There are many lenses through which to explore New York City, but if you want to add a VIP spin to your vacation, it’s worth weaving in one of the New York tours of film locations. Tucked amid the city streets of New York are the storied sites that have given countless movies and TV shows the iconic sets they’re known for.
As you embark on the NYC TV & Movie Tour, picture yourself taking on the role of your favorite film character, immersing yourself in more than 40 iconic film locations along with major sights such as the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building. Chuckle with new friends at McGee’s Pub, the model for MacLaren’s Pub from How I Met Your Mother before you travel back in time to the ’70s with an on-the-go glimpse of the hotel from American Hustle. You won’t be able to resist rattling off the classic “No soup for you!” line from Seinfeld as you snap shots of the Original Soupman among other locations featured on the hit sitcom. If you are a comic book geek, you’ll be sure to recognize the Oscorp and Daily Bugle offices from Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man. As you pass Monica’s apartment from Friends, channel your inner Rachel or Ross and decide once and for all—were they on a break?
If your tour of film locations has gotten you itching to experience life as a celeb, keep the prestige going with a stay at the Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC in one of the city’s trendiest neighborhoods. The hotel features an al fresco beer garden, an American bistro with bespoke craft cocktails, and a 14th-floor rooftop pool and Moroccan restaurant. Inside your room, the typical mini bar has been replaced by the Glamour Bar, stocked with beautifying essentials from brands such as Bumble and bumble and Too Faced, as well as vanity mirrors and heat-styling tools.
Now that your hair and face are in place, what about your clothes? An Insider Shopping Tour of the Garment District is one option, where you’ll be privy to exclusive visits to designer showrooms (typically available by appointment only) while you learn the rich history of the neighborhood. Or, if you’d prefer to explore NoLta and SoHo, an Insider’s Shopping Excursion mixes shopping with celebrity trivia to really put you in the superstar mindset. If you’re looking for a one-on-one experience, book a shopping date with a celebrity stylist to truly play the part right—not to mention run around town during a seven-hour shopping spree.
After your New York tours, refuel with some celeb-worthy cocktails and bites at venues owned and invested in by real celebrities. Check out Southern Hospitality or The Spotted Pig, which has received 10 Michelin stars for its farm-to-fork, British-meets-Italian menu. The two are both frequented by A-listers.
If you’re feeling charitable, get a caffeine boost at the celebrity-owned Laughing Man Tea & Coffee, which donates its proceeds to the Laughing Man Foundation to support global education and community development. In return, you can giggle at the witty chalkboard jokes and drawings. While you can’t go wrong with any of these Fair Trade coffees, indulge in a mild, smooth flat white with a perfect topping of creamy microfoam to top off your day moonlighting as a film star during top New York tours.