Discovering Westchester's Downtowns: Bronxville
A boutique for children, Irish pub, Parisian pasteries—what else is Bronxville hiding?
ILLUSTRATION BY GARY HOVLAND
Lawrence Hospital Center—In 1906, after real estate/pharmaceutical mogul William Van Duzer Lawrence’s son Dudley almost died of an appendicitis attack en route to a New York City hospital in the baggage car of a train, he decided Bronxville needed its own hospital; Lawrence Hospital was founded in 1909. Bronxville residents can pay their respects at William’s grave in Valhalla’s Kensico Cemetery.
Park 143 Bistro—Many of Chef Jason Holmberg’s best dishes at this New American bistro are found on the imaginative menus of his monthly, multi-course wine dinners. Seared duck breast with Pinot Noir gel anyone?
Chantilly Patisserie—Macarons, those pastel-colored, meringue-based confections (a box of 6 for $10.50), are a specialty at this Parisian-inspired bakery. Also, belly up to the new cupcake bar.
House of Botticelli Bridal Boutique—Guido and Fernanda Botticelli own this bridal boutique, which won a Best of Westchester Readers’ Pick in 2010. Bridal collections include Lazaro, Pronovias, and Reem Acra, among other exotically and intriguingly named designers.
Adrian East—Longtime village residents will remember this upscale children’s boutique in its former life as Fierson’s, which opened in 1960.
Scalini Osteria—Just off Bronxville’s main thoroughfare and featuring the cuisine of the regions of Italy that border the Adriatic (i.e., Puglia, Abruzzo, Marche), this restaurant offers fabulous seating during warmer temps in the European–style snug back courtyard with planters and paved brick.
Lange’s Deli of Bronxville—The go-to sandwich spot in Bronxville, Lange’s has been around for more than 25 years. Signature sandwich to try: the Morning Glory with Ovengold turkey, pepper Jack cheese, sliced green apple, and honey mustard on seven-grain bread.
J.C. Fogarty’s—Across the street from the Metro-North, Fogarty’s is a traditional dark mahogany Irish pub split into a bar area (with a common burgers/wings-type menu) and a more formal dining area (offering a separate menu of more complex fare).
Savanna at Home—A fire that began at an adjacent spa in 2011 forced owner Patty Canale to move her luxury home store from Kraft Avenue to the current digs on Pondfield.
La Gravinese Jewelers—A third-generation “bench jeweler” (an artisan who uses a mixture of jewelry-making skills to craft/repair jewelry), Robert La Gravinese opened his Bronxville store in 1976. Say hi to Lotus, the sweetheart Golden Retriever often found lollygagging behind the counter.