One Way to Spend the Perfect Day in Bronxville
This one-square-mile village has lots to offer, from boutique shopping to affordable dining.
Bronxville’s reputation for stellar schools and multimillion-dollar mansions precedes it, but you don’t need a six-figure income to enjoy a Saturday here. Despite its diminutive stature, this one-square-mile village has lots to offer, from boutique shopping to affordable dining.
9 a.m. Just off the Bronx River Parkway, the Bronxville Farmers’ Market (Stone Pl; www.bronxvillefarmersmarket.com) brings together local vendors from May 13 through November. Arrive early to scoop up crusty loaves from Brooklyn’s Bien Cuit bakery, bottles of Kontoulis Family Olive Oil, produce from Stone & Thistle Farm, and bloomy-rind cheeses from Bronxville’s own Dobbs & Bishop.
10 a.m. Breakfast is completely without pretense at Pondfield Café (3 Pondfield Rd W; 914.337.5521) a tiny, 32-seat, cash-only luncheonette serving golden stacks of pancakes and fluffy omelets.
11 a.m. Head north off Pondfield Road West to access a segment of the Bronx River Pathway, which wends a one-mile loop around picture-perfect Bronxville Lake.
Noon. Get a late-morning caffeine fix at Slave to the Grind (58 Pondfield Rd; 914.961.7777). The indie coffeehouse is beloved for its house brew, flavored coffees (think coconut cream, snickerdoodle, and toasted almond), and homey baked goods.
12:30 p.m. There’s a lot of great shopping along Pondfield Road, but don’t miss harry: A Rothmans Project (60 Pondfield Rd; 914.779.1797; www.rothmansny.com). A small concept store from the iconic menswear retailer, harry carries cool pieces from lesser-known brands alongside recognizable names like J Brand and Noah Waxman. Down the block, Toney Toni and the Gang (70 Pondfield Rd; 914.793.0737) has a knack for finding dresses, jackets, and accessories that are chic and timeless.
1:30 p.m. Pop into Candy Rox (66 Pondfield Rd; 914.779.6750; www.candyrox.com) and fill a cellophane bag with colorful gummies, chocolate candies, novelty sweets, and retro candy bars.
2 p.m. A village institution, Lange’s of Bronxville (94 Pondfield Rd; 914.337.3354; www.langesofbronxville.com) is the place to grab a sandwich, with more than 50 options to choose from, like a classic Italian combo or roast beef with pepper jack and basil mayo on rye.
3 p.m. Browse the bookshelves for bestsellers and kid-friendly reads at independent Womrath Bookshop (76 Pondfield Rd; 914.337.0199; www.womrath.com), in business for more than 80 years. Then, stop by The Silk Road NY (101 Pondfield Rd; 914.337.2177; www.thesilkroadny.com), where owner Susan Piper scours the globe — Thailand, Peru, South Africa, and the US — to curate an eclectic mix of home-décor pieces.
4 p.m. Break from retail therapy at the Bronxville Public Library (201 Pondfield Rd; 914.337.7680; www.bronxvillelibrary.org). Home to more than just books, it displays a collection of Currier and Ives lithographs, plus pieces from the Bronxville-based Lawrence Park artists colony.
5 p.m. Grab a drink at Beer Noggin (102 Kraft Ave; 914.337.7400; www.beernoggin.com). The shop stocks more than 200 craft bottles and cans, with 12 rotating draft lines showcasing a variety of brewing styles.
(Kraft Bistro has since closed) - 6 p.m. Next door, cozy Kraft Bistro (104 Kraft Ave; 914.337.4545; www.kraftbistro.com) serves Afghani dishes — spiced lamb skewers, flatbreads, and saffron rice — in a romantic lantern- and chandelier-lit space. Or, keep things casual with thin-crust grilled pizza and craft beer at 2X Burger & Beer Blast winner Coals (131 Parkway Rd; 914.337.1901; www.coalspizza.com).