New York restaurants in movies and TV shows

Have diner in the same places as your favourite movie ou TV show heroes.

Immortalized many times on-screen, the city that never sleeps is also a hotspot for gastronomy. There are plenty of restaurants, for all tastes and all budgets. With our selection, we suggest to have diner in the same places as your favourite movie ou TV show heroes. Let us guide you!

Kat’z Delicatessen

(When Harry met Sally, Donnie Brasco, The Sopranos)

Founded in 1888, this New York institution is one of the oldest Delicatessen in the city. Keep the ticket given to you when you come in, you will use it to order and pay at the end. The pastrami sandwich is legendary, like the table where Meg Ryan fakes her famous orgasm in When Harry meets Sally. A sign is still hung above the table we see in the movie, with a note of humour: “Hope you have what she had”.

The Loeb Boathouse

(Sex and the city, When Harry meets Sally, Little Manhattan)

This beautiful place nestled in the heart of Central Park is one of New York’s most romantic restaurants, with its tables on the lake shore. If you don’t wish to have dinner, you can just stop for a drink and admire the view. In Sex and the City, this is where after avoiding a kiss from Mr Big, Carrie and her pretendent end up falling into the lake. A very surprising date...

Goodfellas Diner

(Goodfellas, The Americans, The Babysitters, Beautiful Ohio, Blue Bloods, Bored to Death, Brooklyn Rules, Dark Horse, Homeland, The Job, Maladies, Third Watch, Law & Order, Pan Am, Person of Interest, Jack Goes Boating, Six Ways to Sunday, 3 Backyards, Vamperifica, You Don’t Know Jack, Zarra’s Law)

After being named Clinton Diner, this typical diner is now called Goodfellas Diner since the shooting of Martin Scorsese’s movie Goodfellas. This restaurant with its typical 50s style has appeared in many movies and TV shows over the last 40 years. The food is good and affordable !


(Sex and the City)

A very chic place with an appealing menu, a wide choice for vegetarians, and affordable prices. The only negative point, this place is known to be quite noisy, but it’s in this chic venue that the characters from Sex and the City regularly gossip over coffee or brunch.

Serendipity 3

(Serendipity, One Fine Day, 30 Rock)

The multitude of lamps and the joyous mess are worth a visit. For dessert, order a Hot Frozen Chocolate, it’s a delicious treat that stars such as Marilyn Monroe or Andy Warhol have fallen for. The recipe is kept secret since 1954 ! Even Jackie Kennedy Onassis didn’t manage to get it.

Grand Central Oyster bar & restaurant

(Mad Men)

Present since the opening of Grand Central station in 1913, this seafood restaurant is beautiful with its vaults decorated with a Guastavino mosaic. For the record, before entering you can have fun with the “whispering gallery”: what you will say at the foot of the arch will be clearly heard by a person on the opposite corner.

Pershing Square

(Friends with Benefits, The Avengers)

Located on 42nd street, under the Park Avenue viaduct, and opposite from Grand Central, this tourist office turned into a restaurant is a must-see for its unusual setting: a chic decor with its windows and on the ceiling, steel railway beams painted green like in the subway.

The Russian Tea Room

(Tootsie, Gossip Girl, Sex and the City, Big, Trainwreck, Sweet Smell of Success, Manhattan, New York Stories, Will & Grace)

Since its establishment in 1927 by former members of the Russian ballet, this restaurant is definitely worth a visit for its decoration, with notably, paintings by Matisse or Picasso, but the prices aren’t cheap. This is also where Madonna worked in 1982 before becoming famous. When she came to New York to try to start a career in showbusiness, the queen of pop managed the cloakroom during two months, for $4.50 per hour, before getting fired.

Tavern on the green

(Ghostbusters, Arthur, The Flintstones, Alfie, Seinfeld, The Night we never met, Wall Street)

Opened in 1934 in Central Park and for a long time considered as one of the best restaurants in the city, this venue closed in 2010 because of a bankruptcy. It opened again in 2012 after major works and the menu is quite expensive.



A typically French brasserie in the heart of New York, it’s possible. Several employees speak the language of Molière and the food is very much appreciated.


(The Devil Wears Prada)

This pie factory founded in 1990 was so successful that it progressively became a restaurant. The breakfasts are generous and the pancakes excellent, the very pleasant setting gives the impression of being in the countryside while watching the city through the window. Change of scenery guaranteed.

Keens Steakhouse

(Mad Men)

Open since 1885, this former meeting place for smokers owns one of the largest collection of pipes in the world (about 50.000 items), all suspended from the ceiling. There’s also a wide selection of pure malt whiskies to enjoy next to one of the two large fireplaces. An exceptional setting but quite expensive.

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