Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s one-man show Fully Committed officially opens on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre today, and in it, the Modern Family star plays the central role of Sam, a reservationist at one of New York’s hottest, most-hard-to-get-into restaurants. He also plays the other 39 characters in the script, including a strict head chef; the nervous front-of-house staff; and, of course, the crazy, craving, desperate callers who are just dying to get a table at any and all cost.
Written by Becky Mode and directed by Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect, Avenue Q), Fully Committed offers a satirical look at foodie culture. In New York especially, there are the dictatorial chefs, the out-of-work actors serving plates of foam, and the diners—the most hilarious real-life characters of them all—whose urge to taste greatness, or so they think, is insatiable. And while there’s plenty to laugh at in both the fictional Fully Committed and its real-life counterparts, there are a select few restaurants in Manhattan that really are just downright amazing and, most important, totally worth the angst-ridden wait.
Below, Ferguson shares his favorite tough-to-get-into places to eat in New York, the places that he’s waiting for, and the one where he still hasn’t managed to get past the velvet ropes.
“Fantastic food is what awaits you at this Jean-Georges restaurant. The decor is casual but beautifully appointed, just like the high-end store that houses this hot spot.”
“I became obsessed with chef Dan Barber after watching the incredible Netflix documentary series Chef’s Table. His Blue Hill restaurant is the Manhattan sister to his very popular Blue Hill at Stone Barns about an hour north of the city. I am heading up there as soon as my schedule allows.”
Eleven Madison Park
“I have been hearing about this swanky place for years, but it took me doing research for Fully Committed to finally make a reservation and see what all the fuss is about. It truly is one of the most special meals I have ever had in NYC.”
“Gramercy Tavern is near my home in Manhattan, and I usually pop in late after my show has let out, so snagging a table or a seat at the bar is a little easier. It’s a super-cozy New York staple, and I feel it will always be timeless. It has delicious food that can either be enjoyed in the formal dining area or in the more casual tavern side of the restaurant.”
“I’m adding this to my list because I actually haven’t been able to get in yet. I’m dying to try it! I have been cyber-stalking this place on Google image search since it opened. I’m basically kissing ass here hoping this mention will help me get in!!”
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