Courtesy of The Ivy

Even after 30 years on the scene (and despite flowery French country decor that feels frozen in time), this paparazzi-flocked restaurant remains beloved for its garden setting and such dishes as Louisiana crab cakes and Santa Barbara shrimp tacos. Chef and co-owner Richard Irving says the most coveted table is the one on the patio with the wicker sofa. Recent lunchers include Quentin Tarantino, Imagine Entertainment co-chairman Michael Rosenberg and Robin Thicke.