From its reputation as a melting pot to its status as one of the world’s foremost financial and cultural centers, New York City has no shortage of stories to tell – and filmmakers have paid homage to it since the invention of film itself.
This comprehensive guide profiles both on- and off-the-beaten-path locations essential for film buffs who want to relive some of the Big Apple’s quintessential movie moments. If, on the other hand, you’d rather be led through Manhattan by a bona fide movie nerd who knows all the hardest-to-find hot spots, you can opt for our curated TV and movie tour of NYC.
“Greed, for lack of a better word, is good.” While we can’t promise that you’ll be able to live like Wall Street’s Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas), at Midtown’s famous 21 Club, you can certainly party like it’s 1987. For more than 80 years, the 21 Club has been the premier restaurant for actors, athletes, and even bootleggers. Patrons of the 21 Club delight in the venue’s sophisticated décor, ornamental jockeys, and famous (or perhaps infamous) wine cellar, which was used to hide its stash of illegal liquor during the Prohibition Era.