“Ever since I was a little girl I have loved the feeling of performing live,” says Tony winner Annaleigh Ashford, who boasts Playbills that include Kinky Boots, Wicked and Legally Blonde, as well as a standout role on Showtime’s Masters of Sex. “There’s an unspoken electricity that flows from performer to audience.” This month, Ashford stars alongside Jake Gyllenhaal in the musical Sunday in the Park With George at the Hudson Theatre. Here, the New Yorker shares her local haunts.
ABOUT FACE “The facials are to die for at The Peninsula Spa New York, and the swimming pool has a view of Central Park that only happens in charming movies.” Facials from $215, 700 Fifth Ave.
MIX MASTER “I love Quarter Bar in south ParkSlope—especially drinks by owner David Moo.” 676 Fifth Ave., Brooklyn
SPLITTING HAIRS “Bumble and bumble is a New York institution.” Sumo Clay, $29, Bumble and bumble, 415 W 13th St.
SUNDAYS IN THE PARK “If I were to choose a park, it would be Washington Square Park because of its history, beauty and grit—and also its amazing dog run.” Fifth Avenue and Waverly Place
HOMETOWN HERO “Hometown Bar-B-Que in Red Hook is the best barbecue in New York!” 454 Van Brunt St., Brooklyn
Originally published in the March issue of Manhattan