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A TV Lover’s Guide to NYC Hangouts That Featured On Famous Shows

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Updated: 18 November 2016
If you want to immerse yourself in the scenes from your favorite TV shows, check out some of these famous television hangout spots that actually exist in buzzing New York.

Tom's Restaurant|© Daniel_Afanador/flickr
Tom’s Restaurant | © Daniel_Afanador/flickr

Tom’s Restaurant – Seinfeld

Diner, Restaurant, American
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Tom's Restaurant | © InSapphoWeTrust / Flickr

Tom’s Restaurant – Seinfeld

The infamous group of New Yorkers we’ve all come to know and love, despite their mostly bitter outlook on life, has made a household name for themselves, continuing their legacy far past the series finale in 1998. Seinfeld has ultimately been branded as “the show about nothing,” but it has also connected itself with one of NYC’s most famous diners. After the episode of the gang joining together to chat at the fictional Monk’s Café, it was only plausible that the exterior shot of said cafe would establish a name for itself. Tom’s Restaurant, or more commonly known as just ‘Restaurant’ in neon lights, is located in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Manhattan. Aside from the comedian and his friends, the diner is also a frequent spot used by students and faculty attending Columbia University.

Tom’s Restaurant, 2880 Broadway, New York, NY, USA +1 212 864 6137

Magnolia Bakery cupcakes|© Alexi Ueltzen/flickr

Magnolia Bakery cupcakes|© Alexi Ueltzen/Flickr

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7:00 am - 1:00 am
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7:00 am - 12:00 am

Magnolia Bakery – Sex and the City

Bakery, Dessert, American, $$$
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Magnolia Bakery – Sex and the City

While we love watching our favorite ladies try to navigate their adult lives in various scenarios, there’s one episode in particular that put this now-landmark bakery on the map. Ever since Carrie Bradshaw ate a cupcake and dished on her love life with Miranda on a bench in front of Magnolia Bakery, the lines for its sweet desserts have been around the block. It is a chain of bakeries, but its first location, and the location featured on Sex and the City, is on Bleecker Street in the West Village.

Magnolia Bakery, 401 Bleecker Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 462 2572

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10:00 am - 10:30 pm
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10:00 am - 10:30 pm
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10:00 am - 10:30 pm
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10:00 am - 10:30 pm
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10:00 am - 10:30 pm
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10:00 am - 11:30 pm
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10:00 am - 11:30 pm

McGee’s – How I Met Your Mother

Pub, Irish, $$$
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McGee’s – How I Met Your Mother

Any twenty-something living in New York attempting to navigate the puzzling world that is adulthood can relate to the appeal of MacLaren’s. It is the perfect setting for the characters of How I Met Your Mother to vent, hang out, and recap their failed love lives. If you’re yearning for the fictional pub to actually exist, you’re in luck — it was confirmed by the show creators that MacLaren’s was inspired by the real-life pub they used to drink at while working for David Letterman called McGee’s. Although the creators did not have the luxury of living upstairs from the bar like Ted and his pals, they did replicate the inside of McGee’s in order to include a similar bar, booths, fireplace, and mural into MacLaren’s. During the final season, McGee’s treated loyal fans of show by turning sports off for a half hour on Mondays just to watch the newest episodes of HIMYM. They even have HIMYM dinner and cocktail specials on their menu.

McGee’s, 240 West 55th Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 957 3536

Lobby | Image Courtesy of The Empire Hotel

Lobby | Image Courtesy of The Empire Hotel

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The Empire Hotel – Gossip Girl

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Central Perk | ©Willam Warby/Flickr

The Empire Hotel – Gossip Girl

If you find yourself fully invested in the adventures of Constance Billard’s ‘It Girl’, Serena van der Woodsen, and her privileged friends, you are not alone. Although the show revolves around the elite Upper East Side Manhattan, it is the Upper West Side where this hotel is located, that is subject to a lot of gossip. Spotted: Gossip Girl’s lovable, but deeply troubled bad boy, Chuck Bass, conspiring in the The Empire Hotel. Whether it’s strategizing to win Blair’s affection, fight against his evil Uncle Jack, or stir up any type of debauchery he chooses, The Empire Hotel serves as Chuck and his friends’ home base in later seasons. The hotel, owned by Mr. Bass himself in the show, has believed to have seen an increase in bookings due to the exposure. They even have a Gossip Girl-themed cocktail menu — you know you love it. “Xoxo, Gossip Girl.”

The Empire Hotel, 44 West 63rd Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 265 7400

Central Perk|©Willam Warby/flickr

Central Perk|©Willam Warby/Flickr

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The Little Owl – Friends

Restaurant, Mediterranean, $$$
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The Little Owl – Friends

So much of America’s most binge-worthy show takes place at the Central Perk, the coffee shop located at the base of Monica’s apartment building in Greenwich Village. The Friends gang spends most of their time here chatting about the day’s events, drinking coffee, and eating all the muffins while sitting on that famous burnt-orange couch. The exterior shots of the apartment complex are located at 90 Bedford Street and the red block supporting the building is the Mediterranean restaurant, The Little Owl. They specialize in flavorful cuisine, best known for their gravy meatball sliders. Although their menu is a far stretch from the fictional Central Perk, it still seems like a place Joey would equally enjoy considering their specialty of meatball sliders.

The Little Owl, 90 Bedford Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 741 4695

NBC Studios entrance. Rainbow Room Marquee|© AndyLindgren/wikimedia

NBC Studios entrance. Rainbow Room Marquee|© AndyLindgren/WikiCommons

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9:00 am - 2:30 pm
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5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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11:45 am - 2:30 pm
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5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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11:45 am - 2:30 pm
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5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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11:45 am - 2:30 pm
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5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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11:45 am - 2:30 pm
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5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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11:45 am - 2:30 pm
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5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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9:00 am - 2:30 pm
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5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Rockefeller Plaza – Rock

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Kaufman Astoria
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30 Rockefeller Plaza – 30 Rock

As the title suggests, the setting of 30 Rockefeller Plaza plays an instrumental role in the sitcom’s premise. Tina Fey shot to fame during her tenure on Saturday Night Live, a live sketch show famously residing in Studio 8H located in 30 Rock. Fey used her experiences at SNL to develop the single-camera comedy that depicts a behind the scenes look of a fictional NBC sketch comedy show also produced in the halls of 30 Rock. Fans of Fey’s show are able to take an insider tour of the home to NBC Studios through the eyes of our favorite New Yorker, Liz Lemon. 30 Rockefeller Plaza has been a staple of NYC for years, and 30 Rock the show has solidified the significance of this building as a constant provider of entertainment.

30 Rock, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY, USA

Kaufman Astoria| Image Courtesy of Kaufman Astoria

Kaufman Astoria | Image Courtesy of Kaufman Astoria

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Sesame Street – Sesame Street

Building, Library, Store
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L'entrada del Puck Building | © Shelat/WikiCommons

Sesame Street – Sesame Street

No one can tell you how to get to Sesame Street, but everyone you meet will be more than familiar with this fictional street that is home to our favorite furry puppets. The long-running children’s show has been educating our youth since 1969 through the neighborhood folks residing on Sesame Street in Manhattan. The learning primarily takes place specifically at the brownstone building at 123 Sesame Street, but the show opens up its home to the viewers by traveling to different parts of the neighborhood, including Oscar the Grouch’s Trash Can, Big Bird’s Nest, Hooper’s Store, and the Sesame Street Library. Whether we’re learning our ABCs, 123s, or how to build character, the learning never stops on the very friendly streets of Sesame Street. While the question in the theme song remains unanswered, we could tell you how to get to Kaufman Astoria Studios, where Sesame Street is filmed.

123 Sesame Street, 34-12 36th Street, Astoria, NY, USA +1 718 392 5600

L'entrada del Puck Building|© Shelat/wikimedia

L’entrada del Puck Building|© Shelat/WikiCommons

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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Puck Building – Will and Grace

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Betrayal at Barrymore | © Dennis Beck/Broadway Tour/Flickr 

The Puck Building – Will and Grace

Best friends and roommates Will & Grace get themselves into lots of antics with the help of their over-the-top sidekick, Jack, and their snotty and lazy assistant, Karen. When Grace isn’t in her apartment with Will, or gallivanting the streets of NYC with Jack, she is hard at work running her own studio, Grace Adler Design, located in the Puck Building. The Puck Building, where Grace and Karen have countless hilarious encounters, is a historic building located in Manhattan’s Nolita neighborhood. New Yorkers may recognize the area surrounding the Puck Building for its festive string lights hung from the building’s Mulberry Street walls during Little Italy’s annual Feast of San Gennaro. If you miss seeing the building decorated, you can always catch the exterior shots during a rerun of Will and Grace.

The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 993 5858

Betrayal at Barrymore|© Dennis Beck/Broadway Tour/flickr

Betrayal at Barrymore|© Dennis Beck/Broadway Tour/Flickr

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Barrymore Theatre – Smash

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Barrymore Theatre – Smash

Although this musical theater drama was short lived, it made a strong impact on viewers with its catchy, original Broadway-inspired tunes, and extremely intriguing plot and character development within the fictional Broadway show about Marilyn Monroe, Bombshell. Although it was Bombshell that made us fall in the love with all the talented characters and the show’s format, it was the creation of the fictional contemporary musical, Hit List, that made the audience stick around for Smash’s second and final season. Hit List acted as a rival production to Bombshell and seemed to have even more behind-the-scenes drama than the biographical musical. The fictional musical first opened on an “underground” stage, and then quickly moved to the main stage at the Manhattan Theater Project. After receiving overwhelming positive reviews, the show found a home at the Barrymore Theatre on Broadway. The moment Hit List hit the Broadway stage, the drama only increased. The Barrymore Theatre has been providing us with Broadway entertainment since 1928, most recently staging the well received production, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

Barrymore Theatre, 243 West 47th Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 239 6200

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12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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10:00 am - 8:00 pm
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10:00 am - 8:00 pm

Yer Man’s Irish Pub – The King of Queens

Bar, Pub, Restaurant, Irish, $$$
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Yer Man’s Irish Pub – The King of Queens

New Yorkers love watching the opening sequence of this sitcom and picking out all the landmarks of Queens featured, but there is one restaurant in particular The King of Queens has highlighted more than enough times for it to be recognized by their loyal fans. When Doug and Carrie aren’t bickering in their Rego Park home with the occasional outburst from their third wheel, Arthur, they can usually been found at the bar and restaurant, Cooper’s, located in Glendale on 88th Street just south of Cooper Avenue. During the show’s runtime, the restaurant featured was indeed called Cooper’s, and was a hotspot for those living and visiting Queens, but it has since changed ownership and is now called Yer Man’s Irish Pub.

Yer Man’s Irish Pub, 7026 88th Street, Queens, NY, USA +1 718 894 4442

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