DeuxMoi explains where to find celebrities in New York

DeuxMoi explains where to find celebrities in New York
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If you visit the “about” page on DeuxMoi.world, you’ll see a small block of text that says, “Thank you for visiting the About page. That’s all we’ll say about us.” What that “about” page gives us is pretty much the same as what we know about the person behind the account, not much (unless you believe the internet rumors).

DeuxMoi originally started as an unsuspecting fashion blog in 2014 and a snap Instagram page. Although the blog disappeared, the Instagram page continued to be managed by one of its original owners. In 2020, at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, the account owner asked her 45,000 followers for celebrity stories they would be willing to share. What started as an attempt at entertainment quickly became an overnight sensation.

DeuxMoi began receiving and then anonymously posting direct messages with stories about A-listers from his followers. When celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, and David Beckham appeared on the account, more and more people started sharing their encounters with other stars. Two years later, now with over 1.6 million followers on Instagram, DeuxMoi has become one of the biggest sources of celebrity gossip, sightings and stories. If a celebrity is seen in the wild, DeuxMoi will most likely find out and post first. His weekly roundup of celebrity sightings, known as “Sunday Spotted,” is a constant source of Hollywood news. Despite her popularity and much speculation about her identity, the woman behind the curtain remains a mystery. In rare interviews, like this one, she prefers to be called simply DeuxMoi. She doesn’t give out any personal information about herself other than that she lives in New York, but that fact doesn’t seem to bother her, since it’s easy enough to remain anonymous in a city of eight million people.

While we may not know the name or face behind DeuxMoi, we’ll soon know more about her than ever before. On November 8, DeuxMoi will publish her first novel, anonymous please, a fictional retelling of the tale’s story. The novel follows protagonist Cricket Lopez, an assistant to a high-profile celebrity hairstylist, after she turns her Instagram page into a source of celebrity gossip. What started as a drunken decision begins to affect Cricket’s real life. Celebrities start harassing her for sharing her secrets, her boss is unhappy with her declining work ethic, and her friends feel marginalized by her social media presence. As her Instagram continues to grow, Cricket has to reckon with the fact that she, by her power, is now famous, even though no one knows it.

anonymous please It may be fictional, but the places it mentions are not. For example, the famous The Bowery Hotel, a real-life celebrity hangout, appears in the book more than once. Although the other places in New York mentioned in the novel are real, there is one place in the book that DeuxMoi had to rename for legal reasons. But she does not worry: she is sure that the readers will know what the real location is, since she posts about it frequently.

Despite personally choosing to go to lesser-known places that wouldn’t be classified as “trendy,” the kinds of places they might not make it to anonymous please, DeuxMoi’s knowledge of where to find celebrities is limitless. DeuxMoi spoke to Thrillist about where to go if you want to see a celebrity. And if you’re successful, be sure to DM him.

don angie
don angie | DonAngie/Facebook

under 14th street

Celebrities go to many of the same restaurants over and over again, particularly celebrities who don’t live in New York. Whenever they come to town, the Kardashians for example, they always go to the same places. The other side of the coin is that maybe they know where to go to be seen. carbon is an obvious example of a restaurant that celebrities always love to go to. The most underrated celebrity hangout is Supper. It’s Italian at 156 East Second Street. Celebrities have been seen there, but I feel like it’s not as well known as Don Angie and Carbone, but it also has really good Italian food.

i mean too lightning, obviously. It’s owned by Justin Theroux and Nicholas Braun is also a partner, so there are always celebrities at Ray’s. Zoë Kravitz loves Ray’s. Whenever a celebrity is in town, like Dua Lipa, she always stops by Ray’s for a drink.

If you’re in Manhattan and you’re in Soho or if you’re in the west town, you have a better chance of detecting. NoHo, SoHo or the West Village, those are the best places where you will have the best chance of seeing celebrities.

bowery hotel bar
The Bowery Hotel Bar | Hotel Bowery/Facebook

Hotels

The Bowery Hotel, of course. Celebrities love it. They’ll hang out in the lobby. They will hang out at the bar where people can come off the street and come in. It’s not super discreet. It is not a private club. I don’t necessarily understand the appeal of why it’s still so popular.

I would also add Casa Cipriani, of which you have to be a member. The Ned is another one that celebs hang out with all the time, but you also have to be a member. The Mark Hotel too, there are always celebrities in the restaurant there too.

laser wolf
laser wolf

brooklyn

I think Manhattan is better for seeing celebrities than Brooklyn because it’s more condensed. But that’s the only reason I think that. There are tons of celebrities in Brooklyn. I think a lot of celebrities live in Brooklyn, but things tend to be a bit more spread out.

I think the “Sunday Spotted” part of my Instagram account has really helped me get ahead of the curve. For example, I started hearing about laser wolf in Brooklyn a couple of months ago and now I’m hearing a lot more about it. I’d say he’s definitely a promising [celebrity hangout] place.

A lot of people go to Brooklyn more, which is good because I think Brooklyn has really good restaurants. There’s the Italian restaurant that Pete Davidson loves and took Kim Kardashian to last year, lily. And there is the Cafe Mogador. It is a family-run Moroccan and Middle Eastern restaurant. Those three places I had never really heard of, I started getting celebrity sightings there a couple of months before it started to increase.

DeuxMoi Celebrity Spotting Tips

I think if someone wants to see a celebrity, they really have to be on their toes and keep their eyes open because they’re probably running into a celebrity on the street. Especially if you are in one of those neighborhoods that I named you. If you’ve lived here your whole life and never seen a celebrity, of course you have, but you just didn’t notice.

This interview has been edited and summarized for clarity.

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