2023 SI Swimsuit Issue Cover Model Brooks Nader Says You Must Try These 5 New York City Restaurants

The Louisiana native has lived in Manhattan for years.

Brooks Nader was photographed by James Macari in the Dominican Republic. 

Five-time SI Swimsuit model Brooks Nader just landed her first cover, and she looks absolutely stunning on the front of the 2023 issue.

View Brooks Nader’s full 2023 SI Swimsuit gallery here.

The Baton Rouge native, who lives in New York City with her husband Billy Haire, is always trying new restaurants along with fellow models, visiting guests or her three younger sisters. Today, she’s sharing her favorites with us!

Below are five of the cover star’s must-try restaurants in Manhattan.

Jefferey’s Grocery - The West Village 

172 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10014

This American restaurant is known for its creative salad, Bloody Mary and signature oyster bar.

“It’s a cute little quaint place in the West Village, on Christopher Street,” Nader explains. “They have oyster happy hour and old bay fries, which is like tons of seasoning on French fries. You feel like you’re not in New York.”

View the menu and make reservations here.

Bobo NYC - The West Village

181 W 10th St, New York, NY 10014

This French restaurant spans multiple floors and includes a den bar, parlor dining room, outdoor garden and small intimate Coco bar. It is set in an 1800s West Village townhouse, which Nader describes as super “cozy.”

“There’s a fireplace,” she says. “There’s tons of candles... delicious food, delicious drinks.”

View the menu and make reservations here.

The Polo Bar - Midtown East

1 E 55th St, New York, NY 10022

This “casual yet refined” restaurant, designed by Ralph Lauren, offers an American fine dining experience and can be the perfect location for a formal private event.

“It’s super old-school New York City feel. It’s close to Central Park,” Naders shares. “All Ralph Lauren furniture [and] pillows—there’s like old wood everywhere and art and art life. It just makes you feel like you’re in like some really rich person’s house.”

View the menu and make reservations here. Be sure to note the restaurant’s dress code policy on the website.

Raising Cane’s - Times Square

1501 Broadway, New York, NY 10036

This fast food fried chicken joint is a staple in the south.

“If I’m feeling really risqué and spicy, then I’ll venture out to Times Square and go to Raising Cane’s, which is fried chicken and fries,” Nader says. “It has a special place in my heart because the founder is from Baton Rouge and I know him, Todd Graves. It’s frickin’ delicious.”

View the menu here.

L’Artusi - The West Village

228 W 10th St, New York, NY 10014

This small-bite Italian restaurant boasts an extensive and delicious wine list. L’Artusi is Nader’s go-to when she’s in the mood for Italian food or just some really solid pasta.

View the menu and make reservations here.

Ananya Panchal


Ananya Panchal is a NYC-based Lifestyle & Trending News writer at SI Swimsuit. Before joining the Swim team, the Boston University Alum worked for culture & entertainment beats at Bustle, The San Francisco Chronicle and the TODAY Show. When Ananya is not writing or doom-scrolling on social media, she can be found playing sudoku, rewatching One Tree Hill or trying new restaurants. She's also a coffee and chocolate (separately) enthusiast.