The Ultimate Sex and the City Dining Guide
Twenty years have passed 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 Although their once cutting edge fashion has become outdated and their steamy flings a thing of the past, these women are still as popular as ever among Sex and the City (SATC) lovers of all genders and ages.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 thirty-five 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 where Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte ate and drank in style.
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The Same Yesterday and Today
Sex and the City may have left us, but these twenty-eight NYC spots from the series still remain.
Photo Credit: Yelp user Vanessa S.
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.
Photo Credit: Blue Water Grill
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.
Photo Credit: Brasserie812
Brasserie 8 ½
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.
Photo Credit: Cipriani
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.
Photo Credit: Yelp user JOanne A.
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.
Photo Credit: Onieals
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.
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.
Photo Credit: Arlington Club
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.”
Photo Credit: Cognac East
Cognac East (formerly Lumi)
Featured in: Sex and the City 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.
Photo Credit: Yelp user D h.
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.
Photo Credit: Edison Ballroom
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.
Photo Credit: Liquiteria
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.
“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.”
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…