There’s a particular type of New York City landmark that is ideal for bachelor parties: notable restaurants where iconic movie and TV scenes were filmed. These famed spots see major line-ups during peak hours, and are subject of hundreds of Instagram posts a day.
We’re not talking Planet Hollywood here–these are actual iconic restaurants with amazing food and long histories. You’ll go to recreate your favorite TV and movie moments, but end up having the bachelor party meal of your life.
Katz's DeliKatz's Delicatessen, East Houston Street, New York, NY, United States
When it comes to iconic movie locations, there’s probably no restaurant more famous than Katz’s Deli. Here, Meg Ryan faked an orgasm in the 1989 romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally. People come to this Lower East side institution, sit at the same table Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal sat and fake their own orgasms, often Facebook Live-ing the whole thing . But the corned beef and pastrami sandwiches (dished out since 1888) are so good they will almost do the job for real.
21 Club21 Club, West 52nd Street, New York, NY, United States
This former 1920 speakeasy is almost a century old, and feels like entering a timewarp. Not to be confused with Jay-Zs 40/40 Club (because they are the complete opposite in vibe), the 21 Club on West 52nd Street has been featured in many films, from The Sweet Smell of Success and All About Eve to Manhattan Murder Mystery and Wall Street. Michael Douglas as Gordon Gekko says that the 21 Club’s steak tartare is the best in town… and well, he wasn’t joking. Due to its fame, the tartare comes at a steep price—$38—but hey, the best is the best.
FelixFelix, West Broadway, New York City, NY, United States
One of his Adam Sandler’s most popular films, Big Daddy, took place in New York City, and fans get to check out several spots that made the cut, like Blarney Rock Pub and uptown Hooters. But true die-hard fans still end up at Felix in Soho. The restaurant is infamous for the scene where Sandler and the kid famously peed on the door when the waiter wouldn’t let them use the bathroom. Don’t let that deter you, though. It’s a tad Euro, but the food is awesome.
Magnolia BakeryMagnolia Bakery, Bleecker Street, New York, NY, United States
When Sex & The City filmed in a specific location, said location became instantly famous. The show was such a hit that there were Sex & The City tours, which included outdoor lunches on patio sidewalks (what the four characters famously did every episode). Perhaps no establishment benefited as much as Magnolia Bakery in the West Village. While it’s gone on to open several other locations, lines still wrap around the building in the original space. We’re not gonna lie, it’s actually worth the wait (and the line goes fast). The cupcakes here are insane, and your girlfriend will likely freak out if you bring her back a box.
Smith & WollenskySmith & Wollensky, 3rd Avenue, New York, NY, United States
Even if movies didn’t film here all the time, Smith & Wollensky is the ultimate steakhouse. The prime rib and steaks here are so perfect, the restaurant has gone on to open other locations. The original spot on 49th and 3rd opened in 1977, and remains the quintessential New York steakhouse. Reservations are hard to come by. It’s still a crazy packed hot spot for power lunches, celebration dinners and everything in between. Tons of movies have been filmed here (such as The Devil Wears Prada), but the one you’ll likely recognize is American Psycho. Christian Bale’s Patrick Bateman famously ordered his Smith & Wollensky steak without hash browns—which, given the quality of the hash browns, truly was a psycho move.