It's hard to avoid passing by recognisable places when visiting New York (we happened upon the hotel from Home Alone 2 and the Magnolia Bakery by chance) but there were a few others I made sure to add to our map on our recent trip.
After visiting a few Girls locations in Brooklyn we headed to the famous Katz's Deli in the Lower East Side. (Actually it was pretty hard to avoid as the hotel where we stayed at the end of our trip was right opposite!)
Katz's was featured in the famous 'I'll have what she's having' scene in Where Harry Met Sally and was high on Tom's list of foodie places to visit (Man Vs Food has a lot to answer for!). We visited at an extremely busy time (lunchtime on a Monday) and the queue was spread right across the room, which I found a bit stressful!
When it was finally our turn, Tom ordered a humongous pastrami sandwich and I went for a Swiss cheese which came with a side of the biggest pickles I'd ever seen. I must admit that Katz's isn't really the best place for a veggie, but it was fun seeing the photos of all the famous faces that had visited over the years.
We are big fans of Seinfeld, and although it wasn't filmed on location, we decided to take a trip to Tom's Restaurant (known as Monk's in the show) which was also name-checked in the Suzanne Vega song, Tom's Diner. Tom's is a pretty down-to-earth diner located in the Upper West Side, we both ordered burgers and a coke and marvelled at the painting of Kramer next to the counter.
Another thing high on my to do list was to go to a show at the Comedy Cellar, which often features in episodes of Louie. It's difficult to buy tickets in advance though and when we arrived all the early evening shows were full. There were some tickets left for the 11pm show but we thought it would finish a bit too late. So we resigned ourselves to some cocktails at the bar upstairs, accompanied by a brownie and ice cream.
You can see the comedian who's performing on a TV over the bar (although you can't hear them!), and we also spotted the table Louie and his fellow comedians always sit around after the show which was fun. Sitting at it was the guy who did the Doggy Bounce in Flight of the Conchords, so the evening wasn't a complete loss! If we go again I'll definitely make sure to book ahead. (picture above via newyork.com)
If you'd like to see some of the food, drink and other places we visited in New York check out my colour-coded Google map here (I'm such a map-nerd!)
Have you visited any TV & film locations whilst on holiday? I'd love to know!