Party Like a Rock Star in the New Year at Musician-Owned Restaurants

Jogging, shmogging. Make it your resolution to party like a rock star in the new year. At least once, get ushered around town in a stretch Hummer, knock back magnums of Dom Pérignon with your friends, and wear enough bling so that your selfies are just a blizzard of glittering lights reflecting off your jewels. Such a baller evening wouldn’t be complete without dining at a restaurant that epitomizes the high life. We recommend reserving a table at one owned by a chart topper. Here are five musician-owned restaurants where you can party like a rock star and live like a celebrity any day of the week.

Jay Z’s 40/40 Club, New York, New York
Hova has 99 problems, but running a super swanky sports-themed nightclub isn’t one of them. The luxe lounge takes its name for a record only four MLB players – Jose Canseco, Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez, and Alfonso Soriano – have ever achieved: hitting 40 home runs and stealing 40 bases in a single season. As you would expect, the space is decorated with sports memorabilia galore, including signed jerseys you might be tempted to rip off the wall so you can hang them in your man cave at home. Don’t. Jigga would definitely not approve. The menu features bar food done right – from king crab sliders and spicy, skin-on fries to Southern fried shrimp and four cheese mac ‘n cheese. If you happen to be there at the same time as Jay and Bey, don’t interrupt them while they’re eating to ask for a picture with them to post on your Instagram. Wait until they’re enjoying a digestif, then bum rush them.

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Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Cantina, Las Vegas, Nevada
You’ve probably sung one of Hagar’s songs at the top your lungs with the windows cranked down and the accelerator kissing the floorboards. Maybe his signature solo hit, “I Can’t Drive 55” or one of his many smashes with Van Halen, such as “Why Can’t This Be Love,” “Poundcake,” and “Right Now.” His Mexi-minded cantina – which takes its moniker from a track on VH’s 1988 album OU812 – specializes in South of the Border favorites. Think queso fundido with chorizo, short rib burritos, carne asada tacos, and chipotle-spiced chicken fajitas. Oh, yeah, and there’s a lot of tequila to be had, including Sammy’s own brand. Have a few glasses of Cabo Wabo tequila and you may be, um, inspired to belt out a tune in between courses. Just don’t make the amateur mistake of singing a Van Halen song David Lee Roth originally sang. So. Not. Cool.

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Nine Foodie Celebrities to Follow on Instagram

If you believe Us Weekly, celebrities are just like us. We won’t debate the veracity of that claim (they always seem to look preternaturally pulled together even when they come out of the Jivamukti studio), but we will say that, like us, they love to eat! In celebration of the release of the 2015 100 Best Restaurants for Foodies awards, here are nine foodie celebrities to follow on Instagram to inspire your eating and drinking adventures.

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Chrissy Teigen
A list about celebrity Instagrammers who love to eat would not be complete without model Chrissy Teigen. Married to singer John Legend, the New York City-based stunner has the most delicious IG feed of all. She chows down on fish tacos from Michael Chernow, dines decadently with friends at Meso Maya in Dallas, and snacks on cooling ice cream cones – all while maintaining a super-healthy physique.

 

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Rapper Action Bronson is closely associated with a catchphrase that’s unprintable here, but, if his Instagram feed is any indication, he utters it several times a day. He sinks his teeth into Ivan Shishkin’s French toast-ified pastrami on rye, sups at Marea on charred octopus, and gushes over the cous cous in Morocco as he travels the world entertaining his many fans. ICYMI, he’ll also autograph pizza crust for said fans. Also, Action, if you’re reading this, if you ever find yourself performing near Newburyport, Massachusetts, dine at BRINE.

 

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The driving force behind kale smoothies and good-for-you food, Gwynnie has her fair share of lovers and haters, but, whatever your feelings, you’ve got to give her props for her longtime celebration of fresh food + drink. whether she’s hobnobbing with fellow celebs or cooking with her kids. She’s got snaps of just-picked summer produce from her garden, mind-blowing ramen from Ichicoro in Tampa, and her National Oyster Day feast at The Marshall Store in Tomales Bay.

 

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If you’ve been to a high-profile foodie event, chances are you’ve caught sight of Questlove. A talented drummer and band leader who plays with The Roots nightly on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, he is an avid foodie who hosts food salons with marquee chefs on occasion. Questlove’s reputation as a gourmand who appreciates both the highbrow and the low was the inspiration for the new Quisp Love cereal milk from Christina Tosi of the Milk Bar. Don’t miss his pic of bacon soda sips.

 

Oprah

 

Oprah
She was and always will be the queen of daytime TV, even tho’ she’s no longer in front of the camera every day. However, you can keep up with her healthful appetites on Instagram. She favors from-her-farm produce (which she kindly shares with her neighbors), adores the famous crab cakes from Pappas in Baltimore, and claims that Jimmy Kimmel is one helluva pizzaiolo.

 

Drew

 

Drew Barrymore
Actress-producer-entrepreneur-momma Drew Barrymore will always be associated with food in our mind (Hello, Reese’s Pieces!). She’s got a sweet tooth and a taste for rose. In her latest holiday in Japan, Barrymore hit up robatayaki in Tokyo and made her dreams of sushi with Jiro a reality. She has also been known to chill out with mint chip ice cream on a hot summer day.

 

Posen

 

Zac Posen
You can’t design a more delicious diet than designer Zac Posen’s. Sure, you might expect beautiful pictures of fashionable plates of food from a fashionista. However, Posen also makes many of the dishes featured on his Instagram stream. A master of both sweet and savory creations, Posen, pictured here at Bemelmans Bar in New York, scores extra points for canning his own preserves. Where he finds the time, we’re not quite sure.Continue Reading

Dining with the Stars: Amy Adams in LA; Wolves of Wall Street Feast in UK; Seacrest Out in Vegas; More

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After a serious case of actorexia, Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto are eating again, recently at The Lambs Club in NYC.

Recent celebrity sightings at restaurants on OpenTable…

* Ryan Reynolds’s Mrs. Blake Lively was spotted at A Voce Columbus in New York City. [Page Six]

* Erstwhile 90120 star Jessica Lowndes had a meal at Ainsworth Park in New York City.  [NY Daily News]

* American Idol host Ryan Seacrest dined at Andrea’s in Las Vegas along with will.i.am and legendary producer Jimmy Iovine. [Page Six]

Son of Hercules star Kellan Lutz pre-gamed, literally and figuratively, at Brother Jimmy’s BBQ in Manhattan. [NY Daily News]

* Ryan Reynolds’s ex-Mrs. Scarlett Johansson noshed at NYC hotspot El Toro Blanco. [Page Six]

Dawson’s Creek alum Katie Holmes ate at Hakkasan-Fountainebleu Miami Beach in Miami. [Page Six]

* Dallas Buyers Club co-stars and fellow weight-loss experts Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto lunched at The Lambs Club in the Big Apple. [Just Jared]

* American Gigolo Richard Gere almost turned into an American popsicle after a midday meal at NYC power spot Michael’s. [NY Daily News]

American Hustle‘s Amy Adams dined at Pearl’s in West Hollywood with her family. [NY Daily News]

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Dining with the Stars: Gomez Turns 21 in LA; Aniston + Theroux Break Bread in NYC; Travolta Turns up in SF + More

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Recalling the last time he had a home-cooked steak, boxing legend
Jake LaMotta wisely opted to satisfy his craving at Le Cirque.

Recent celebrity sightings at restaurants on OpenTable…

* Selena Gomez had a Bieber-less 21st birthday celebration at Bagatelle in Los Angeles. [NY Post]

* Soon-to-be-wed Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux shared a bite at Blue Hill in New York. [People]

* John Travolta and family sunk their teeth into the eats at Fang in San Francisco. [tablehopper]

Hip hop heavyweights Jay ZIrv Gotti, and Timbaland got the VIP Treatment at La Marina. [NY Post]

* Always en vogue Anna Wintour was spotted at The Lamb’s Club in the Big Apple. [NY Post]

* Real-life Raging Bull Jake Lamotta stuck around New York City to eat at Le Cirque. [NY Post]

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