Our first episode of Meet Me There – New York is live! You can see some of my favorite off the beaten path things to do in New York City. Me and the crew at Exclusive Resorts are taking you to some of our favorite luxury destinations in this travel show. Of course, New York City is one of my very favorite places on the planet and it is where we kick off the show.
A little note about this episode – If you find yourself on Crosby Street in SoHo, make sure you stop into Saturdays Surf. They’ve got great coffee and some really cool things for the gents. And if just you want to LOOK at some cool gents, stop in Saturdays Surf! Just sayin’!
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I love being able to share my favorite New York spots with you on “Meet Me There“. Of course, showing you all of my favorites would have made the episode about two hours long! But here are some Upper West Side gems for your next visit:
As I said in the episode, Milo’s is my favorite restaurant in New York City. But my favorite neighborhood bistro is Cafe Luxembourg. It’s just around the corner from me, and it’s been a local favorite for more than three decades. The menu is wonderful and the bartender is top notch!
I love the bright lights of Broadway, but I’ve discovered and even become a part of some amazing live entertainment at the Upright Citizens Brigade theatre. UCB was founded by some very funny folks—including Amy Poehler of Saturday Night Live fame—and is the training ground for many of the cast members on that show, The Daily Show, and others. I started taking improv classes at UCB and fell in love with it. The shows are hilarious and, unlike some Broadway productions,don’t require you to take money out of your 401k to pay for tickets! If you like to laugh, you won’t be disappointed.
UCB Theatre Chelsea
To my great relief, Corbin found a neighborhood toy store that has cut down on our trips to the Times Square Toys R Us! Now we hit Stationery and Toy on West 72nd Street. Despite the conspicuous lack of an indoor Ferris wheel, he is happy as can be, and so am I.
Stationery and Toy David W. Dunlap/The New York Times
Some big name brand stores have moved onto my main drag, Columbus Avenue, but I still prefer to pop into A Tempo for a new dress or Cafe Margot in the historic Ansonia building for a hot cup of coffee after grocery shopping at my local Fairway grocery store.
I’m OVER the cupcake craze, aren’t you? When I’m hungry for a baked treat, I head over to Levain bakery on West 74th. The $4 cookies are as big as softballs. They’re meant to be shared – but don’t ask me to share with you. I won’t. They are that good! Get the chocolate-peanut butter chip cookie. You’re welcome!
It’s graduation week for me. “Some one cue up ‘Pomp and Circumstance’, please”. I wrapped up my second story telling class at The Peoples Improv Theater last week. The class graduation show was a hit! And I shared my story, “Om Shanti Mother F**ker” that started as a blog post! You can watch it here!
My second graduation of the week took place on stage at the Upright Citizens Brigade! I don’t have any video of the performance. Call me a scaredy cat, but you just never know what is going to unfold on a stage in an improv class! As it turns out, the scenes were full of sex, twisted fetishes and bikini waxes! Think I made the right call on giving my camera guy the night off! I do have some photos as proof that the show actually took place though. And I passed the class which means I’m moving on to Improv 2-0-1 in December. Who knows, Lorne Michaels may decide he needs a southern belle in the SNL cast next season? Hah! I won’t hold my breath.