Billions Season 1 Dining Guide: Eat like a Billionaire or without Breaking the Bank

source: Showtime
source: Showtime

I know I am a broken record but Billions is a dream coming true. Not just because it is one of the most, if not the most, smartly written show in the history of TV. Not just because it is bringing my favorite actor Damian Lewis to my screen. But also because it is being shot in NYC, my favorite place on earth: Let me put it this way. If I had not blogged about Damian Lewis, I would probably have blogged about New York, in particular about its fantastic dining scene since my husband and I are crazy foodies. He loves to cook and we both love to eat. That is why NYC dining scene making some memorable appearances in Billions, from some of its “special occasion” restaurants to yummy hole-in-the-walls to cozy neighborhood joints to dining landmarks and take-out places, makes me SMILE big!

So, here is our Billions dining guide as a thank you to the show for showcasing the dining capital of the world in the best way possible: Some of these places are my NYC favorites and I believe, being the forensic fan that I am, I have been able to figure out almost all of them using hints from the scene as well as Google and, hey, Google earth, too! 🙂

I describe each restaurant as the one with what we see happening there (the one with being my tribute to another all-time favorite show Friends) attach a pic of the scene as a refresher and a link to restaurant website as well as its Yelp review where available. By the way, if you don’t have Yelp on your smart phone, download it now, it is free and comes very handy!

I really hope you have a chance to try one or several of these places and send us feedback. Please let me know if I am missing anything and I am happy to work on it.

Bon Appetite!

Episode 1: The Pilot 

The one with our first meeting with Bobby:

Bruno’s pizza joint, Capparello’s was Axe’s go-to place when he was a kid and he is still a regular. Bruno seems to be a father figure to him. And, hey, I am a believer in San Marzano tomatoes, too.

Rosa’s Pizza: Pizza. It seems patrons LOVE their Sicilian slices

7559 Metropolitan Ave, Middle Village, NY 11379 (Queens)

Yelp Review

source: Billions trailer
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You know, pizza is serious business in New York and hats off to Damian for eating his NY slice so authentically! JaniaJania — who also lived and went to school on Long Island —  approves and says “ya gotta fold it to keep the grease from dripping and envelope that cheesy goodness right into your gaping mouth, amiright or amiright?” — you are damn right, partner!

The one with Axe serving Steven Birch’s head to Dimonda on a silver platter:

imageedit_35_7549755815Brazen Fox: Pub, American (traditional) Eat without Breaking the Bank

175 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plans, New York 10601 (They also have a sister location in NYC).

Yelp Review

Episode 2: Naming Rights

The one with Axe meeting Garth Sykes and Ken Malverne:

imageedit_29_9524285200Hunt and Fish Club: Steak House

125 W 44th St, New York, NY

 Yelp Review

The one with Chuck buying donuts for his kids and the guy in blue shirt

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source: Showtime

Carpe Donut NYC: Food trucks are all the rage in NYC and everywhere else! And the red Carpe Donut NYC truck, serving yummy donuts made with local and organic ingredients, makes an appearance in Billions!

It seems they now have a seasonal shop: 157 Prospect Park Southwest near the Vanderbilt Street Playground but check @CarpeDonutNYC on Twitter to see where their truck is serving on a given day!

Yelp Review

Episode 3: Yum Time

The one with Lara is the owner and her sister Lu is the chef:

source: Showtime
source: Showtime

Wellfleet, the farm-to-table restaurant Lara owns and her sister Lu serves morel and asparagus beggars’ purse at, is the restaurant of a lovely inn, Bedford Post, in Westchester, New York.

Campagna: Italian and Seasonal dishes, Fine Dining

954 Old Post Road, Bedford, New York, 10506

Yelp Review

The one with Chuck Sr and his wife celebrating their wedding anniversary

source: Showtime
source: Showtime

We don’t see this one in action. We just hear Chuck Sr telling Chuck Jr about their anniversary dinner plans at La Greounille, a classy old school NY restaurant that absolutely deserves a mention here.

La Greounille: Classic French

3 East 52nd Street, New York, NY

Yelp Review

Episode 4: Short Squeeze

The One with Chuck and Bryan feeding Pete Decker as he feeds them information on Axe:

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source: Showtime

Shake Shack: Burgers, Fries, Shakes Eat without Breaking the Bank

They have several branches throughout the city as well as in other countries.

Yelp Review (for the Upper West Side branch, one of my go-to places for take out)

The one with Axe and his Yonkers friends eating on Axe’s jet

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source: Showtime

Momofuku Ssam Bar: It is a part of brilliant chef David Chang’s dining empire and serves inventive Asian food. I vouch for their out of this world pork buns 😀

207 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003

Yelp Review

Episode 5: The Good Life

The one whose signature dish Axe is serving for breakfast based on his mom’s recipe

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source: Showtime

Empire Diner: Sadly closed now for a second time. It was yet another NYC landmark, also appearing in the opening sequence of Woody Allen’s Manhattan, serving American Diner Food.

210 10th Avenue, New York NY

Yelp Review

The one with Chuck and Bryan having Knishes from:

source: Showtime
source: Showtime

Yonah Schimmel’s Knish Bakery: Iconic NY institution making Knishes at its original place since 1890.

137 East Houston Street, New York

Yelp Review

The one with Axe and Raul Gomez of NYC Police Pension Fund having beer

source: Showtime
source: Showtime

Kelly’s Sea Level: American (Traditional) Bar Food

413 Midland Avenue, Rye, NY 10580

Yelp Review

Episode 6: The Deal

The one with Lara finding out from Lilly her sons were uninvited to Bancrofts’ party

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source: Showtime

By the Way Bakery: Bakery

They have locations in Westchester (where Billions has shot the scene) as well as in the Upper West Side and the Upper East Side.

Yelp Review (for Upper West Side branch)

Episode 7: The Punch

The one with Bryan & co. wiring up Donnie

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source: Showtime

Del Arte Restaurant

20 Mountainview Avenue, Orangeburg, NY 10962

Yelp Review

The one with Chuck and Wendy dining with the creepy cute Gilberts

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source: Showtime

Babbo: Italian Fine Dining. Now this one deserves more than a mention. Not just because it is a NY staple or it is the flagship restaurant in Mario Batali‘s dining empire. But also because it’s one of my favorite restaurants. I am a pasta monster and, Babbo, as far as I know, is the only fancy place with a pasta tasting menu. It’s certainly a special occasion place but it is PERFECT for any kind of celebration. You cannot go wrong with anything on that menu but I highly recommend the Beef Cheek Ravioli – it is out of this world!

110 Waverly Place, New York, NY 10011

Yelp Review

The one where Axe gives Mike Dimonda an opportunity to become the next Charlie Rose

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source: Showtime

Artie’s Steak and Seafood

394 City Island Avenue, City Island, NY

Yelp Review

The owner, Spiros Chageres, in a Bronx Times news report, says Damian Lewis enjoyed their “shrimp and scallops over glazed tomatoes.” So, go for it!

The one with Chase and Wendy having Negronis:

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source: Showtime

Chefs Club by Food & Wine:

275 Mulberry Street, New York, NY

Yelp Review

Episode 8: Boasts and Rails

The one with Mark Teixeria of the Yankees and Axe talking at Big Apple Circus

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source: Showtime

Juice Press: Serving Cold Press Juices, Super Food Smoothies, Raw Food and Hot Soup! Mark Txeiria of the Yankees is, in fact, a partner of Juice Press.

Branches all over New York City.

source: Damianista
source: Damianista

Yelp Review

The one with Chuck making Dimonda his guy

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source: Showtime

Saigon Vietnamese Sandwich Deli: Serving authentic Banh Mi since 1988.

369 Broome Street, New York, NY

Yelp Review

The one with Chuck putting Kimchi on Bryan’s plate with the chopsticks that were just in his mouth 🙂

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source: Showtime

Dokebi Bar and Grill

199 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Yelp Review

The one with Bryan meeting the Sackers

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source: Showtime

This one, I am still looking for… If anyone could catch it, please let me know!

Update: May 2, 2016. And the answer comes from the most reliable source: Thank you so much, Mr Koppelman!

source: @briankoppelman
source: @briankoppelman

The funny thing is we have been to Perla several times, how did I miss that?

Perla: Italian neighborhood restaurant in West Village. Pasta monster (me!) loves everything on their menu, but particularly recommends the cacio e pepe!

234 West 4th Street, New York, NY 10014 (They have just moved to this new location and re-named the place Perla Cafe)

Yelp Review

The one with Chuck and Bryan getting drunk and fucking The Pouch 🙂

source: Showtime
source: Showtime

Barrow’s Pub: Dive Bar in West Village. Well, the only clue I had was the Pickle Back Shots sign in the picture above, and, hey, I got it! Do you know what Pickle Back is? Find out here!

463 Hudson Street, West Village, New York, 10014

Yelp Review

Episode 9: Where The F*** is Donnie?

The one with Axelrods finding their Bentley graffitied with “Fuck you Pigs”

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source: Showtime

MP Taverna: Greek restaurant by chef Michael Psilakis. If you don’t want to drive to Roslyn, NY, you can always try chef Psilakis’ delicious food at his wonderful Kefi, one of our go-to neighborhood joints in what we call Upper Best Side 🙂

1363 Old Northern Blvd. Roslyn, NY 11576

Yelp Review

The one with Axe asking Orrin and Wags: “Where The Fuck is Donnie?”

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source: Showtime

American Dream Diner: American Diner Food

512 Route 303, Orangeburg, NY 10962

Yelp Review

Episode 10: Quality of Life

The one with Chuck Sr having dinner with his buddies

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source: Showtime

We don’t see this one in action. We just see Chuck Sr mentioning to Junior, as he feeds him Plan B, on his way to dinner at Peter Luger.

Peter Luger Steakhouse: An old world steak house serving the perfect steak since 1887.

178 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Yelp Review

The one with Axe trying to convince some of his clients to give up on the three rats’ Ionosphere Fund

source: Showtime
source: Showtime

Maialiano: Fine Italian dining. Have the Cavatelli. HAVE THE CAVATELLI! 😀

2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

Yelp Review

Episode 11: Magical Thinking

The one with Chuck and Ari talking about Tinder and all:

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source: Showtime

Gold Bar: A luxurious night club dedicated to innovative drinks

389 Broome Street, New York, NY

Yelp Review

Episode 12: The Conversation

The one with Lonnie not sharing his burger with Bryan 🙂

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source: Showtime

Old Town Bar:  Serving pub food in NYC since 1892. The burger seems to be the rage here — I have seen Toby Moore recommending the burger on Twitter!

45 East 18th Street, New York, NY 10003

Yelp Review

CHECK OUT our Billions Season 2 Dining Guide HERE!

18 thoughts on “Billions Season 1 Dining Guide: Eat like a Billionaire or without Breaking the Bank”

  1. A food recap! Could I love this blog any more?
    I LOVE Maialiano! Everything about it. The entrance through the hotel. The distinctly rustic style decor. And the food. OMG.
    You could create your own “Billionaire Dining Crawl” expedition on NY Meetup (hint, hint).
    Thank you for making my heart leap (Damian) and stomach growl ( Old Town Bar) .

    I only read two blogs about shows because I am picky, picky about my time and what I read. Good writing delights me so much. Thanks for making my day with your words.

    (BTW- my other favorite blogger writes about my most favorite show Penny Dreadful. A show with the most gorgeous writing with the same script intelligence as Billions: https://ozgeburcaka.com/blog/2016/05/01/penny-dreadful-2×7-little-scorpion-photo-recap/) Forgive the plug. But the blog is so very funny. Penny Dreadful is so intense I need the brevity smooth the terrors exposed.)

    1. Thank you so much! I LOVE “Billionaire Dining Crawl” idea! Absolutely! I just love all the Italian places they have in Season 1. Babbo. Maialiano. Perla. I am a TRUE pasta monster these are some of the best places to go for the best pasta in the city!

      How can I thank you for making us one of the two blogs you are reading? This is one of the best compliments we have ever taken! Thanks for making our day with your words, too! And I will definitely check Ozge’s blog (I think I said this before, Ozge is a Turkish name, and I am from Turkey, too, what are the odds? :D)

    1. Thank you! Well, maybe we should include White Castle as a Bobby favorite 🙂 And thank you for “Ruggie and Cones.” I will make sure to add it asap. I believe it was in the episode Donnie goes missing. Am I right?

  2. This is making me hungry! Big complement. It also helps to further emphasise the importance of food on this show. They are telling us something!

    1. I am telling you, partner, you really really should come visit and we eat at most of these places! <3

    1. I am so happy you enjoyed this – thank you for reading! And, yes, of course! I try to identify restaurants / locations and add them into my episode recaps weekly, but yes, I will do Billions Season 2 dining guide at the end of the season!

    1. I tried to include the bars as well — e.g. Barrow’s Pub and Gold Bar. I will put together one for Season 2, too. Because I love NY so much it is such a pleasure to put these posts together. Thanks for reading!

      1. Looking forward to that. There’s one episode where Chuck is eating something with Adam DeGiulio (where the latter says he loves to hear the skin crackle) and I’m trying to figure out what the hell they were eating in that one.

        1. They are eating Peking Duck at Peking Duck House 🙂 I am working on Season 2 Locations Guide (to be published on May 22) and Dining Guide (to be published on May 29) at the moment.

          1. +100 internets for you, my friend. I’ve been wondering about that for months.

  3. Just watched Boasts and Rails again. Any idea what the “Star Wars shit” is that DiGiulio is drinking in his morning meeting with Chuck?

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