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Best Celebrity Chef Restaurants In NYC

March 29, 2011 12:42 PM

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There’s lots of cool things about living in New York City, but by far one of the coolest? There’s lots of famous people here. And what’s even cooler – a lot of them like to cook. Check out our favorite celebrity chef restaurants in New York City. C’mon, you’ve seen the chef on TV, now make a reservation to see him in person. By Valerie Stivers

Babbo (Mario Batali)

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110 Waverly Place
New York, NY 10011
(212) 777-0303
babbonyc.com
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Food Network star Molto Mario’s crocs and long red hair make him one of New York’s most recognizable food personalities. His local Italian empire includes Esca, Lupe and Otto, among others, but Babbo put beef cheeks on the map.

Bouley (David Bouley)

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163 Duane Street
New York, NY 10013
(212) 964-2525
davidbouley.com
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Beyond his exquisite French cuisine, chef David Bouley is best known for jumping in with the relief efforts during September 11th, when two of his restaurants were destroyed by the collapse of the World Trade Center. His flagship, Bouley, is back in an address on Duane Park.

DBGB Kitchen & Bar (Daniel Boulud)

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299 Bowery
New York, NY 10003
(212) 933-5300
danielnyc.com/dbgb.html
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The After Hours With Daniel host was the first to stuff a burger with foie gras in the late 90s, touching off the gourmet burger wars that rage to this day. His gastropub on lower Bowery (near where punk-rock club CBGBs used to be) is on-trend with whole animal options like tasting plates of bone marrow and pigs feet—and of course, there’s the “ménage a trois” burger flight.

Bar Americain (Bobby Flay)

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152 West 52nd Street
New York, NY (212) 265-9700
baramericain.com
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The Iron Chef takes a whack at classic American dishes. His gourmet versions of small-town cuisine includes shrimp and grits, a chopped salad with a Meyer Lemon vinaigrette and grilled pizza with double-smoked bacon.

Brasserie Les Halles (Anthony Bourdain)

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411 Park Ave South
New York, NY 10016
(212) 679-4111
leshalles.net/brasserie

Les Halles is where it all began… where Anthony Bourdain was living hard, wielding big knives, and cursing out the kitchen staff before he wrote Kitchen Confidential, his tell-all memoir about the dirty business of high end dining. With a new book out (Medium Raw) and his Travel Channel show No Reservations, Bourdain is still going strong, and so is Les Halles.

Perilla (Harold Dieterle)

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9 Jones Street
New York, NY 10014
(212) 929-6868
perillanyc.com
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The winner of the first season of Top Chef has done better than many of the program’s alums, opening his own NYC restaurant to widespread acclaim. Perilla is a small place in the Village, serving Dieterle’s delicate, subtly Asian-influenced fresh and seasonal cuisine. Dieterle is not as famous as the other chefs on the list, but you can be sure he’s in the kitchen himself.

Per Se (Thomas Keller)

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10 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10014
(212) 823-9225
www.perseny.com
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Thomas Keller is the California superstar responsible for Napa dining mecca French Laundry. A visit to the Time Warner skyscraper in Midtown doesn’t have quite the same élan. Still, Keller’s painstaking, impeccably sourced cuisine makes this the fine-dining must-stop in New York City.

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