Famous people gotta eat, too. And sometimes they even lend their famous mugs to some pretty swanky eateries. So, if you’re ready to break bread with A-listers, follow the red carpet to any of these establishments.
Robert De Niro’s Nobu
Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa is a celebrity restaurateur known for bringing innovative Japanese cuisine to his restaurants around the globe. Signature dishes include yellowtail sashimi with jalapeno and black cod with miso. The Manhattan location carries the imprimatur of none other than Robert “You talkin’ to me?” De Nero. The waitlist reads like a who’s-who of Gotham high society, but Tribeca’s Nobu Next Door is an extension of the original Nobu with more affordable menu options and no reservations required.
Yao Ming’s Yao Bar & Restaurant
At 7’6,” Yao Ming was not only the tallest ever to don a Houston Rockets uniform, but also the tallest active player in the NBA. A few years ago, he opened a popular watering hole and restaurant specializing in Chinese cuisine. The Houston restaurant seats about 500, with 298 seats in the main dining room and 200 in the bar. If you’re dining with a group, there are four private rooms available to accommodate any occasion.
Richard Gere’s Bedford Post Inn
Like so many great B&Bs, Bedford Post Inn in Bedford, New York is a husband-and-wife enterprise. Only this husband happens to be Hollywood heartthrob Richard Gere. Bedford Post Inn is a charming 18th-Century property perfect for a weekend getaway from New York City, which is about an hour’s drive away. There are eight rooms on two floors. The Geres are big on yoga and Zen meditation, and the beautifully restored barn on the grounds offers classes in both. Two restaurants, The Farmhouse and The Barn, are available for guests, and both feature fine Italian cuisine.
Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse
His Airness owns so many NBA records that he could give away a baker’s dozen and still come out on top. The best-ever player to shoot a basketball also happens to own a trio of restaurants bearing his name. They’re in Chicago (natch), New York City and Uncasville, Conn. Prime aged steaks and a winning wine selection are served in a world-class setting. The Big Apple location boasts executive chef Ted Pryor and his peerless brioche crab cake.
Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi’s House of Blues
Like its owners, movie comedians Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi, House of Blues is well known across the country. With 13 branches, the chain combines live music venues and restaurants in tourist-friendly markets. The food is Southern-inspired down-home comfort grub, with other American fare mixed in. The original House of Blues opened back in 1992 in a historical house in Cambridge, Mass.
Jon Bon Jovi’s Soul Kitchen
Here’s a restaurant with real soul. It’s operated by the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, the singer’s community program. Soul Kitchen serves a three-course meal of healthy, organic foods based on regional American cuisine. Sound good? Here’s what’s really awesome: Customers don’t have to pay for the meal if they can’t afford it—instead, they can volunteer at the restaurant or in the community in lieu of cash payment. Soul Kitchen is located in Red Bank, New Jersey.