A Pleasant Trip to The Way West Side of Town.

Valerie Smaldone shares her Hell’s Kitchen finds.

I rarely have the opportunity to take a day just for pure
enjoyment and fun. Like many of us, I spend a great deal of time working.
Thanks to a dear friend from Mexico, in New York for just one day, I stopped
the weekend “catching up” that I normally do, and took a good chunk
of time to meet her and enjoy the city.

We met at a truly authentic Italian cafe, Sergimmo Salumeria, where delicious-looking Italian specialties abound. I chose to have a good cup of cappuccino only, but plan to go back to check out the delicious dishes that I saw.

Then, we were off to the new The Tank theatre space on West 36th
Street. A not-for-profit theatre company dedicated to developing new works, I
reminisced as I walked into the space, remembering the time I spent at this
theatre years ago, performing in a play that I co-wrote. But I digress.

The Tank currently presents a new play, “Real” by
Rodrigo Nogueira. A fascinating study of people connected by the intense drive
to live an authentic life, through two different times, woven together by a
classical fugue.

This is the kind of play that is difficult to describe, but far
easier to comprehend when you go to see it, which I recommend you do.

“Real” plays through January 20 at The Tank, 312 West 36 Street.

Then it was time for  a glass of wine and some appetizers at Tavola on 9th Ave and 38th Street. This popular restaurant is beautifully designed with a nice menu, and a wood burning pizza oven. It was a Sunday night and it was packed.

I normally never think of going to 9th Avenue, especially in the
30’s. But things are rapidly changing. And this part of town is becoming very,
very cool.


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