Discovering The Ins And Outs Of Mount Kisco’s Downtown
Each of Westchester’s towns and cities have their own unique feel—this month we explore Mt. Kisco’s mainstreet.
Bicycle World—Owners Eric and Ilene Marcos often serve as advocates for improved bike paths in the Hudson Valley; they stock more than 600 bikes, all assembled in-house.
Billy’s Hair Salon—For approximately 30 years, Billy Galasso and staff have made Westchesterites that much more beautiful.
Cafe of Love—Sister to nearby soup maestro Ladle of Love, this 55-seat, French/New American farm-to-table restaurant serves such dishes as seafood bouillabaisse, short ribs bourguignon, and a farmhouse salad chock full of local ingredients. Whatever entrée you order, don’t forget a side of the truffled chickpeas.
Chief Kisco Statue—This painted zinc-alloy sculpture atop a water-less fountain, originally installed at Main Street and Moger Avenue, was one of 20 stock figures exhibited at Philadelphia's Centennial International Exhibition in 1876. On the base of the pedestal are the words: “God’s Only Beverage For Man and Beast.” There is no evidence that a Native American named Chief Kisco ever existed.
Lalibela Ethiopian Cuisine—You may ask for utensils at Westchester’s only Ethiopian restaurant, but the traditional way to eat this cuisine is by using the spongy injera flatbread to scoop up a variety of stews and dips.
Mount Kisco Village Hall—Trivia question: Is Mount Kisco a village or a town? Answer: It’s both! Starting in 1875, Mount Kisco was an incorporated village—one half of it in the Town of Bedford, and the other in the Town of New Castle. In the mid ’70s, the Village seceded from the Towns and emerged as a coterminous and independent Village/Town of Mount Kisco effective January 1, 1978. The name on the building was never changed to include “Town.”
Elephant’s Trunk LTD—No, you’ll never forget that this formalwear and designer jewelry and accessories boutique has been open since 1971.
NEO World Bistro & Sushi Bar—Far from a commonplace pan-Asian restaurant, NEO offers innovative dishes like a sushi tortilla, udon crawfish étouffée, and a grilled New Zealand rack of lamb with mesclun/Fuji apple/basil vinaigrette.
Frannie’s Goodie Shop—A frozen yogurt café serving probiotic-friendly YoCream out of Portland, Oregon, with 12 flavors daily and more than 80 toppings.
Heller’s Shoes—This Best of Westchester-winning (2011) footwear specialist has been around since 1960.
St. Francis of Assisi Parish—This Catholic church honors the patron saint of animals and the environment, St. Francis, who created the first nativity scene in 1223 (a “living” version).