Cipriani Downtown and Cipriani Upstairs’ Address: 376 W. Broadway New York, NY 10012 (near Broome St. – SoHo)
Cipriani Downtown’s Phone Number: (212) 343-0999
Cipriani Downtown and Cipriani Upstairs, in SoHo, were – as with all Cipriani restaurants and clubs – the hottest spots in town when they first opened. Over the years, the crowd has gotten a little more, um, “Euro” but both still attract plenty of celebrities, models and generally beautiful people. The restaurant is good for business meals, celebrity sightings, groups, outdoor seating, lunch, people watching, romantic dates, entertaining out of town friends, small bites and spotting beautiful people.
Cipriani Upstairs, which is the club above the restaurant, is also good for celebrity sightings, as well as bottle service, feeling cool, girls’ nights out and guys’ nights out, DJ’s and performances, meeting hot girls, music and dancing and meeting rich girls.
Good For Celebrity Sightings: Cipriani Downtown and Cipriani Upstairs are both still hotbeds for celebs. A few weeks ago, I spotted Will.I.Am and Robin Thicke, who sang during the club’s Sunday night karaoke. The restaurant has hosted Kim Kardashian, Lindsay Lohan, Jennifer Lopez, Pamela Anderson, Victoria Beckham – pretty much anyone you can think of has dined here.
Good For Business Meals: If you’re looking to woo someone for business purposes, particularly if they’re from the other side of the pond, this is a great spot to host a dinner or lunch – just make sure you can get in beforehand to avoid embarrassment.
Good For Lunch: It opens at noon every day, plus it’s usually much easier to get a table during the day – though you’ll still be dining amongst unemployed yet wealthy “artists” and “models.” The food is actually pretty good and it’s in the middle of SoHo so if you’re shopping and looking for a place to eat outside, head here.
Good For Groups: There are massive tables, making it pretty easy to comfortably get a group in for lunch or dinner. However, be sure to make a reservation beforehand.