A very She & Him guide to New York and Los Angeles

M. Ward picks his favorite places in NYC and L.A..



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    Frankie's 457 Spuntino

    Frankie's 457 Spuntino

Photograph: Autumn DeWilde

New York

"When I'm in New York and I have any time off, I go to Central Park (59th St to 110th St from Fifth Ave to Eighth Ave; 212-310-6600, centralparknyc.org). One of my favorite things in the summertime is to sit and watch the disco roller skaters (skate circle at midpark, enter at W 72nd St or E 72nd St; cpdsa.org; skaters return April 2012)."

"Another thing I like to do when I have time off in New York is go to the Guggenheim (1071 Fifth Ave at 89th St; 212-423-3500, guggenheim.org). The Frank Lloyd Wright building alone is worth the price of admission. It just makes you feel good, and you're right next to Central Park."

"There's a restaurant in Brooklyn and now in [Manhattan] that I love called Frankies Spuntino (457 Court St between Luquer St and 4th Pl, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn; 718-403-0033 * 570 Hudson St at 11th St, 212-924-0818 * 17 Clinton St between E Houston and Stanton Sts, 212-253-2303 * frankiesspuntino.com). Their specialty is Italian food, done simply and done fresh. It's definitely one of my favorite restaurants."

Los Angeles

"I grew up just north of L.A. in Ventura County. Whenever I have spare time, I drive up to Griffith Park (4730 Crystal Springs Dr; 323-913-4688, laparks.org) and get lost in those hills—in a good way—and go down memory lane."

"I love the beaches along that part of the coast, because that's my childhood, driving up and down those beaches. There's a little shack called Neptune's Net (42505 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA; 310-457-3095, neptunesnet.com) that holds a lot of memories from when I was kid. I find myself there occasionally."

"The Hollywood Bowl (2301 North Highland Ave; 323-850-2000, hollywoodbowl.com) is a very nice place to play music. I also like the Walt Disney Hall (111 S Grand Ave between 1st and 2nd Sts; 980-575-7099, laphil.com), the new one downtown. There's something about the architecture of both—they're just sonically sound places. The best theaters are the ones where the sound comes back at you in a good way. You have monitors, but that's only a small part of what comes bouncing back when you're onstage. That's what I'm always looking for whenever I'm playing music."

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