Chef Philippe Chow

Songstress Ashanti was recently spotted celebrating her 30th birthday at hotspot Philippe’s exclusive private wine cellar. The guest-list included such famous hip hop celebrities such as Fabolous, Chris Brown and Ashanti’s rumored boyfriend Nelly. A few nights later Philippe New York business partner and New York Knicks star Al Harrington inspired a basketball bash. NBA All-Stars Jermaine O’Neal and Paul Pierce closed down the entire restaurant for a joint after-hours birthday party. Of course the two star athletes don’t only share a birthday; they also both play for the Boston Celtics. Not only did their team attend, but in a show of sportsmanship so did the New York Knicks. Philippe has locations in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Mexico City, East Hampton, and coming soon Jericho in Long Island. Owner and Executive Chef Philippe Chow has been catering to the rich and famous for decades. Soon after arriving in America in 1979, he began his career at Mr. Chow (no relation) where he honed his skills with some of the best for over 25 years. His eponymous eatery might only be five years old, but in that short time it has become a hot spot for the A-list crowd and culinary enthusiasts alike. The likes of Lindsay Lohan, Charlize Theron, Oprah, and Michael Jay Fox have all come to try some of Philippe’s signature dishes, like his mouth-watering Chicken Satay or his divine Maine Lobster Spring Rolls. Of course, the menu is not the only thing that will take your breath away. The chic modern d├ęcor of red, black and white hues with candlelight and dramatic chandeliers create an intimate and romantic environment for diners. No wonder it’s a top pick for A-list birthday parties! Visit Philippe Chow at Philippe New York is located at 35 E 60th St, New York, NY 10022.

Ashanti Photo By: RD/Kirkland/Retna