Here's How to Spend a Perfect Saturday in Irvington
The town has more to offer than just stunning river views.
Photo by Karen M. Sherman
One thing is blatantly obvious: Irvington has stunning Hudson River views. But that’s not all the town has to offer. There are more than 200 historic structures, built between 1850 and 1930 surrounding Main Street, a diverse dining scene, and even the headquarters of a major fashion brand.
10 a.m. Only organic, grass-fed butter and free-range eggs go into Randell Dodge’s baked goods and gluten-free pastries at Red Barn Bakery (4 S Astor St; www.redbarn-bakery.com), including the gargantuan breakfast cookie, chock-full of oats and dried fruits.
11 a.m. Guides dressed in period clothing lead guests through the preserved rooms of Washington Irving’s Sunnyside (3 W Sunnyside Ln; www.hudsonvalley.org), the author’s 19th-century cottage (pictured above). Make sure to carve out some time afterward to explore the grounds and gardens, which have dramatic river views.
12:30 p.m. Head down Broadway, toward Main Street. At the corner of Fargo Lane, you’ll find Villa Lewaro, the stately former home of Madam C. J. Walker, America’s first self-made female millionaire. Just down the street are two churches: Irvington Presbyterian (25 N Broadway; www.irvingtonpresbyterianchurch.org), with its full complement of stained-glass windows designed by former Irvington resident Louis Comfort Tiffany, and reputedly haunted St. Barnabas (15 N Broadway; www.stbarnabaschurch.org).
Photo by Doug Schneider
1 p.m. Order the lunch special at Irvington Delight (2 S Broadway; www.irvingtondelight.com) for excellent hummus, salads, and Middle Eastern-spiced stuffed grape leaves. Or go big at Revenge BBQ (48 Main St; www.revengebbq.com) with one of the weekend-only, pepper-crusted beef ribs and an ice cream sandwich made with Jacques Torres chocolate chip cookies and The Blue Pig ice cream.
2 p.m. If it’s open, pop into Irvington Town Hall Theater (85 Main St; www.irvingtontheater.com), built in 1902 and patterned after Ford’s Theater, the site of Lincoln’s assassination. Then, stop by Seasons on Hudson (45 Main St; www.seasonsflowersnyc.com) to see the orchids and local hydrangeas in full bloom. The gorgeous floral shop also stocks a selection of European antiques, including French glassware and vintage Bavarian tea sets.
Photo by Doug Schneider
2:45 p.m. Shop the Eileen Fisher Lab Store (1 Bridge St; www.eileenfisher.com) at the brand’s headquarters. Started in 2009 as a concept store, it carries the current line, plus samples, fabrics, and deconstructed pieces fashioned into new garments.
3:30 p.m. Get your Froyo fix at Brrzaar (7 N Astor St; www.brrzaar.com). The yogurt is certified organic; free of artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives; and made with active probiotic cultures, so you can justify a few extra toppings.
4 p.m. Backtrack to Scenic Hudson Park (www.scenichudson.org) and snag a river-facing bench to people-watch and take in some of the best Hudson River views anywhere.
5 p.m. If you still haven’t gotten enough of the views, head to Red Hat on the River (1 Bridge St; www.redhatontheriver.com), where a cocktail on the posh rooftop is a time-honored summer tradition.
PHOTO BY DOUG SCHNEIDER
6:30 p.m. Get a taste of Irvington’s diversity at dinner. Have the grilled octopus or a burger with spicy whipped feta and smashed fries at Chef Michael Psilakis’ MP Taverna (1 Bridge St; www.michaelpsilakis.com). Sample the flavors of Thailand and Malaysia at Sambal (4 W Main St; www.sambalny.com). Eat farm-sourced modern Cantonese dishes at newbie Mr. Koo’s Kitchen (*closed*). Or keep things light with cheese, charcuterie, and a bottle of wine at Mima Vinoteca (63 Main St; www.mimarestaurant.com).