Because no trip to New York City is complete without a celebrity spotting, ABC News has compiled a list of places where the stars like to hang out and dine. You can be just like famous people! Except they won’t have to endure long waits and reservation angst, and will get better service, freebies, and prime tables every time.
The restaurants and nightclubs that make ABC’s cut include Graydon Carter’s gastropubby Waverly Inn, the Standard Hotel’s Boom Boom Room, the clubby Simyone Lounge (SL), upscale Italian restaurant Lavo, and French bistro Pastis.
Seems like a reasonable list … if you wanted to stalk celebrities a few years ago.
OK, Lavo still gets its fair share of celebs, but who really wants to hang out at a place “where finance-types take their model girlfriends and sip Champagne”? But the Lion has totally stolen away Waverly Inn’s cool (and John DeLucie’s cooking skills), while the Ace Hotel (and its top-notch restaurants the Breslin and the John Dory Oyster Bar) beats the Trump International Hotel (though Jean Georges and Nougatine still rock). You’re more likely to find stars at the Lambs Club in the Chatwal Hotel, or by grabbing coffee at the West Village café Sant Ambroeus, than at Pastis. The Stanton Social also snares its quota of celebrities, though it’s not clear why. And for a clubbier scene, it wouldn’t be surprising if celebs started frequenting the just-opened Beauty & Essex.
Before you start clamoring for reservations, though, ask yourself: Is a $30 plate of mediocre ravioli really worth a Sarah Jessica Parker sighting?
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on December 17, 2010