Bowery Wine Company Willis isn't actually an investor in this bar/restaurant—he simply let co-owner Chris Sileo use his name in the promotional materials. But that hasn't stopped demonstrators from protesting against the venue's Republican-ification of the East Village.
National Underground "I Don't Want to Be" a killjoy or anything, but don't come expecting much from this live-music venue that singer Gavin DeGraw and his brother Joey opened on the Lower East Side in 2007.
Spotted Pig Former record exec Ken Friedman roped in a long list of music industry acquaintances to start up this perennially-hot West Village "gastro-pub." Loyal customer Jay-Z both invested in the restaurant and purchased the building that houses it.
Nobu De Niro first teamed up with Drew Nieporent and Nobu Matsuhisa in 1994 to open the Nobu flagship in Tribeca. He's now an investor in a handful of the other 17 Nobus around the world. (See also Ago.)
Socialista Armin Amiri's spot attempts to transport you to mid-century Havana, but the clientele makes it hard to imagine you're anywhere but square in the middle of a pack of obnoxious investment bankers.
The Back Room This Lower East Side bar tries to recreate the feel of the Prohibition era with its tin ceilings, alcohol served in teacups, and other period touches. Back in the day, you could have found Robbins in the VIP-only back room, although it's rumored he sold his share in the venue after a feud with his partners.
Do Hwa Myung Ja Kwak and daughter Jenny Kwak's spin-off of their popular East Village restaurant Dok Suni's, Do-Haw has been serving Korean fare 2000. Tarantino signed on after being a regular at Dok Suni's for years.