Just like everyone else these days, we're big Fred Armisen fans. He's been making us laugh on SNL for years with skits like this hysterical (and somewhat controversial) impersonation of Governor Paterson. And while we still enjoy his sketches on SNL and hope to for a long while more to come, Portlandia has given us even more opportunities to lose our sh*t. That show is hysterical. Fred and former Sleater-Kinney guitarist Carrie Brownstein have a special chemistry on camera, and their spoof of hipster life in Portland is one of the funniest comedies on TV right now. If you aren't on it yet, you need to be. Start here.
Fred claims to not be much of a restaurant goer. You're way more likely to find him at a no-name diner near his Upper West Side apartment than at a recently opened hot spot downtown. When he does go out for something a little more adventurous, it's usually sushi, and Fred has great taste in that department. Check out his picks below.
Fred's "Perfect For" Picks
Sushi Seki (1143 1st Ave.) - "It's really great quality sushi and is open late, which is a big plus. I feel like everything there is great, and it's a restaurant I truly love."
"You know how, with some restaurants, you really just love a place? That's how I feel about Gari. Obviously, the food is excellent, but it's such a great place - everyone is so friendly, and they always remember me. I love sitting at the bar by myself and getting the omakase."
"It's just a nice place that's always consistent. I've had lots of good meals here over the years. Usually when it's nice out, we'll sit outside on the back patio."
"I eat at a lot of diners, diners I rarely remember the names of. I think, for the most part, diners are interchangeable, but they're all great. There's an aura around NYC diners that no one else is able to capture. No one does it quite like NYC does it. One specific diner I go to a lot is Viand Cafe, because it's in my neighborhood (although I did have to look it up find out the name)."