A typical morning for Nico Tortorella involves coffee, a workout and a walk with his Chihuahua, Sun. The 29-year-old actor grew up in the Chicago suburbs and now lives in Williamsburg, an easy commute to Silvercup Studios in Queens, where he films TV Land’s “Younger,” whose Season 4 finale is Sept. 13. “The dream was to go work for a rom-com,” says Tortorella, who made a splash last year by revealing he was “sexually fluid” and is now openly bisexual. “The point of the show is to make people feel good, with an underbelly of social reflection.” He tells HANA R. ALBERTS about the places that make him feel good on a weekend in the city.
I’ve been taking the ferry a bunch recently. It’s the best way to get around. You get to spend up to an hour on a boat on the East River! It’s the easiest way to get from Williamsburg to Dumbo — and there’s the Governors Island stop, which is by far my favorite place to go for a little staycation in New York City. You can be in colonial New York for the afternoon. There’s great food, and the art scene that’s there! It’s like this little capsule that exists untouched.
South Williamsburg is my favorite place in the city. The cool thing about Diner is that there’s no menu. The waiters will come and write on the piece of paper on the table, so it changes. It’s artisanal diner food, and everything is next-level. Marlow & Sons is like a restaurant pulled out of 1850, with simple ingredients done really well. Their bone broth is amazing. Marlow & Daughters is their little grocery store that has great produce.
For a perfect date, honestly, I like Nitehawk. It’s a superindie movie theater. You can order food and drinks there. Ferry to Nitehawk, walk around Williamsburg and get vegan ice cream at Van Leeuwen. If I’m eating ice cream, I prefer it to be vegan because it’s better for you. It’s cashew-based.
I have a bunch of real tattoos [though not as many as his “Younger” character]. I’ve been to Eight of Swords in Williamsburg. It’s a great spot. Bang Bang Tattoo has probably the best line work in Manhattan.
One of my other favorite things to do in the city is wander around and stumble on different churches. You can just walk in, and they’re empty for the most part. I like St. Thomas in Midtown, near MoMA. Then there’s Grace Church — from an architecture standpoint, it’s one of my favorites. They are great places to go if you need a moment to yourself and meditate.
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