Oh New York City, where do I even begin? It’s a city that has everything – great dining, renowned museums, phenomenal shopping, famous attractions and pulsating nightlife.
While half of it feels as if time has stood still, the other half is ever-evolving, not just keeping up with the times, but defining the curve as it goes.
I hit peak New York fever when Sex and the City (SATC) became a worldwide cultural phenomenon 20 years ago. The series became my definitive guide to the city. Even two decades later, many of these SATC spots not only still exist, but are now considered Classic New York destinations.
Here are some places frequented by the characters. Soak in some of the best sights New York has to offer.
WHERE TO EAT
ABC Kitchen – Serves up dishes with a healthy bent attached to the city’s most stylish home furnishings store at 35E 8th St. Charlotte gets into a tiff with Bunny, her then mother-in-law over which bed to get.
Balthazar – A classic French brasserie at 80 Spring Street which Carrie and gang tried to sneak into, without success, until ‘international party girl’ Amalita gets them in.
Buddakkan – A mega Asian dining space at 75 9th Avenue. This is where Carrie and Big had their rehearsal dinner…before it all went downhill.
Cipriani Downtown – A less formal version of the original Harry Cipriani at 376 W Broadway and also where Carrie finds out (from a newspaper, no less) that Big is engaged to someone else.
Da Marino – Old school Italian at 220 W 49th St. One of Carrie and Big’s dating spots (they have a complicated history, to say the least).
Eleven Madison Park – 3 Michelin-starred restaurant with seasonal menus at 11 Madison Avenue. This is where Big told Carrie he was engaged.
Magnolia Bakery – famous cupcakes at various locations. Carrie tells Miranda about her crush on fan-favourite Aiden.
WHERE TO DRINK
Pete’s Tavern – New York’s oldest surviving bar at 129 E 18th St was also the scene of Miranda’s proposal to Steve.
Monkey Bar – The Classic bar at Hotel Elysee on 60 E 54th St is where Carrie meets jazz man Ray King.
WHERE TO SHOP
Barneys – A luxury department store at 660 Madison Avenue where Charlotte decided to practise her volunteering services for the blind by donning a Burberry eye mask and walking around the store.
Bergdorf Goodman – Another luxury department store at 754 5th Ave where Charlotte tried to get Trey to add US$1,300 China plates to their bridal registry.
Century 21 – The discount department store where Carrie picked up an Anna Molinari dress and a Dolce & Gabbana kimono.
La Perla – A luxury lingerie store at 803 Madison Avenue. Big fans of Samantha, unsurprisingly.
La Petite Coquette – Boudoir-like lingerie at 51 University Pl. Samantha receives lingerie from Le Petite Coquette as a gift, which fittingly translates as ‘The Little Flirt’.
Manolo Blahnik – Carrie’s love affair with shoes is no secret and in particular, Manolo Blahniks. Find it at 31W 54th St.
Tiffany & Co. – Charlotte and Trey make their engagement official in front of Tiffany & Co’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue.
WHERE TO SLEEP
Four Seasons Hotel – Located on 57 E at 57th St, spot it in season 6 of SATC after Big’s angioplasty.
Soho House – The scene of Samantha’s famous alias and phony British accent. Find it on 29 9th Ave.
The Plaza Hotel – Another place with Big and Carrie history, the iconic hotel is a popular choice for weddings and engagement parties. Find it on 768 5th Ave.
WHAT TO DO
Metropolitan Opera at the Lincoln Centre – Carrie, decked out in an Oscar de la Renta dress faints outside the Metropolitan Opera after the Russian asks for a dance.
Museum of Modern Art – Charlotte volunteered at the iconic museum in season 4.
New York Public Library (476 5th Ave) – Where it all went down for Carrie and Big. We’ll leave you with this epic scene.
So what are you waiting for? Go forth and explore New York, SATC style.