With rows of stately homes — many with front porches, and all with tidy lawns — Katonah may be Westchester’s most picturesque village. And their Main Street doesn’t disappoint. On a recent visit, we took the kids to Little Joe’s Coffee and Books, a mainstay in town that offers lattes and treats downstairs, with shelves of children’s books upstairs.
After walking the painted steps, lined with tchotchkes and crafts, kids step into a reading wonderland. Here, they can flip through books while sitting on chic square ottomans centered on a Persian rug. A window seat — with an upholstered cushion spotted with white polka dots — kept my son comfortable while he hunted for the right book. My 2-year-old pulled well-loved books from a bin and played with the toy cars. The book seller came out from behind the counter multiple times to help my son find books about sea creatures, then origami, then dragons. In the end, she introduced him to his first choose-your-own-adventure book.
When we were finished, we walked around the corner to Little Joe’s sister shop, Katonah Reading Room, which is nestled into a cute-as-a-button white house, front porch and all. Inside, along with a selection of novels and cookbooks, is a gourmet market and cafe. Think: bahn mi sandwiches, salmon toast, crustless quiche, a french hot dog (gruyere on a dog), even peanut butter & nutella for the kids for $4.25. And yes, baskets of those amazing croissants shown above.
Headed to a friend’s house for dinner that night, we bought several of their large, freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, which were gooey and chocolatey and oh-so-amazing. (This was before my sugar diet. More on that on Friday.) We’re already planning a visit back to the Reading Room, needing to taste this sandwich and so many other goodies I saw on their Facebook feed.