When you’re in Manhattan, you’re never more than a few yards away from a famous face. New York City is home to movie stars, musicians, politicians and celebrities from the world of sports. And if you’re in the right place at the right time, you might just get to meet one of your heroes.
Hanging out in one of these 10 famous celebrity hot spots might just make all your dreams come true.
1. Rockefeller Center
Rockefeller Center has been used as a backdrop for many famous movie and TV scenes over the years. Famous for its Plaza, Christmas trees and ice-skating rink, this is one of the most recognizable urban settings in the world. But the reason it’s a great place for celebrity spotting is the fact that “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” is filmed at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Loiter here during shooting days, and there’s a good chance you’ll spot an A-list movie star.
• 45 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10111
2. The Spotted Pig
April Bloomfield is the holder of two Michelin stars, which earns her a celebrity following around the world. The British chef is in charge at The Spotted Pig in West Village, and her stunning cuisine has attracted superstars such as Kanye West and David Schwimmer. This gastropub is always a hive of celebrity activity, but particularly so at Christmas.
• 314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014
3. Madison Square Garden
Home to the New York Knicks and the New York Rangers, you’ll often see superstars of the sports world in and around Madison Square Garden. The famous arena also hosts regular championship boxing bouts and concerts. A regular performer at the Garden is Billy Joel, whose concerts always attract celebrity fans such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Howard Stern and Jimmy Kimmel.
• 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, NY 10001
4. The Polo Bar
The Polo Bar is a modest yet stylish eatery in Midtown that serves classic American burgers, steaks and other grilled specialties. Among the faithful clientele here are Gwyneth Paltrow, Jerry Seinfeld and Barbra Streisand.
• 1 E 55th St, New York, NY 10022
Bagatelle in the Meatpacking District of New York City has long been a popular haunt for stars and moguls in the music industry. Serving French and Mediterranean cuisine with flair and creativity, this stylish eatery is one of Mariah Carey’s favorites. Beyoncé and Jay Z have also been spotted here once or twice.
• 1 Little W 12th St, New York, NY 10014
6. Rainbow Room
Located in Rockefeller Plaza, the Rainbow Room is a New York institution. This world-famous venue has held countless charity events and balls over the years — attended by superstars such as Joan Crawford, Tony Bennett and the Rockefeller family. Home to both Bar SixtyFive and Bubble Bar, the Rainbow Room has never lost the glitzy magic that made it one of America’s top celebrity haunts in the 1930s.
In addition to stunning views of New York, the Rainbow Room provides guests with an opportunity to rub shoulders with A-listers from all over the world. Lady Gaga, Benedict Cumberbatch and Jimmy Fallon are just a few of the famous faces that have dined here in recent years.
• 30 Rockefeller Plaza, 65th Floor, New York, NY 10112
7. Sleep No More
Sleep No More on West 27th is an interactive theater experience that encourages guests to follow the cast as they perform an adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth.” Actors deliver their lines while standing shoulder-to-shoulder with theatre-goers — which have included the likes of Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, pop star Pink and British actor Jude Law. There’s also a stylish dinner party that follows the show. You could end up standing right next to a celebrity, then break bread with them after the show.
• 530 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001
8. The Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel
The Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel on the Upper East Side has a long and illustrious history that dates back to the 1930s. The likes of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin have performed here in the past, attracting the best and brightest from the world of entertainment. The four-star hotel was used to shoot a scene in the “Sex and the City” movie, as well as Bill Murray’s “A Very Murray Christmas.” Head to Bemelmans Bar for a cocktail, and you could find yourself next to Sir Paul McCartney, Leonardo DiCaprio or Lady Gaga.
• 35 E 76th St, New York, NY 10021
9. The Mark
The Mark is a stunning hotel on 77th Street that has a long-standing association with A-list superstars. Just a stone’s throw from institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the globally renowned Guggenheim, this celebrity hot spot is home to the Met Gala. Among the celebrities to have stayed here include Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Lopez and Emma Watson. The Mark is a popular location for star-studded parties, so enjoy a drink at the bar or book a table for dinner — and wait for celebrities to appear.
• 25 E 77th St, New York, NY 10075
Located in East Harlem is one of New York City’s most famous and exclusive restaurants — Rao’s. The fare is Italian, and the style of service is about as formal as you’ll find in the city. However, you’ll need to book well in advance and possess a large bank balance if you want to dine here. There are only six tables and four booths, so only the wealthiest, most successful celebrities get the chance to sample the exceptional cuisine. Rao’s is a favorite of Hillary Clinton’s, and Leonardo DiCaprio is also a regular diner when he’s in town.
Almost everywhere you turn in New York you will find familiar faces from the world of celebrity. Spend a while in one of these 10 amazing locations, and it won’t be long before you see someone your recognize.
• 455 E 114th St, New York, NY 10029