clockwise from top left: The lobby
of the Signature Theater; Outside
The Public Theater; The
ramen dish at Ippudo.
deeply personal messages. After the show, pop
into Ippudo, a Japanese transplant that dishes
out some of New best ramen. Chefs drown
thin, Kyushu-style ramen noodles in a milky pork
or lighter soy sauce-based broth, then top the
steaming concoction with delicious soft-boiled
eggs, bamboo shoots, pickled ginger and more.
There likely will be a wait for a table, so head to
nearby Share, a speakeasy concealed behind a door in Village Yokocho, for a
Stormy Weather, perhaps? Ippudo will text when
your table is ready.
Located a short walk from the Queens Museum, the Queens Theatre in Flushing Meadows
Corona Park presents plays, dance and music
representative of its home 2.3 million
diverse residents. The building dates back
to the 1964 Fair, when it was used as a 360-degree movie theater dubbed It was later
renovated and turned into a performing arts space
whose mission includes affordability and access. In
the Car with Blossom and Len, a play about two sisters coming to terms with the challenges presented
by their aging parents, runs in November, while December will showcase a production of A Christmas
Carol, complete with musical numbers. Catch a cab
afterward and head 15 minutes west to Pollos a la
Brasa Mario on Roosevelt Avenue, where gregarious
staff members serve generous helpings of home-style
Colombian food in a festive, laid-back environment.
Save room for breavas con queso (figs with cheese),
a traditional dessert.