New York City restaurants are cultural and historical epicenters—it’s no wonder filmmakers often use them as movie settings. From jacket-and-tie hot spots to on-the-go pizza joints, here are seven restaurants that made an impression in the movies that you can try on your own.
21 Club, Wall Street
The 21 Club is one of the most preeminent NYC restaurants. Most recently, it’s where President-elect Donald Trump was first seen after his election victory. And it’s where the rich have hobnobbed and clinched deals for years. That made it the perfect place for Michael Douglas to give Charlie Sheen a lesson in fine dining in Wall Street. Go.
Buddakan, Sex and the City
The wedding rehearsal dinner for Carrie and Big in Sex and the City was set at Buddakan. Tread the steep stairs carefully and enjoy the widely acclaimed modern Asian cuisine. Go.
Cafe Lalo, You’ve Got Mail
Cafe Lalo is the self-dubbed place to see and be seen with writers, artists and celebrities on the Upper West Side. For You’ve Got Mail, it was where Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan met for a date that didn’t turn out as planned. Go.
Coyote Ugly Saloon New York, Coyote Ugly
Stop by the East Village phenomenon to find girls dancing on the bar, or gobble up shots of Wild Turkey like customers did in the 2000 cult favorite. Go.
Lenny’s Pizza, Saturday Night Fever
The movie that encapsulated disco in the 70s used Lenny’s Pizza on 86th Street in Bensonhurst as a setting in the intro. Tony (John Travolta) ordered two slices, and so can you all these years later, though I don’t know if I’d suggest eating one slice on top of another like Tony did. Either way, this is one for every pizza lover’s NYC restaurants bucket list. Go.
Katz’s Delicatessen, When Harry Met Sally
At Katz’s Delicatessen in downtown Manhattan, the big specialty is an almost sacred pastrami sandwich. But after Sally (Meg Ryan) described, in loud, vivid detail in the middle of the deli to Harry (Billy Crystal) how women fake it, millions of moviegoers simply wanted whatever she was having. Go.
Russian Tea Room, Tootsie
The Russian Tea Room is another venerable hotspot for NYC elites with memorable movie credits. The most popular scene is the time Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie shocks his agent by meeting him for lunch dressed as a woman. Go.