● Ryan Gosling at the Blue Valentine premiere: I have a restaurant in Beverly Hills called Tagine. I’m biased, but I think it’s very good! ● Bobby Flay at Food Network’s opening of Barney’s holiday windows: We love The Breslin. I eat at Keith McNally’s places a lot. In L.A., Bazaar, Jose Andres’s place, where I order the classic tapas. ● Morimoto at Food Network’s opening of Barney’s holiday windows: I’m going to open a new restaurant in Tribeca that will close at 4 a.m. – no Japanese, no sashimi, no sushi. I don’t know when I’ll open it.
● Rob Schneider at the Friars Club Roast for Quentin Tarantino: Candle 79. It’s a vegetarian restaurant, but you would never know it. Everything’s awesome. ● Cheech Marin at the Friars Club Roast for Quentin Tarantino: Milos is a great Greek restaurant for the baked fish in salt. They have a restaurant in Montreal, too. ● Kristin Chenoweth at the Friars Club Roast for Quentin Tarantino: Joe Allen’s. ● Eli Roth at the Friars Club Roast for Quentin Tarantino: Pizzeria Mozza in L.A.. ● Howard Stern & Beth Ostrosky at the Friars Club Roast for Quentin Tarantino: Daniel, for the black sea bass with the potato. ● Kathy Griffin at the Friars Club Roast for Quentin Tarantino: Mon Ami Gabi in Vegas.
● Becki Newton at the NBC Upfront Fall Preview: I love a lot of the Greek restaurants in New York, like Kefi on the Upper West Side. The lemon chicken there is really good and tastes like the one my Greek mother-in-law makes. ● J.J. Abrams: Street and Company, in Portland, Maine, has these amazing, skillet-cooked shallots and garlic-and-butter and white-wine scallops [with] linguini. It’s unbeatable. ● Summer Glau: Mozza in L.A. I like everything there, all their pastas.
● Olivia Munn: Crustacean in Beverly Hills, the Vietnamese-fusion restaurant. I like the garlic noodles and lobster. ● Blair Underwood: Cafe Habana, the food and the music were incredible. I had some chicken-and-pineapple thing that was working! ● Jesse Metcalfe: I had a great dinner last night at Stanton Social, on the Lower East Side. The food was amazing, just incredible tapas and I stuffed myself, great ambiance. I like to see live music. In L.A., I would do the Troubadour, a lot of history, also The Roxy. ● Paul Reiser: I’m less selective. In New York City, there’s really no place to eat but Tribeca Grill is one of my favorites. ● Tina Fey: My favorite restaurant in New York is Giuliano’s, at 50th and Ninth. ● Cheryl Hines: I love Tao, the miso sea bass is a favorite. ● Jenny Slate: Buttermilk Channel on Court Street in Brooklyn. The seared skirt skate comes with a marrow bone, it’s delicious. Favorite bar is the Black Rabbit in Greenpoint. ● Nasim Pedrad: Josie’s on the Upper West Side, great tofu salad. ● Greg Grunberg: Taverna Tony’s in Malibu, a Greek restaurant, just love it, the grilled, baby octopus is my favorite. We’re about to go to The Bazaar in Beverly Hills. ● Mary Elizabeth Ellis: Blair’s in my neighborhood in Silver Lake. I love the cannelloni stuffed with ratatouille.
● Stanley Tucci at The Luxury Collection Destination Guide Launch with Assouline: I like to go to a lot of different places, but certainly Mario Batali’s restaurants. The beef cheek ravioli at Babbo is so delicious and so incredible. Just about anything he cooks is okay with me. I always stay at the St. Regis, here in New York. ● Rosie Perez: I love Gino’s in Bay Ridge. The arroz con gandule at Luz in Brooklyn is a favorite, and the roasted chicken is the best deal in town. Here in the city, Dok Suni’s for Korean barbeque, at First Avenue and 7th Street.
● Alessandro Nivola: Sunny’s, a bar in Red Hook, which has bluegrass bands on some nights. It’s where they filmed On the Waterfront. And a restaurant called The Good Fork in the same neighborhood. The Red Hook Bait and Tackle is a bar that’s seedier than Sunny’s. In Boerum Hill, there’s a great place called Mile End, a hip, Jewish deli. They smoke their own meats and have this incredible beef brisket. ● Estelle: Avenue and SL, I love ’em both. ● Krysten Ritter: I love Brooklyn Bowl. Kenmare is a fun place to go. Aurora in Williamsburg on Grand Street has a wonderful, little beet salad with hazelnuts. ● Timo Weiland: I love to go to Norwood and Gramercy Park Hotel. Sugarland in Brooklyn, so much fun. It’s off-the-beaten path, but a wild dance party. ● Daniel Boulud at the James Beard Awards: Right now, DBGB these days, because it’s one that keeps me the most busy. I like Marea, Le Bernardin, Di Fara Pizza in Brooklyn. ● Tom Colicchio: I live in the West Village, so I, often, go to Barbuto or Spotted Pig, ’cause they’re in walking distance. The food’s all good. I try different things all the time, so I don’t go back and try the same thing over and over. ● Wylie Dufresne: We like to go to PDT for a cocktail late at night or some tater tots. 15 East is a favorite. We just came from the new Terroir in Tribeca that was great. DBGB just opened up in our neighborhood. The hundred-layer lasagne at Del Posto was pretty special. ● David Burke: Corton was great. From the Garden is a favorite dish there. ● Michael Oher at Big Brothers Big Sisters Sidewalks of New York gala: I live in Baltimore. I love seafood, so anything on the Inner Harbor. The Cheesecake Factory is there. At PF Changs, I get the shrimp-and-chicken fried rice. ● Sebastian Copeland at Pepcom for the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Into the Cold: My favorite sushi is in the Valley at Nozawa, which is a place that Spielberg goes to and tried to have Mr. Nozawa open a restaurant in New York. He serves you the food, so you can’t ask for what you want. He kicked out Cherlize Theron one time. He’s known as the “Sushi Nazi.” ● Miranda Cosgrove at Sony Music luncheon celebrating the release of her debut album, Sparks Fly: I go to Mozza in L.A. It’s like a pizza place. They have squash blossoms and really, good margherita pizza. Hungry Cat, on Sunset, has the best dessert. It’s like a chocolate souflee. ● Phil Ramone at opening night of Million Dollar Quartet on Broadway: Bravo Gianni’s on the east side. Sardi’s because I want to feel the history, and they have a good wine list.
Bernard Madoff has started a Hollywood face-off. It started with Nancy Silverton losing absolutely everything to the Madoff shenanigans. The lady of La Brea Bakery and Mozzas Osteria and Pizzeria has been all over the news — real and foodie — with her tale of woe and her words of warning about diversification. It looked as though Nancy had once again (though bizarrely) overshadowed Gail, the culinarily inclined but always less famous Silverton sister. But in the first bit of Madoff news that’s made me laugh, Gail sent out a press release rife with pathos, wherein she mentions briefly the two-for-one gelato deal at her Gelato Bar, but mainly discusses her $1.5 million loss to Madoff (monies apparently earmarked for financial aid programs, natch). Pulling together, suffering financially, and healing processes are also mentioned.
Could it be that getting ripped off by Madoff has become an issue of one-upmanship? Who can claim the biggest net losses, and who can get the most consumer and media sympathy out of same? At first, business owners seemed to be the only people announcing their losses, but over the weekend celebrities like Pedro Almodovar, Kyra Sedgwick, and Kevin Bacon did some fiscal wailing and gnashing of teeth too. Perhaps citizens of Los Angeles and New York will benefit from all this … free treats from gullible richies, and a bonus round for “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.”
Gwyneth’s latest newsletter over at Goop is all about Los Angeles. Born, bred, and made famous in the city of silicone, GP has a special fondness for the place — as she says “Los Angeles, with its bougainvillea, sea breezes, avocados and eccentric inhabitants, is like no other place and will always be in my soul.” Then she goes ahead and gets busy with recommendations. Let’s recap her top picks.
Hotels Shutters on the Beach Beverly Hills Hotel Hotel Bel-Air London West Hollywood
Restaurants Michael’s La Scala Presto Via Veneto Sushi Katsu-Ya Pizzeria Mozza Hamasaku Melrose Bar and Grill Chinois on Main Nate’n Al Mulberry Street Pizza Santa Monica Co-Op Caffe Luxxe Loteria Grill in the Farmers Market
It’s not a bad list. I agree with her about Shutters, Mulberry Street Pizza, and Mozza, but what about AK Restaurant? Or the Chateau? To see the whole list, with Gwynnie’s commentary, click here.
Cheese-ophiles get ready: Manna from heaven is on its way. Obikà, the popular mozzarella bar from Rome, is opening its first stateside location in midtown Manhattan. (It’s in a kiosk within the sculpture garden of 590 Madison.) New York isn’t the only city to be swept up in the mozz craze, though. Just ask Los Angeles. From Mozzarella Mondays at Jar to the mozzarella-filled pizzas at Pizzeria Mozza and the giant mozzarella bar in the middle of Osteria Mozza, mozzarella cheese might as well be the new Pinkberry. Obikà will offer burrata, bufala, and bocconcini, with sides of salads, antipasti, and wine; opens September 22.