Hypothetical situation: You're walking through through Central Park at 2 pm on a Saturday, and it's ridiculously hot and humid. For the 21st straight day. You need to get out of the city NOW. Here's an easy solution: Jump on the Metro-North and head to Peekskill. It's only about a 45 minute ride up the Hudson, and there's fantastic beer, food, and films waiting for you. First stop is Birdsall House--brought to you by the fine folks behind NFT fav Blind Tiger
in NYC. At 6:15 it's already full up with reservations. Luckily, they have a long, gorgeous bar that can seat about 20. Sit down, order a Captain Lawrence Reserve IPA, the Hemlock Hill Beef Burger, and a plate of Sausages and Cheese. The burger is cooked to absolute juicy perfection with excellent hand cut fries and housemade mustard, mayo, and ketchup--a real bargain for only $12. The fennel and spicy lamb sausages are made right in the kitchen, and the chunk of tilset cheese alongside comes from a local farm. Then it's on to a foreign film at The Paramount Center for the Arts
--a beautifully restored 1930s theater--and then back on the Metro-North. Mission accomplished.