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Leslie Odom Jr.

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Leslie Odom Jr.

If you had told us five years ago that in 2016, the biggest thing in pop culture would be a musical about Alexander Hamilton, we probably wouldn’t have believed you.

But if you had shown us a ten-second clip of Leslie Odom Jr.’s performance as Aaron Burr, we would have understood immediately.

If you haven’t seen the musical (or you really hated your U.S. history classes), Aaron Burr is Alexander Hamilton’s arch rival. And in the real life version of the their competition - The Tony’s - Leslie actually ended up beating Lin-Manuel Miranda, the biggest name in musical theater maybe ever, in the Best Actor category.

Leslie left Hamilton on that high note, and he’s now moved on to making music, performing a late-night show at The McKittrick hotel, and using his free time to eat in some pretty excellent restaurants. Check out his brand new album, follow him on Twitter & Instagram, and read about his favorite NYC spots below.

leslie's "perfect for" picks

Good Enough To Eat Perfect For: Brunch 520 Columbus Ave.

"Just moved to a bigger location. At the old spot, during the dead of winter, on a Sunday you would still show up and find a line halfway down the block. And honestly? You were never sorry you waited. Larger location has improved upon this. Homemade biscuits with strawberry butter. That's it. Everything is good on the menu. Try it all. But...biscuits. Homemade. With strawberry BUTTER. Oh man."

Limon Jungle Perfect For: Cheap Eats 197 7th Ave

"So good. So cheap. Mexican food. Toss back a few margaritas during happy hour with a couple of baked empanadas and a side of rice and beans. I am never sorry I went."

Broadway and Off-Broadway Theater Perfect For: Impressing Out of Towners

"Hamilton is great! Go see it if you can. But trust me, there's also exciting Theater happening on the blocks that surround it. And if you're willing to travel south a bit...why not take in a new show at The Public Theater where Hamilton began? Or check out what's playing at The Signature Theatre, or Playwrights Horizons, or NYTW. Off Broadway houses some of the most sexy, dynamic, and daring artistic work being done in the city."

44 & X Perfect For: Late Night Eats 622 10th Ave

"They keep a full kitchen running later than most in Manhattan if you're not looking for diner food. Chicken and waffles and collard greens at midnight after a great show? Count me in. Signature cocktails will also keep a smile a your face."

Danji Perfect For: First/Early in the Game Dates 346 W. 52nd St.

"Intimate. Delicious. Korean tapas. Try the 50/50 (half saki and half soju) in a carafe. Take someone who you think might be special. You'll want to go back again and again."

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