Chris Noth’s Guide to Arts and Culture in NYC
If you come to NYC it is incumbent that you get some soul food, and this East Harlem joint keeps the soul food tradition alive! Everyone in Harlem knows about it (which means it’s delicious) and now you know too! When you go there, make sure to give the bone soup a try – it is delicious, and as a bonus, great for your joints.
A taste of Italy in the heart of the Theater district featuring painted murals of Calabria, Italy and southern Italian cuisine. This restaurant has it all – there is a piano bar – I’ve been known to get up and sing – and I’ve even shot a TV scene here.
Open for nearly 100 years, Sardi’s Second Floor Bar is the best place to go for a drink after a Broadway show. Check out the hundreds of caricature drawings of actors living and long dead on the walls.
My favorite off Broadway theater! This is a beautiful space inside a renovated church in Chelsea which presents the work of new and established playwrights (I’ve had the honor of doing two plays there myself!).
It has Opera, Classical Music, Theater and Ballet – I find myself at The New York City ballet every year. Go early and people watch at the famous fountain in the center of the square.
While there are hundreds of places to get away from it all in the city, my favorite is the horse path around the reservoir in Central Park. Additionally, if you are visiting in the summer check out the public theater website for free Shakespeare in the Park tickets!
One of the last remaining live music venues, with a wide range of old school and indie rock bands. The Cutting Room is the perfect mix of a cozy lounge and with a true backroom rock club that hosts some of the best musical artists from known legends to upcoming stars.
The Film Forum is a nonprofit cinema house where you can see films that are off the beaten track. The theater hosts independent movie premieres and is one of the true last art house film houses still hanging on in NYC.
For over a hundred years people have come here to sweat it out in the Russian room, a dark stone cave-like space heated by a sauna. After you sweat out your impurities take a dip in the tub of freezing water and enjoy a bite to eat (I recommend a cup of borscht) before heading back into the sauna. You’ll see a lot of New Yorkers who have been coming here for years – myself included!
Located right off Central Park West, this cigar bar treats each of its patrons like an exclusive member (even though it’s open to everyone). It’s perfect for a business meeting or an intimate date with its comfortable seating and extensive food, drink and cigar selection. You don’t have to smoke cigars to appreciate the ambiance that makes you nostalgic for old New York.