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...but a big huge rock star friend is coming to town and we want to take him and his wife somewhere nice and quiet and untrendy where we can talk and they won't be gawked at or maybe even not recognized. Any thoughts?

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  1. Mas (farmhouse)?

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    Mas (Farmhouse)
    39 Downing St, New York, NY 10014

    1. Oriental Garden

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      Oriental Garden
      14 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

      1. Blue Ribbon bakery.

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        Blue Ribbon Bakery
        33 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014

        1. Bistro Lamazou.

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          http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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          Bistro Lamazou
          344 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010

          1. How about a place with a private room? A tatami room for example. What kind of food? What is more important, the quality of the food or the privacy?

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            1. re: AdamD

              The tatami room at Kyo Ya, perhaps?

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              Kyo Ya
              94 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

            2. Maialino's wine room seats up to 4 and is quite private.

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              Maialino
              2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

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              1. I always thought that -- with so many celebrities living in the city -- NYers are generally pretty cool about spotting someone, i.e. leaving them be.

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                1. re: linguafood

                  I agree. I've been in restaurants when friends have (discreetly) pointed out that some major celebrity (actor, actress, model, etc.) has been sitting at another table, and rarely does anyone pay any attention to them. The one exception I can think of was Dave Winfield (hall of fame then-outfielder for the New York Yankees), when he was in the Border Cafe, a Mexican restaurant he owned on 100 St. and Broadway, in the space currently occupied by Turkuaz.

                  1. re: Pan

                    Rod Stewart scarfed a slice of pizza at the long gone Golden's Pizza (now occupied by Joe's) some 20 years back and nobody blinked, or cared.

                    1. re: penthouse pup

                      I also don't see what the problem is. I've seen many celeb's eating out in NYC and beyond a glance no one seems to care much, no matter who it is.

                    2. re: Pan

                      I recently saw Courtney Love and a male companion picking up something at Russ and Daughters. She seemed disappointed that no one noticed her. What is the use of being a huge celebrity if everyone ignores you?

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                      Russ & Daughters
                      179 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

                    3. re: linguafood

                      Agreed. Most NYers give them their space. DH had a meal right next to Cream (including Clapton). He said nobody took pics or approached them.

                      I will say that when I have out of town guests, I sometimes get hounded as to what celebrities I've seen -- probably because celebrity sightings are rare in their town. So I'd stay away from restaurants where you have a lot of tourists.

                      1. re: linguafood

                        Yeah, I don't think you've got much to panic about. At McDonald's maybe, but your rockstar friend should go largely ignored in a nicer establishment where nobody cares who you're dining with.

                      2. Depending on what era of 'rock star', pick a restaurant that caters to a generation completely different from his/her followers. If he's 'current', just go where the previous generations dine. Any really good neighborhood place not on the tourist track should be just fine. As others have noted, NYers (as opposed to tourists) tend to be very cool about celebrities in their midst. BTW, if it's a woman, out of make-up, fancy stage hair, and costume, most people won't recognize her.

                        1. Emilio's Balato on Houston Street is known for just this sort of thing, ask Lenny Kravitz. Book the private dining space.

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                          Emilio's Ballato
                          55 E Houston St, New York, NY 10012

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                          1. re: Chuck Lawrence

                            Stars eat everywhere. But let the place have good food. Emilio Balato is not too good. Too bad Ennio and Michael's closed stars would eat there all the time and not get gawked at. Well sometimes Bill Cosby would cause a scene. Da Silvano always has stars there and no gawkers allowed. Da Andrea is a non trendy place that works too. Brushstroke would be good too. Some stars go to places in disguise , if its a crowded gawker type place. Dinero goes to Katz's with a ski hat pulled down covering most of his face. John Oates used to eat at Shopsins all the time with no disguise. Yoko Ono would eat at Jewel Bako with no gawkers. Stars do not want a private room. In the hamptons Billy Joel tries to sit in the middle of Nick and Toni's so everyone will gawk at him. Il Mulino is full of stars. If the guy is a really big star, call Rao's and tell them you want to go there, they may accomodate you, they like stars.

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                            Shopsin's General Store
                            120 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

                            Il Mulino
                            86 W 3rd St, New York, NY 10012

                            Rao's
                            455 E 114th St, New York, NY 10029

                            Da Andrea
                            35 W 13th St, New York, NY 10011

                            Jewel Bako
                            239 E 5th St, New York, NY 10003

                            Da Silvano
                            260 6th Ave, New York, NY 10014

                            Emilio's Ballato
                            55 E Houston St, New York, NY 10012

                            Brushstroke
                            30 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013

                            1. re: foodwhisperer

                              >Stars do not want a private room.

                              It totally depends on the "star" - Mr. Chow in BH is extremely popular with celebrities, but you'll almost never see them in the dining room since they're always seated in the private room.

                              1. re: uwsister

                                Not always seated in private room. Jay Z accidently spilled his drink on my friend in Mr Chow's ( uptown). Mr. Chow attracts celebs and is one of the worst restaurants and a rip off.

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                                Mr. Chow
                                324 East 57th Street, New York, NY 10022

                                1. re: foodwhisperer

                                  I was talking about Mr. Chow in Beverly Hills (BH = Beverly Hills.)

                          2. Chinatown is the obvious choice. Oriental Garden is great, but a lot of us gweilo dine there. I'd say go East of Bowery - Fuleen is excellent, and what Western diners you'll find are the kind who're more interested in food than rock stars.

                            For Japanese, there's a small private room at Kyo Ya. Get the kaiseki menu if your rock star can afford it.

                            For non-Asian, anything high-end (where teens aren't likely to be dining with a corner booth would probably be fine.

                            Are you willing to venture out of Manhattan? There are some excellent options in Park Slope & Brooklyn Heights I can think of...

                            I would definitely pass on Emilio's Ballato, though. Ever since the Times ran that piece about what a celebuhang it is, it's mobbed with touristy stargawkers.

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                            Fuleen
                            11 Division St, New York, NY 10002

                            Oriental Garden
                            14 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

                            Kyo Ya
                            94 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

                            1. You could go to that new place where you dine in the dark.... would make for interesting conversation too! :-)

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                              Dans Le Noir?
                              246 W 38th St, New York, NY 10018

                              1. Aburiya Kinnosuke

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                                Aburiya Kinnosuke
                                213 E 45th St, New York, NY 10017

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                                1. re: Simon

                                  Good choice, they have those little bamboo-separated tables, semi-private but you don't feel like you've had to go to a private room to get away from people.

                                  Pretty sure David Byrne and Yoko Ono used to eat at Omen in soho from time to time without any mishap. This was some time ago and it's probably even more off the radar now.

                                  Or if you want a privaate room, En has private rooms.

                                  Don't know about the rockstar element at Sugiyama, but I can't imagine anybody getting hassled there.

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                                  Omen
                                  113 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

                                2. Good suggestions, all. Thanks! I know we're all so cool about celebs in NYC, but he's the kind of recognizable one that would definitely be approached and possibly hassled, and as hostess I just want to make sure they can enjoy their dinner in peace. Dining at home is also possible, but only as a last resort.

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                                  1. re: Miss Rennie

                                    8 1/2 in 9W 57th.

                                    Never anyone in there so it won't be an issue.

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                                    Brasserie 8 1/2
                                    9 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019

                                    1. re: Pedr0

                                      pedro, your attempt at humor did not go unnoticed or unappreciated. i rolled on the floor laughing, as they say.

                                    2. re: Miss Rennie

                                      You mean to tell me you're friends with PETER LEMONGELLO?!!!!

                                      1. re: Miss Rennie

                                        If he is truly, truly famous, that's easy - ask his personal assistant where he likes to go when in NYC. From what I learned at a (extremely unglamorous) place of employment often dealing with celebs, most are very set in their ways and are wary of dealing with new surroundings.

                                        1. re: uwsister

                                          Why don't you just take him to one of the cities best like EMP, Per Se, or Le Bernardin. One, those places are uses to having celebrities dining there. Two, nobody will give two rats behinds who you are with because the food will be a bigger attraction than who's eating it. It's either that or find a private room. I know Madonna had a private room at The Modern the last time we ate there. When we left out the door, what seemed like a million camera bulbs went off. I didn't even realize that she was right behind us with her entourage.

                                          Ok, in all honestly, I didn't even know it was her until later. I had to ask one of the paparzzi.

                                          1. re: Db Cooper

                                            Right, no one would care really. I once had dinner at an upscale restaurant and Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones walked in and sat at the next table. No one bothered them.

                                            1. re: Db Cooper

                                              That is why it may help to know who this super duper rock star is. A Justin Bieber type may not even want to eat at EMP, Per Se, LB, etc.

                                        2. wherever you go, perhaps call in advance requesting a table off to the side/in a corner?

                                          1. Telepan would be a fine choice.

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                                            Telepan
                                            72 W. 69th Street, New York, NY 10023

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                                            1. re: coasts

                                              Years ago, when I was dining at Telepan, Michael J Fox and his family were sitting at the table right next to us. Nobody cared, nobody mined.

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                                              Telepan
                                              72 W. 69th Street, New York, NY 10023

                                            2. This will probably get deleted for a suggestion in 718, but Zenkichi has individual booths with a screen that rolls down in front of the table which is only raised when the server comes to bring or remove dishes. Otherwise you have to press a buzzer to get any attention. Can't see any other diners clearly in the place its so dark.

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                                              1. re: Bkeats

                                                I loved the atmosphere but found the food at Zenkichi to be rather disappointing.

                                              2. In my 36 years of hanging out in NYC, I can honestly say I have never once acknowledged a celebrity...and I have seen plenty. Sat one table away from Meryl Streep at Otto once and not one person went up to her.

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                                                Otto
                                                1 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003

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                                                1. re: pauliface

                                                  Obviously the place you are dining at will be more determinative about how much recognition or harassment you'll be receiving.

                                                  If you go to a fine dining establishment, obviously the rest of the diners will be more mature and otherwise not the type that harasses celebrities.

                                                  However, if the attentive service at fine dining establishments would be too attentive, as in you won't feel comfortable lounging about and having a somewhat serious conversation, yeah, it's going to be slightly more difficult. But I think any mid to high end price restaurant will probably afford you quite a bit of leeway to talk and eat.

                                                  I'm assuming you ain't going to be dining at mob/tourist spots like Red Lobster or Carmine's or Spice Market or those type of places.

                                                  1. re: ttoommyy

                                                    i saw Parker Posey at Otto the other night. she seemed comfortable hanging around the bar with us regular civilians.

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                                                    Otto
                                                    1 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003

                                                  2. is he bigger than jay-z and beyonce? because i ate lunch next to them at frankies 457 over the summer and nobody said a word.

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                                                    1. re: jon

                                                      I'm dying to know who it is too - be a sport and let us know. That said I would go to 21 or Four Seasons or Le Caprice. I always see "stars" when I go to Four Seasons.

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                                                      21 Club
                                                      21 West 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019

                                                      The Four Seasons
                                                      99 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022

                                                      1. re: jon

                                                        ...And they were at Buttermilk Channel in Brooklyn for New Years this year.

                                                        To the OP: if your friend is really so afraid of being approached, then they probably won't be approached—they just have a massive ego. As long as you don't take them to the Bubba Gump Shrimp in Times Square, you'll be fine. Also, as someone else said, if they're such a big star, wouldn't they have been to NYC enough times to know what/where they like?

                                                      2. HI Folks. Please confine the discussion here to restaurant suggestions for Miss Rennie and her guests. Chat about celebrities is off topic here. Thanks!

                                                        1. Well, if Per Se worked for JLo and Bradley Cooper (the 2011 People Magazine's SEXIEST MAN ALIVE!), then it should meet your and your friend's needs.

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                                                          Per Se
                                                          10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

                                                          1. It's really impossible to tailor a suggestion to a mystery guest. Chances are they've spent time in New York anyway.

                                                            My suggestion would be to pick one of two strategies... either go somewhere hot that's going to fit their image, and known for it's celebrity clientele or better yet - pick a place you love, that's dear to your heart, and share it with them. Somewhere off the beaten track they would never have stumbled on. Somewhere with charm and good food that might be more of a hidden gem. My experience is that's going to be far more memorable. They probably don't have the ability to discover their own hidden gems (and when they do, it's around the block, hence why the West Village places get regulars despite their food being just so-so), and a little normality while feeling like they're really seeing New York, will probably win them over.

                                                            As for discretion, it's funny to remember Paul McCartney apparently is a regular at Brooklyn Diner of all places. It shouldn't be an issue.

                                                            I think I would consider Diner, if the location isn't too inconvenient. The slanted booths in the front of the train car offer some privacy too.

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                                                            Brooklyn Diner
                                                            212 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019

                                                            1. And speaking of those guys, John Lennon loved New York partly because, as he said, "I can go out this door now and go in a restaurant... I mean, people come up and say hi. But they don't bug you."

                                                              IIRC he was a pretty big rock star, so I guess your friend should be all right.

                                                              1. Easy.....Sakagura

                                                                Or, Tulsi

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                                                                Sakagura
                                                                211 East 43rd Street, New York, NY 10017

                                                                Tulsi
                                                                211 E 46th St, New York, NY 10017