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;, 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;, 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;, with its full complement of stained-glass windows designed by former Irvington resident Louis Comfort Tiffany, and reputedly haunted St. Barnabas (15 N Broadway;


Photo by Doug Schneider

1 p.m. Order the lunch special at  Irvington Delight (2 S Broadway; for excellent hummus, salads, and Middle Eastern-spiced stuffed grape leaves. Or go big at Revenge BBQ (48 Main St; 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;, built in 1902 and patterned after Ford’s Theater, the site of Lincoln’s assassination. Then, stop by Seasons on Hudson (45 Main St; 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; 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; 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 ( 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;, where a cocktail on the posh rooftop is a time-honored summer tradition.



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; Sample the flavors of Thailand and Malaysia at Sambal (4 W Main St; 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;



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