“It’s the Lower East Side of Westchester,” said Morgan Pruitt, manager at Mario Batali’s year-old gourmet Tarry Market. “I was surprised at the ethnicity when I came up here from the City.
Port Chester has for many years been known as a mecca for foodies, with ethnic offerings from Peru to Italy to Southern BBQ. But now, there’s an Upscale edge.
Tarry Market lies on North Main Street, at the heart of downtown Port Chester. And it may have come to the right place. “There’s a culture of serving quality food here,” Pruitt says.
Says Barbara White of Bronxville, “I came here last November and saw their black pasta. Now I come up here just to get it.”
Just up the street, you’ll find Port Chester Beer Distributors, a warehouse stocked with a variety of imported European and Asian beers, as well as local micro brews.
And we love Kneaded Bread a few steps away (and they got here first in the wave of new businesses.)
And if you spend almost all of your money, the 3-story Salvation Army thrift store is a bargain hunter’s paradise – a favorite among students, according to manager Anthony Olivo.
“I love it,” said Zoë Browne, a sophomore at Purchase College, who says she goes there every other week. “I can always find something unique.” The best item she ever found? A “white full-body snowsuit, belted, seven dollars.”
Reporting and photos by Ole Skaar