When someone announced that Hilary Duff would be sharing her Friday Fives with us, half the office got extremely enthused. Yes, half of our office are women aged 23-28 who grew up on a healthy dose of Lizzie McGuire and the era's Disney Channel Original Movies. This is what dreams are made of. And if you got that joke, you are probably also pretty enthused about this whole situation.
These days, Hilary stars on the extremely charming and quite funny Younger, playing a young publishing executive in New York City and is also working with Stella Artois as part of their "Host One To Remember" campaign. (Any campaign related to beer + parties = fine by us).
Below, you'll find Hilary's picks for NYC restaurants - from where she goes to drink a glass of wine at the bar to where she drinks matcha in Nolita. Hilary Duff, still being extremely relatable to your everyday needs.
Hilary's "Perfect For" Picks
"There’s a little restaurant not far from my apartment called Jack’s Wife Freda. It’s really cute, and I like that it’s simple - people eat at a farm-style table together. They use fresh ingredients, so it’s flavorful but healthy and there are a lot of options. I go a lot alone after work and sit at the bar with a glass of wine and my book, or my script, or whatever I have to work on for the next day. I always order the same thing there - it’s a salmon and kale bowl that is so yummy. People are probably like, 'Who is that lonely girl sitting at the bar alone?' But I love it."
"They have the best avocado toast - it’s on sunflower seed bread, and it has spicy chiles on top. I’ve been a few times with my girlfriends for early dinner or brunch, and I don’t think I’ve ever sat at the restaurant and not seen everyone sipping rose. It’s just good vibes all around."
"It’s farm-to-table, with really good fish and really good specials. They do things like put french fries in a salad - and that is so up my alley. I like to eat healthy, but also I need something naughty to make it feel like a satisfying meal. And so when they have that special, it’s literally my favorite thing on earth: a kale salad with french fries on top."
"Cha Cha Matcha is my new obsession right now. I’m loving that spot. I’m trying to give up coffee for a little while so it’s a fun little visit for a little caffeine kick."
"I love Locanda Verde. Luca and I just went and had a date there. I feel like it’s a great date night restaurant, and the bar in the Greenwich Hotel is super sexy and low-key."
The Sisters Of Cedar Lake
My favorite account right now is really random, it’s called the Sisters of Cedar Lakes. I’ve never been but I’m dying to go. I think a lot of people have weddings there, and companies also go and do retreats there. It’s in upstate New York. It’s the most gorgeous place you’ve ever seen, and they have water blobs and little cabins all over the property... the whole place is just eye candy. I want to have party after party there. The food looks amazing and the sisters who run the place look really rad.
My dog trainer. She posts the funniest photos. And I don’t know if I just think they’re funny because my dog Peach is in most of them - she’s so naughty and always doing bad things - but she was also the elephant trainer for Water for Elephants. She’s really amazing. She always posts great photos of dogs.
I recently bought this really cool light fixture for my house - I’m remodeling my kitchen right now. And this girl Lindsay Edelman makes these really cool light fixtures.
My sister is always a good one to see because we’re really close. I’m on the East Coast right now and she’s on the West Coast, and her baby just started walking - I’m sad to miss out on all of that but it’s nice to see little reminders and videos of her.