Best Neighborhood for Celeb Watching New York 2009 - West Village
Times Square only approaches a fun level at around 7 p.m. because that's when you see all the Broadway stars, not quite made up yet, racing to their theaters to sing and dance for their touristy fan base. It's a sight potentially filled with too much information, but it's stellar nonetheless and definitely something to tweet about. But way downtown, the West Village is the prime star-spotting area in the city, especially if you're looking for icons with a quirkier, more New York-y slant and some interesting outfits. Sit near the window at French Roast (78 West 11th Street, 212-533-2233, frenchroastny.com), don't look down at your food, and you might very well catch Parker Posey prancing by on her cell, Patricia Clarkson walking her teeny dog, Kristen Johnston gabbing with a friend, or Julianne Moore parading around with her interesting family. Feel free to Twitter up a storm with each new spotting, but don't bang on the window and demand the divas' attention. Have some respect for the accessible yet unattainable!