21 questions

Brooke Shields Makes Some Seriously Gourmet Toast

Name: Brooke Shields
Age: 45
Neighborhood: Soho
Occupation: Actress, currently in her nightclub debut at Feinstein’s at Loews Regency, through February 12.

Who’s your favorite New Yorker, living or dead, real or fictional?
Norman, the bartender at the Ritz. My mom and I would go, and since I was 12, he’s kept an eye on me.

What’s the best meal you’ve eaten in New York?
The pumpkin ravioli from Balthazar, a combination of homemade pasta, sage, and butter. I order it every time I go there.

In one sentence, what do you actually do all day in your job?
I spend the day trying to be somebody else.

What was your first job in New York?
I was the Ivory Snow baby when I was 11 months old.

What’s the last thing you saw on Broadway?
Next to Normal. I was awestruck. The music was incredible.

Do you give money to panhandlers?

What’s your drink?
Duvel Beer. When I was breast-feeding, my baby nurse suggested that I drink beer to help my milk come in. I never stopped. [Ed: You can read more about Brooke’s Belgian beer habit over on Grub Street.]

How often do you prepare your own meals?
I “make” my own breakfast every morning. Avocado on toast with salt, pepper, olive oil, and lemon. I am a gourmet cook!

What’s your favorite medication?
Anything that ends in A-M-B-I-E-N.

What’s hanging above your sofa?
A Malcolm Liepke painting of men sitting around a dinner table. He rarely paints men, and I loved it.

When’s bedtime?
What’s that? I have two kids.

Which do you prefer, the old Times Square or the new Times Square?
I like the new, but maybe they should bring back a little of the old. Maybe a spiffy AMC 14 porn/kung fu theater?

What do you think of Donald Trump?
I like his daughter.

What do you hate most about living in New York?
Cigarette butts in the snow.

Who is your mortal enemy?

When’s the last time you drove a car?
Sometime over the summer, and not very well.

How has the Wall Street crash affected you?
Made me realize no one knows what they’re doing.

Times, Post, or Daily News ?
Times online.

Where do you go to be alone?
Spinning at SoulCycle. The class may be full, but I am in my own little world.

What makes someone a New Yorker?
Getting through a long day, fighting the crowds, the weather, cabbies and then still holding a door open for someone.

Brooke Shields Makes Some Seriously Gourmet Toast