Eating with the VIPs in New York

Eating with the VIPs in New YorkNew York is home to over 25,000 restaurants. With such a cornucopia of dining options, it can be difficult to know where to go, especially if you have limited time in the city. One of the best ways to judge which restaurants are ahead of the rest is by the type of clientele they attract. If those with the world at their fingertips choose to dine in a certain place, those restaurants are probably also worth your patronage.

Engel and Völkers have picked out three New York restaurants regularly frequented by the great and the good, where an unparalleled dining experience is given extra spice by the presence of VIPs.

Chef Alex Guarneschelli is a celebrity in her own right, appearing on the Food Network and bringing New Yorkers flocking to Butter on the strength of her reputation. Set in fashionable NoHo, the restaurant is bright and modern inside, with a selection of different rooms for added intimacy and exclusivity. Showered by certificates of excellence and in possession of a Wine Spectator award-winning wine list, it is owned by Scott Sartiano, ex-boyfriend of Ashley Olsen. For a celebrity studded experience, head down on a Monday night to spot the likes of Beyoncé, Shakira, Paris Hilton, Leonardo DiCaprio and Sarah Jessica Parker sampling the seasonal menu and sipping the speciality cocktails.

Il Cantinori
This homely pocket of Tuscan hospitality is inviting, unpretentious and a solid neighbourhood favourite with those living in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. Many stars will also journey from further afield to savour the simple flavours and high quality ingredients used by this cosy Italian outpost. Jennifer Aniston and Bradley Cooper are regulars, as are celebrity families like the Beckhams who love the friendly, warm service that extends to all visitors, regardless of their fame and status. Sex and the City aficionados will recognise the restaurant’s intimate proportions and mood lighting from Carrie’s 35th birthday celebrations – that cameo hasn’t exactly hurt its reputation either!

21 Club
Perhaps the most iconic celebrity haunt in the city, this revered institution has a long and stylish past. Set conveniently close to some incredible Broadway venues, the restaurant has an air of theatricality and old style glamour about it. Once a speakeasy during the Prohibition era, the Club is decorated in typical New York style, with quirky artefacts hanging from the ceiling and a miniature jockey logo. Notable VIPs from days gone by include Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe and Presidents John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon. The draw of the 21 Club hasn’t waned over time, with Dan Rather and Eliot Spitzer, Bob Scheiffer, quarterback Peyton Manning, Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman all frequently spotted dining at the chequered clothed tables.

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