Straddle fiction and reality as you visit famous sites from both the big and small screen.
Take the NYC TV & Movie Tour to see the city where your favorite friends Rachel, Ross, Monica, Chandler, Joey and Pheobe “lived” for ten seasons and get a peek at the fictional NYC locations where many of the Friends exteriors were filmed.
See their workplaces in Midtown Manhattan
When you join us on this New York Movie Tour, you’ll see your first Friends location in Midtown as we pass the beautiful Pierre Hotel, the site of Chandler and Monica’s wedding. Heading down Fifth Avenue you’ll spot a New York landmark that looks vaguely familiar, the Pulitzer Fountain. According to a location scout, while the opening credits weren’t filmed here, this famous fountain was the NYC inspiration for the California studio fountain where the filming actually occurred.
Just across the street is the Solow Building, where Chandler Bing (Matthew Perry) worked as a… what was Chandler’s job again? The Solow Building charges some of the most expensive rents in Manhattan and is featured in many films, including Zoolander, where the filmmakers added a giant computer-generated “M” to represent Mugatu’s fashion headquarters. The building is also the namesake of the Nine West shoe store chain.
Not far from Chandler’s mystery job at the Solow Building, is Saks Fifth Ave where our favorite fashionista, Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston) interviewed for a job, but was passed over. Joey Tribbiani (Matt LeBlanc) on the other hand lands a job here – as a perfume tester. The Saks Fifth Avenue flagship store is just one of Manhattan’s many upscale department stores and has been referenced in shows like Seinfeld as well.
See where they lived in Lower Manhattan
Downtown this New York TV & Movie Tour heads into historic Greenwich Village where you’ll get an up close photo-op with the famous Friends apartment building. It’s here that Monica Geller (Courtney Cox Arquette), Rachel Green, Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow), Joey Tribbiani, Chandler Bing, and Ross Geller (David Schwimmer) laughed and lived for ten seasons. The Village is referenced many times throughout the series, but the actual apartment interiors were filmed on set in Hollywood. Greenwich Village is also home to the real restaurant that inspired the fictional coffee shop, Central Perk, where the close-knit group of friends frequently shared a sofa in so many episodes and where Phoebe famously performed “Smelly Cat.”
Across the street you’ll catch a glimpse of Ross’s apartment, formerly home to everyone’s favorite “Ugly Naked Guy.” As you’ll see this apartment is not very close to Monica’s apartment – meaning it would have taken a lot of chopsticks to poke Ugly Naked Guy in its real location. Just around the corner is Phoebe’s apartment on Morton Street where she lived for all ten seasons.
Washington Square Park is the heart of the neighborhood and has proudly developed into home for a significant number of off-Broadway theater companies and venues. The Lucille Lortel Theater, where Joey performed all his plays, is also located around the corner from the Friends building.
Our family-fun NYC TV tour is led by local actors and actresses who show you the New York frequented by Monica, Rachel, Phoebe, Ross, Joey, and Chandler. This is a must-do sightseeing tour of New York City for any Friends fan.
* In an effort to stay current, we are constantly updating our tours with new locations and cannot guarantee the presence of locations mentioned on our site. If you have a particular interest in locations from a specific TV show or movie, please let your tour guide know and we will do our best to accommodate your request.