Ali Stroker’s fave Chelsea spot has ‘out of this world’ brownies
A lot of Broadway, a little rock ‘n’ roll and some Dolly Parton: You’ll hear all that and more when “Glee” guest star Ali Stroker performs Feb. 28 as part of Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series. “Dolly is one of my inspirations,” says the 32-year-old, who inspired countless others as the first performer to rock a wheelchair on Broadway. The Tony-winning “Oklahoma!” star, who grew up in Ridgewood, NJ, now lives in Chelsea with her partner. She tells The Post where you just may find them on the weekend.
We love to go out for coffee in the mornings. We rotate — we go to Starbucks or Joe Coffee. I’m such a sucker for branding! I love the fonts Joe’s uses on all their cups and stuff. And their coffee’s really strong.
One of the things we love to do is cook — it helps us unwind and celebrate the week. So we’ll go down to Chelsea Market and Dickson’s [Farmstand Meats] and get a chicken or steaks or meat to make meatballs. Chelsea Market’s so amazing! There’s a cheese area, a greenmarket for vegetables . . . and the Fat Witch Bakery. I discovered them while I was in college [at NYU]. I used to go on Valentine’s Day and get myself brownies. Their brownies are out of this world!
We’ve been trying to get out of our neighborhood a little bit because Chelsea’s gotten a lot more crowded. The other night, we went to the Upper East Side to this amazing Mexican restaurant, Maya. There’s something about being a forever theater kid — Mexican food feels like celebration. I don’t know why, but I associate it with being done with a show. I [hardly] went out after “Oklahoma!” because I was sooo tired. But the few times I did, we’d go to Vanguard, this really fun wine bar on 51st Street, next to the “Wicked” stage door.
I also love Casellula on 52nd. It’s [another] wine and cheese bar and it’s so good. Unfortunately, it has some stairs. Being carried in and out of restaurants is not my favorite. So I haven’t been back for a while.
Accessibility is so important. I go to a gym, but I get most of my exercise pushing around the city. It was kind of a dream of mine to be a New Yorker, and it feels so amazing to have lived here for 15 years and call this city my home.
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