, Life Cleaners is committed to delivering the highest quality and the best price. Also offers same-day service six days a week.
Four Seasons Dry Cleaners
359 S Broadway • (914) 476-8579
Affable employees and a 20-year presence in the neighborhood make it the destination for alterations or dry cleaning.
PM Pit Stops
Yonkers Train Station
Where to grab dinner-to-go
Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana
1955 Central Ave • (914) 961-8284
“This large offshoot of the New Haven original still spins a mean white clam and bacon pie,” Sexton reports. “Look for fat, briny clams—still sporting the occasional grain of sand—alternating with big chunks of garlic and generous squares of yummy bacon. The bad news for takeout is that this pie’s aroma will make your ride home torture.”
2574 Central Ave • (914) 793-3131
“Okay, you should probably not eat this stuff daily, as soaked with fat and salt as it is, but the occasional pastrami and rye is something that nobody should live without,” Sexton says. “And if you really dislike your office mate, you can wash it down with lots of belch-inducing Cel-Ray!”
A & S Italian Pork Store
1789 Central Ave • (914) 961-8284
“This old fashioned pork store offers a variety of red-sauce favorites and sandwiches,” Sexton says. “It’s the perfect source for buttery fresh mozzarella, pasta salads, and microwave-ready mains. If all you want to do at the end of your day is drop that briefcase, get into your jammies, and hit the sofa, this is a wise first move.”
Where to Play Hooky
Shhh! We won’t tell if you won’t.
Take a breath of fresh air in Untermyer Park. A unique escape rich in history, it was sold by the 25th Governor of New York, and presidential hopeful, Samuel Tilden to wealthy attorney and botanist Samuel Untermyer in 1899. Untermyer is said to have created the Beaux-Arts style gardens for his wife, who died before they were finalized. Enjoy the natural scenery and stunning architecture of this park as you stroll along a Grecian garden and amphitheater, rock garden, pergola, statuary, and classical pavilion.
Where to Celebrate That Promotion
X2O Xaviars on the Hudson
71 Water Grant St • (914) 965-1111
“The thing that’s so amazing about X2O is that it manages to be both excellent and supremely welcoming,” Sexton notes. “Even though Peter X. Kelly’s famed restaurant has lots of French words on its menu, the least experienced diner in your group will be made to feel perfectly at home.”
The City’s Best-Kept Secrets
During Prohibition, Arthur Flegenheimer—aka Dutch Schultz—used the Yonkers Brewery for bootlegging. While licensed “near beer” and ice cream were produced during the day, real beer was brought out at night. Schultz and his gang posed as repairmen and laid a series of hoses throughout the sewer system, which carried the beer. From distribution points, the beer was then barreled and transported to speakeasies.
› Yonkers was built on land given via a grant in July of 1645 by New Netherlands Director-General Willem Kieft to Adriaen van der Donck. Yonkers is derived from van der Donck’s nickname—Jonkheer—which means “young gentleman” or “squire.” Van der Donck built a sawmill in the area where the Nepperhan Creek met the Hudson, lending Nepperhan the name “Saw Mill River.”
› Yonkers is sometimes referred to as the “sixth borough” by its residents due to its bordering of the Bronx. The plan to create a subway connection between Getty Square and the New York City subway system was rejected when Yonkers residents voted against it.
› The Greyston Bakery has been supplying the fudge brownies for Ben & Jerry’s flavors “Chocolate Fudge Brownie” and “Half Baked” since 1988.