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Best restaurants, bars, more in NYC: Stars weigh in on their favorites

New York is home to plenty of celebrities -- some full time, others for at least part of the year -- and like all of us, have their favorite spots.

amNewYork has spoken to a few of your favorite celebrities and has the scoop on their preferred local haunts.

From bars to restaurants to great spots for an outdoor stroll, read on for where you might be able to find some star power.

Tituss Burgess: Mess Hall

Tituss Burgess, one of the stars of Netflix's
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Tituss Burgess, one of the stars of Netflix's "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," calls Harlem home. Burgess said that the neighborhood is also home to a couple of his favorite bars. Mess Hall is his number one spot, known to locals for its relaxed vibe and "adult happy hour," which is a hot dog with fancy toppings, a can of beer and a shot for $10. Harlem Food Bar, four blocks down the street and also on Frederick Douglass Boulevard, "is a close second."

Mess Hall: 2194 Frederick Douglass Blvd.

Harlem Food Bar: 2100 Frederick Douglass Blvd.

Diane Kruger: East Village

Diane Kruger, who has residences in Paris and
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Diane Kruger, who has residences in Paris and Los Angeles, recently bought a one-bedroom apartment in the East Village.

"I feel like it's still a little gritty. When I used to live here, you did not come there at all. It was a dangerous place for a girl to go by yourself. It's been gentrified a lot. It's harder and harder to get a sense of a neighborhood. I love the West Village, but it feels too manicured to me," she said.

Simon Helberg: Tower Records

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"The Big Bang Theory" and "Florence Foster Jenkins" actor Simon Helberg said that the now-closed Tower Records influenced his decision to attend NYU for college.

"My first experience here in the city is right where I am now, on Central Park West. I thought, 'I love New York,' and I went to Tower Records [and I thought], 'This is where I want to go to school,' it's the biggest Tower Records I'd ever seen. And I then went to NYU and I lived in the Village and fell in love with the Village," Helberg said. "It's a magical thing to be back up here where I decided to go to college because of a record store and to be where I am now -- driving through the Village today to get here, I saw posters for the movie near where my dorm was freshman year."

Martin Short: Morandi

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"I tend to go to the same places because I'm not a foodie, as much as if it's not noisy and the vibe is good. I'll go to Orso, after theater I'll go to Bar Centrale above Orso," Martin Short said in June.. "Waverly Inn I love, but again, it's the atmosphere. It's the vibe. Morandi in the Village I like."

Orso: 322 W. 46th St.

Bar Centrale: 324 W. 46th St.

Waverly Inn: 16 Bank St.

Morandi: 211 Waverly Place

Darren Criss: Village Vanguard

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"Glee" and "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" star Darren Criss said that he has quite a few favorite New York spots, including the Village Vanguard, open since 1935.

"I'm a big Hudson River Park guy. I love biking around and go on long, long walks, anywhere downtown to the top of the High Line. As cliche as it is, walking through Central Park is beautiful and timeless. I love Vanguard and the other jazz clubs in the West Village. Oh, and Grimaldi's. And then I walk off the pizza," Criss said.

Village Vanguard: 178 7th Ave. S.

Luis Guzman: Adela

Luis Guzmán said he has two places he
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Luis Guzmán said he has two places he goes to for the good Puerto Rican food in NYC.

"Adela on Avenue C. That is the Puerto Rican spot in the neighborhood to go to. And of course my mom and dad's kitchen. They're still in the same [Lower East Side] apartment. But the spot to go to is Adela. There's nothing elegant about it, but everyone's passionate about the food," Guzmán said.

Adela: 66 Avenue C #45

Allison Williams: ABC Kitchen

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"Girls" star Allison Williams usually calls NYC home, and when she was shooting a film in Alabama, she discussed favorite spots that she missed.

"I miss ABC Kitchen a lot," Williams revealed when asked about her favorite NYC restaurant. But the star has simpler cravings, too. "I miss New York slices of pizza ... [my favorite topping] is cheese. I'm plain Jane. Don't mess with a perfect thing, you know?"

ABC Kitchen: 35 E. 18th St.

Maya Rudolph: Má Pêche

Actress Maya Rudolph said,
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Actress Maya Rudolph said, "I'm a foodie, I go to all the food places. I just finally got to go to Má Pêche because it didn't exist when I worked here years ago. Sit at the bar and have those amazing carts come around, the steamed brisket bun, oh my god they're so good."

Má Pêche: Chambers Hotel, 15 W. 56th St.

Aasif Mandvi: Babu Ji

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"Mother's Day" actor and "The Daily Show" alum Aasif Mandvi said he misses the Indian food in NYC -- especially Babu Ji.

"There's no great Indian food in LA. I don't think there's anything comparable to what you have in New York," Mandvi said.

Babu Ji: 175 Avenue B

Elle Fanning: Shake Shack

Though Elle Fanning lives in Los Angeles, big
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Though Elle Fanning lives in Los Angeles, big sister Dakota goes to NYU, offering plenty of reasons to play bi-coastal.

"My sister lives in SoHo and so I like it down there. That's where I know it the most. We go to Rubirosa a lot," she said. She's also a big fan of Shake Shack -- the word love was used -- and her go-to is the double cheeseburger, she said.

Rubirosa: 235 Mulberry St.

Frank Lampard: The River Café

Frank Lampard, New York City FC midfielder, has
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Frank Lampard, New York City FC midfielder, has plenty of New York favorites since moving to the city. He said that his favorite spot is Central Park, where he walks with his family and pet dog and enjoys the atmosphere. For food, he had plenty of picks.

"I love New York brunch. I like to go downtown and have brunch in SoHo or the Lower East Side or the West Village. Walk around, drink coffee, go for a nice early evening dinner -- just feel the buzz of the city," he said.

As for his favorite restaurants: "River Café in Brooklyn for the views. Have to mention my local Irish pub Bloom's -- great to watch sports. And Miss Lily's -- that's my favorite."

River Café: 1 Water St.

Miss Lily's: 132 W. Houston St.

Bethenny Frankel: High Line

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"Real Housewives of New York City" star and Skinnygirl founder Bethenny Frankel has quite a few favorite NYC spots.

"La Esquina and L'Artusi are two of my favorite restaurants," Frankel said. "I love to go to the High Line and Battery Park. I go to YogaWorks in SoHo and then meet someone for lunch at Morandi. Then I'd come to Soho House for a drink, and then go out and dance.

La Esquina: 114 Kenmare St.

L'Artusi: 228 W. 10th St.

YogaWorks SoHo: 459 Broadway

Morandi: 211 Waverly Place

Tamera Mowry-Housley: Central Park

Though Tamera Mowry-Housley usually calls California home, she
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Though Tamera Mowry-Housley usually calls California home, she has fond memories of one New York spot.

"One of my favorite memories would have to be when I was with my husband [Adam] and my son Aden," she said. "I just wanted to have some family time. Because I work a lot, family time means a lot to me. All we did was walk Central Park and it was amazing. We saw the zoo, the scenery ... It was awesome. I had never done it by myself and it was the perfect day."


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