Travel Picks: Top 10 celebrity-owned restaurants

Fri Apr 30, 2010 12:22am EDT
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NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Travelers to the United States craving meals with a sidedish of fame can enjoy a host of celebrity-endorsed restaurants recommended by travel website TripAdvisor (

"Though we've seen a number of celebrity restaurant busts in the past decade, these famous restaurateurs have thrived by showing a strong commitment to star-quality food and service," said Christine Petersen, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor.

The following list, compiled by members and editors of the website, is not endorsed by Reuters.

1. Nobu, New York City, New York

In 1994, a culinary powerhouse was born when Robert DeNiro partnered with Chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa to open a modern Japanese restaurant in Tribeca. While there are currently 21 Nobu restaurants around the globe, the flagship New York City location remains the top-ranked among them for its dazzling array of sushi and sashimi, combined with innovative entrees like the black cod with miso.

2. one sixtyblue, Chicago, Illinois

Although basketball icon Michael Jordan owns several restaurants and steakhouses in the greater New York area, his Chicago spot is a slam dunk with travelers for its sophisticated cuisine. Located in the West Loop neighborhood, unique entrees include chorizo stuffed squid, bacon-wrapped rabbit saddle and English pea ravioli, plus a highly rated bar menu for those watching their wallets.

3. P.J. Clarke's, New York City, New York

With roots dating back to 1884, Manhattan tavern P.J. Clarke's welcomed actor Timothy Hutton as a partner in 2002. Frequented by famous faces throughout the years, including Frank Sinatra and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, P.J. Clarke's is recommended for its bustling atmosphere and outstanding burgers.   Continued...