Getting To Know Westchester’s Cities And Towns: Pleasantville

From diners and delis to bookstores and girl scouts, the ins and outs of Pleasantville’s downtown.


Jean-Jacques’ Culinary Creations—Chef and proprietor Jean-Jacques Gabrillargues, along with son Jens Gabrillargues and daughter Jeannette Gabrillargues Chacho, run this café/pâtisserie, which also specializes in catering weddings and other events held at eight off-site venues. 

Frank & Joe’s Deli—Pizza rustica (an enclosed quiche filled with meats and cheeses), homemade soups, and Bronx-baked Italian bread sandwiches make this the village’s go-to Italian deli.   

Pleasantville Diner—This bright and cheery 1937 diner is a village institution. Settle into a comfy booth and order the pancakes, Texas-toast grilled cheese, or any of the burgers. 

Pleasantville Farmers Market—Yes, it’s the largest (and many say the best—see our July Best of Westchester issue, page 83) farmers’ market in the county, but it’s also the village social hub, a place to get healthy eating tips from the market nutritionist, and where kids can take a cooking class or create a tie-dye shirt. 

Iron Horse Grill—This well-reviewed New American restaurant seats 60 and is located in a turn-of-the-century train-station building adjacent to the Metro-North station. 

Jacob Burns Film Center—Tired of mind-numbing Hollywood blockbusters with formulaic plots and wooden dialogue? The Burns Center offers a smart, alternative movie-going experience with independent, foreign, and documentary films, plus retrospectives of works by classic and modern filmmakers. 

Jacob Burns Media Arts Lab—Classes for students of all ages are offered at this media lab, which has 16 editing suites, a recording studio, a soundstage, and an animation studio. 

The Village Bookstore—This cozy bookstore has won multiple Best of Westchester awards and its owners, Roy Solomon and Yvonne van Cort, are bibliophiles who are always ready with a Great Read recommendation. 

Flour & Sun Bakery—Expect cupcakes baked from scratch here—more than 170 flavors (e.g., sticky pecan, Irish coffee, honey lavender) from which four to eight are offered daily. 

Farrow’s Auto Service—For close to 75 years, Farrow’s has kept residents’ cars maintained and running smoothly. 

Marmaduke Forster House—This 1786 National Registry of Historic Places former farmhouse has a château wing with 20 colored-glass panes, a Queen Anne octagonal turret, and an 80-foot veranda. It now houses professional offices. 

Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson—The Girl Scouts’ lower Hudson Valley central office serves 32,000 girls in 3,400 troops. 



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