She grew up adoring funny ladies Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin, and moved to Los Angeles from Arizona at age 18 to make it as a musical comedian. With some interesting and critically acclaimed career twists in between, Sandra Bernhard continuously sells out Joe’s Pub doing what she aimed to do from the beginning: tell funny stories and sing songs. When she’s not onstage, you’ll probably find her close by.
EAT: Rustic Mediterranean at Il Buco
Even with Bond Street’s fast evolution, this cozy sit-down has consistently charmed diners since its opening in 1994. Start off with risotto and a bottle of wine, and see where the night takes you. 47 Bond Street (between Bowery and Lafayette Street)
DRINK: Spritzes at Vic’s
Come for some fresh pasta, stay for the bubbly. Hillary Sterling may make some mean Italian dishes, but imaginative Prosecco-based drinks are hard to resist. 31 Great Jones Street (between Bowery and Lafayette Street)
DO: See a show at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater
DESSERT: People-Watch at Le Coq Rico
Snagging a coveted reservation at this locavore bistro is difficult, partially because it draws an A-plus clientele. Our recommendation? Fly to the bar an hour before closing, order a soufflé, and admire the crowd. 30 East 20th Street (between Broadway and Park Avenue South)