What are the best places to spot celebrities in New York City?

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Linnea Covington

Hey guys, celebrities are just like us, only with more money, fame, and usually, a personal bodyguard. That’s the nice thing about New York though, most of the time you see famous people just doing that little thing called life. You know, like walking down the street in Chelsea, Ethan Hawke, or chatting with your girlfriend in front of ABC Carpet and Home, Parker Posey. Heck, years ago when I managed a coffee shop in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, I served Keri Russell and Rosie Perez, both residents of the neighborhood at the time.

Now, while these sightings are random, there are some places to go that celebs frequent, like Graydon Carter's Beatrice Inn, a neo-speakeasy in the West Village that fashion maven Diane Von Furstenberg and indie film darling Chloë Sevigny have been known to pop into.  You could also stalk famous people at Nobu, an upscale sushi joint in Greenwich Village that has served pop icons including Madonna, Justin Timberlake, and Cameron Diaz (you know, back when they were dating).

For a more covert celebrity sighting, head to Stanton Social, a swank Lower East Side restaurant run by chef Chris Santos. I am not 100-percent sure who has come through those doors, but I know it’s a lot and they like to keep them on the down low, meaning no paparazzi allowed. Cameras also remain still at the Waverly Inn and Garden, where clientele have included Gwenyth Paltrow, Jimmy Fallon, Mariah Carey, and Lindsay Lohan.

Of course, another way for sighting celebrities is by hitting hot hotels, where often they are staying if they don’t live in New York. Good bets include the Standard Hotel off of High Line Park in Flatiron, the Mercer Hotel in SoHo, and the ritzy Mandarin Oriental in Midtown.

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