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visiting friend wants to see celebrities - where would you take her?

I need to make a reservation for next week for dinner with a friend coming in from SF. She wants to go where she might see famous people.

I was thinking spotted pig or waverly inn - but they are annoying because you never know if you'll actually get a table.

any other ideas?

thx
Michelle

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    1. re: LeahBaila

      Gemma's a good celeb bet these days.

      1. re: ABT

        I third Gemma. I saw Cameron Diaz dining outdoors.

      2. re: LeahBaila

        2nd Bar Pitti. Over the years I've dined bseside Jay Z, Beyonce, Lohan+Ronson, one of the Olsens, Famke Janssen, etc. And even though your friend seems more taken with celeb spotting, the food is really good there.

      3. If you go late, i.e. after theater, Orso gets many celebrities. And the food is great, too.

        1. Michelle, there's always Elaine's on the upper east side (arrive during the latter part of the evening and do the bar)...or you might try Balthazar in SoHo, though the tables there are harder to come by...

          1. you'll very likely get a table at waverly if you go on a weekday, on the early or late side. its mystique has faded somewhat (thank goodness).

            josie's on the uws is the only other celeb heavy spot i can think of. i'm horrible at spotting ppl -- and even when i do, i'm too embarrassed / reluctant to violate privacy to really look. but for what it's worth, i've been there when dining companions spied matt damon (behind us at brunch), uma thurman (a few tables down at dinner), and cast members from The Office.

            it's too bad i'm not really a huge fan of the food at Josie's. :)

            i also hear buddakan is (still) a celeb heavy scene.

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            1. re: cimui

              I'm admittedly not the best celebrity chaser (I once had an entire conversation with Lenny Kravitz without knowing who he was), but Josie's?? I pass by nearly everyday and have never seen anyone interesting there. Who've you spotted?

              1. re: JungMann

                Heh! I once told Carrie Fisher at a party that she looked familiar.... She had to sing the Star Wars theme to me before I figured it out.

                I saw Matt Damon after my friend pointed him out, as well as Mindy Kaling on another occasion, but I would've had to go to the bathroom or crane my neck to unworkable degrees to see Uma. So mostly, I saw the back of someone's head, whom someone else alleged to be Uma.

                To bring it back to food, though... I know healthy food can be very tasty (my mother's food is a good example). So there's no excuse for the rubbery meatloaf, arid cornbread, and flavorless butternut squash soup at Josie's. Cocktails (note: not healthy) are, however, delicious.

                1. re: cimui

                  I agree with your assessment of the food at Josie's, which is one of the major reasons I'm surprised that celebrities would go there, especially with the explosion of good high-end restaurants in the neighborhood. Although I guess I can understand Mindy Kaling eating there ;-)

                  I once saw Keanu Reeves hanging outside my building but mistook him for a homeless man.

                  1. re: JungMann

                    A lot of celebrities are watching their waistline which is probably why they'll go to places like Josie's. Just look at all the celebrity pictures at Pump -- they're not going there because the food is tasty.

                    1. re: Miss Needle

                      I don't trust any celebrity's taste in food. Unless they're fat. :)

                    2. re: JungMann

                      if you ever have a reason to go back to josie's, the tuna burger and veggie plate are reliably good.

                2. re: cimui

                  Last time I was at Josies Kyra Sedgwick sat right next to my GF and I. Also Law and Order was being filmed right across the street.

                3. Waverly Inn was crawling with models and celebs Monday. J-Lo was there. I have seen a lot at La Esquina: Clive Owen, Vivica Fox, Carl Lewis, Ne-yo.

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                  1. re: chow_gal

                    it was celeb-heavy last night as well. the paparazzi were camped outside all night, flashbulbs going off constantly. it was obnoxious...as was the hostess. our server was a doll, though.