NYC Spots Owned, Affiliated and Haunted By Your Favorite Celebs

When you think of your favorites artists, like Justin Timberlake and Gavin DeGraw, you think of all the hits they’ve given us. When you think of Robert De Niro, you think of those movies that taught you everything you know about Italians, right? Well, perhaps you didn’t know – but some of your favorite celebs may be closer than you think–in the form of restaurants, clubs and bars of course.

If you’re looking to eat, drink, or simply seek out celebrities, we have provided you with a guide to Manhattan restaurants owned, affiliated and haunted by your favorite stars. So, if you find yourself seeking something fun and new to do, grab some friends for a night out on the town and check out these celeb hot spots! Maybe you’ll find your self dining among stars!

Price Ranges: ! = Reasonably Cheap, !!!! = Pretty Expensive

Mesa Grill: Located in Union Square, celebrity chef Bobby Flay is serving up his signature American style cooking. It is reasonably priced and has lovely brunch options! Prices: !!!!

Laughing Man Coffee and Tea: This coffee shop was the vision of X-Men star Hugh Jackman. He came up with the concept after he met a man on a trip he took to Ethiopia. The goal is to open multiple shops around the world and donate most of the money to charity. The New York shop is located downtown at 184 Duane street. According to the excellent reviews on, the tasty drink called “Flat White” is a must for a coffee lover. It is a hybrid of a cappuccino and a latte. Prices: !!

Nobu: This renowned Japanese restaurant is partly owned by our favorite local, Robert De Niro. Celebrity chef Nobu
Matsuhisa is known for blending traditional Japanese cuisine with South American traditions as well. The A-list ownership, plus an A-list menu, comes with A-list prices. So if you just got paid and have money to spend, this is the place to be. Prices: !!!!

Do Hwa: The co-owner of this Pan-Asian flair restaurant on Carmine St. is none other than film maker Quentin Tarantino. The menus are an ode to the film maker and contain movie posters for the films he’s made. Prices: !!!

The National Underground: Can’t afford fancy sushi and Japanese cuisine? Dancing With The Stars and “Not Over You’ singer Gavin DeGraw is the owner of this NYC dive. They serve good old fashioned charcoal grill pub food and drinks. His co-owner? His brother! Talk about brotherly love. The brothers stay true to their musical roots and have live music as well. There have also been some celebrities crawlin’ around this place. Check out some of the celebs who have stopped by! Prices: !!

Angels and Kings: Former Fall Out Boy and Ashlee Simpson’s ex husband, Pete Wentz, is responsible for the super cool downtown bar. If you’re looking for food, Angels and Kings is not the place to go–unless you want to drink your daily food groups in the form of beer, wine, and whiskey. Visits from celebs are documented using “mugshots” and can be seen on the bar’s website. Check it out! Prices: !!

The 40/40 Club: Everyone from New York knows that Jay-Z is the owner and founder of this 12,000 square ft. luxurious sports club. The club reflects his personality and lifestyle. And if you don’t know, now you know… Prices: !!!!

Tribeca Grill: Robert De Niro makes the list of celebrity owned restaurants once again with this downtown landmark! Other well known investors include, Bill Murray, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Sean Penn, Ed Harris, Lou Diamond Philips, Russell Simmons, Peter Max, Christopher Walken and Harvey & Bob Weinstein of the Weinstein Company. Prices: !!!

Southern Hospitality: This BBQ restaurant is owned by Justin Timberlake and has awesome drink specials! They have two locations: one on the upper east side on Second Avenue, and one in Hell’s Kitchen on Ninth Avenue. More info here! Prices: !!!

Destino: Justin Timberlake also owns this elegant Italian family eatery. It is located on First Avenue in Midtown. Check out the recognition it’s received! Prices: !!!

Locanda Verde: Three time’s a charm! The goodfella, Mr. Robert De Niro, makes his final appearance as co-owner of this affordable, neighborhood Italian restaurant located in Greenwich Village. See what the press thought! Prices: !!

Planet Hollywood: This tourist attraction and family favorite is owned by Whoopi Goldberg, Demi Moore, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sly Stallone, and Bruce Willis. If you’re a local and you’re feeling a little tourist-y, Planet Hollywood in Times Square is a great place to grab a quick bite and a sweet t-shirt with the famous chain logo! Prices: !!!

The Cutting Room: Chris Noth, who plays Carrie’s (Sarah Jessica Parker) love interest, Mr. Big in “Sex and the City” is a partner at this night club that features musicians including Norah Jones, Sheryl Crow, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kid Rock, Vanessa Carlton, Sandra Bernhard, Mini-Kiss and many more who have performed here; guests have included David Bowie, Ralph Fiennes, Ethan Hawke, Chris Rock, Kelsey Grammer, Steve Buscemi, Edie Falco, Russell Crowe and Toby McGuire. The club is located on West 24th street. Prices:!!!

Tiny’s and the Bar Upstairs: New York Rangers left wing Sean Avery and goalie Henrik Lundqvist own this cozy bar and restaurant located on West Broadway. Check out the lunch and dinner specials! Prices: !!

Joanne: Lady Gaga’s father received harsh reviews for his Trattoria, respectively named after his sister who passed away. If you ever want to see for yourself or see if Gaga is in the area in which she grew up, the restaurant is located on West 68th street between Columbus Circle and Central Park. Prices: !!!

Have you been to any of these celebrity owned hotspots? Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments below!



One Comment

  1. matt t says:

    been to mesa, nobu, tribeca and locanda.
    good food couldn’t overcome amateurish service at mesa, havn’t been back.
    nobu and tribeca are signature new york restaurants of the nineties that still hold up today. locanda’s (also in tribaca, not the village, btw) a current star, but repeated service issues around opening have kept me from going back

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