Eat and Drink Eating and drinking in NYC in Showtime's 'Billions' By Nicole Levy email@example.com Updated March 25, 2019 11:27 AM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email For more than three seasons, "Billions" — the Showtime drama about money and power in the world of New York high finance that airs Sundays at 10 p.m. — has set scenes in some of the city's best-known bars and restaurants, from the lowest of the lowbrow (a throwback dive bar in the Bronx) to highest of the high-end (a Michelin-starred restaurant in downtown Manhattan). Season four is no exception, as former U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) jumps from delis to restaurants while on a mission to curry favor with the city police commissioner, played by Michael Rispoli, recently seen on HBO's "The Deuce." Rhoades is trying to establish himself as a power broker and plotting a return to politics, while nurturing an alliance with his one-time nemesis, Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis), whose eyes are on a former protege who has lured capital away from his fund. "Billions" co-creator and showrunner Brian Koppelman and his team pick the dining environs with care, because the series is concerned with all forms of currency — decisions about where to eat and drink being one of them. If all those bars and restaurants seem to blend together after binge-watching the show, don't worry: We've collected some of the best below so you can eat and drink like Chuck, the self-made Wall Street billionaire Axelrod, and all the other psychologically manipulative characters. Babbo (Season 1, Episode 7) Photo Credit: Showtime The scene: Chuck and Wendy are out for dinner with a co-dependent couple, The Gilberts.The restaurant: Elevated Italian cuisine and wine are on the menu at this Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich production. (The disgraced Batali is no longer involved in restaurant operations, but he's still a financial partner.)What to order: An eight-ounce carafe of wine and the pasta tasting menu110 Waverly Place, Manhattan, babbonyc.com Barrow's Pub (Season 1, Ep. 8) Photo Credit: Showtime The scene: Bryan tells Chuck he has set up Donnie Caan, a.k.a. "Pouch," as the fake mole at Axe Capital over drinks.The bar: Barrow's is a friendly dive bar in the West Village.What to order: A Heineken and a pickleback, i.e. a shot of whiskey chased by some pickle brine.463 Hudson St., Manhattan, 212-741-9349 Rosa's Pizza (Season 1, Ep. 12) Photo Credit: Showtime The scene: Bryan meets up with his old law professor at Bobby's favorite pizzeria, where the billionaire offers him a job at Orrin's firm.The restaurant: In real life, Capparello's Pizzeria is actually Rosa's in Middle Village, a long-time neighborhood staple. What to order: A Sicilian slice75-59 Metropolitan Ave., Queens, 718-894-4707 Craft (Season 2, Ep. 2) Photo Credit: Showtime The scene: Chuck's lawyer friend, Ira, arranges a double date for the two of them. The restaurant: "Top Chef" star judge Tom Colicchio's splurge-y eatery serving family-style new American fare is good for groups and special occasions.What to order: The tasting menu, at $95 per person43 E. 19th St., Manhattan, craftrestaurant.com Vaucluse (Season 2, Ep. 4) Photo Credit: Showtime The scene: Bobby meets with celebrity investor Mark Cuban, who advises him to drop his vendetta against Chuck.The restaurant:Tabs can be jaw-dropping at this Upper East Side brasserie from Michael White, but customers love the French classics served in a formal, white-tablecloth setting. What to order: The White Label burger, an aged beef blend patty topped with fontina cheese, tomato jam and dijonnaise sauce and served with frites100 E. 63rd St., Manhattan, vauclusenyc.com Cullen's Tavern (Season 2, Ep. 4) Photo Credit: Showtime The scene: Facing competition in the "nurse to the wealthy" market, Lara meets with a couple of lowlifes she pays to set up her adversaries for failure and jail time.The bar: It's cash only at this time capsule of a Bronx pub where you can play pool and watch baseball.What to order: Brewskis4340 White Plains Rd., Bronx, 347-920-4009 Crif Dogs (Season 2, Ep. 4) Photo Credit: Showtime The scene: In his request to buy an NFL team, Bobby speaks to Sanford Bensinger, a man who collects massive sums of money from billionaires for charity through a program called the Giving Oath.The restaurant: Hot dogs with unusual toppings like avocado and cream cheese draw hipsters to this Williamsburg spot for late-night grub. What to order: A Crif dog customized any way you like it and a PBR555 Driggs Ave., Brooklyn, crifdogs.com Momofuku Ko (Season 2, Ep. 5) Photo Credit: Showtime The scene: Bobby takes one of his cronies to dinner at David Chang's two-Michelin-starred Momofuku Ko, where the celebrity chef himself serves the seasonal tasting menu.The restaurant: The open kitchen at Chang's most exclusive eatery in New York City invites you to watch the preparation of your all your Asian-accented dishes. What to order: A seasonal tasting menu for $255 per person8 Extra Pl., Manhattan, ko.momofuku.com Keens Steakhouse (Season 2, Ep. 7) Photo Credit: Showtime The scene: Chuck and Bryan have a discussion about loyalty.The restaurant: Around since 1885, Keens serves gigantic slabs of meat in a maze of boys' clubby, wood-paneled rooms.What to order: The "legendary" mutton chop with creamed spinach and mashed potatoes on the side72 W. 36th St., Manhattan, keens.com Wolfgang's Steakhouse (Season 2, Ep. 8) The scene: An investment bank tries to woo Axe Capital away from Spartan-Ives.The restaurant: Business types are drawn to the Park Avenue location of his upscale chophouse chain by its menu, wine list, old-school service and tiled, vaulted ceilings in blue and white.What to order: The dry-aged Porterhouse steak for two, lobster mac 'n' cheese and a bottle of vino4 Park Ave., Manhattan, wolfgangssteakhouse.net Veselka (Season 3, Ep. 1) Photo Credit: Showtime The scene: Chuck stumbles upon Ira eating pierogies at a 24-hour diner and attempts to mend fences.The restaurant: The East Village wouldn't be the same without this unpretentious Ukrainian eatery, in business since 1954. What to order: Fried or boiled handmade pierogi and a cup of Ukrainian borscht144 Second Ave., Manhattan, veselka.com Del Posto (Season 3, Ep. 1) Photo Credit: Showtime The scene: Taylor blows away the city's top hedge-fund managers at their annual strategy dinner, before even the appetizers are served.The restaurant: You will spend a whopping amount for the Italian fare at this Batali-Bastianich production in palatial digs, but diners generally say it's worth it.What to order: The three-course prix fixe lunch for $5985 10th Ave., Manhattan, delposto.com Viand Cafe (Season 3, Ep. 3) Photo Credit: Showtime The scene: Bryan attempts to get Ira to help the government take Bobby down.The restaurant: The humble coffee shop serves diner classics.What to order: A sandwich with some of the establishment's roasted, freshly carved turkey and a mug of coffee.2130 Broadway, Manhattan, viandnyc.com Gray's Papaya (Season 3, Ep. 3) Photo Credit: Showtime The scene: Bobby ambushes Ira, and the two argue about Ice Juice's IPO.The restaurant: The 24/7 Upper West Side hot dog stand is a New York institution with its bargain wieners and tropical drinks.What to order: The Recession Special, which includes two hot dogs and a drink2090 Broadway, Manhattan, grayspapayanyc.com Barney Greengrass, The Sturgeon King (Season 4, Ep. 1) Photo Credit: Jeff Neumann/Showtime The scene: Chuck goes to see Police Commissioner Richie Sansome, whose signature he needs to get a client a concealed carry gun permit -- and prove he still has juice as a city power broker.The restaurant: Barney Greengrass, The Sturgeon KingWhat to order: Sturgeon scrambled with eggs and onions541 Amsterdam Ave., Manhattan, barneygreengrass.com Broken Shaker Tiki Bar (Season 4, ep. 2) Photo Credit: Jeff Neumann/SHOWTIME The scene: Axe has drinks with fellow billionaire Rebecca Cantu, who owns a stake in a company that he thinks is key toward hurting his rival, Taylor Mason.The restaurant: Broken Shaker Tiki BarWhat to order:The Waxman cocktail and coconut beef rendang tacos 23 Lexington Ave., Manhattan, freehandhotels.com By Nicole Levy firstname.lastname@example.org Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. 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