2021: Manhattan Voted Gotham Bar & Grill Best People/Celebrity Watching Spot!
Gotham Bar & Grill
12 E 12th St
(212) 380-8660 – www.gothambarandgrill.com
Recently reopened after months of dormancy, Gotham Bar & Grill has been one of the top-rated and most popular restaurants in New York City for more than 35 years. That cachet and popularity have made it a popular spot for celebrities, including the string of celebrity chefs and restaurant owners who have either worked there or eaten there. Danny Meyer was reportedly a regular at the restaurant before he opened his famous Union Square Café a few blocks away in 1985. Celebrity chefs who have worked at Gotham Bar & Grill have included Tom Colicchio, who went on to open Gramercy Tavern with Meyer in 1994. Those who enjoy celebrity watching should keep an eye out for the restaurant’s reopening.
2020: Manhattan Voted Patsy’s Italian Restaurant Best People/Celebrity Watching Spot!
Patsy’s Italian Restaurant
236 W 56th St
(212) 247-3491 – www.patsys.com
Established in 1944, family-owned Patsy’s Italian Restaurant continues to go strong! Patsy’s motto is there are restaurants you go to…and there are restaurants you go back to. They must be on to something because it seems like they have a lot of repeat customers, particularly celebrities like Alec Baldwin, Ben Stiller, George and Amal Clooney, David Letterman, Oprah Winfrey and Jennifer Lopez, to name a few. The next time you want a great Italian meal, or just want a place to people watch, you are always guaranteed for a treat when you go to Patsy’s. You never know, you may find yourself ordering the same plate of meatballs as your favorite starlet!