She’s gone from a “Little Home on the Prairie” to a pied-à-terre in the metropolis, and Melissa Gilbert couldn’t be happier. “Every little thing’s right here — grocery purchasing, the park, superb eating places, our docs,” says the 54-year-old actress, who final 12 months settled on the Higher West Facet with husband Timothy Busfield and their French bulldog, Josephine. Gilbert’s now starring in “The Useless, 1904,” an immersive-theater manufacturing at the American Irish Historic Society townhouse on Fifth Avenue and primarily based on James Joyce’s brief story. She tells BARBARA HOFFMAN the place you’ll discover her on her nonworking weekends.
My days off are usually about consuming. You realize what has an awesome brunch? Da Capo, on Columbus Avenue. They’ve an outstanding the whole lot — fantastically made eggs Benedict, salads, fantastic desserts and pastries and an awesome espresso bar. At night time they’ve a very ingenious cocktail menu. It’s a cool place to hang around.
One other place I really like is on Mulberry Road: H Ok Wonton Backyard, which has the most extraordinary wonton soup and hen chow mein. It’s not fancy nevertheless it’s soo good and completely old-school consolation meals. There’s additionally an incredible ramen place in Hell’s Kitchen, Totto Ramen. Their noodles are completely al dente, the broth’s flavorful, it’s not costly and it’s actually satisfying, however you must go at the proper time. If you may get there at 5 p.m., you’re good.
One of the issues I really like about being right here is the capacity to stroll it off! I additionally take a newbie ballet class at Steps on Broadway. It’s open seven days per week. I’ve been dancing eternally, nevertheless it by no means seems like a exercise. A good friend steered I take an African dance class there, so I’m considering it.
After we moved right here, I pared the whole lot right down to the necessities. Since I work a lot, there’s hardly ever a cause for me to decorate up. However I’ll go right down to Soho and get misplaced for hours, simply bouncing round. There’s a Stuart Weitzman retailer that’s very harmful. I’d inform you how a lot I spent there, however I’d most likely should kill you, as a result of my husband would explode if he knew.
Sundays are loosey-goosey. We each like to wander round the Pure Historical past museum. Generally we’ll hang around with [performers] Randy Rainbow and Ryan Raftery, who I name my favourite adopted little one. After we’re feeling tremendous energetic, we’ll meet them in Hell’s Kitchen and go to Flaming Saddles and Remedy, the homosexual bars. You’ll be able to’t hear something, however everybody’s so incredible and enjoyable! It reminds us that we’re not that previous anymore.