Shows like Gossip Girl and Sex and the City just make me love New York even more. Although I could never replicate the ~swanky~ life styles that the characters in each of these shows lived (unfortunately, my non-existence trust fund hasn’t kicked in yet), I’ve spent too many hours dreaming of being best friends with Blair/being Blair of Gossip Girl or heading to a fun opening with Carrie from Sex And The City. So even though I haven’t yet found my Chuck Bass, I can pretend to live like him and the rest of our favorite UES’s and dine at some of the iconic restaurants featured in these shows. So, here are the top 10 must dine-at restaurants in New York from your favorite TV shows. Pick your favorite!
1. Rosario's Deli - Orange is the New Black
Make New York your home and Rosario's your deli... #localfood #culture #Astoria #NYPosted by Rosario's on Saturday, 15 July 2017
You may recognize Rosario’s as Red’s family restaurant Dimitri’s. Rosario’s is an incredible Italian deli that also makes delicious pizza. While not technically in Manhattan, a trip to Rosario’s Deli is just a quick trip to Queens. And if you’re stopping by, make sure to grab a slice of the “secret pizza”, which has a crisp and chewy crust dusted with some cornmeal and topped with fresh house-made mozzarella.
Address: 22-55 31st St, Astoria, NY 11105
Website: Rosario’s Deli
2. Delmonico's Steakhouse - Boardwalk Empire
DELMONICO'S STEAKHOUSE (56 Beaver Street) Delmonico’s started off serving coffee, pastries, and cigars down in FiDi in...Posted by Jose Tigani on Sunday, 7 June 2015
Delmonico’s Steakhouse is a staple fine dining restaurant in the Financial District and considered one of the best in the city. It has amazing and innovative menu items, despite being one of the oldest restaurants in America. You can dine on Delmonico Potatoes and Steak in a private dining room and be transported back to scenes from Boardwalk Empire.
Address: 56 Beaver St (at William St) New York, NY 10004
Website: Delmonico’s Steakhouse
3. Ben's Pizzeria - Louie
Ben’s Pizzeria is a favorite for the character’s of Louie and NYU students alike. Nestled in Greenwich Village, Ben’s is best known for its Grandma slices and 5 am closing time.
Address: 123 MacDougal St New York, NY 10012
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4. P.J. Clarke's - Mad Men
Want to pretend you’re letting loose with Peggy and go dancing at the New York bar she went to during the first season of Mad Men? Then head on over to the Midtown Bar P.J. Clarke’s. With the plethora of people always there, you’re bound to have a fun time with good food, great drinks, and even better company.
Address: 205 East 55th Street, New York, NY 10022
Website: P.J. Clarke’s
5. Cafe Grumpy - Girls
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Clearly rainbow bagels and Dan Humphrey weren’t enough to make us flock to Brooklyn, so in case you need another reason be sure to check out Cafe Grumpy. This cafe was featured on Girls where Ray and Hannah work as baristas. It’s the perfect place to grab a croissant and sip on coffee while you people watch and hope to see Lena Dunham walk by looking for another filming location.
Address: 199 Diamond St, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Website: Cafe Grumpy
6. Balthazar - Sex and the City
Hopefully you’ll have an easier time getting a table at Balthazar than Carrie and Samantha, but if not, the wait is definitely worth it. This restaurant gives vibes of a Parisian brasserie and is popular among city residents as the ambiance is lively and the food is always fresh and delicious.
Address: 80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012
7. Buddakan - Sex and the City
Buddakan is the beautiful restaurant where Carrie held her rehearsal dinner. It’s a trendy Chinese restaurant in the Meatpacking District with stunning two story ceilings and old world charm. It’s definitely one of the more affordable restaurants that Carrie and the girls dine at (with entrees starting at 11 USD) and a must-see and must-eat spot.
Address: 75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011
8. Socialista - Gossip Girl
Just because Jenny Humphrey’s birthday party underwent a ~venue change~ doesn’t mean you can’t check it out for yourself. While Socialista has a great cocktail menu and old-timey charm, their food is to die for. Personally, I would recommend the Mac & Cheese, but honestly everything is just really good.
Address: 376 West Broadway, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10012
9. Campbell Apartment - Gossip Girl
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You might not need a wedding (or divorce) party as an excuse to visit the Campbell Apartment (now known as just The Campbell), but this classy gem is hidden in Grand Central Station. It’s the perfect place to look sophisticated while sipping on a modern classic (or modern) cocktail and waiting for your train to take you on your next adventure.
Address: 15 Vanderbilt Avenue (off 43rd Street), New York, NY 10017
Website: The Campbell
10. Veselka - Gossip Girl
“The ambition of every good cook must be to make something very good with the fewest possible ingredients.” ~Urbain Dubois photo: ChrisMichaels.EatsPosted by Veselka :: Beceлкa on Thursday, 6 October 2016
Last, but certainly not least, Veselka is the place to go for pierogis and clearly a favorite for Dan and Vanessa. Found in East village, this popular Ukrainian restaurant is thankfully open 24 hours a day - so you’ll never be far from fresh pierogis.
Address: 144 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10003
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So don’t forget Queen B’s advice while adding these incredible spots to your New York eat-tinerary. Because dining at one of these delectable restaurants will transport you to your favorite scenes with your favorite characters in New York. Enjoy!
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