The 10 Best New York Restaurants for Celebrity Sightings

Tucked away in booths or sitting out in the open, these are the restaurants where you're likely to see NYC's local and visiting celebrities—all while you enjoy a superb meal.

New York City is home to more than 8 million people and a great place to visit for countless others. And as a media and entertainment hub, a lot of these locals and visitors are celebrities. Like the rest of us, they enjoy a night out on the town with friends or a quiet meal as a respite after a busy day. From elegant eateries and home-away-from-home watering holes in Midtown to trendy restaurants below 14th Street, here are 10 of the best places for celebrity sightings.

1) The Spotted Pig

“In the West Village, The Spotted Pig continues to be a celebrity favorite, in addition to being co-owned by celebrity Chef Mario Batali. The list of famous faces that have stopped by the seasonal British and Italian restaurant could go on and on. From Jay Z and Beyoncé to Taylor Swift, Kirsten Dunst, Ryan Gosling and Maggie and Jake Gyllenhaal, everyone loves The Spotted Pig—making it the ideal place to spot someone well known.” —Patrick Minor, concierge, Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC

Get there: 314 W. 11th St., New York, NY, 212.620.0393, thespottedpig.com

2) White Street and 3) Upland

White Street

“From actors to politicians to media moguls, you never know who will be enjoying the decadent ambiance of White Street, a gorgeous restaurant and bar in TriBeCa.” Word has it, over the past year, Eddie Redmayne, Christian Slater, Chelsea Clinton, Gabourey Sidibe, the ladies of The View, and even Madonna have stopped by the elegant eatery—housed in a former armory—to sip classic cocktails and savor Executive Chef Jason Lawless’ modern American cuisine. In 2014, President Obama even held a fundraiser in the space. The first family is also fans of Upland, the New American restaurant in the Flatiron District where “celebrities are a nightly occurrence.” —Lesley Mulholland, concierge, Gansevoort Park Avenue NYC

Get there: White Street, 221 W. Broadway, New York, NY, 212.944.8378, whitestreetnyc.com; Upland, 345 Park Ave. So., New York, NY, 212.686.1006, uplandnyc.com

4) The Polo Bar and 5) Glass House Tavern

Glass House Tavern

The Polo Bar is a celebrity magnet—there is usually one sitting under every painting—and every time I am there I see one. There are too many to name, from Barbra Streisand and Jerry Seinfeld to Rihanna and Bradley Cooper. In fact, Sarah Jessica Parker was at the Midtown destination this past week. Other celebrity-spotting places are the plethora of Broadway and Off-Broadway shows on any of the days leading up to opening night. Celeb pals can be found in the audience showing support. After the show, many of the Broadway cast members like to hang out at Glass House Tavern in the Theater District. There is a large table in the back where the cast assembles and shares spirits and food. It’s a regular hotspot. Guaranteed.” Tip: It’s pretty tough to snag a reservation at the much-coveted Polo Bar, so if you want to make sure you’re on the list, ask your concierge for assistance. —Frederick Bigler, chef concierge, The Peninsula New York

Get there: The Polo Bar, 1 E. 55th St., New York, NY, 212.207.8562, ralphlauren.com; Glass House Tavern, 252 W. 47th St., New York, NY, 212.730.4800, glasshousetavern.com

6) Santina and 7) Dirty French

Santina

“Among the restaurants you can find celebrities is Santina, the sister restaurant to Dirty French [the über-popular French bistro in The Ludlow hotel]. Both are trendy eateries where celebrities tend to go.” Stars of both the small and silver screens have enjoyed hearty Italian bites at The Meatpacking District’s Santina, while across town on the Lower East Side they satisfy cravings for tuna tartare and foie gras with Dirty French’s New York spin on classic French bistro fare. —Harald Mootz, concierge, The St. Regis New York

Get there: Santina, 820 Washington St., New York, NY, 212.254.3000, santinanyc.com; Dirty French, 180 Ludlow St., New York, NY, 212.254.3000, dirtyfrench.com

Dirty French

8) Dell'anima, 9) Anfora and 10) The Waverly Inn

“The West Village is favored by celebrities for its stylish, intimate venues and smaller restaurants that fly under the paparazzi radar. It’s also the most expensive place to live in the city right now, and a high concentration of stars and tastemakers are neighborhood residents. If you visit at night, start a crawl at the Italian spot dell'anima or the wine bar Anfora—the latter of which is where I once saw Andy Cohen with some of The Real Housewives of New Jersey crew discussing the upcoming season. The often-imitated and classic coziness of The Waverly Inn around the corner still attracts Calvin Klein and the vanguard of fashion for low-key weeknight dinners in the dining room or early evening cocktails in the front bar.” —Dana Steer, concierge, Viceroy New York

Get there: Anfora, 34 Eighth Ave., New York, NY, 212.518.2722, anforanyc.com; dell'anima, 38 Eighth Ave., New York, NY, 212.366.6633, dellanima.com; The Waverly Inn, 16 Bank St., New York, NY, 917.828.1154, waverlynyc.com

 

Mackenzie Allison
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