Zosia and Evan's 8 Go-To Spots on the Upper West Side

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Zosia and Evan's 8 Go-To Spots on the Upper West Side
From Zosia's favorite thrift store to the most old-school breakfast in the neighborhood.
Gabriela Herman
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    Getting thrifty

    Housing Works

    “I’ve always loved thrift stores,” Mamet says, “sifting through old items and making up their history, wondering who owned them. Housing Works is a favorite. I bought portraits of an old lady and an old man there for eight dollars—they’re hanging in our living room.”

    Gabriela Herman
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    A New York Classic

    American Museum of Natural History

    “Once in a while we go a party at the museum. It’s a great place to pick up little tidbits of knowledge,” says Jonigkeit. “And the life-size blue whale hanging from the ceiling is a must-see for anyone coming to New York.”
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    Refined Casual

    The Mermaid Inn

    “When we eat out, the Mermaid Inn is our go-to spot,” says Mamet. “The food is so good, and the place is refined but not pretentious. Evan and I usually go there for date nights and have a glass of wine at a corner table. They have an octopus dish that’s bananas.”

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    A little Italy


    “The Italians who run this tiny little restaurant almost seem irritated that you don’t speak Italian or don’t know what you want immediately,” says Mamet. “But it’s part of the experience. It really feels like a neighborhood spot.”

    Gabriela Herman
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    Lox Spot


    “Going to Zabar’s makes you feel like a legit New Yorker,” Mamet says. “Once I made the fatal mistake of coming on a Friday afternoon to buy lox. It was me and all the Jewish ladies duking it out for fish before the Sabbath—they are serious about their lox.”

    Gabriela Herman
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    The Early Years

    Café Luxembourg

    “The first play I did in New York was called High, with Kathleen Turner,” says Jonigkeit. “Kathleen lived on 70th and Riverside at the time, and we’d get burgers at Cafe Luxembourg. It was a formative experience for me to spend time here with an icon of the business.”

    Gabriela Herman
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    A cultural icon

    Lincoln Center

    “It’s amazing to live near something so world renowned,” says Jonigkeit. “We’ve seen a ton of theater, film, and opera here. Lincoln Center is a special place for Zosia: Her grandmother Anna Crouse was instrumental in its revitalization.”

    Gabriela Herman
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    Brunch at Barney's

    Barney Greengrass

    “This is our favorite place for breakfast or lunch meetings,” says Jonigkeit. “It feels stuck in time—the dated wallpaper, the staff that’s been there for decades. They know all their regulars by name with no need for pleasantries.”

    Gabriela Herman
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