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The famous may indeed be different from you and me, but they still have to eat. Since so many of them do so in the same places, New York offers plenty of opportunities to watch stars slurp up spaghetti. Even if you’re too sophisticated for this, your out-of-town guests will appreciate the scene cuisine.

Da Silvano
260 Sixth Avenue
Celebrity: Michael Caine, Paul Schrader, Calvin Klein, Graydon Carter, Madonna, Will Smith, Anna Wintour, Ross Bleckner
Think food by Little Italy, scene from Fellini — if he were looking for a development deal.

105 Hudson Street
Celebrity: Madonna, Cybill Shepherd, Cindy Crawford, Jon Bon Jovi, Paul Simon, Tommy Hilfiger, Fran Drescher, Naomi Campbell
There aren't too many goodfellas here at Robert De Niro's sushi den, but the tiny portions offer plenty of chances to witness model behavior.

Chelsea Piers
Pier Sixty
Celebrity: Russell Crowe, Julianne Moore, Julia Roberts, Jimmy Smits, Alec and Billy Baldwin, Bebe Neuwirth
Swinging celebs pack the driving range. The climbing wall is a cliffhanger and a mission impossible, too.

Mr. Chow
324 East 57th Street
Celebrity: Puff Daddy, Mariah Carey, Brendan Fraser, Robert De Niro, Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Ashley Judd
This classic Chinese joint has been around since the late seventies. Diners study the clothes at the next table more closely than the menu.

27 West 24th Street
Celebrity: Rod Stewart, Ron Perelman, Paris Hilton, Madonna, Darren Star, Luther Vandross, Leonardo DiCaprio, Oscar de la Renta, Deborah Norville, Gwyneth Paltrow, Guy Ritchie
If restaurants were high-school cafeterias, this Chelsea boite would be packed with cool kids, and diners without reservations would be treated like, well, Eugenes.

409 West 14th Street
Celebrity: Eminem, Dr. Dre, Danny DeVito, Luke Perry, David LaChapelle, Kevin Spacey, Ethan Hawke, Demi Moore, Nicole Kidman
Ponder the name and take a deep breath — you'll inhale cigar smoke from hip-hop players and the Hollywood types who love them.