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Erich Bergen, who stars in Jersey Boys and Madame Secretary, in the Meatpacking District. Suit, Louis Vuitton ($3,660). 1 E. 57th St., 212-758-8877; Shirt, Bottega Veneta ($690). 23 E. 67th St., 212-879-5780;


ERICH BERGEN YOUR EYES MAY HAVE adored Erich Bergen in Jersey Boys, but how do you get to know him in real life? The star of the recently debuted Madam Secretary shared details on the kind of person he’d croon to. Ideal partner: “Someone who doesn’t take me, themselves, or life too seriously. I like people who are aware that life is over in the blink of an eye and can laugh through it.” Coolest spot for an NYC date: “Birdland, the legendary jazz club on 44th Street. You get to hear the best musicians in the world and eat amazing food that’s way cheaper than it should be. It’s a really sexy room and ideal for a date, whether it’s your first or fourth.” Best part of dating in NYC: “It’s the perfect town for spontaneity. Whatever you want to do, you can probably walk there.” Most challenging? “You’ll probably run into your ex walking down the street.” Proudest achievement: “Creating a life that enables me to get paid to do what I love. Show business is so fickle, but I have to remember I’ve actually achieved many of the goals I set for myself.” Favorite causes: “I work with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The folks over there have made this world a better place in countless ways.” Where to find him: Joe Allen on 46th Street a couple of nights a week. “Even if I’m not seeing a show, I’ll throw on a sport coat and meet people at the restaurant. It makes me feel like I’m part of show business.” —JENNIFER ASHLEY WRIGHT

Gotham - 2014 - Issue 6 - October  

Henrik Lundquist

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