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Dining with the stars

Feeling hungry for something more from your favorite A-listers? Whet your appetite with these 11 celebrity-owned restaurants in the greater New York City and Los Angeles areas. Think star maps...for your stomach

New York
Richard Gere
The Farmhouse at Bedford Post
954 Old Post Rd., Bedford, NY 10506 914-234-7800 bedfordpostinn.com
Why You Would Go Like some of the many black-card holders who frequent this upstate inn and restaurant, you may be looking for a glimpse of the Pretty Woman hunk. But Gere tends to play the role of doting dad here, coming early with his son and snacking from the informal patio menu (available from 4 to 6 p.m.).
Why You Should Go To help chef Jeremy McMillan break in the new outdoor grill, alongside the likes of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Martha Stewart.
Scene-Stealer The menu, with its locavore and Italian leanings, is top-notch, from starters like the minty shaved vegetable salad to yummy homemade pasta courses (our favorite: the ”Fagottelli di La Pergola,” doughy pillows filled with a carbonara custard with peas). But McMillan’s wood-fired fare — the perfectly cooked branzino and pork chop are savory, smoky delights — can be enjoyed just as he cooks it: outside, under clear, starry skies.
Price A tad pricey ($250*), but still less than a night with Vivian.
Grade: A

Jay-Z, Michael Stipe, Bono, Fatboy Slim
The Spotted Pig
314 W. 11th St., New York, NY 10014 212-620-0393 thespottedpig.com
Why You Would Go The seven-year-old West Village restaurant, credited with starting the gastropub trend, has more celebrity patrons than Barneys.
Why You Should Go Because it boasts one of the best burgers — assuming you like your meat smothered in Roquefort cheese…and who doesn’t? — in the city.
Scene-Stealer If you’re seated on the brownstone’s ultraexclusive third floor where the owners dine, the star sightings (Chris Martin, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matt Damon, Kate Hudson, Beyoncé, Rihanna — the list goes on) should sate you. If not, the sheep’s-milk ricotta gnudi (basically, a cheese dumpling) with brown butter and sage appetizer most certainly will.
Price About the same as one ticket to Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark on Broadway ($150), though Bono’s burger is better than his score.
Grade: B+

Robert De Niro
Locanda Verde
377 Greenwich St., New York, NY 10013 212-925-3797 locandaverdenyc.com
Why You Would Go Robert De Niro is a co-owner, but chef Andrew Carmellini — who’s also behind new SoHo foodie hot spot the Dutch — is the real star. His immaculately crafted Italian food attracts fans like Gwyneth Paltrow, Bradley Cooper, and Mary-Kate Olsen to the clubby-rustic Tribeca eatery.
Why You Should Go Carmellini’s ingredient-focused menu. Try the flavor-bomb lamb sliders and don’t-miss pasta ”My Grandmother’s Ravioli,” and go at lunch for some of NYC’s best sandwiches.
Scene-Stealer Order the sheep’s-milk ricotta crostini, a mound of simple and perfect creamy cheese.
Price Dinner’s not cheap ($175), but do you really want to pick a fight with Travis Bickle?
Grade: A-