Billions Season 4 Dining Guide

One of my favorite things about my favorite TV show is how it showcases the New York dining scene from hole-in-the-walls to neighborhood gems to Michelin-starred restaurants. And it has been my pleasure to share the information about restaurants appearing on the show first in my weekly recaps and then in a full dining guide by the end of the season for Season 1Season 2, and Season 3.

And now that our Billions dining guides are some of the most popular posts  on the blog, and that we constantly get questions about the restaurants on the show, I have decided to kick off our dining guide early with the restaurants our characters visited in the first two episodes in Season 4 and update the post as we go.

Before we dive into another wonderful season of New York food scene, massive thanks go to the show creators Brian Koppelman and David Levien for loving and honoring the dining capital of the world. And you can see how the world of food is integral to the show from this tweet from Koppelman when some Mr. Gavin Scott asks on Twitter whether someone can summarize the first three seasons of Billions in a couple of tweets.

And if you are curious like me about when they shoot at the restaurants, early morning, late night or during the day, here is the answer:

Some of the restaurants and bars that appear on Billions are my personal favorites, and some gems I discover thanks to the show. I try my best to make a complete list using a combination of hints from the scene, social media, keyword search on Google and, hey, Google earth, too!

I describe each place below with a picture of the scene as a refresher, a link to the restaurant/bar website, its location as well as its Yelp review where available. 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 add it to the list.

Bon Appetite!

Episode 1: Chucky Rhoades’s Greatest Game

Season 4 opener has this incredibly hilarious sequence where Chuck goes on a tour of diners, cafes and restaurants in NYC trading one favor at a time to get a gun-carry permit, almost impossible to get as a private citizen in NYC, for a big shot. Brian Koppelman explains the idea behind this sequence in the following tweet.

The one where Chuck kindly asks Police Commissioner Sansome if he could help him with getting a gun  permit for one of his clients

Barney Greengrass: Barney Greengrass is the Sturgeon King of New York.  A true institution, the deli opened its doors in Harlem in 1908 and moved to its current location on the Upper West Side in 1929. Their signature dish is the sturgeon scrambled eggs. Keep in mind that they still only accept cash and that even if you are not in NYC you can still buy their smoked fish online!

The owner Gary Greengrass makes a cameo in the episode asking Chuck if he wants a table and hears back that he should “save his fine sable for someone whose fortunes warrant it.”

541 Amsterdam Ave, 86th Street, New York City, NY 10024

Yelp Review

The one with Chuck trading favors with Mr. Eisen 

E.A.T.: Before I talk about E.A.T. I need to talk about Zabar’s, a city institution on the Upper West Side and my all-time favorite gourmet deli. Zabar’s has incredible variety of food items and it is particularly specialized in smoked fish, cheese, coffee, caviar, and, did I mention cheese 🙂 The upstairs is an adventure on its own, a delicious chaos of shelves full of kitchen tools and appliances but believe me you will find whatever it is you are looking for!

So, Eli Zabar of the Zabar brothers, who wanted to have a food store
different from his family’s Upper West Side deli, opened E.A.T. but on Madison Avenue in 1973. The upmarket deli doubled and later tripled in size over time and moved to its current location. E.A.T. serves salads, sandwiches , baked goods and more. There is a dining area where we see Chuck finding Mr. Eisen as the latter is enjoying his “tower of bagel” sandwich. You can reserve the second floor space for your next brunch or children’s party. And Mr. Zabar makes a cameo in the episode shaking hands with Chuck!

1064 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10028

Yelp Review

The one where Chuck trades favors with Donny Deutsch

Michael’s: A midtown Californian eatery that has been a power-breakfast-and- lunch place for who is who of media since 1989. The space features interesting art works by Frank Stella, Jasper Johns, Richard Diebenkorn and Robert Graham. It turns out that the restaurant gives priority to longtime customers over celebrities where coveted seats are concerned, e.g. Table 1 in the front of the house where Bill Clinton, Michael Keaton and Warren Buffett have dined. I wonder if this is the table Donny Deutsch and Kenny Dichter are power-lunching in the episode.

24 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

Yelp Review

The one where Wendy delivers First Tracks Deer Valley for Chuck

The Pool: A new seafood restaurant created by the Major Food Group, The Pool is located in the iconic setting of the former Four Seasons Restaurant in Seagram Building. The restaurant’s interior, designed by the landmark building’s legendary architects Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson, has remained almost unchanged since its construction in 1959. And the Four Seasons Restaurant was designated by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission as an interior landmark in 1989.

Lewisto and I “discovered” Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi of Major Food Group when they opened their first restaurant Torrisi Italian Specialties, a homage to Italian American cooking where they insisted on using domestic products, on Mulberry Street. They served a truly ambitious nightly-changing prix-fixe menu for $50 for quite a while. And there was no corkage fee! The trick was that you had to go and wait at the door in the afternoon until someone came out around 5pm to take your name down for the 6:30pm or 9:30pm setting. I am still missing the restaurant four years after it shut its doors, but I also understand that Carbone and Torrisi, along with their partner Jeffrey Zalaznick, wanted to move on to new culinary adventures and have since become an empire with great restaurants all over New York such as Carbone, Dirty French, Santina, Parm, Sadelle’s, ZZ’s Clam Bar and recently  The Grill and The Pool.

99 E 52nd St, New York, NY 10022

Yelp Review

The one where Chuck finally finds someone who would be happy to get a Park-Anywhere permit 🙂

The Grill: A mid-century style steakhouse created by the Major Food Group in Seagram Building.

99 E 52nd St, New York, NY 10022

Yelp Review

The one where Chuck along with Sean Ayles solves Ambassador Suarez’ problem

Marea: A two-Michelin-star restaurant on Central Park South, Marea is a high-end place serving seafood and house-made pastas. I am not sure if it is the decor or the fact that most men are wearing jackets but the restaurant has a corporate, power-joint feel to it.

Michael White, the head chef and the owner of the Altamarea Group has a number of restaurants in New York, two of which, namely Ai Fiori and Vaucluse, appeared in the earlier seasons of Billions. And now Chef Michael White makes his first cameo in Billions Season 4 opener as we see him chatting with Ambassador Suarez at the Marea bar area as Chuck and Ayles enter the restaurant.

240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

Yelp Review

The one in front of which Paul “Big Paul” Castellano was whacked

Sparks Steakhouse: An old school midtown steakhouse, and a former mob hangout, Sparks will forever be remembered as the place in front of which Gambino crime family boss Paul Castellano was killed under the orders of John Gotti in 1985. We see Chuck and Police Commissioner Sansome reenacting the scene from that night in the closing scene of the episode.

210 E 46th St, New York, NY 10017

Yelp Review

Episode 2: Arousal Template

The one where Rudy asks Mafee for a job

Emmy Squared: A square pie joint with a sweet love story behind it. They have two locations, one in Williamsburg and the other in East Village. Emmy Squared uses high quality and as much as possible local ingredients and serves delicious Detroit-style pizza. I have only been to the East Village location where we, six people, shared four pizzaz all of which were yum! I am not positive but I bet Mafee is having their signature “Roni Supreme” with mozzarella, lots of pepperoni, and Calabrian chilies.

364 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Yelp Review

The one where Team Axe celebrates Bonnie’s birthday

The VNYL: The four-story space is a 1970s inspired restaurant, bar and nightclub and the name stands for “Vintage New York Lifestyle.” Each floor has a different feel, and the front shop operates as a full-service coffee bar and vinyl store during the day. While it is an ideal place for drinks and dancing late into the night, the California-inspired food menu is inviting.

Many thanks go to Daniel K. Isaac aka Ben Kim for helping me to figure out this one!

100 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10003

Yelp Review

The one where Axe and Rebecca get to know each other better

Broken Shaker: On the 18th floor of Freehand Hotel on Lexington, Broken Shaker is a rooftop bar serving handcrafted cocktails and an eclectic menu of small plates.  The bar has a beautiful outside space for summer. Eater calls Broken Shaker the best rooftop bar in New York right now. No wonder our red hot flirt Axe takes Rebecca there for their first date 🙂

23 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10010

Yelp Review

The one where Taylor feeds The Kozlovs to Grigor Andolov

Russian Vodka Room: A lively nightspot with an extensive selection of homemade flavor-induced vodkas and classic Russian fare. Andolov offers Taylor garlic pepper & dill-infused vodka while he prefers Horseradish-infused himself which is a winner according to The New Yorker review. There is also live piano music and may I just say I love Kalinka played on piano in the episode?

Yelp Review

The one where Mafee ultimately says no to Rudy

Walter Foods: A neighborhood joint in Williamsburg serving American comfort food.

253 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Yelp Review

Episode 4: Overton Window

The one where Foley asks for immunity from Jeffcoat

Stout: Steps from Grand Central Station, Stout is an upbeat Irish pub serving a wide range of beer on tap and classic pub fare in a rustic/chic interior. Now, I have to confess there was no way I could have found out this location without a little help from Billions creator and show runner Brian Koppelman! Due to the Longhorns jersey and other UT memorabilia on the walls, I was looking for an upscale Tex-Mex or some kind of BBQ place in New York and I was wrong! Stout is an authentic Irish pub, and a very famous one at that, but it is masquerading as a Texan place in the episode. Thanks to Brian Koppelman who shared the episode script on Twitter, I was able to pinpoint the location where Foley passes a piece of paper with information on Chuck’s sex life to Jeffcoat.

60 E 41st St, New York, NY 10017

Yelp Review

The one where Chuck makes his historical speech

Fraunces Tavern: Owned by the Sons of Revolution since 1904, this historical landmark, built in 1719, is claimed to be Manhattan’s oldest surviving building: 300 years old! The building had an important role in American history both during and after the American Revolution. It served as the headquarters George Washington used to negotiated peace with the British and later housed federal offices. The menu has traditional as well as contemporary American food. They have been serving the famous chicken pot pie for such a long time that it may have been enjoyed even by Washington himself! 😀 The museum preserves and interprets the history of the American Revolution through public education. 

As a serious student of history, Chuck finds it appropriate to bid farewell to his political campaign where George Washington bid farewell to his troops. But he changes his mind and instead adds to the history of the Tavern with his own historical speech!

54 Pearl St, New York, NY 10004

Yelp Review

Episode 5: A Proper Sendoff

Una Pizza Napoletana: Self-taught chef Anthony Mangieri opened Una Pizza in a tiny space in East Village in early 2000s serving only and only Neapolitan Pizza. Later, he moved his pizzeria to San Francisco for a few years, but now, lucky us, the chef is back and Una Pizza now serves small plates as well desserts next to the to-die-for pies at its new industrial space on the Lower East Side. They also have an all-Italian wine list that focuses on natural winemaking — totally a soft spot for wine snobs like yours truly!

Axe, Rebecca, Chuck and Wendy raise their glasses to the new state AG at a private double date where Chuck makes his feelings about the pizza very clear:

“If the only way I could eat this pizza is naked, in the middle of Times Square, I would.”

Chef Mangieri makes a cameo on the show and I believe the pizza he takes out of the oven and brings to the table is the Margherita. And if you are from Italy, or you have Italian friends, you know Margherita is what Italians try first at a pizzeria to decide on the quality! Oh, and yeah, I am craving some pizza now!

175 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

Yelp Review

The one where Lauren is able to get Taylor on the schedule for NYFF Fund

Johnny Utah’s: A spacious midtown joint with a Western theme and Southwestern/BBQ menu complete with a mechanical riding bull!

We do not see the restaurant in the episode and so it is a mystery to me, like it is a mystery to Taylor, how “shots and a mechanical bull” helped Lauren to get her boss on the schedule for a pitch at the New York Fire Fighters Fund! 😀 We may choose to believe that the venue and her young, pretty and personable friends are raw materials and Lauren’s art is what she makes of them!

Yelp Review

The one where Chuck succeeds in making Scolari not repeat himself!

Donohue’s Steakhouse: A homey place for steaks and other straightforward classics in vintage, dark-wood quarters. Donohue’s does not have a website but the New York Times has a loving piece about the place.

Donohue’s seems to be Joe Scolari’s favorite meeting place! And we see him and Chuck sitting at the bar this time where Chuck succeeds in making Scolari not repeat himself for the first time! 🙂

845 Lexington Ave New York, NY 10065

Yelp Review

Episode 6: Maximum Recreational Depth

The one where Taylor listens to Wendy

Morgenstern’s: Morgenstern’s is the synonym of YUM. It is a modern ice cream shop serving creative flavors of ice cream and sorbet. We see the  owner Nicholas Morgenstern making a cameo in the episode. Wendy seems to be friends with him and Nicholas turns the ice cream shop into a speakeasy for his friend 😀

Well, Mr. Morgenstern is definitely a good friend in real life. Did you know he named his peanut butter ice cream cake after his friend Brian Koppelman? Meet The Koppelman!

88 West Houston Street, New York, NY 10012

Yelp Review

The one where Victor and Axe bond over what looks like a sheep’s head

Haandi: A true cabbie joint serving homey Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi food in a simple setting.

It turns out that his cab driver uncle used to take Victor to this place. And it is ironic that Axe and Victor talk about Victor’s head, which is on the chopping block, as they bond over a sheep’s head! Neither one has any appetite left at the end of the conversation!

113 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10016

Yelp Review

The one where Team Taylor celebrates the partnership with Brian Dana

Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill: Focusing on the “shared experience” the restaurant has three kitchens, an open fire grill, a raw bar, and a traditional kitchen, serving globally inspired food.

55 Water Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Yelp Review

The one where Chuck and De Giulio trade favors

Economy Candy:

The store has the most interesting story: They started as a shoe and hat repair shop with a push cart outside which sold candy. During the Depression years, the candy cart brought in more business than the repair shop and so the owners decided to turn the store into a candy shop in 1937. The discount candy store has been selling all kinds of candy, chocolate, nuts and dried fruit since then. The store feels like a candy museum just because you can always find that candy bar you are not able to find anywhere else!

108 Rivington Street, New York, NY 10002

Yelp Review

The one where Wendy extracts information from Mafee

Lucky Jack’s: Mafee has his nightcap at this narrow Irish pub with 60-feet copper bar in the Lower East Side. Lucky Jack’s serves beer and whiskey as well as specialty cocktails. There is a pool table as well as a downstairs lounge that can be reserved for private events.

129 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002

Yelp Review

Episode 7: Infinite Game

The one where Rebecca makes Dana an offer he cannot refuse

Eleven Madison Park: Holding the top honor of three Michelin stars since 2012, it is all about the experience at Eleven Madison Park. The food by the celebrated chef Daniel Humm, is as precise as it is delicious. The restaurant does offer a multi-course tasting menu in which the patrons are invited to make a few selections. The high-ceilinged space in the landmark Art Deco Metropolitan Life North building  where everything is custom designed — from the furniture to the tableware to the textiles — adds to the experience. The restaurant was #1 in the World’s Best 50 Restaurants list in 2017.

11 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10010

Yelp Review

The one where Axe gives Bruno an awesome toast

Rosa’s Pizza: Well, you all know about Bobby Axelrod’s favorite pizzeria by now. Lewisto and I visited the pizzeria two summers ago and you can find out about the details of our experience here.

If you want the short version: Nonna Pie! Nonna Pie! Nonna Pie!

75-59 Metropolitan Ave #1, Middle Village, NY 11379

Yelp Review

Episode 8: Fight Night

The one whose bread is Wendy’s favorite

She Wolf Bakery: The bakery arm of Andrew Tarlow’s Brooklyn restaurant empire She Wolf started in the ovens of the hip neighborhood restaurant Roman’s in 2009. They later expanded the bread production to a new space that became the bakery. She Wolf Bakery currently supplies the bread at all of their restaurants as well as at nine different NYC farmers markets.

In Billions, Wendy comes home from running to find a yummy breakfast, courtesy of Chuck, waiting for her. And Chuck tells his wife that he also bought her favorite bread from She Wolf  — which I bet is their flagship Sourdough regular! YUM!

Sourdough Regular - the flagship bread at She Wolf

224 India Street, Brooklyn, 11222 (Where to buy)

Episode 9: American Champion

The one where Lauren takes Landry and Taylor to breakfast at night

Kellogg’s NYC: Perfect place to go back to your childhood. It turns out Landry’s favorite was honey smacks while Taylor’s was frosted flakes. What was yours? This Union Square cafe by the breakfast brand makes cereal a choice not only for breakfast but for anytime of the day. They also have an Instagram station.

31 East 17th Street, New York,  NY 10010

Yelp Review

Episode 10: New Year’s Day

The one where Wags is willing to wait in the line

Joe’s Stone Crab: Opened in 1913 as a small lunch counter by Joe Weiss, Joe’s is currently a very popular place in Miami Beach, open between May and October, drawing crowds especially for its stone crabs and key lime pie. The restaurant is the biggest buyer of Florida stone crab claws. So it plays a major role in the industry, influencing the wholesale prices as well as financing many crabbers.

Our characters do not go to Joe’s Stone Crabs in Miami, but Wags delivers Joe’s stone crabs for Team Axe as he returns from his Christmas vacation in Miami Beach. We learn there are three things for which Wags is willing to wait in line: To meet Ellen DeGeneres, to get his favorite drugs fresh off the assembly line, and Joe’s Stone Crabs! And no worries if you do not have friend that can deliver the crabs for you, you can always order Joe’s fare online!

And here is show creator and show runner Brian Koppelman’s thank you tweet to Joe’s Stone Crab for helping them with product and bags!

11 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Yelp Review

The one where Bryan finds his brother Jackie

Assembly Bar: Neighborhood bar with good prices and friendly staff. The bar is not a stranger to film industry. It served as the set for the 1996 movie Trees Lounge written and directed by Steve Buscemi as well as for the 2015 movie Bleeder with Liev Schreiber.

02, 73-02 Cooper Ave, Flushing, NY 11385

Yelp Review – not available

Episode 11: Lamster

The one where Axe and Rebecca close a deal with Pearlsang CEO

The Lobster Club: Yet another great restaurant from Major Food Group whose The Pool and The Grill are featured in Season 4 Episode 1 Chucky Rhoades’ Greatest Game. Located in the historic Seagram building like the other two restaurants, The Lobster Club is a Japanese Brasserie with a unique interpretation of Japanese cuisine. The fish comes from Tokyo’s Tsukiji market — one of the most interesting experiences in my life was to attend live tuna auction at Tsukiji at 5am in the morning — ensuring the highest level of quality.

98 E 53rd St, New York, NY 10022

Yelp Review

Episode 12: Extreme Sandbox

The one where yummy pancakes help Sanford Bensinger change his mind 🙂

Butter: We technically do not see the restaurant but meet its executive chef Alex Guarnaschelli cooking breakfast for Axe and Sanford Bensinger.

It is typical for Axe to put on a culinary show at home when he wants to persuade someone to do something! And Sanford Bensinger, a smart man, understands right away that those yummy pancakes mean they will have a serious conversation 😀

Chef Guarnaschelli’s restaurant Butter opened its doors in 2002 on Lafayette Street. The restaurant recently moved to its Midtown location where it continues to serve seasonal menus based on greenmarket offerings.

Guarnaschelli, who won Iron Chef America in 2012, is also a TV personality on several Food Network shows. She hosts Alex’s Day Off as well as appears on ChoppedIron Chef America,  The Best Thing I Ever Ate and more. And big thanks go to Food Network for linking to Fan Fun Billions Dining Guides in their article about the chef’s cameo in the show! It is a true pleasure to put together these guides and I cannot be happier if they are helping people who want to know about the restaurants on show and maybe visit a few on a trip to New York!

70 W 45th St New York, NY 10036

Yelp Review

See you all in Season 5!

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5 thoughts on “Billions Season 4 Dining Guide”

    1. Thanks for your kind words! And… Good question! There was no real hint in the scene for the take-out so my current answer is I don’t know. But I will check whether I missed anything.

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