Many of your favorite television shows are filmed in New York City. While some scenes are shot in back lots or on sound stages, camera crews still take to the streets to create authentic city moments.
“Sex and the City”
Enjoy buttery sweet cupcakes like Miranda and Carrie did at Magnolia Bakery. Work off that cupcake as you shop ‘til you drop at Carrie’s favorite department store, Barneys. If you fancy footwear, stop and shop at one of Carrie’s favorite shoe stores, Jimmy Choo. A step away from Jimmy Choo is Central Park, featured in several episodes. Some of the notable places the girls stopped to chat were the Bethesda Fountain and the Loeb Boathouse. At night, it was all about the bar scene. Samantha loved her fancy cocktails at Sushi Samba. After a night of partying, the fearsome foursome gossiped over brunch at City Bakery. After brunch it was back to work. Peruse paintings with Charlotte’s former employer at the Louis K. Meisel Gallery in Soho.
The New York Palace Hotel is used as the home of the Chuck Bass, as well as the Van der Woodson family. Enjoy a grilled cheese sandwich with truffles like Serena at GILT Restaurant also located in the New York Palace Hotel; the sandwich is marked on the menu as "Gossip Grill.” Take your sandwich to go and eat on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which is where Blair and her clique have lunch. Time to go back to class? Visit the fictional entrance of the Constance Billard School for Girls and St. Jude School for Boys which is actually the front of the Museum of the City of New York. Head south for some shopping at the upscale department store Henri Bendel, a favorite destination for every Gossip Girl.
Have Elaine’s signature big salad at Tom’s Restaurant. The exterior is still exactly the same with the large neon RESTAURANT sign out front. There is soup for you at The Original Soup Man located on 55th St. and 8th Ave. The franchise has grown into several soup locations, but this one is the first and is run by the soup man himself Al Yeganeh.
Although “Friends” was filmed in California, exterior shots and replications were taken from New York City for authenticity. Bring your umbrellas and dance around the Pulitzer Fountain in Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, just like the friends did. The actual fountain the Friends danced in during the opening credits was a recreation. The exterior of the Friend’s apartment building is located on the corner of Bedford and Grove Street. Here you will also find the café that inspired Central Perk called The Little Owl, a neighborhood favorite.