Olivia Mackinnon

New York is known for many things; bustling streets, incredible food – and above all, it’s interesting people. You’re never short of a character to meet when you head to The Big Apple, and sometimes, these characters are even of the super famous variety. While not as overrun with celebrities as Los Angeles, New York attracts some of the most elite – and sought after – celebrities on the planet. You know, instead of your run-of-the-mill bachelor contestants and Kardashians. I mean, New York is the place you’d be most likely to bump into Sarah Jessica Parker – THE Carrie Bradshaw, and is there a bigger celebrity spot? Well, maybe Tom Cruise, or Al Pacino – or Madonna? Because they all live there too. Here are five spots you’d be pretty likely to catch a big name, if you get there at the right time, that is.

Grand Central Station

Grand Central Station

The scene for many a famous movie, Grand Central Station is one of the most stunning train stations in the entire world. Jamie Foxx and Russell Brand has been spotted filming on set there, and it’s not too strange to see celebrities like Blake Lively or Martha Stewart there for a product launch or a TV show segment. In fact, the station is so historic and beautiful, many NYC-based celebrities can’t help but stop by there to catch a trip up or downtown during a normal day. Just look for the ones in baseball caps and big glasses.

Mandarin Oriental 

Mandarin Oriental

Mandarin Oriental

Walking into the Mandarin Oriental for tapas in the exquisite bar seems like a luxurious experience all on it’s own. Overlooking Columbus Circle, especially as the snow begins to fall, it’s what you picture the crème de la crème feel like dining there, enjoying the ambience of one of the most elaborate and lavish hotels the city has to offer. You may not think the hotel would be as rife with celebrities as somewhere like, say, the Roosevelt, and neither did I. Until I almost ran straight over Steve Tyler from Aerosmith 20 seconds after walking in the front door.

The Comedy Cellar

One of the biggest hotspots for seeing up and coming celebrities, like the ones who perform the skits that make you ‘LOL’ on SNL, Greenwich Village’s Comedy Cellar is known for being one of the breeding grounds for some of the world’s funniest comedians. Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock and Jimmy Fallon have all performed inside the club, and you can still expect to be surprised by appearances from people like Amy Schumer and James Corden when they’re in town – so pick your night right!

Madison Square Garden

Madison Square Garden

If you’re in the market to see some big celebs, say Beyoncé and Jay Z, or Justin Bieber-big, you have to be courtside at a big basketball game. Watching the New York Knicks go head to head with the Cleveland Caveliers should guarantee a celebrity sighting, especially as Bey and Jay are HUGE Knicks fans. Celebs also turn out for big hockey and UFC games; just recently Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato were sprung ringside in the Big Apple.

Balthazar

One of the most sought after dining spots in Manhattan, celebs like Taylor Swift and David Schwimmer love to hang out at the chic Soho eatery. With Parisian touches, including striking aged mirrors and red leather banquettes, the menu is also impressively French, serving chicken liver and foie gras mousse, and of course the favourite; steak frites and steak au poivre. Katie Holmes, Robert De Niro and David Beckham have been spotted there numerous times, but the Beckham clan seem to be the biggest fans, dining there most times they visit the Big Apple; Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz AND Harper in tow.

Tips:

  • With all dining, book in ADVANCE. Many of these celebrity hot spots are documented online, meaning they fill up FAST.
  • Don’t bother heading to the restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental, it’s all about the bar and the INCREDIBLE tapas. Plus you get to experience the lavish nature of the hotel – without the price tag to match.
  • If you’re heading to The Comedy Cellar, get there 40 minutes early to secure your seat, just because you have your ticket, does NOT mean your seat is guaranteed; and you could end up standing!
  • Make sure you get half a dozen oysters at Grand Central Station, you certainly won’t regret it – and it’s totally something Natalie Portman would do.

Olivia Mackinnon is Senior Digital Content Producer for Sydney’s KIIS 1065 Kyle & Jackie O Show, when she’s not travelling the world she’s busy finding the best new and fun places to eat, drink and play in Sydney. Instagram: @oliviakmackinnon Twitter: @OliviaMackinnon

The views, opinions and positions expressed by the author and those providing comments are theirs alone, and are meant as travel inspiration only. They do not reflect the opinions of Cover-More Insurance. You should always read the PDS available from your travel insurance provider to understand the limits, exclusions and conditions of your policy and to ensure any activities you undertake are covered by your policy.

 

 

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