Explore Seinfeld TV locations!
On the Uptown TV & Movie Sites Tour you will see famous locations used in the hit sitcom Seinfeld. Visit the sights spanning Uptown and Midtown where Jerry Seinfeld and his friends George, Elaine, and Kramer found themselves in hilarious predicaments in every episode. Start the tour near Al’s Soup Kitchen, the restaurant that inspired the infamous “Soup Nazi” episode. The well known character of the soup Nazi who is most known for yelling “No soup for you!” to both Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and George (Jason Alexander) is actually based on Al, the true owner of the restaurant. Since the restaurant has gained in popularity due to the show, Al’s Soup Kitchen is now a franchise, with several locations throughout the city. The original restaurant, featured on the New York City tours, is near the historic and iconic Studio 54, and is also around the corner from the Roseland Ballroom, a world famous dance and music venue.
On the Uptown TV & Movie Sites Tour you will also get to stop at Tom's Restaurant, which played the part of Monk's Cafe, the diner where the gang regularly gathered. The interior scenes of the diner were filmed on set in California, but the bright red and blue "Restaurant" sign outside the diner will be familiar to fans. Tom's Restaurant was also the locale of Suzanne Vega's 1987 song "Tom's Diner."
Other Famous New York City Locations From Seinfeld Not Seen on This Tour
Fans of the show may also be familiar with Roosevelt Hospital, which was used in filming the episode “The Bris” which debuted in 1993. Located two blocks from the scenic and impressive Columbus Circle, Roosevelt Hospital is the location where Jerry and Elaine nervously participate in the circumcision of their godchild, and where Kramer discovers the infamous “Pig Man.” Charles Levin, star of the police drama Hill Street Blues, guest stars as the rabbi in this episode and accidentally circumcises Jerry’s finger. Roosevelt Hospital is also notable as the sight of John Lennon’s death.
On Broadway, another famous Seinfeld sight can be found. H&H Bagels, a bagel franchise, has its original location on Broadway and was used in filming the episode “The Strike,” which first aired in 1997. In the episode, Kramer finds out he is able to return to his job at H&H Bagels after he had apparently been on strike for 12 years. When he asks for the 23rd of December off and doesn’t get it, he goes on strike again. H&H Bagels has many locations throughout the city and is also known for being one of the largest bagel manufacturers in the world.
Head to Madison Avenue and you can find the luxury department store Barney's, where Elaine buys a dress in the episode “The Secretary” from 1994. In the episode, Elaine buys a dress on sale, but once she takes it home and sees herself in her own mirror, she thinks Barneys was using “skinny mirrors” to trick their customers. She goes with Kramer to return the dress, but finds out she can’t return it after wearing it outside. Madison Avenue, known as the “fashionable road,” is the home to the stores of several well known fashion designers like Carolina Herrera, Chloe, Donna Karan, Armani, and Versace.
A final Seinfeld site found all over New York City is the video rental chain Champagne Video. In the episode “The Comeback,” which first aired in 1997, Elaine and Kramer go to Champagne Video to rent movies. There is a section where the employees at the store offer their suggestions of the week, and Elaine is partial to Victor’s movie choices. Victor ends up calling Elaine on the phone and she becomes romantically interested in him. One day when Kramer persuades Elaine to rent a “Gene pick” instead, Victor mails Elaine the “play” button from his VCR and terminates the relationship. After Elaine apologizes, Victor finally agrees to meet with her at his apartment if she brings vodka, cigarettes, and fireworks. When Elaine arrives she is greeted by Victor’s mother, because Victor turns out to be 15 years old. Elaine then takes the vodka out of the bag and leaves.