Where The Billionaires Dine

Money may not be able to buy happiness but it can certainly buy quality. Quality cars, quality homes and, of course, qulaity food. Here are some of the restaurants you may want to check out if you are interested in the high-end-approved, gastronomic fare, invested in, and owned by some of the city’s most opulent.

Andrei’s Restaurant Irvine, Calif.
Igor Olenicoff Founded: 2009
Run by Olenicoff’s daughter and named after his late son.
EDWIN GOEI, OC WEEKLY, 2009: “Though the website and full name of Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails tout the sustainability agenda, the only thing in your face here is (mostly) good food.”

Aureole Restaurant New York City
Bob Rich Acquired: 2008
Stuffed with corporate bigwigs from Bank of America upstairs and the fashion elite from Condé Nast next door.
SAM SIFTON, 1 OUT OF 4 STARS, NEW YORK TIMES, 2009: “The restaurant is a love letter to an America we see reflected back at us in unflattering light: relatively happy, unthinking, desirous mostly of sugar and fat.”

Monkey Bar New York City
Ron Perelman Invested in: 2009
An opulently outfitted restaurant for New York’s power set.
KATE KRADER, FOOD & WINE MAGAZINE, 2011: “When last we left the celebrity-studded Monkey Bar, it had no significant food or wine to speak of. Now let’s celebrate that [the new wine director] will introduce [many new wines].

Blue Parrot East Hampton, N.Y.
Ron Perelman Invested in: 2009
Revived by celebrity investors, including Jon Bon Jovi and Perelman.
RYAN SUTTON, BLOOMBERG, 2009: “We were dining in the Hamptons at a land-based eatery that evokes the universally miserable experience of eating crummy food in an economy-class seat.”

Source: Forbes