Five of the Best: New York Restaurants for Celebrity Spotting

NYC is home to 25,000 restaurants. So where do the A-list decide to head for dinner?


Like most New Yorkers, the city’s celebs are obsessed with new openings and buzzed-about boites. Here’ are five restaurants where you’re more than likely to rub shoulders with movie stars, supermodels and even the odd President...

The Standard Grill

Bisecting the Highline, The Standard Hotel is one of NY’s starkest and hippest structures. Its restaurant, The Standard Grill, is tucked underneath the elevated park, and is a total celebrity magnet. They come for the scene, the cocktails (like the High Line fling made with Champagne, grapefruit and lavender) and the juicy steaks, chops and seafood from the grill.


Who goes: Karlie Kloss, Zachary Quinto, Florence Welch, Madonna

What to order: Flash-seared lamb chops

Waiting list: About two weeks for a peak-time weeknight table

The Standard Grill, 848 Washington Street, NY 10014. (212) 645 4100.



A-Listers can’t get enough of Marea. This Michelin-starred spot on Central Park South specialises in Italian seafood and chef Michael White has become a Stateside star in his own right for his intricate house-made pasta dishes and crudo – delicately sliced raw-fish and shellfish. Beyonce and Jay-Z are big fans.

Who goes: SJP, Beyonce and Jay-Z, Lady Gaga

What to order: Fusilli with red-wine braised octopus and bone marrow

Waiting list: About three weeks for a peak-time table

Marea, 240 Central Park South, NY 10019. (212) 582 5100.

Red Rooster

Michelle Obama is a huge fan of chef Marcus Samuelsson, who runs the star-studded Red Rooster in Harlem. Where the First Lady goes so other celebs follow, and they’re happy to share the communal tables at this upscale soul-food restaurant with other patrons – as long as Samuelsson’s cult dirty rice and shrimp is on the menu.


Who goes: Alicia Keys, Mindy Kaling, Michelle Obama, Katie Holmes

What to order: Dirty rice and shrimp

Waiting list: Around a month for a peak-time slot

Red Rosster, 310 Lenox Avenue, NY 10027. (212) 792 9001.

The NoMad

The roast chicken at The NoMad hotel’s restaurant is currently one of NYC’s most buzzed-about dishes. The burnished bird for two, the creation of chef Daniel Humm, is stuffed with brioche, black truffles and foie gras. It’s a dish that’s got the celebs flocking – in fact the food at The NoMad is so good that President Obama has even paid a visit, and the hotel has helped put a neighbourhood name on the map – NoMad stands for north of Madison Square Park.

Who goes: Coco Rocha, Kanye West, Katie Holmes, Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux

What to order: Roast chicken

Waiting list: You’ll need to call up 28 days in advance of your chosen date

The NoMad, 1170 Broadway & 28th Street, NY 10001.

The Beatrice Inn

The A-List flock around Graydon Carter’s restaurants like bees around honey. So ever since the Vanity Fair ed took over The Beatrice Inn in late 2012, the wood-panelled, low-slung dining rooms at this intimate West Village spot have been filled with movie stars and fashion heavyweights.

Who goes: Jake Gyllenhaal, Diane von Furstenburg, Anna Wintour, Marchesa’s Georgina Chapman, Amanda Seyfried

What to order: Lamb chops with artichokes

Waiting list: It’s not as hard as you’d think to score a seat – a week in advance can be enough to secure a peak-time table for two.

The Beatrice Inn, 285 West 12th Street, NY 10014. (917) 566 7400.

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