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NYC's Best Celeb-Owned Spots

When a restaurant is owned by a celebrity, you never know who might walk in the door. Here's a shortlist of restaurants noted for two highlights: good food and prime stargazing potential.

  • Locanda Verde
    • Italian
    • TriBeCa
    Food
    24
    Decor
    22
    Service
    20
    Cost
    $64

    Good to know: Robert De Niro is the celebrity backer behind Andrew Carmellini’s Tribeca Italian.

  • Do Hwa
    • Korean
    • West Village
    Food
    22
    Decor
    18
    Service
    19
    Cost
    $41

    Good to know: Quentin Tarantino is behind this scene-y West Village Korean.

  • Waverly Inn
    • American
    • West Village
    Food
    22
    Decor
    22
    Service
    20
    Cost
    $74

    Good to know: Keep an eye out for publishing magnate (and owner) Graydon Carter and his clubby coterie. 

  • Mermaid Oyster Bar
    • American
    • Greenwich Village
    Food
    22
    Decor
    18
    Service
    20
    Cost
    $48

    Good to know: This Cape Cod-style upscale seafood shack is owned by actor/director Zach Braff.

  • Tiny's & The Bar Upstairs
    • American
    • TriBeCa
    Food
    21
    Decor
    17
    Service
    18
    Cost
    $45

    Good to know: This trendy - and indeed, tiny - TriBeCan is helmed by nightlife czar Matt Abramcyk and former NY Ranger Sean Avery.

  • SPiN New York
    • Bar
    • Flatiron
    Atmo.
    21
    Decor
    19
    Service
    17
    Cost
    M

    Good to know: This Ping-Pong joint lists Susan Sarandon as an owner.

  • Jack's Wife Freda
    • Mediterranean
    • SoHo
    Food
    19
    Decor
    16
    Service
    19
    Cost
    $36

    Good to know: Actress Piper Perabo is an investor in this homey Americana with kosher flair.

  • The 40/40 Club
    • Sports Bar
    • Flatiron
    Atmo.
    19
    Decor
    19
    Service
    16
    Cost
    M

    Good to know: Music mogul Jay-Z is a co-owner of this Flatiron hot spot for hip-hop-loving big spenders.

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