New York : The must-see places of The Devil wears Prada
As we mention in our Guide New York of 1000 cult movie, series, music, comics, novel locations, the fictional offices of Elias-Clark, editor of Runway Magazine, are located in the McGraw-Hill Building of which we see the façade and main hall several times. It’s part of a group of three buildings nicknamed XYZ Buildings whose design and appearance are similar to the ex-Twin Towers destroyed during the September 11th, 2001 attacks. First one to be finished in 1969, the McGraw-Hill is the “Y” and is surrounded by the other two buildings.
The St Regis
The presidential suite of this luxurious hotel was used for the scene supposedly taking place at the Plaza Athénée in Paris, where Andrea discovers Miranda without any make-up. It’s also at the bar of this hotel, the King Cole Bar, that Christian (Simon Baker) gives Andrea the secret manuscript of the seventh Harry Potter. What’s more, barman Fernand Petiot is reported to be the one who invented the “Red Schnapper” cocktail in 1934, which has become world famous under the name of “Bloody Mary”.
After landing the job at Runway, Andrea celebrates the good news with her friends at this restaurant which in reality belongs to Robert de Niro! Go for a brunch or savour one of the excellent ice-cream sodas. Everything is delicious.
Andrea and Nate (Adrian Grenier) live just beside Erin McKenna’s bakery, a vegan and gluten-free pastry shop to try for sure. The heroine buys a muffin before going to work.
American Musuem of Natural History
It had to be a prestigious venue to organise the annual Runway gala. The famous museum opposite Central Park with its entranceway inspired by a Roman triumphal arch was the ideal place. Andrea takes the lead over Emily (Emily Blunt), who is ill, by remembering a guest’s name just at the right moment.
Smith & Wollensky
Andrea hurries to satisfy Miranda by coming to get a steak in this high-class restaurant, open in 1977. For the story, the founder of the establishment, Alan Stillman came up with the name for restaurant by choosing at random two names in the Manhattan phone book. If the invitation cards for the inauguration mentioned Charlie Smith and Ralph Wollensky, it was simply because his dogs were called Charlie and Ralph!
Miranda Priestley's House
In accordance with her status, the Runway chief editor lives in this neighbourhood where real estate is among the most expensive in the United States. Moreover the Upper East Side is sometimes called the “Silk Stocking District”.
Classed as a historical monument since 1982, this 5-story cast iron building (a building with a cast iron front) houses the fictional newspaper where Andrea is hired at the end of the film. The chief editor tells Andrea that Miranda described her as “her biggest disappointment” but he’d “be an idiot not to hire her”.
Nigel and Andrea talk in front of this much appreciated bridge during the photo shooting for the article “Urban Jungle” in Runway Magazine.
Andrea crosses Times Square when trying to get a Miami-New York flight for Miranda, over the phone, while Florida is enduring a hurricane.