New York City needs no introduction. It’s one of the most star-studded places on the planet. It’s the reason countless television series and movies are shot there. A tourist is sure to come upon places that are popular with locals but recognizable to many around the world. Here’s a rundown of popular places from movies and TV you’ll want to seek out in NYC.
Head to Houston Street and walk in Katz’s deli. You don’t have to ask many people to hear about the pastrami. It’s famous. But even more famous is the table where characters Harry and Sally met from When Harry Met Sally.
What family won’t make time for pizza? Actually, you’ll find a number of Joe’s Pizza shops around the city, yet one, in particular, served as Peter Parker’s aka Spider Man’s place of early employment. In the film, Peter Parker briefly works as a pizza delivery boy for the Carmine Street pizzeria.
Buddakan is one swanky place to have a meal. Fitted with chandeliers and world-class kitchen crew, it’s a treat for the eyes as well as the mouth. You may notice the glamorous interior from Sex and the City. It was the spot where Carrie and Mr. Big have their rehearsal dinner.
Bubby’s Pie Company
Many young people dream of working within NYC’s fashion district. The book made into a film, The Devil Wears Prada, features a doe-eyed young woman who wants to be a successful writer but settles to be a fashion giant’s assistant. Bubby’s is a local hangout and a place for the family to grab some snacks. You’ll probably want to order some pie.
Smith and Wollensky’s
In the mood for a steak? Walk out of your Marriott Fairfield Inn and take a cab to Smith and Wollensky’s. Another book made into a film, American Psycho, is a satire about the excess of 80s life. In the film, Patrick Bateman ironically orders his steak without hash browns. The establishment is popular with stuffy investment bankers as well as locals with a hunger for juicy steaks.
The owners and staff at the cafe boast that theirs is the most famous in the city. Of course, that is up for debate yet you can’t deny the cafe hosted a scene in You’ve Got Mail, one of the famous romantic comedy movies from the 90s. Actually, the cafe is where Tom Hanks goes to meet Meg Ryan’s character for the first time.
In the movie, Friends with Benefits, two friends decide to take things to the next level and kick things off at Central Cafe, which is Pershing Square renamed for the movie. The cafe is right across from Grand Central Station.
Russian Tea Room
A major music star, Madonna, worked at the city spot before making it big. It also stars in the movie, Tootsie, where a fading actor assumes the identity of a woman to salvage his career. If you’re more of a television viewer, you may recognize the Tea Room from Gossip Girl.