Whether you prefer a quiet dinner or a night out on the town, your chances of hanging with the stars increase greatly when you hit up one of these seven spots. So, go on and party like a movie star. And, with some luck, run into a few. By Annie Reuter.
See Also: 5 NYC Celebrity Hangouts
The Spotted Pig
314 West 11th Street at Greenwich St.
See Also: NYC’s 10 Best Gastropubs
Jay-Z is an investor and regularly frequents this West Village gastropub. While the restaurant prides itself on privacy, Jude Law, Luke Wilson, David Schwimmer, Courtney Love, Michael Stipe and Mario Batali have reportedly been spotted here. Stop in and try their popular burger or grab a drink and people watch at the bar.
403 W. 13th Street
There’s a lot to take in when you’re hanging in the Meatpacking District. You can imbibe some Southeast Asian delicacies at the Spice Market, where Hugh Jackman ran into Jill Zarin of “Real Housewives of New York City” recently. Keep your eyes peeled, as you never know who might be dining nearby. Take a photo of the decorated restaurant interior, and feel free to sneak another of the celebrities at the table next to you too. (Just make sure your flash is turned off!)
18 Ninth Avenue (at 13th Street)
See Also: NYC’s Best Hotel Bars
A staple of the Meatpacking District, Hotel Gansevoort’s rooftop bar offers a picturesque view of New York. It’s no wonder reality star Kim Kardashian and her husband chose this location as their new digs.
848 Washington Street, NY, NY 10014
See Also: NYC’s 10 Best Rooftop Bars
A short walk away from the Gansevoort sits this swanky establishment. Located underneath the High Line, it’s the perfect spot for a meal or cocktail. Beyonce and former Destiny’s Child bandmates were seen celebrating Kelly Rowland’s album release recently. That same night, fellow musicians Maxwell and Estelle were also found.
116 10th Ave., NY, NY 10011
A hotbed for celebrity gawking, former “Dancing with the Stars” partners Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy have been spotted here. Vanessa Hudgens has also been seen dancing up a storm while Fergie and the rest of the Black Eyed Peas have deejayed and performed at the club.
42nd St & 12th Ave, NY, NY 10036
See Also: NYC’s 5 Best Bowling Alleys
Movie stars, musicians and athletes frequently party here. Gerard Butler, Jim Carrey and NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon are some recent A-listers seen. Known as the ultimate social entertainment experience, the Manhattan location includes a Luxe Lounge for the famous who’d rather remain discreet.
645 9th Avenue, NY, NY 10036
See Also: NYC’s 9 Best Fried Pickles
An ideal place to wind down, the original location of Justin Timberlake’s restaurant on the Upper East Side recently hosted a secret show by the musician/actor/heartthrob. It’s also where Derek Jeter went with then girlfriend Minka Kelly to celebrate his 3,000th hit. Relax and grab a pint or order fried pickles.
Annie Reuter is a freelance writer and music blogger. She is the founder and head writer of YouSingIWrite.com.