Drink and dine at Carrie and friends’ fav NYC hot spots!
It’s been nearly 20 years since we met the leading ladies of New York—Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte. Although their once cutting edge fashion has become outdated and their steamy flings a thing of the past, these women are still as popular as ever among Sex and the City (SATC) lovers of all genders and ages.
If the show’s two reappearances on the big screen have only left you wanting more, perhaps a culinary trip down memory lane will satisfy your cravings for more SATC shenanigans. Take this virtual tour of dozens of restaurants, bars, and coffee joints where Carrie and crew showed us what it truly means to be the “it” girls of New York—and discover which of the show’s spots have stayed the same or have been replaced.
Click on any of the red pins above to explore CableTV’s 35 featured NYC hot spots, as seen in the Sex and the City series. You’ll learn which restaurant or bar was featured in which episode or film, and you’ll see an image or YouTube video associated with each business so you can see the actual scene where Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte ate and drank in style.
The Same Yesterday and Today
Sex and the City may have left us, but these 28 NYC spots from the series still remain.
Featured in: Season 6 Episode 11, “The Domino Effect.” Carrie and Big visit the 21 Club Bar Room, where Carrie learns about Big’s heart surgery—what he calls “a little heart thing.”
Featured in: Season 1 Episode 5, “The Power of Female Sex.” Carrie and Samantha have a difficult time getting a table at a crowded French restaurant (known as Balzac on the show), but they ultimately succeed after Carrie offers the hostess a tampon in the bathroom.
Featured in: Season 3 Episode 1, “Where There’s Smoke…” Charlotte brunches at this Union Square favorite with Arthur, her seemingly perfect date who ends up getting in fist fights with fellow restaurant patrons. The rest of the SATC ladies also dined at Blue Water Grill, gossiping on the patio over lunch.
Featured in: Season 4 Episode 2, “The Real Me.” This midtown Manhattan French dining spot is where Carrie and Stanford hang out and happen to see an old friend who recruits Carrie to be in a New York fashion show.
Featured in: Season 3 Episode 18, “Cock-A-Doodle-Do.” This meatpacking district spot is where Samantha make amends with her noisy neighbors and invites them up for a rooftop party.
Featured in: Sex and the City The Movie. Carrie and Big’s rehearsal dinner in the first SATC movie is held at Buddakan in Chelsea, where Miranda argues with Steve outside and then snaps at Big inside, causing him to get cold feet the night before the wedding.
Featured in: multiple episodes. This Chelsea spot was a regular lunch spot for Carrie and friends.
Featured in: Season 3 Episode 3, “Attack of the Five Foot Ten Woman.” This Soho restaurant is where the SATC girls see Big and Natasha’s wedding announcement in The New York Times’ wedding section. Cipriani was a favorite among the gal pals for Sunday bellinis.
Featured in: Season 5 Episode 6, “Critical Condition.” Carrie and Samantha run into Nina Katz (aka “Face Girl”), the woman Aidan dated after Carrie, at this City Bakery.
Featured in: multiple episodes. This Union Square spot is one of the many coffee shops Carrie and the girls visit throughout the SATC series.
Featured in: Season 2 Episode 8, “The Man, The Myth, The Viagra.” Italian eatery Da Marino is where Big calls Carrie his girlfriend for the first time and serenades her. This Midtown West Italian institution is currently closed for renovations, but as of summer 2016, say they will open soon.
Featured in: Season 2 Episode 18, “Ex and the City.” Big and Carrie meet for dinner as friends, and Carrie learns that Big got engaged to Natasha.
Featured in: Season 4 Episode 15, “Change of a Dress.” The Grand Bar & Lounge is where Richard holds his charity fundraiser, and where Samantha learns Richard is sleeping with other women.
Featured in: Season 4 Episode 1, “The Agony and the ‘Ex’-tacy.” Il Cantinori is where Carrie’s 35th birthday party was—where she’s stood up by the girls and Big, leaving her all alone at a table for ten.
Featured in: Season 5 Episode 6, “Critical Condition.” Stanford and Carrie attend Stanford’s boyfriend’s show, but Carrie can’t stop thinking about her upcoming book review.
Featured in: Season 3 Episode 18, “Cock-A-Doodle-Do.” Carrie and Big meet for lunch at the Boathouse in Central Park, where they both fall in the lake as he tries to kiss her.
Featured in: Season 3 Episode 5, “No Ifs, Ands, Or Butts.” Carrie tells Miranda about her crush on Aidan while the two eat cupcakes outside of Magnolia Bakery.
Featured in: Sex and the City The Movie. Carrie and friends dined at the Mercer Hotel’s Mercer Kitchen in the first SATC film.
Featured in: Sex and the City The Movie. Carrie shares the news of her engagement to Big with the girls, and Charlotte announces the happy news to the entire restaurant, leading everyone to cheer.
Featured in: Season 4 Episode 3, “Defining Moments.” Carrie and Big go to a jazz show together as friends and meet jazz musician Ray King. Ray gets a tad flirty with Carrie, and Big’s jealousy shows.
Featured in: Season 4 Episode 5, “Ghost Town.” Steve and Aidan’s fictional bar, Scout, is actually Onieals. Carrie drops off a congratulatory Mulberry bush as Scout is located on the fictional Mulberry Street. Later in the episode, Carrie and friends attend the opening for Scout and Carrie and Aidan share a moment outside the bar.
Featured in: Season 6 Episode 14, “The Ick Factor.” Miranda proposes to Steve outside of Pete’s.
Featured in: Season 6 Episode 12, “One.” Carrie and Aleksandr have their first date, quite late at night, at Russian Samavor.
Featured in: Season 4 Episode 10, “Belles of the Balls.” Carrie and the girls—and Steve and Aidan—play pool here.
Featured in: Sex and the City The Movie. Carrie holds interviews here for a personal assistant and meets “Louise from Saint Louis” (Jennifer Hudson).
Featured in: Season 5 Episode 1, “Anchors Away.” Richard and Samantha meet here for dinner. Samantha is still angry with Richard for cheating on her, though, so she tosses a dirty martini in his face and walks out.
Featured in: Season 4 Episode 3, “Defining Moments.” Carrie, her jazz musician date, and the girls hang out at Tao and Carrie runs into Big’s date in the bathroom.
Featured in: Season 4 Episode 6, “Baby, Talk Is Cheap.” After Carrie sees Aidan at his bar’s opening, she realizes wants him back and arranges a double date with Steve and Aidan at Tortilla Flats.
Same Location, New Biz
All seven of the NYC spots you see below are located at original SATC filming locations. However, they’ve been replaced with new businesses. So while you won’t see these new dining and drink spots in any SATC reruns, you’ll likely still notice a few similarities.
Arlington Club (formerly Payard Patisserie & Bistro)
Featured in: Season 3 Episode 3, “Attack of the Five-Foot-Ten Woman.” After Carrie pays a visit to Manolo Blahnik, she meets Charlotte for dessert at Payard Patisserie (now the Arlington Club), where Carrie says has “the best desserts in New York.”
Casa Mono (formerly Irving on Irving)
Featured in: Season 5 Episode 2, “Unoriginal Sin.” Formerly Irving on Irving, this Irving Place restaurant is where Carrie and Charlotte watched men on the street passing by to see how many men in 100 they would sleep with.
Cognac East (formerly Lumi)
Featured in: Sex and the City The Movie. Just after a very pregnant Charlotte sits down for a meal at Lumi, she sees Big on the other side of the restaurant. She runs outside to avoid him and Big follows her out, where Charlotte proceeds to yell at him, “I curse the day you were born!” and then goes into labor.
Distilled NY (formerly Layla)
Featured in: Season 2 Episode 2, “The Awful Truth.” Before this West Broadway spot became Distilled, it was the Mexican restaurant Centrico and before that, the Moroccan restaurant Layla. Layla is where Big (her ex at the time) attends Carrie’s birthday party.
The Edison Ballroom (formerly The Supper Club)
Featured in: Season 5 Episode 1, “Anchors Away.” What was once home to The Supper Club inside the Edison Hotel is now The Edison Ballroom. This event space is where Carrie and friends partied with the sailors during Fleet Week.
Liquiteria (formerly Gray’s Papaya)
Featured in: Season 5 Episode 5, “Plus One is the Loneliest Number.” Carrie eats a hotdog from Gray’s Papaya after her book party.
Rin Thai (formerly Krispy Kreme Doughnuts)
Featured in: Season 5 Episode 4, “Cover Girl.” After their Weight Watchers meeting, Miranda and Tom take a trip to Krispy Kreme (now Rin Thai) to indulge in doughnuts.
“They say life’s what happens when you’re busy making other plans. But sometimes in New York, life is what happens when you’re waiting for a table.” —Carrie Bradshaw
So there you have it, the ultimate dining guide to every NYC hot spot where the female powerhouses who ARE #squadgoals sipped cosmopolitans and swapped the juicy details of their latest triumphs and defeats in life, love, and the bedroom. If you’re like me and learned basically everything you need to know about men from your favorite SATC character, you’re probably ready to go visit these holy grounds/restaurants to start an SATC shrine. That being said, it’s time I leave you to spend my rent money on a pair of Manolos and book the next non-stop flight to The City that Never Sleeps…