Two New Casual Restaurants Coming to Pleasantville

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Movie-goers heading to the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville will soon have two new casual spots to get a quick bite before the show.

Pony Express, known for its “saddle bags,” packed with two sliders, and a choice of salad or shoe string fries, is moving to the old Roc n Roe’s Pop Shop location across the street from the Iron Horse Grill at 11 Wheeler Avenue in Pleasantville. Chef-owner Philip McGrath (who also owns the Iron Horse) says he and his partners “just can’t handle the volume” at the Pony Express’ smaller location up the block. He will keep the same menu — really good hot dogs on a firm, golden bun, topped with slow-cooked onions and perfectly spiced black bean chili; vegetarian quesadillas where the tortillas are actually griddled, plus terrific salads — and now will have more space to do catering and delivery. He says after the business gets settled in the new location around the end of October, they may look into adding a soda fountain or applying for a beer and wine license. He has plans for another casual restaurant in the former Pony Express location, but they’re not firmed up yet. I’ll let you know about those as soon as I can!

Pleasantville Dawg House, a second location of the Dobbs Dawg House, will be moving in across the street from Haven at 469 Bedford Road at the end of September. With specialty toppings such as the Mac Attack (mac’n’cheese and bacon) or PB&J Crunch (peanut butter, grape jelly and Cap’n Crunch cereal), neither Dawg House is no ordinary dog house. The Pleasantville location will look almost identical to its big brother in Dobbs: wooden counter tops with red barstools, natural light from two large windows, plasma TVs. The “naked dawgs” are made of 100 percent beef and all-natural casings, boiled in water and served on a potato bun. But there are also 24 house specialty dawgs. (Besides Mac Attack and PB&J Crunch? Buffalo Bacon Meltdown, Reuben Dawg and Nacho Dawg, to name just three.)

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Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and lohud.com, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.

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