More New York Restaurants Featured On The Musical Show "Smash"
By Gregory Jacobs-Roseman (Composer-Lyricist)
Ever since I posted about some of the New York restaurants the show Smash has filmed in, I’ve gotten a lot of positive response (note: I haven’t yet had time to watch this week’s episode so I’m a little behind). In particular, last week I received a number of emails (Seriously, thank you to everyone who wrote to me! Awesome to know that you're reading and want more! If anyone ever wants to email me a question/response/comment, simply comment directly on the post here on the blog, or click "Email Him" at the bottom of my posts.) asking me to lend my otherwise useless ability to spot and name restaurants on the show to help identify an establishment in the episode “Hell on Earth,” that has some truly fabulous wallpaper. Here's one of the emails I received:
to: Gregory Jacobs-Roseman
date: Wed, Apr 4, 2012 at 11:19 AM
subject: Please do you know this restaurant? From Smash episode 9..
I'm crazy about that wall paper.. must see it in person! Do you know where this scene was shot? I can't find anywhere on the internet.
Thank you for your time.
There was a screenshot from the show attached. Other emails referred to it as the restaurant "with faces on the wall." The writers of these emails are referring to this scene:
And sadly I have to be honest, this one stumped me. I’ve never eaten in this restaurant, and after a multitude of Google searches, as well as an email to my father (who’s knowledge of dining rooms across the city is even more encyclopedic than my own) I’m still empty-handed. So, as I try to solve the puzzle of this elusive restaurant, I put the question to you, dear readers of Crazytown: do any of you know where this was filmed? Spotting actual New York venues is one of my favorite games with this show, and now that I’ve found one I can’t pinpoint I’m incredibly curious.
As for spots I could pick out, first here’s a shot from the episode “The Coup,” where we see Ivy sweating to the oldies in a second-floor fitness center called “Buster’s Gym.”
Never heard of Burster’s Gym before? That’s because it’s not a real gym. This is actually the health-conscious Pita Grill on 57th and 2nd that I order delivery from almost once a day after getting home from my gym (which is sadly not on the second floor of Pita Grill). I snapped this photo the other day:
They even kept Pita Grill’s tagline: “for a healthy attitude” (which gives me a chuckle because when I first moved to the neighborhood almost seven years ago, this space was a two-story McDonalds). I feel sorry for whoever had to lug those exercise bikes up those stairs.
Also in that same episode Derek and Karen are spotted at Angelo’s Pizza on 55th and 2nd:
So there’s your nerdy Smash restaurant update for now. As a send off, I was surprised to learn a week or two ago that the series is loosely based off of a Garson Kanin novel of the same name. Being the geek that I am, I immediately ordered a copy on Amazon.com. I have yet to read it, but the 502-page paperback has a garish metallic cover worthy of the early 1980’s in which it was published:
How... shiny. Expect more Smash realness coming your way here in the future I'm sure, and if anyone has any leads on the aformentioned face-wallpaper restaurant, please let me know.
GREGORY JACOBS-ROSEMAN is a composer/lyricist and theatrical sound designer currently developing Save The Date: A New Musical Comedy. www.gregjr.com
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