From noodles to antipasto, ‘Waitress’ star Joey McIntyre eats NYC alive

Some 20 years in the past, when he was a New Kid on the Block residing in Tribeca, Joey McIntyre thought-about Riverside Drive “no man’s land.” But final summer time, after 15 years in Los Angeles, the 46-year-old singer/songwriter moved his household to the Upper West Side. “There’s so much soul here, and history,” the Boston native says. He’s additionally nearer to Broadway, the place he’ll step into “Waitress” on Feb. 4. He tells BARBARA HOFFMAN the place you’ll discover him when he’s offstage.

We have three little children — our daughter is 7, and the boys are 9 and 11 — and we’ll relax Saturday mornings over breakfast. Our children love to cook dinner, and we’ve got a type of enjoyable pancake competitors. Then I get to go for a run up Riverside Park, previous Fairway, towards the GW [Bridge]. If I’m going all the way in which, it’s 13 miles there and again, however largely, it’s only a 6-mile run.

I bike loads. I began with Citi Bike, which is nice, then I purchased a motorcycle. Even with the chilly, you bundle up and it’s one of the simplest ways to get round Manhattan. You’re buzzing round and also you pinch your self: “I’m at 53rd and Sixth, and I don’t have to grab a cab!” Me and the boys have been going for a motorcycle trip alongside the Hudson sooner or later, but it surely was tremendous windy and chilly. They have been doing their finest, however I mentioned, “Guys, let’s get something to eat.” We turned up 96th to Broadway and located this superb noodle store, Naruto Ramen, between 99th and 100th streets. It’s small, however scrumptious.

Sometimes, I’ll seize the youngsters and say, “Let’s have a brunch-ish thing at Barney Greengrass.” I’ve been attempting to go as typically as I can since I moved again right here. My spouse’s grandmother, who’s 93 and residing in Florida, grew up on 86th and Broadway, and her mother had a brassiere and girdle store the place the Dunkin’ Donuts is now, close to Barney Greengrass. So there’s historical past there, and the fellows with their lab coats — it’s all New York hustle and bustle, “Whaddya want?” bada growth, bada bing. But the whitefish!

Our pre-theater go-to is Trattoria Dell’Arte. I’ve been going there for, like, a stable 20 years. I like the antipasto bar. You can stroll in, sit there and it’s scrumptious. I met loads of cool folks there over time.

We go to the pure historical past museum loads. Recently, we requested the youngsters, “Do you want to see a movie, or the museum?” and so they picked the museum. I assumed, Wow, we’re doing one thing proper.

We even have a Yorkie, Duncan, who’s tiny, however not at 4:30 within the morning when he desires to get out of the mattress. I’m like, “Dude, back down!” He likes assembly different canine, which you don’t actually get in LA. He likes his little walks. It’s a New York factor: You get within the elevator, it’s 6 within the morning, it’s chilly — all that stuff is quintessential New York. You have to settle for it, or it’ll eat you alive.

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