7 Famous Celebrity-Owned Restaurants in New York

Oct 27, 2020 01:12 AM EDT | By Kristine M. (staff@foodworldnews.com)


New York City abounds with restaurants and celebrities. Thus, it's quite expected that some of the famous NYC residents decided to share their passion for food.

Celebrities own some of the area's favorite dining spots. Try out these celebrity-owned restaurants in NYC.

Buffalo Boss, 400 Jay St.

Jay-Z invested in his cousin Jamar White's restaurant, Buffalo Boss, which serves organic chicken wings.

There are 12 homemade sauces to choose from, such as honey BBQ and lemon pepper to FITH (Fire In The Hole) and N'Sinerator (this fiery sauce will burn you!). Sweeten your meal with a side of sweet potato fries and the curiously interesting fried Oreos for dessert. 

The Insider mentions Jay-Z as having co-ownership on Spotted Pig, a popular brunch place, and 40/40 Club, an upscale sports bar. 

Tribeca Grill, 375 Greenwich St.

Owned by Oscar winner Robert De Niro, this restaurant takes pride in its old school American cuisine and steakhouse atmosphere. New York Magazine describes this place as "reliable, upscale bar and grill" and recommends the seared diver scallops; yellowfin-tuna tartare dish.

Joanne Trattoria, 70 W 68th St.

This place is co-owned by Lady Gaga's parents, Joseph and Cynthia Germanotta. The restaurant is named after Mr. Germanotta's late sister Joanne, the same Joanne, who inspired Lady Gaga's most recent album.

The atmosphere is cozy with warm lighting, rustic brick walls, a fireplace, and an outdoor patio. Enjoy their home-cooked Italian meals like fresh pasta and chicken scarpariello. They also serve traditional Italian dinner every Sunday. Do not skip their house specialty dessert, Nutella lasagna. 

Mermaid Oyster Bar, 79 MacDougal St. 

Zach Braff, actor, director, screenwriter, and Grammy award winner, turned restaurateur ventured into restaurant ownership in 2009. Together with his high school friend and chef Laurence Edelman, he opened up Mermaid Oyster Bar in Greenwich Village.

Mermaid Oyster Bar's vibe is casual and relaxed. They have an "oysterpedia," which comes in handy when ordering the shellfish delicacy. Not in the mood for oysters? You can try out the lobster roll, which many people love. It comes on griddled brioche with a side of old bay fries. 

Southern Hospitality, 645 9th Ave

Justin Timberlake owns this Midtown BBQ Joint, with close friends Eytan Sugarman and Tracy Ayala. The trio thought of enlightening NYC on Memphis cuisine by opening a restaurant specializing in BBQ and ribs.

Their menu is a mouth-watering powerhouse of southern staples like slow-smoked meat, fried chicken, blackened catfish, cornbread, and collard greens. 

Jack's Wife Freda, 224 Lafayette Street

Interview Magazine wrote about Piper Perabos' culinary affairs. The Coyote Ugly actress is a part-owner of this place. Jack's Wife Freda boasts of being one of the most Instagrammed brunch places in Manhattan.

The menu includes must-try matzo ball soup, which is especially good because the other co-owners draw on their Israeli heritage. Piper also invested in Employees Only, a prohibition-style bar in the West Village.

Le Bilboquet, 20 E 60th St.

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Eric Clapton is a part-owner of this classic French bistro located uptown. The Upper East Siders so enjoy their classic rosé, foie gras, and moules frites. In addition to the classics, their Cajun influenced dishes are elegantly satisfying.

Aren't you hungry yet? Take a trip to one of these famous restaurants for your next food adventure. I can't wait to visit them all and indulge in gastronomic delight.

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