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Super Bowl Saturday


Frédéric Fekkai Salon  

Friday Afternoon
Start slow.

“Even if you’re not a guest at the Mark Hotel, you can get room ­service—which is from Jean Georges—brought to you on a tray with a flower when you get your hair cut at Frédéric Fekkai Salon (25 E. 77th St., at Madison Ave.; 212-396-4600). It’s like the Upper East Side version of Steel Magnolias up there, because everyone knows each other.” —Jill ­Kargman, writer

“I like walking down Atlantic Avenue and checking out Opalia (377 Atlantic Ave., nr. Hoyt St., Boerum Hill; 718-643-9160), which is a great little flower shop. I live nearby, and I like to buy flowers on the weekend so when I see them throughout the week they remind me of a calmer time—it’s nice to see the flowers that you bought on Friday on, like, Wednesday and Thursday when you start to feel a little bit of a drag.”—Jenny Slate, comedian

“If you’re in Times Square, pop into Cafe Edison (228 W. 47th St., nr. Seventh Ave.; 212-840-5000), a diner everyone calls the ‘Polish Tea Room.’ It doesn’t look like much from the outside. But when you walk in, there’s this blue ceiling and these massive columns. It’s where us Broadway actors go in between shows. The matzo-ball soup is amazing.” —Brian d’Arcy James, actor

“I really shy away from things that are my-age-bracket popular and seek out things that are old-school New York, which is why I love the Carlyle (35 E. 76th St., nr. Madison Ave.; 212-744-1600). They’re going to treat me the same as if Bill Clinton walked in. Avoid Bemelmans, and instead get tea in the Red Room. It’s officially called the Gallery, but I call it the Red Room—it’s right by the lobby. You’ll be sipping tea next to some crazy, silvery-haired Upper East Side lady, and it’s kind of a time capsule; you’ll get a glimpse of certain New Yorkers who have these decadelong habits, people who’ve been coming there for the last 40 years.” —Mary Ping, designer

“Start off in Red Hook with a coffee at Baked (359 Van Brunt St., nr. Dikeman St.; 718-222-0345). They don’t mind if you sit there for a while. To get from there to Wall Street for free, you can ride the IKEA Express Shuttle ferry; just buy some Swedish meatballs and show your receipt. Then walk to the Poets House library (10 River Terr., nr. Murray St.; 212-431-7920). You can read a book of poetry while looking out at the river. And then hopefully some people are occupying a building down there or something, and you can join a protest.” —Nick Flynn, writer

“Go to the 84th Street AMC (2310 Broadway; 212-721-6023), which has those full-­reclining seats, and take a nap!—Albert ­Hammond Jr., musician

“Order a martini at MObar (80 Columbus Cir., at 60th St.; 212-805-8800), this tiny bar at the top of the Mandarin Oriental. They make one of the best martinis I’ve ever had, anywhere. I get my martini without ­vermouth—it’s something Colin Firth taught me a long time ago. —Amber Tamblyn, actress

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