As Guest of a Guest writer Victoria Ontman points out, New York City is one of the most popular settings for both independent films and Hollywood blockbusters.
Both New York Natives and potential tourists alike should get a kick out of becoming acquainted with some of Ontman’s picks and descriptions of well-known New York bars and restaurants frequently used for scenes in movies.
1) Katz’s Delicatessen – “When Harry Met Sally”
205 Houston St.
If you haven’t seen “When Harry Met Sally” yet, you should definitely queue it up on your Netflix account tonight. And if you haven’t had one of Katz’s highly exalted pastrami sandwiches yet, you probably should hail a cab or hop on a Citi Bike and head Downtown immediately.
Movie Scene: Look out for the table where Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal sat and chatted in the movie. (There’s a sign in the restaurant that reads, “Where Harry met Sally…hope you have what she had!”)
Katz’s Deli is located at 205 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002 on the Lower East Side (212) 254-2246
Hours of Operation Mon-Thu 8:00 am – 10:30 pm, Fri-Sun Open 24 hours
2) Coyote Ugly Saloon – “Coyote Ugly”
153 First Ave.
Made famous by the movie of the same name, “Coyote Ugly” is a classic dive bar/dirty saloon for cheap drinks and low-maintenance fun. Prepare to witness a few dozen women’s undergarments hanging from the ceiling, as well as a few animated bar-top dancers.
Movie Scene: This is where Piper Perabo gets her start in NYC, as a dancer/bartender at Coyote Ugly.
Coyote Ugly Saloon is located at 153 1st Ave, New York, NY 10009 on the Lower East Side (212) 477-4431
Hours of operation Mon-Thu from 2:00 pm – 4:00 am, Fri-Sun from 12:30 pm to 4:00 am
3) 21 Club – “Wall Street”
21 W. 52nd St.
Once a speakeasy in the 1920′s, the 21 Club is the oldest restaurant in Manhattan that received its name from its address. The hotspot has been a highly desired location for filming a multitude of movies, but perhaps one of the better-known is “Wall Street” (1987).
Movie Scene: In the movie, Michael Douglas’s character mentions that the steak tartare is still one of their best and most popular dishes.
21 Club is located at 21 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019 in Midtown (212) 582-7200
Hours of Operation Mon-Thu 12:00 – 2:30 pm, 5:30 – 10:00 pm, Fri-Sat 12:00 – 2:30 pm, 5:00 – 11:00 pm, Sunday Closed
4) Joe’s Pizza – “Spiderman”
7 Carmine St.
Nothing compares to a New York slice of pizza, and filmmakers are well aware of that. Joe’s Pizza has multiple locations throughout the city, but the most famous one is also the site of Peter Parker’s temporary employment as a delivery boy.
Movie Scene: In Spiderman, Peter Parker briefly works as a delivery boy at Joe’s Pizza Downtown.
Joe’s Pizza is located at 7 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014 in the West Village (212) 366-1182
Hours of Operation Mon-Fri 10:00 am – 4:00 am, Sat-Sun 10:00 am – 5:00 am
5) Bubby’s Pie Company – “The Devil Wears Prada”
120 Hudson St.
When the young and naive Andy Sachs becomes Miranda Priestly’s assistant, the job “a million girls would die to have,” she find herself forced to devote a serious chunk of off-duty leisurely time to work.
Movie Scene: In “The Devil Wears Prada,” Andy finds down time with her friends at Bubby’s. (Her hangout is cut short when the boss from hell calls her with an “emergency.”)
Bubby’s Pie Company is located at 120 Hudson St, New York, 10013 in Tribeca
Hours of Operation Mon 7:00 am – 11:00 pm, Thu-Sun Open 24 hours
6) Smith & Wollensky’s – “American Psycho”
797 Third Ave.
One of the most famous steakhouses in the city, Smith and Wollensky’s is not only a prime spot for a prime rib, but a multitude of movie scenes as well. Many characters have had serious conversation or held business meeting at one of the tables in the steakhouse.
Movie Scene: In the 2000 film “American Psycho,” Christian Bale (who plays Patrick Bateman, the insane serial killer) orders his steak without hash-browns when dining at Smith & Wollensky’s.
Smith & Wollensky is located at 49th Street & 3rd Avenue NY, NY 10022 in Midtown East, New York
Hours of Operation Lunch 11:45am, Monday – Friday, Dinner until 11 pm, 7 Nights a Week
7) Cafe Lalo – “You’ve Got Mail”
201 W. 83rd St.
The self-proclaimed “most famous cafe in NYC,” is a cozy place well-known for its multiple movie cameos as well as its selection of over a hundred tasty desserts.
Movie Scene: Tom Hanks goes to Cafe Lalo to meet Meg Ryan for the first time in the movie “You’ve Got Mail,” before realizing his internet lover is his coworker.
Cafe Lalo is Located at 201 W 83rd St, New York, NY 10024 On the Upper West Side (212) 496-6031
Hours of Operation Sun-Thu 8:00 am – 2:00 am, Fri-Sat 9:00 am – 4:00 am
8) Russian Tea Room – “Tootsie”
150 W. 57th St.
The site for martinis for the Gossip Girl cast as well as temporary employment for Madonna before she reached her star status, The Russian Tea Room has long been a place for celebrities, writers, and performers.
Movie Scene: In the 1982 movie “Tootsie,” Dustin Hoffman takes on the identity of a woman in order to salvage his acting career. One of the most famous scenes in the comedy (pictured left) was filmed at the Russian Tea Room.
The Russian Tea Room is located at 150 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019 in Midtown New York near Central Park (212) 581-7100
Hours of Operation Mon-Sat 7:00 am – 11:30 pm, Sun 7:00 am – 11:00 pm
9) Boiler Room – “P.S. I Love You”
86 E. 4th St.
An alternative, mellow lounge bar with cheap drinks, the Boiler Room was also the spot for filming a scene from “P.S. I Love You.” Studded with stars such as Gerard Butler, Hilary Swank and Lisa Kudrow, the dark bar was a perfect fit for the dramatic comedy.
Movie Scene: In “P.S. I Love You,” Hilary Swank holds the funeral reception at the Boiler Room.
The Boiler Room is located at 86 East 4th Street, New Yorn, NY 10003 in the East Village (212) 254-7536
Hours of Operation Mon-Sun 4:00 pm – 4:00 am
10) Serendipity 3 – “Serendipity”
225 E. 60th St.
In the 2001 movie, “Serendipity,” the= sweet shop Serendipity 3 was the scene for one of many chance encounters between John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale.
Movie Scene: The actors indulged in the restaurant’s famous Frozen Hot Chocolate before parting ways without each other’s phone numbers. The table at which they chatted is now nicknamed the Star table.
Serendipity 3 is located at 225 E 60th St, New York, NY 10022 on the Upper East Side (212) 838-3531
Hours of Operation Sun-Thu 11:30 am – 12:00 pm, Fri-Sat 11:30 am – 1:00 am