15 Top TV Shows and Movies Filmed In NYC

Whether you’re into romance (You’ve Got Mail, When Harry Met Sally), comedy (Friends, Seinfeld, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Superheroes (Batman, Superman), and more, there’s no question that some of the best TV shows and movies were filmed in NYC.

Hollywood may claim star status, but in its infancy, the center of the “Moving Pictures” universe was New York City – Astoria, Queens to be exact.

If you’d like to experience New York City through the lens of your favorite TV or movie characters, the list below, provided by the ultimate NYC website, NYCGo.com, will guide you to the parks, restaurants, and addresses you will certainly recognize from the screen.

What’s Filming In NYC Today?

One of the easiest ways to find out what is filming in the city is to check local news outlets or websites like On Location Vacations or The Location Guide, which provide up-to-date information on productions filming in the city. These websites often include details on filming locations, schedules, and casting calls, giving visitors the chance to catch a glimpse of their favorite actors and actresses.

Another great resource for finding out what is filming in the city is social media. Follow the official accounts of film production companies and TV networks, or search for hashtags like #nycfilming or #onlocationnyc on Twitter and Instagram. You may come across behind-the-scenes photos and videos or updates on filming locations and schedules.

If you want to see the action up close, you can also try visiting popular movie locations in the city, like Times Square, Central Park, or the Brooklyn Bridge. These locations are frequently used in TV shows and movies, and you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a production in action.

Couple enjoys a romantic moment in front of the Brooklyn Bridge
The Brooklyn Bridge is a popular film location in New York City, and a very romantic spot too!

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Meet The Real Kramer

For a much deeper dive into Seinfeld, I can personally attest to the fun you’ll have on a three-hour bus tour with the “Original Kramer,” Kenny. Kenny Kramer lived next door to Larry David in New York, and was the inspiration for his character on Seinfeld.

Kenny runs his Kramer Reality Tour every Saturday in the season, which generally sells out months ahead, so plan accordingly. (On temporary hiatus Reality Tour will resume when he’s ready).

Get The Scoop About Your Favorite Show

On Location Tours is a must-try experience for TV and movie buffs visiting New York City. The tour company offers a variety of guided tours that take visitors to the filming locations of their favorite TV shows and movies, including Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Gossip Girl, Sex and the City, Friends, and The Sopranos.

On these tours, guests can explore iconic locations like the Friends apartment building, the steps of the New York Public Library, and the Brooklyn Bridge used in countless film scenes. With knowledgeable guides and a passion for pop culture, On Location Tours is the perfect way to see the city through a different lens and to experience the magic of the movies in the Big Apple.

Movies Filmed in NYC

Classic Romantic Comedies

When Harry Met Sally

Thirty years later, you can still have what Sally was having at Katz’s Delicatessen on the Lower East Side, double date at the Upper West Side’s Café Luxembourg, and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Washington Square Park, where Sally first tells Harry to “have a nice life” at the beginning of the film.

You’ve Got Mail

Relive this ’90s romance at sites of important scenes such as Café Lalo on the Upper West Side, “The Most Famous Café in the City”; Zabar’s, the great local market where Joe saves Kathleen’s Thanksgiving; and the 91st Street Garden in Riverside Park where the film concludes as the pair realize their feelings for each another.

Superhero Movies

Avengers

While the film’s famous battle of New York included scenes all over the City, most of the action takes place in Midtown Manhattan. Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, and Hawkeye first meet the alien attackers in front of Grand Central Terminal, while Stark Tower is a couple of blocks west at 4 Times Square, formally the Condé Nast Building. In the end, Hulk defeats Loki for good, with Manhattan still standing, in front of the historic Chrysler Building before Thor beams him back to Asgard for trial from Bethesda Terrace in Central Park.

Batman

The masked hero that earned NYC the nickname “Gotham” has been portrayed in areas throughout the City for more than 80 years. With his Wayne Enterprises headquartered at One Liberty Plaza just a block from the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan, Batman defeats Bane in the final fight scene of the Dark Knight trilogy on the steps of the New York Stock Exchange while the Queensboro, Brooklyn, and Williamsburg bridges also play prominent roles in the film.

Spiderman  

Your friendly neighborhood Spiderman has made harrowing rescues all over NYC over the years. In the original Spiderman film, Peter Parker saves love interest Mary Jane from the Green Goblin in Times Square before defeating the villain on Roosevelt Island. Other high-flying fights in the films take place at the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island.  

Films Showing the Lighter Side of Ghosts, Aliens, and Thieves

Ghostbusters  

The 1984 paranormal film has found new life in New York City thanks to the Ghostbusters Experience at Madame Tussauds New York in Times Square where visitors can fight ghosts through a hyperreality experience. In addition, the functioning firehouse Hook & Ladder Company 8 (Ghostbusters headquarters), Spook Central (55 Central Park West) and The New York Public Library – Stephen A. Schwarzman Building are film locations that can be visited.

Men in Black  

Agent K and Agent J fight aliens all over the five boroughs in this action-packed trilogy. In two of the most prominent scenes, Agent J chases and captures the first alien he encounters on the job in the Guggenheim Museum on the Upper East Side, and the agents save the galaxy in Corona Park, Queens, after thwarting a hidden spaceship that lived atop the World’s Fair site for years.

Ocean’s 8

In addition to the Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum targeted by the crew in the film and featuring “Camp: Notes on Fashion” this May, several prominent NYC landmarks are featured in the latest installment of the Ocean’s franchise. The former TWA Flight Center at JFK, now the TWA Hotel, houses the fashion show where Debbie Ocean and crew recruit an integral teammate; the Cartier Mansion guards the necklace they are after; and a Bushwick, Brooklyn, loft acts as the team’s headquarters.

TV Shows Filmed In NYC

NYC Filming For the Sitcom Lover

Friends  

While Friends was primarily filmed in a studio, the West Village apartment where Rachel, Monica, Joey, Phoebe, Ross, and Chandler live and hang out is a real building on the corner of Bedford and Grove Streets.

At its street level, you will find the Mediterranean restaurant The Little Owl in the same space as the Central Perk café where Rachel works and Phoebe famously performs “Smelly Cat.” Additionally, the neighborhood houses a number of prominent Off-Broadway theaters including The Lucille Lortel Theatre, where aspiring actor Joey performs in the show’s earlier seasons.

How I Met Your Mother

While retracing Ted’s 11-season search for his wife, be sure to grab a drink at McGee’s, the Midtown Manhattan bar that inspired the gang’s go-to spot, MacLarens; try what Marshall declares to be the best burger in NYC at ‘21’ Club; tour the Columbia University campus where Ted (unwittingly) first meets his wife; and have a legen…wait for it…dary time at NYC icons featured in the series, such as the American Museum of Natural History and the Empire State Building.

30 Rock

The iconic address of the studio where Liz Lemon, Jack Donaghy, Jenna Maroney and Kenneth Parcell make the sketch comedy show TGS with Tracy Jordan is the actual home of NBC Studios. The Tour at NBC Studios offers a behind-the-scenes look at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, including Saturday Night Live, the source of showrunner Tina Fey’s inspiration for the beloved comedy.

Seinfeld  

Contrary to Jerry and friends’ experiences, nobody will yell, “No soup for you!” at The Original Soupman on West 55th Street in Midtown or at the eatery’s kiosk in Times Square. Meanwhile, Morningside Heights’ Tom’s Restaurant (Monk’s Diner) has all the great no-fuss comfort food and 75-cent coffee the cast enjoyed on-screen. Finally, Gray’s Papaya really does have some of the best hot dogs in the City—“better than filet mignon!” if you ask Kramer.

NYC Filming for a Girlfriend Getaway

Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Studebaker Tour

Get a load of 1950’s Manhattan, and Midge Maisel’s favorite haunts, in the private (2-3 person) antique car tour. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Studebaker Tour is a guided tour that takes visitors through the iconic filming locations featured in the hit TV show.

The tour allows visitors to explore the streets of New York City in a vintage 1959 Studebaker and includes stops at locations such as the Gaslight Cafe, Midge’s apartment building, and the B. Altman department store. With insider information and behind-the-scenes stories provided by the knowledgeable guide, the tour offers fans of the show a unique way to experience the city and its rich history of bohemian culture.

Sex and the City 

Set in New York City, the location has often been said to be the series’ fifth character. And fans can get retail therapy at the Greenwich Village boutiques Carrie and friends frequented, snack on cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery, walk with a loved one to the middle of the Brooklyn Bridge, and do their best to catch a foul ball (and a date) at a New York Yankees game—to live like Carrie and the girls.

Gossip Girl

On Manhattan’s Upper East Side, visitors can climb the steps of the Metropolitan Museum, where Blair and company famously held lunch breaks, before heading further uptown to the Museum of the City of New York, filmed as the Constance Billard and St. Jude Schools.

After getting spotted at these elite schools, you can check out the home of Chuck Bass and the Van der Woodsen family at the Lotte New York Palace, just five blocks north of Grand Central Terminal, where Serena makes her dramatic entrance to the show in season 1.

Girls

See where Hannah, Marnie, Jessa, and Shoshanna try to navigate their early 20s. In Greenpoint, Brooklyn, enjoy a latte at Café Grumpy, the real coffee shop that is fictionally managed by Ray and frequented by the girls, and venture to Manhattan to see when the story begins as Hannah’s parents tell her they will no longer financially support her, at Murals on 54 restaurants.

Weekend Getaways In New York City

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    Malerie Yolen-Cohen is the Author of the cross-country travel guide, Stay On Route 6; Your Guide to All 3562 Miles of Transcontinental Route 6. She contributes frequently to Newsday, with credits in National Geographic Traveler, Ladies Home Journal, Yankee Magazine, Shape.com, Sierra Magazine, Porthole, Paddler, New England Boating, Huffington Post, and dozens of other publications. Malerie’s focus and specialty is Northeastern US, and she is constantly amazed by the caliber of restaurants and lodging in the unlikeliest places.