9 NYC Restaurants from 'Sex & the City' That Are Still Open

From cupcakes to cosmos, relive some of the most famous restaurant scenes.

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Buddakan

The Pan-Asian clubstaurant has been a fixture of NYC nightlife since the late ‘90s



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In the first movie, Carrie and Big (Chris Noth) hosted their engagement party inside a ritzy private dining room here, and it’s also the spot where Miranda tells Big that “you two are crazy to get married” after a fight with Steve (David Eigenberg), inciting a rift between the longtime besties that would play out later in the film, after Carrie gets jilted at the altar.

Cafeteria

It began as a late-night, post-club hangout thanks to its 24/7 service and proximity to the area’s bustling club scene.



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This Chelsea standby came about in what some might call the golden era of the neighborhood when it was gloriously the epicenter of NYC’s robust LGBTQIA scene back in 1998.

This longtime comfort food favorite, popular for brunch, had a kitchen originally run by Food Network chef Tyler Florence.

The restaurant was the real-life setting for the iconic brunch restaurant where the foursome so famously had brunch on the weekends to rehash their escapades from the night before.

Cowgirl

Opened in 1989, this longstanding West Village favorite is known for its Tex-Mex and Southwestern comfort fare,...



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Opened in 1989, this longstanding West Village favorite is known for its Tex-Mex and Southwestern comfort fare, kitschy decor, and strong neighborhood restaurant vibes.

In season 3, Carrie and Miranda are passing by when they spot their ex-boyfriends Aidan and Steve having beers with their new girlfriends and dogs in the restaurant’s outdoor seating area that’s famously adorned with wagon wheels and wooden barrels.

Eleven Madison Park

the upscale tasting menu garnered many awards and widespread acclaim.



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The infamous lunch in which Big tells Carrie he’s engaged to Natasha (Bridget Moynahan) in season 2 happens at EMP, back when it was still part of the Danny Meyer family of restaurants.

The swanky spot originally opened in 1998 in the MetLife Building by Meyer but eventually changed hands when Will Guidara and chef Daniel Humm purchased it from the restaurateur and in 2010, completely remodeled the space.

Over the next ten or so years, the upscale tasting menu garnered many awards and widespread acclaim.

But in mid 2019, Humm bought longtime partner Will Guidara out, just before COVID hit in early 2020, departing to take his Make it Nice family of restaurants elsewhere.

EMP reopened this June with the debut of chef Humm’s entirely vegan tasting menu priced at $335 per person.

Il Cantinori

Any faithful fan of the series will surely remember the episode in season 4 in which Carrie turns 35 and her friends decide to throw her a fancy dinner party that no one ends up showing up to. The restaurant is even name-checked by Samantha (Kim Cattrall) as she and Bradshaw disc



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Any faithful fan of the series will surely remember the episode in season 4 in which Carrie turns 35 and her friends decide to throw her a fancy dinner party that no one ends up showing up to.

The restaurant is even name-checked by Samantha (Kim Cattrall) as she and Bradshaw discuss potential birthday plans.

The longtime Village Italian fixture is still in existence believe it or not, serving handmade pastas, sought-after wines, and other soul warming Tuscan fare, to local and celebrity clientele.

Magnolia Bakery

Expended internationally to places like Dubai, Qatar, and the Philippines.



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If any spot in NYC was made by its appearance on SATC, it was Magnolia Bakery.

The tiny West Village neighborhood bakery known for its pastel-colored cupcakes was briefly featured in a now-famous scene in which Miranda and Carrie share treats outside the Bakery in Season 3, shortly after Carrie first meets Aidan (John Corbett).

That brief appearance launched a cupcake empire.

The bakery, opened in 1996 by Jennifer Appel and Allysa Torey, was sold in 2007 to Steve and Tyra Abrams.

The spot quickly expanded to open other locations uptown and around the city and eventually internationally to places like Dubai, Qatar, and the Philippines.

Pastis

Perhaps the most featured restaurant on the series



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Perhaps the most featured restaurant on the series, Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) once described Pastis as “the only restaurant that seemed to exist” late in season 6 during a particularly cold stretch of winter.

It was the spot where her and then-boyfriend Aleksandr Petrovsky (Mikhail Baryshnikov) spent some cozy winter nights, and in season 4, she also brunched there with her buddy the gay shoewear rep, Oliver Spencer (Murray Bartlett).

In its heyday in the early aughts, Pastis was indeed a celebrity hangout, and one of the first higher-end restaurants to open in the then rough-and-tumble Meatpacking District.

Tao

Tao is the most prominent example of a fictionalized restaurant opening that actually happened around the same time.



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ATC’s early seasons glamorized NYC restaurant openings and the PR world surrounding them.

But in seasons 1 and 2, they were often based on real restaurants that had fictionalized names, like Balzac (in real life, based on the opening of SoHo’s Balthazar).

Cut to season 4, and actual restaurant openings were not only name-checked on the show but fictional versions of their opening parties were recreated on the series.

Tao is the most prominent example of a fictionalized restaurant opening that actually happened around the same time.

Russian Samovar

this restaurant and live music venue is one of the few Manhattan enclaves that honors and preserves Russian cuisine and culture.



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Opened in 1986 in a former Sinatra hangout, this restaurant and live music venue is one of the few Manhattan enclaves that honors and preserves Russian cuisine and culture.

Mikhail Barishnikov was one of the co-owners at one point, and subsequently appeared on season 6 as Carrie’s love interest, artist Alexksandr Petrovsky.

Their first date on the show takes place here in an upstairs dining room, wherein Petrovsky teaches Carrie about Russian food and the tradition of tea with black cherries.

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