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July 28, 2016

THE ULTIMATE SEX AND THE CITY DINING GUIDE


While 12 years (wut!) may have already passed since Carrie left Paris and came back to her New York roots, fans of the series still freak out over all things Sex and the City. I myself, as a young aspiring writer, looked up to Carrie Bradshaw as if she was God herself. Every episode left me doodling words in a notebook somewhere, because I wanted to be just like her. I wanted to have a column in a newspaper and live in a gorgeous brownstone where I kept my high heels in the oven. (I've actually kept them in my dishwasher before but don't tell.)

I was pretty young when Sex and the City was still on the air (only 13/14 when it ended!), but that didn't halt the many lessons that I learned from the show. It taught me about love, it taught me about friendship, it most certainly taught me about fashion, and above all else, it taught me that sitting around a table with your best girlfriends while enjoying a good meal was all you needed to get through a rough day. The sexual innuendo's may have gone over my head at the time, but there was something about the show that I knew I'd keep with me for life. 

When I caught wave that my friends over at CableTV came out with the Ultimate Sex and the City Dining Guide, I knew I had to share the news. They spent countless hours making the guide as accurate as possible, fact checking with restaurants and pin-pointing exact moments in each episode. 
After all, Sex and the City was the inspiration behind Food and the City, so I felt it was my duty to feature the guide on here. This website may have never come about if it wasn't for that OG #squad of fearless, strong women.



If you want to dine like the original 4 best friends that anyone could have, check out the list below and find out exactly where and when it was featured in the show or films.


21 CLUB


Image Credit: 21 Club
Featured in: Season 6 Episode 11, “The Domino Effect.” Carrie and Big visit the 21 Club Bar Room, where Carrie learns about Big’s heart surgery—what he calls “a little heart thing.”

BALTHAZAR


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Featured in: Season 1 Episode 5, “The Power of Female Sex.” Carrie and Samantha have a difficult time getting a table at a crowded French restaurant (known as Balzac on the show), but they ultimately succeed after Carrie offers the hostess a tampon in the bathroom.

BLUE WATER GRILL


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Featured in: Season 3 Episode 1, “Where There’s Smoke…” Charlotte brunches at this Union Square favorite with Arthur, her seemingly perfect date who ends up getting in fist fights with fellow restaurant patrons. The rest of the SATC ladies also dined at Blue Water Grill, gossiping on the patio over lunch.

BRASSERIE 8 ½


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Featured in: Season 4 Episode 2, “The Real Me.” This midtown Manhattan French dining spot is where Carrie and Stanford hang out and happen to see an old friend who recruits Carrie to be in a New York fashion show.

BUBBY’S HIGH LINE


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Featured in: Season 3 Episode 18, “Cock-A-Doodle-Do.” This meatpacking district spot is where Samantha make amends with her noisy neighbors and invites them up for a rooftop party.

BUDDAKAN


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Featured in: Sex and the City The Movie. Carrie and Big’s rehearsal dinner in the first SATC movie is held at Buddakan in Chelsea, where Miranda argues with Steve outside and then snaps at Big inside, causing him to get cold feet the night before the wedding.

CAFETERIA


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Featured in: multiple episodes. This Chelsea spot was a regular lunch spot for Carrie and friends.

CIPRIANI DOWNTOWN


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Featured in: Season 3 Episode 3, “Attack of the Five Foot Ten Woman.” This Soho restaurant is where the SATC girls see Big and Natasha’s wedding announcement in The New York Times’ wedding section. Cipriani was a favorite among the gal pals for Sunday bellinis.

THE CITY BAKERY

Featured in: Season 5 Episode 6, “Critical Condition.” Carrie and Samantha run into Nina Katz (aka “Face Girl”), the woman Aidan dated after Carrie, at this City Bakery.

THE COFFEE SHOP


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Featured in: multiple episodes. This Union Square spot is one of the many coffee shops Carrie and the girls visit throughout the SATC series.

DA MARINO

Featured in: Season 2 Episode 8, “The Man, The Myth, The Viagra.” Italian eatery Da Marino is where Big calls Carrie his girlfriend for the first time and serenades her. This Midtown West Italian institution is currently closed for renovations, but as of summer 2016, say they will open soon.

ELEVEN MADISON PARK


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Featured in: Season 2 Episode 18, “Ex and the City.” Big and Carrie meet for dinner as friends, and Carrie learns that Big got engaged to Natasha.

GRAND BAR & LOUNGE AT THE SOHO GRAND HOTEL


Image Credit: Soho Grand Hotel
Featured in: Season 4 Episode 15, “Change of a Dress.” The Grand Bar & Lounge is where Richard holds his charity fundraiser, and where Samantha learns Richard is sleeping with other women.

IL CANTINORI


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Featured in: Season 4 Episode 1, “The Agony and the ‘Ex’-tacy.” Il Cantinori is where Carrie’s 35th birthday party was—where she’s stood up by the girls and Big, leaving her all alone at a table for ten.

JOE’S PUB

Featured in: Season 5 Episode 6, “Critical Condition.” Stanford and Carrie attend Stanford’s boyfriend’s show, but Carrie can’t stop thinking about her upcoming book review.

THE LOEB BOATHOUSE CENTRAL PARK


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Featured in: Season 3 Episode 18, “Cock-A-Doodle-Do.” Carrie and Big meet for lunch at the Boathouse in Central Park, where they both fall in the lake as he tries to kiss her.

MAGNOLIA BAKERY


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Featured in: Season 3 Episode 5, “No Ifs, Ands, Or Butts.” Carrie tells Miranda about her crush on Aidan while the two eat cupcakes outside of Magnolia Bakery.

THE MERCER KITCHEN


Image Credit: The Mercer Kitchen
Featured in: Sex and the City The Movie. Carrie and friends dined at the Mercer Hotel’s Mercer Kitchen in the first SATC film.

THE MODERN


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Featured in: Sex and the City The Movie. Carrie shares the news of her engagement to Big with the girls, and Charlotte announces the happy news to the entire restaurant, leading everyone to cheer.

MONKEY BAR

Featured in: Season 4 Episode 3, “Defining Moments.” Carrie and Big go to a jazz show together as friends and meet jazz musician Ray King. Ray gets a tad flirty with Carrie, and Big’s jealousy shows.

ONIEALS


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Featured in: Season 4 Episode 5, “Ghost Town.” Steve and Aidan’s fictional bar, Scout, is actually Onieals. Carrie drops off a congratulatory Mulberry bush as Scout is located on the fictional Mulberry Street. Later in the episode, Carrie and friends attend the opening for Scout and Carrie and Aidan share a moment outside the bar.

PETE’S TAVERN


Image Credit: Pete’s Tavern
Featured in: Season 6 Episode 14, “The Ick Factor.” Miranda proposes to Steve outside of Pete’s.

RUSSIAN SAMOVAR


Image Credit: Russian Samovar
Featured in: Season 6 Episode 12, “One.” Carrie and Aleksandr have their first date, quite late at night, at Russian Samavor.

SLATE


Image Credit: Slate
Featured in: Season 4 Episode 10, “Belles of the Balls.” Carrie and the girls—and Steve and Aidan—play pool here.

STARBUCKS


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Featured in: Sex and the City The Movie. Carrie holds interviews here for a personal assistant and meets “Louise from Saint Louis” (Jennifer Hudson).

SUSHISAMBA 7 WEST VILLAGE


Image Credit: SUSHISAMBA West Village
Featured in: Season 5 Episode 1, “Anchors Away.” Richard and Samantha meet here for dinner. Samantha is still angry with Richard for cheating on her, though, so she tosses a dirty martini in his face and walks out.

TAO

Featured in: Season 4 Episode 3, “Defining Moments.” Carrie, her jazz musician date, and the girls hang out at Tao and Carrie runs into Big’s date in the bathroom.

TORTILLA FLATS


Image Credit: Tortilla Flats
Featured in: Season 4 Episode 6, “Baby, Talk Is Cheap.” After Carrie sees Aidan at his bar’s opening, she realizes wants him back and arranges a double date with Steve and Aidan at Tortilla Flats.

SAME LOCATION, NEW BIZ

All seven of the NYC spots you see below are located at original SATC filming locations. However, they’ve been replaced with new businesses. So while you won’t see these new dining and drink spots in any SATC reruns, you’ll likely still notice a few similarities.

ARLINGTON CLUB (FORMERLY PAYARD PATISSERIE & BISTRO)


Image Credit: Arlington Club
Featured in: Season 3 Episode 3, “Attack of the Five-Foot-Ten Woman.” After Carrie pays a visit to Manolo Blahnik, she meets Charlotte for dessert at Payard Patisserie (now the Arlington Club), where Carrie says has “the best desserts in New York.”

CASA MONO (FORMERLY IRVING ON IRVING)


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Featured in: Season 5 Episode 2, “Unoriginal Sin.” Formerly Irving on Irving, this Irving Place restaurant is where Carrie and Charlotte watched men on the street passing by to see how many men in 100 they would sleep with.

COGNAC EAST (FORMERLY LUMI)


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Featured in: Sex and the City The Movie. Just after a very pregnant Charlotte sits down for a meal at Lumi, she sees Big on the other side of the restaurant. She runs outside to avoid him and Big follows her out, where Charlotte proceeds to yell at him, “I curse the day you were born!” and then goes into labor.

DISTILLED NY (FORMERLY LAYLA)


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Featured in: Season 2 Episode 2, “The Awful Truth.” Before this West Broadway spot became Distilled, it was the Mexican restaurant Centrico and  before that, the Moroccan restaurant Layla. Layla is where Big (her ex at the time) attends Carrie’s birthday party.

THE EDISON BALLROOM (FORMERLY THE SUPPER CLUB)


Image Credit: The Edison Ballroom
Featured in: Season 5 Episode 1, “Anchors Away.” What was once home to The Supper Club inside the Edison Hotel is now The Edison Ballroom. This event space is where Carrie and friends partied with the sailors during Fleet Week.

LIQUITERIA (FORMERLY GRAY’S PAPAYA)


Image Credit: Liquiteria
Featured in: Season 5 Episode 5, “Plus One is the Loneliest Number.” Carrie eats a hotdog from Gray’s Papaya after her book party.

RIN THAI (FORMERLY KRISPY KREME DOUGHNUTS)


Image Credit: Rin Thai Cuisine
Featured in: Season 5 Episode 4, “Cover Girl.” After their Weight Watchers meeting, Miranda and Tom take a trip to Krispy Kreme (now Rin Thai) to indulge in doughnuts.