If you’ve always wanted to be a part of your favorite television show and hang out at Central Perk with Rachel and Monica from Friends, or grab a bite to eat at the diner with Jerry and Elaine from Seinfeld-- we’re sad to inform you, that’s probably not going to happen anytime soon.
However, you’ll be glad to know that New York City is home to some of the eateries that have made it onto television screens across the country, thanks to cameo appearances on various shows over the years. So grab a few friends and star in a new version of your favorite New York City sitcom by stopping by one of these classic TV show restaurants and re-writing the script.
Here are 10 Restaurants From TV Shows You Can Visit in NYC:
1. Magnolia Bakery from Sex and the City
Located in the West Village, this sweet spot was featured on an episode of Sex and the City, where Carrie and Miranda were shown sitting on a bench outside Magnolia Bakery as they devoured delicious cupcakes.
Since then, this place has surged in popularity and patrons often wait hours on line to get a tasty treat at this iconic bakery.
2. Central Perk from Friends
Your dreams of feeling like part of the Friends gang can finally come true, since Warner Bros. and Eight O’Clock Coffee partnered up to create a Central Perk pop-up coffee shop in Soho. While you may not see Joey and Rachel sitting on the big orange couch, Phoebe might be stopping by for several special performances of “Smelly Cat.”
3. Tom’s Restaurant from Seinfeld
Located on the Upper West Side, Tom’s Restaurant is the diner that inspired Monk’s Cafe, the favorite causal dining spot of Jerry, George, Kramer and Elaine, featured in countless episodes of Seinfeld over the years.
4. The Campbell Apartment from Gossip Girl
Concealed inside the iconic Grand Central Station in Midtown, you will find the Campbell Apartment. This classy spot has been featured as a favorite hangout for Serena van der Woodsen and Chuck Bass on the hit series, Gossip Girl, and serves as the perfect spot to sip on a cocktail, as you take in the sophisticated, old-school surroundings of a by-gone era.
5. Eddie’s Pizza from Entourage
Known for their renowned “bar pie,” this infamous Queens pizzeria/bar has made its way onto the hit show Entourage. Eddie’s is featured in the episode where Vince can’t find any decent pizza in L.A., so their friend Turtle has genuine NYC pizza, bagels and knishes delivered to their Beverly Hills mansion.
If you can’t make it out to Queens for a slice, you can order a pie just like Turtle, since Eddie’s ships its homemade pizzas anywhere in the United States.
6. Ben’s Pizzeria from Louie
In addition to appearing on cameos from the FX hit show Louie, this Greenwich Village pizza place is also known for making a mean Grandma slice and is a favorite 4 am drunk-food destination among locals and NYU students leaving various bars in the area.
7. Dimitri’s from Orange is the New Black
If you’re a fan of Red from Orange is the New Black, you’ll be happy to know that you can stop by the deli that is featured in the episode where Piper goes to visit her in NYC. While it is named Dimitri’s in the show, it actually goes by the name of Rosario’s in real life and can be found just off of the N/Q subway line in Astoria.
8. Veniero’s Pasticceria from Curb Your Enthusiasm
While this renowned East Village bakery has always been known for its rainbow cookies and mochachinos, it has also gained some exposure from television cameos. Most notably, Veniero’s is featured in an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, in which Larry David stops by the shop for a French baguette… which he eventually uses as a weapon to beat the man attacking Ricky Gervais on the subway later on in that episode.
9. Cafe Grumpy from Girls
Located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, you may recognize this cute little coffee shop from the HBO series Girls, featured in numerous episodes where Hanna and Ray can be seen behind the counter working as baristas, as they try to make enough money to pay their rent.
10. Delmonico’s Steakhouse from Boardwalk Empire
Situated downtown in the Financial District, Delmonico’s Steakhouse has long since served as a staple in New York City’s fine dining scene. However, this classic restaurant is known for more than just its fantastic food and innovative dishes, appearing on several episodes of the HBO show Boardwalk Empire.
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