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Q&A: Actress Kristen Johnston Shares Her Must-See NYC Spots

Actress Kristen Johnston talks about her role on TV Land's The Exes, her must-see NYC spots and her favorite egg dishes.

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.   

Kristen Johnston and Ben Lawson of The Exes
Kristen Johnston and Ben Lawson of The Exes (Courtesy TV Land)

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!

Magnolia Bakery in New York City
Magnolia Bakery (Courtesy Magnolia Bakery)

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.