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Where You’re Most Likely to Spot a Celebrity in Essex County

by Erica Commisso
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Makeup artist Bobbi Brown once called Essex County the Brooklyn of New Jersey, and it seems that the moniker is starting to take. Many celebrities have been spotted in the area enjoying some of the food scene, checking out live entertainment, or even making planned appearances. If you’re looking for one of your favorite celebrities in the Montclair area, check out our list of places below to spot a celebrity.

DeNovo | 275 Bellevue Avenue, Montclair


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This European gastropub’s owner, Demetri Malki, has been serving mouthwatering eats to Montclair residents since 2001. DeNovo is his most recent project, where house-made breads, small plates, charcuterie boards, flatbreads, salads, house-made pastas, and late-night bar bites take center stage. Bobbi Brown is a fan, even including it in her guide to Montclair in Vogue

Egan + Sons | 118 Walnut Street, Montclair


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Diane Keaton was in the area filming a movie recently, and she was spotted eating at this Irish restaurant. It’s been a Montclair staple since 2005 and has been voted the best bar scene and best Irish cuisine for years on end. Chef Tess Tripodi mixes timeless Irish classics and comfort American food for a celebrity-approved lineup. 

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Fascino | 331 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair

Emma Roberts and William H. Macy were both spotted at this Italian restaurant, which has been voted one of the best by NJ Monthly. The modern and seasonal ingredients take shape in brunch and dinner dishes alike, and the cozy atmosphere adds to the allure. It’s no wonder celebrities have been spotted here. 

The George Inn | 37 N Mountain Avenue, Montclair


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Makeup mogul Bobbi Brown owns this quaint property, so many of her celebrity friends are known to frequent the boutique hotel. Design-minded, there are many Instagram opportunities on the grounds, paying homage to the building’s history (it dates back to 1902) and combining them with modern, handpicked touches. Brown calls the area “the Brooklyn of New Jersey,” and is one of the area’s most famous residents.

Prudential Center | 25 Lafayette Street, Newark

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Celeb spotting takes a double meaning at this arena. Watch celebs on the ice and on stage from the bleachers, or spot them amongst the crowd taking in some music or sports. As an added bonus, check out the Grammy Museum, where tons of celebrity paraphernalia adorns the walls.

Tierney’s Tavern | 138 Valley Road, Montclair

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This two-level Irish bar is home to live music and tons of events, so it’s no wonder that Emma Roberts had to head over to take in the action for herself. She stopped into the tavern with former co-star Luke Bracey, where the pair sat at the bar and enjoyed the scene. There’s food, drinks, and live music at this Montclair tavern, what else could a celebrity need?

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The Village at SOPAC | 1 Sopac Way, South Orange

The South Orange Performing Arts Center is home to many celebrity events (Tom Holland made an appearance there just last month). But, of course, many of their celebrity friends often take in the sights in the seats. Hang out outside and snag an autograph from one of your favorite stars. 

The Wellmont Theater | 5 Seymour Street, Montclair

Evelyn McGee-Colbert, also known as Stephen Colbert’s wife, is one of the founders of the Montclair Film Festival, so the funnyman and many of his celebrity friends can often be seen at its home, The Wellmont Theater. It hosts live music and other entertainment too, including SNL’s Colin Jost and rock group All That Remains. Check out a show and rub elbows with the stars at this live entertainment venue.

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