Opera nice Renée Fleming has 4 Grammys and the excellence of inspiring a dessert: a chocolate confection Daniel Boulud dubbed La Diva Renée. As of late, the 59-year-old soprano’s been singing a distinct tune — in Broadway’s “Carousel,” which introduced her a Tony nomination. The mom of two grown daughters lives on the Higher West Aspect with husband Tim Jessell, and has currently found a complete new facet of city, she tells BARBARA HOFFMAN. Right here’s the place you’ll discover her when she’s not onstage.
I’ve at all times liked the theater district, as a result of I really like theater, however I’ve by no means spent an excessive amount of time strolling round right here. West of Eighth Avenue, there’s quite a bit to discover: stunning blocks with massive city houses that make me take into consideration the historical past of New York, and how much retailers and mariners lived there. There’s a hundred-year-old restaurant right here, Barbetta, that has a hidden backyard, and it’s proper on Restaurant Row!
My huge factor is biking between shows by way of Riverside Park. It’s the most well-liked biking path within the nation, evidently, and it’s spectacular! Driving by Hudson Yards and watching the Shed [arts center] develop is fascinating, as a result of I’m going to open the Shed a yr from now. There’s a Pier i Cafe at 70th Road that’s been there for some time, and it will get nicer yearly. I rode previous a yoga class there the opposite day. It’s so improved the standard of life for New Yorkers, to have one other park, and have it on the river.
I really like jazz golf equipment — Jazz at Lincoln Heart, Birdland, the Village Vanguard. The great factor about jazz is, it’s late at night time so you may go, even should you’re in theater.
Carnegie Corridor is one other house of mine and so, after all, is Lincoln Heart. Daniel’s eating places, Bar Boulud and Boulud Sud, have taken excellent care of me. I just like the tagine at Boulud Sud, and Bar Boulud has numerous charcuterie, which late at night time actually isn’t my factor, however I really like the salads.
The restaurant that takes care of me right here is Bond 45. Any time I name them, they’ll put me at a desk off to the facet and switch off the music within the sales space, so I don’t should shout. The most important drawback for me in eating places is speaking over noise. I dream of beginning a sequence of eating places referred to as Silencio — not that you just’d should be silent, however you wouldn’t should compete with the music. Belief me, there are lots of people who’d desire to have a dialog over dinner and never shout.
I used to be at Bond 45 as soon as with a well-known designer, and her husband ordered Manhattans for the desk. I’d by no means had a Manhattan earlier than. Since then, I’m barely addicted. I’ve develop into a little bit of a Pavlov’s canine, as a result of now, once I stroll into that restaurant, I instantly begin to drool.