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
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."