Whether looking to get the perfect marbled rye on the West Side or heading up to the Bronx for a baseball game, Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer left their mark on New York City
. Over 25 years later, people still travel the streets of Manhattan to visit the gang’s hangouts.
Monk’s Diner (Tom’s Restaurant)
If the gang wasn’t at Jerry’s apartment, they would likely be found relating embarrassing anecdotes, discussing relationship issues or plotting some sort of scheme over coffee at Monk’s Diner. While the interior scenes at Monk’s, like most scenes of the show, were filmed on a set in Los Angeles, the exterior shots were of Tom’s Restaurant in Morningside Heights. Monk’s was featured in nearly every episode of the sitcom, making Tom’s a mandatory stop for all Seinfeld location hunters. Tom’s Restaurant, a classic Greek-American diner, has been family owned since the 1940s, and serves diner staples such as all day breakfast, wraps, and gyro sandwiches.
Tom’s Restaurant 2880 Broadway, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 864 6137
The Soup Man
Even if you have never seen an episode of Seinfeld, you have probably heard about the Soup Nazi. This Seinfeld character gained infamy when Jerry took George and Elaine to The Soup Man. It was there that Elaine and George’s inability to follow the Soup Man’s rules of efficiency led him to shout ‘No soup for you!’ Real life Soup Man Al Yeganeh founded The Soup Man in 1984, crafting small batch soups like chicken vegetable and lobster bisque for the people of New York City. Today, the original Midtown location is one of many New York stores now open around the state and people around the world can enjoy the 47 varieties of soup by ordering from the Soup Man website. If you do visit one of the Soup Man stores, make sure you have your order and money ready.
The Original Soup Man 259 West 55th Street., New York, NY, USA, + 1 212 956 0900
NBC’s Headquarters at Rockefeller Center served as the main location for a season four episode in which Jerry and George pitch their idea for a television series where ‘nothing happens.’ Needless to say, the execs are not impressed. While it may be difficult to get your own meeting with a room full of television executives, you can visit Rockefeller Center and take part in many of the attractions offered there including a studio tour and the Top of the Rock Observation Center. You may also catch a taping of The Today Show out on the plaza. It was on the Today Show that Jerry modeled the iconic puffy shirt.
NBC Studios 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 664 3700
Yankee Stadium, home of the New York Yankees since 1923, also served as the workplace of Seinfeld’s George Costanza. George’s stint with the Yankees was special for the show because show creator Larry David guest starred as his boss, former Yankee owner George Steinbrenner. George leaves his mark at Yankee Stadium by giving some advice to Derek Jeter and Bernie Williams, and by suggesting a change to the material of the players’ uniforms, tips that were not exactly beneficial to the team. The original Yankee Stadium, where George worked, no longer exists and is now the site of Heritage Field Park. However, fans can catch a game and enjoy a hot dog at the new Yankee Stadium, completed in 2009, which stands right next-door.
Yankee Stadium, 1 East 61st Street, Bronx, New York, NY, USA, +1 718 293 4300
No series can take place in New York without featuring Central Park. Just don’t ask Kramer to tell you about its history. In the episode, ‘The Rye,’ he leads a family on a gassy horse and buggy tour through the park, which, according to him, was designed by former Yankee player Joe Pepitone. The park appears many times throughout the series as a hub of mishaps and celebrations. Central Park is a beautiful place to visit year-round and is perfect for biking, iceskating, or playing baseball just as Jerry and George did in season six’s ‘The Understudy.’
Central Park, New York, NY, USA, + 1 212 310 6600
Is soup a meal? That is one of many life questions the cast of Seinfeld pondered throughout their 180-episode run. After Jerry reluctantly accepts an Armani suit from fellow comedian Kenny Bania, he is forced to take Kenny out to dinner as payment. At Mendy’s Kenny orders soup, which he claims is not a meal, and so Jerry must take him out again. Whether you are looking for soup, or something more substantial, Mendy’s has five locations around New York City offering classic deli meals. In operation for over 25 years, this chain of kosher delis is available for dining in, taking out and catering.
Mendy’s, 37 West 48th Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 262 9600
The New York Public Library
Patience and Fortitude are the lions that guard the entrance to The New York Public Library, and the virtues that Jerry tries to exhibit while he is interrogated and chastised by Mr. Bookman, the library cop, about a long overdue book. Kramer also stirs up some drama at the library by starting a fling with the librarian. Jerry soon remembers that he lent the book to George and all is resolved when he pays the overdue fees. In addition to being admired for its beautiful Beaux-Arts architecture, the NYPL is a wonderful resource for information, community events, and lecture series.
The New York Public Library, 5th Avenue at 42nd Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 917 275 6975
H and H Bagels
Seinfeld fans know that Kramer was on an extended strike from his job, but where exactly did he work? H and H Bagels. This bagel chain was established in 1972 on the Upper West Side (the location used in the show) with an East Side location opening shortly afterward. While the original West Side location has closed, a new one is set to open soon. For now, the East Side branch is open 24 hours a day, offering bagels made fresh daily, the ‘old-fashioned way.’
H and H Midtown Bagels East, 1551 2nd Avenue, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 734 7441
West Side YMCA
Seinfeld viewers get to sneak a peek inside the men’s locker room of the West Side YMCA in season three when Jerry and George meet baseball player Keith Hernandez. Keith approaches Jerry to confess that he loves his comedy, and the two start an interesting relationship. Originally built on land owned by the Vanderbilts in 1896 on West 57th Street, the West Side YMCA was moved to the location the guys visited and its current residence on West 63rd in 1930. The YMCA offers programs for individuals and families of all ages in a range of activities related to the arts and physical fitness.
West Side YMCA, 5 West 63rd Street New York, NY, USA, +1 212 912 2600
Schnitzer’s (Royale Pastry Shop)
‘If people would only look to the cookie all our problems would be solved!’ That’s what Jerry tells Elaine as he enjoys a black and white cookie and contemplates racial relations in Schnitzer’s Bakery. Unfortunately, you’ll have to find your cookies and marble rye at another bakery today. Royale Pastry, the traditional Jewish bakery in New York said to be the inspiration for Schnitzer’s, has been closed. However, you can still get your pastry fix at a similar Upper West side establishment, Silver Moon Bakery. Silver Moon Bakery opened in 2011 and quickly became a community favorite, known especially for their ceremonial challahs, which are shipped all over the country.
Silver Moon Bakery, 2740 Broadway, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 866 4717