Comedic actress Kristen Johnston is best known for her two-time Emmy Award-winning role as Sally Solomon in the TV series 3rd Rock From the Sun (1996-2001). She currently stars on the TV Land show, The Exes, about a group of friends who navigate the perilous NYC landscape of dating after divorce. Here, she talks about her favorite NYC spots.
Q: What made you originally want to get involved with “The Exes”?
A: I’ve read a lot of sitcom scripts, but this show was actually really funny. Plus, I relished the idea of playing a career woman whose life doesn’t revolve around kids and PTA jokes.
Q: If you had to recommend some NYC “must-sees” to a visitor that are not the obvious ones, what would they be?
A: Without question, Hudson River Park. Ratty old piers and miles of riverfront have been turned into grassy parks, playgrounds, bike and running paths. I also love the High Line. They’ve transformed an abandoned aboveground freight rail into a stunning walkway and park. It’s also in the Meatpacking District, full of phenomenal restaurants & high-end stores.
Q: What do you love about the city?
A: Oh, God. That’s so hard! The West Village, where I live. My friends. The fact that you can get any food delivered to your apartment. That you are never really alone. The theater (Broadway, but especially Off-Broadway). Bleecker St. for its great little nail salons, funky and high-end shops, and Magnolia Bakery. But far and away, my favorite thing about New York City is the people. I know New Yorkers have this reputation for rudeness, but I’ve found the opposite to be true. We’re just very blunt, that’s all!
My Perfect Day
Morning: Fabulous Eggs
On a typical fall weekend, I’d meet a friend for breakfast at Elephant & Castle, on Greenwich Ave. It’s the perfect fall restaurant, wood-paneled, dark and cozy. They make delicious egg dishes (I’m partial to the eggs Benedict), but by far my favorite thing on the menu is the Boston Indian pudding. I don’t know what the hell it’s made out of, but I’m in love with it.
Afternoon: Doggie Time
In the afternoon, I’d take Pinky to the dog run in Washington Square, the best spot for people-watching in the city. Plus, I went to New York University, and Washington Square was basically our quad.