Since its beginnings as an industrial boat-building community (it was formerly known as “Saw Pit”), Port Chester has evolved into a food mecca with a buzzing downtown restaurant scene that includes Tarry Lodge, F.I.S.H., Sonora, Alba’s and The Willett House. A diverse immigrant population further enhances the village’s dining-destination cred, with numerous authentic ethnic eateries representing Peru, Mexico, Colombia and Brazil.
Port Chester is also known for The Waterfront, a retail/entertainment center that features a 14-screen movie theater, Costco, Bed Bath & Beyond, Super Stop & Shop, Marshall's and numerous restaurants.
- Points of interest include the recently restored 1920s Capitol Theatre, where Janis Joplin appeared in August 1970; the Landmark Condominium (the former Lifesavers factory); and a 75-plus-slip marina along the Byram River.
- Port Chester has six parks for general recreation, including picnicking and sports. At Columbus Park, a water-spray playground was installed for relief during hot summer days.
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