The Empire Hotel from â€śGossip Girlâ€ť
Hey Columbia! Spectrum here, your one and only source for insight into the scandalous lives of Manhattanâ€™s elite. Head on down to the Empire Hotel, which can be found on W 63rd St. Take the 1 train down to the 66th St. exit; travel time will take approximately 20 minutes. Chuck Bass may not actually reside there in real life, but you can find the Lobby Bar, which was actually featured in â€śGossip Girl.â€ť The bar even serves cocktails named â€śLonely Boyâ€ť and â€śJennyâ€™s Tartletâ€ť in tribute to the show. You know you love me for telling you this. Xoxo, Spectrum.
Cafe Lalo aka â€śYouâ€™ve Got Mailâ€ť Cafe
In 1998, Cafe Lalo made a famous cameo in the romantic comedy â€śYouâ€™ve Got Mailâ€ť with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks (the original iconic duo, donâ€™t tell us otherwise). Located on W 83rd St, this cafe serves all-day brunch on weekends but is mostly famous for its incredible desserts. Cafe Lalo offers 70 different types of cakes and cheesecakes, as well as 19 flavors of pie. If you need to eat your feelings this finals season, get off the 1 train at 86th St. and head on down to Cafe Lalo. Travel time is only about 18 minutes, so you have no excuse.
Although Tomâ€™s Restaurant may seem like the most obvious tourist spot for â€śSeinfeldâ€ť fans, H&H Bagels located on 526 Columbus Ave between 86th and 85th St. is yet another of Seinfeldâ€™s most famous filming spots. In a Seinfeld episode titled â€śStrike,â€ť Kramer receives a phone call letting him know that a 12-year strike at H&H Bagels, where he had formerly worked, had ended. He then decides to go back to work there. Check this bagel place out if you want to eat a bagel from somewhere other than Nussbaum & Wu (honestly, weâ€™re still trying to decide if Nuss should be trusted after its health rating scandal).
What is a New York attractions list without a location seen in â€śSex and the City?â€ť Grayâ€™s Papaya is featured in a 2002 episode called â€śPlus One is the Loneliest Number,â€ť and has also made cameos in â€śHow I Met Your Motherâ€ť and â€śGlee.â€ť Located at 2090 Broadway by 72nd Street, this place is famous for its affordable, high-quality hot dogs. In 20 minutes, you can take the 1 train down to 72nd street and check out Grayâ€™s Papaya if you want to see why all of your favorite television characters went there.
Looking to leave the Morningside Heights bubble but still want to remain on Broadway? Zabarâ€™s can be found on 2245 Broadway at 80th St. You could be there in 18 minutes if you get off the 1 train on 86th St. Zabarâ€™s is more than just a grocery storeâ€”itâ€™s an emporium of kitchenware, cooking supplies, and more (they sell everything, and we do mean everything). Not to mention, this place has been mentioned in several TV series such as â€śFriends,â€ť â€śSex and the City,â€ť and â€śHow I Met Your Mother.â€ť