Check out some of the coolest celebrity-owned restaurants in NYC! There are so many amazing places to eat, so let us help you with some top recommendations!
Today we will share with you 5 amazing celebrity-owned restaurants in NYC for you to check out!
We all know that New York is one of America’s top culinary capitals boasting of a variety of cuisines and many Michelin-starred restaurants.
Whether you fancy traditional dining or want to try avant-garde dishes, there are many places in the metropolis where you can go.
It’s no wonder that celebrities also dabble in restaurants, for very few places in the world can compare to the culinary scene that unfolds in the city that never sleeps.
Here are celebrity-owned restaurants that you should try the next time you’re in NYC.
NYC has its share of old and historic restaurants that you can explore to appreciate the city’s incredible food scene.
However, for those who just want a traditional eatery, the Italian American restaurant, Joanne Trattoria, is a place to consider.
It is owned by the parents of celebrity Lady Gaga and cookbook author Art Smith. The latter was the former chef of American talk show host Oprah Winfrey.
The restaurant itself is named after Gaga’s aunt, Joanne. Located just a short walk from the American Folk Art Museum, the homey trattoria features traditional Italian dishes such as spaghetti and meatballs, gnocchi, and pizzas.
The aim of the restaurant is to offer classic and delicious Italian fare in a family-style place.
Location: 70 West 68th Street, Upper West Side
Nobu Downtown and TriBeCa Grill
Japanese chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa, Hollywood actor Robert de Niro, and businessman Meir Teper are the forces behind the success of 50 gourmet restaurants and 13 luxury hotels.
The men were at the helm of their ventures since 1994.
Thanks to the fusion cuisine that combines South American ingredients with traditional Japanese recipes, the renowned brand has won the hearts of diners all over the world.
Chef Matsuhisa is famous for his black cod with miso sauce and Hokusetsu premium sake
Location: 195 Broadway, Financial District
In addition to the high-end brand, de Niro has also a stake in Tribeca Grill, a barbecue restaurant with an award-winning wine list and a great spot for people-watching.
His partner in this venture is Drew Nieporent, a famous NYC restaurateur.
Location: 375 Greenwich Street, TriBeCa
The 40/40 Club
Just a stone’s throw away from Madison Square is the luxury sports bar, The 40/40 Club. Co-owned by American rapper and hip-hop mogul, Jay-Z, the club features gigantic plasma screens and private lounges.
It first opened in NYC in 2003 and since then has expanded to other locations including Brooklyn and the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
The club borrows its name from baseball’s 40/40 club which is composed of player who have hit 40 home runs and 40 stolen bases in one baseball season.
To date, only four Major League Baseball (MLB) players belong to this exclusive club.
Meanwhile, if you’re planning to check out the joint, expect scrumptious appetizers, sliders, and salads.
Location: 6 West 25th Street, Flatiron District
Mermaid Oyster Bar
For oyster lovers, Zach Braff’s restaurant is the place to go because it features 16 amazing and delicious varieties of oysters.
Chef Laurence Edelman who is a friend of Braff since he was 13 years old co-owns the place with the American actor and filmmaker best known for his role as JD in Scrubs.
The joint is also known for its lobster rolls and ‘oyster happy hours.’ You can find the upscale seafood place at Greenwich Village.
Whether it’s for fame, money, or simply passion, celebs who opened restaurants on their own or with partners in NYC are offering diners different dining experiences.
It’s also an opportunity to see other luminaries who patronize their eating places.
Location: 89 MacDougal Street, Greenwich Village
Credits: Courtesy of Jay Wennington and all restaurants