These are the 10 iconic must-see Sex And The City sites when you next visit NYC.
What made ‘Sex and The City’ the TV spectacular that it is today, is that it was filmed authentically in New York City. After streaming And Just Like That, you’ll want to book a flight to the Big Apple and live vicariously through Carrie Bradshaw while visiting these iconic NYCxSATC locations.
And just like that, the girls of Sex and The City are on our screens once again.
In brand new episodes of the reboot, And Just Like That, enthusiastic SATC fans will be able to reminisce on the powerful girlfriend group dynamic of Carrie (Sarah-Jessica Parker), Miranda (Cynthia Nixon), Charlotte (Kristin Davis) and Samantha (Kim Cattrall) – who, although is physically absent from the show, is most definitely not forgotten.
The reboot gives Sex and the City viewers a glimpse into the lives of the fabulous girls in their 50s, navigating love, friendship and of course, the city of New York in the present day. Arguably, NYC served as the character in the series, with each episode ending with Carrie’s love letter to the city that never sleeps.
If you’re a SATC devotee, you’ll definitely want to stop by these sites, made even more iconic by Sex and the City.
1. Carrie’s Apartment
This most certainly has to be the one place you drop by on your Sex and the City tour. Carrie’s memorable brownstone apartment from the original series is located at 66 Perry Street, Greenwich Village. This is where Carrie would philosophise her thoughts about dating in Manhattan and post them on her blog. Just note that it is now a private residence, so you’ll only be able to snap a couple of pictures of Carrie’s quarters.
Also, be sure to head down to The Magnolia Bakery after visiting Carrie’s abode. It is situated around the corner, on 401 Bleecker Street in the West Village. Here, Carrie shared stories about her new love interest to Miranda over some delightful cupcakes in Season 3.
2. Staten Island Ferry
Miranda, Carrie and Charlotte on The Staten Island Ferry
Many scenes in the show took place here – one of the most famous, being when the group of four took the ferry to Staten Island to go see the FDNY Fireman Competition. A perk of this scenic ferry ride is that it will get you an up-close view of the must-see New York landmark, the Statue of Liberty.
3. The Whitney Museum of Art
Charlotte is an art dealer hence a massive lover of art, so it’s no surprise that the Sex and the City girl gang was spotted filming at The Whitney for the reboot. This American institution is recognised for hosting remarkable galas and events, most particularly because of its glass-covered facade and whitewashed walls decorated with artworks by the names of Warhol, Basquiat and Avedon. Offering more than just art, you’ll also be able to get the full view of the city on The Whitney’s rooftop. Pro-tip, plan your visit ahead of time as it does tend to get busy – the best times are generally in the morning on a weekday.
4. SEA THAI
Termed as the restaurant ‘RAW’ in the show, SEA THAI is a South-East Asian fine-dining restaurant, serving authentic Thai food like Tup Tim fritters and pad thai spring rolls as well as Japanese sushi and sashimi. This is the eatery where Samantha first met Smith and came back plenty of times after for more.
5. Jefferson Market Garden
This is where Miranda and Steve got to tie the knot. A very Miranda-esque location, she constantly expressed her desire for a small, not-so-corny and not-so-cliched wedding. With that being said, she chose to get married in a beautiful, community garden, also known as the Jefferson Market Garden. This is definitely a great place to immerse yourself in nature while sipping on a warm coffee in the cold New York winter.
6. New York Public Library
Beyond being a stunning, New York fixture, the New York library is where Carrie, in her Vivienne Westwood dress, showed up on what was supposed to be her wedding day with Big. This library is the second largest library in the United States and the fourth largest in the world.
7. Loeb Boathouse, Central Park
Central Park is a New York icon. It certainly is a popular filming location for movies and tv shows such as When Harry Met Sally, Serendipity and Home Alone 2. At Central Park, you can also find Loeb Boathouse amongst the greenery on the eastern edge of the Lake. This boathouse is famed for the scene where Carrie and Big fall in the water, after Carrie tries to avoid a kiss with Big as she had promised Miranda that she wouldn’t do so. In addition to the restaurant, cafe and event space, you can hire a rowboat and gondola to experience the park in a new and exciting way.
8. Columbus Circle Fountain
This one is for Carrie-Aidan fans. You can’t forget the heartbreaking scene where Carrie and furniture designer, Aidan, ended their relationship for the second time. The fountain is located at the intersection of Eighth Avenue, Broadway, Central Park South and Central Park West, at the southwest corner of Central Park. The monument pays tribute to great explorer, Christopher Columbus.
9. Onieal’s Grand Street
The ideal place to grab a drink and eat out with your friends, Onieal’s restaurant is situated on 174 Grand Street. This restaurant and bar notably housed Aiden and Steve’s bar, ‘Scout’. Onieal’s features a dark mahogany interior of wooden floors and an intricately carved ceiling. This certainly makes sense as to why producers chose this location to film at – it most evidently looks as though the entire place was built by Aidan, who is a furniture designer.
This venue was where Carrie and Big had their rehearsal dinner, and after an insightful conversation outside with Miranda, Big starts to doubt this commitment after she says, “you two are crazy to get married!”. Despite the awkward connotations of this restaurant, Buddakan is worth the visit. This trendy Chinese restaurant is found in the Meatpacking District and serves delicious dishes like dim sum, seafood and house specialties like Peking duck and cocktails. A feeling of opulence fills the air in this restaurant, as set by the elaborate chandeliers and crown mouldings.