10th Anniversary of Sex in the City: A look back at Carrie’s Favorite Restaurants

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This year marks the 10th anniversary of Sex and the City so it’s only fitting we take a look back at Carrie’s Favorite Restaurants. Some of you may be terribly saddened to hear that not all of the restaurants featured on HBO’s hit show Sex and the City were real (GASP!), but many were and a good number of them have withstood the test of time.

The 21 Club (21 W 52nd St), located in midtown, is where Carrie dines with Big as he tells her he’s heading back to Napa. It’s well-known for its romantic upstairs dining room and ample private party space. Fun fact: it actually used to be a speakeasy during the Prohibition era! Enjoy stellar service in an iconic atmosphere — Carrie would approve. Carrie was having drinks at Brasserie 8 ½ (9 W 57th St.) when she was selected as a featured journalist in a charity fashion show. This French Brasserie offers outstanding French cuisine and people watching in a swank setting.

Diehard Sex and the City fans will recognize Buddakan (75 9th Ave) as the setting from Carrie and Big’s rehearsal dinner from Sex and The City: The Movie. The NYC outpost of this restaurant is one of the most beautiful dining spaces in the city, featuring sky high ceilings and a dramatic ambiance.

Who can forget Big serenading Carrie over Italian? To recreate the scene head to Da Marino (220 W 49th St.) where you’ll find authentic Italian cuisine in midtown. A live piano player really adds to the ambiance. Another Italian restaurant featured in the series, but unfortunately not a memorable highlight for Carrie is Il Cantinori (32 E 10th St), where Carrie hosted her poorly attended 35th birthday.

At the Modern (9 W. 53rd Street), Carrie shares the news of her engagement with her closest pals. This Michelin-star restaurant is actually located in the Museum of Modern Art so it’s a perfect spot for those wanting to explore the city, check out the MOMA and also enjoy fantastic cuisine.