Justin Timberlake is expanding his restaurant empire, and has poached a top celebrity chef for his New York City eaterie.

The CRY ME A RIVER hitmaker, who also co-owns Los Angeles dim sum joint Chi, is setting up Destino's alongside US club king ETYAN SUGARMAN, according to MTV News.

Chef MARIO CURKO, who defected from New York hunger spot Rao, will head up the operation, offering his legendary Italian cuisine, and Timberland's dining favourite - meatballs.