Brooklyn-born La La Anthony, star of VH1 reality show Lala's Full Court Life, is one of New York's most on-the-town names. The wife of New York Knicks player Carmelo Anthony, she is currently also starring — through this Sunday, Oct. 30 — in a stage version of the Nora and Delia Ephron play Love, Loss, and What I Wore, at the Westside Theatre (407 West 43rd Street). And she just wrapped shooting the 2012 film Think Like A Man, co-starring Taraji P. Henson, Gabrille Union and Entourage’s Jerry Ferrara.
The Hollywood Reporter gets the scoop from her on where to eat, drink and see-and-be-seen in Manhattan right now.
The Hollywood Reporter: What is the best see-and-be-seen spot in New York?
La La Anthony: The Darby (244 West 14th Street) is kind of a lounge and restaurant. I was just there a few weeks ago after P Diddy just launched a book and it was the after party. It was like Kanye West and me and Russell Simmons and Dr. Dre and all these models and the who's who of New York City in that restaurant. The food is so amazing. Another scene place is Abe and Arthur’s (409 West 14th Street) if you want to see people. It's a super super hot spot. When Carmelo first got traded to the Knicks they had a welcoming party for him. It's great seafood, great steak, they have a little bit of everything. And a lot of people definitely go to Greenhouse. It really just is a club and every night is a different theme but it's definitely still a hot spot. Every time anyone has an album release party they usually do it at Greenhouse. (150 Varick Street)
THR: Where else is a place that's really fun?
Anthony: A good hang out with your friends is Southern Hospitality’s BBQ owned by Justin Timberlake. It's definitely Southern food and it's really really good. You can go and watch football games and have a beer and have fun. We recently went with my husabnd Carmelo and Kim Kardashian joined us and we had a good time. (Upper East Side location, 1460 Second Ave.; Hell’s Kitchen, 645 Ninth Avenue)
THR: What about for a power lunch?
Anthony: The Four Seasons is always a nice vibe. It's calm. It's not loud. You can actually hear each other. If you like brunch, it's just the best to me. It still ranks top when it comes to brunch. (99 East 52nd Street)
THR: What part of town do you live? What's good around there?
Anthony: I live in Hell's Kitchen which is a really cool spot for food. Eatery is on Ninth Avenue. It's a quick place to have meetings and has a great lunch menu. It's great because I can walk there. (798 Ninth Avenue)
THR: What is a perennial favorite?
Anthony: I'm a big fan of Blue Ribbon for sushi. Everything tastes so fresh. (119 Sullivan Street)
THR: Where did you last have a romantic night out?
Anthony: We went to Spice Market, which I thought was really good. It was a date night and was definitely a fun restaurant. The food lives up to its name. It's very very spicy. (403 W. 13th Street)
THR: What’s a new and can't miss restaurant in Manhattan?
Anthony: Tertulia (359 Sixth Avenue) in the West Village (pictured below). The vibe is very rustic and the food is amazing. Seamus Mullen the chef uses a real brick oven in the dining room and it is so homey. (Photos by Evan Sung.)