One of the oldest neighborhoods in New York City, the Lower East Side is located in the southeastern part of Manhattan and has long been known as an immigrant working class neighborhood. Once home to a sizable German population as well as Irish and Italians, today it is a predominantly Puerto Rican and Dominican community. On top of its very diverse ethnic groups, the Lower East Side is also a center of Jewish immigrant culture in NYC, with many popular heritage shops, kosher delis and bakeries, and Yiddish theaters throughout the area.
A staple of Jewish culture in the neighborhood is Katz’s deli, which is also known as a location of multiple New York based TV shows and movies. It has been featured in Across the Universe, Donnie Brasco, Looking for Kitty, Enchanted, and We Own the Night. Of course, it is also the site of Meg Ryan’s fake orgasm scene in When Harry Met Sally, likely the most famous appearance of Katz’s Deli on the big screen. There is even a sign at the exact table that reads: “Where Harry Met Sally… Hope You Have What She Had. Enjoy!” You can see Katz’s Deli, along with many other filming locations in the Lower East Side, on the East Village TV & Movie Sites Walking Tour.
Other movies and TV shows with scenes filmed in the Lower East Side
Sex and the City: Lower East Side bar Onieal’s acted as the backdrop for the “casually hip” New York City Bar Scout
Mr. Robot: Elliot’s (Rami Malek) apartment building is located on the Lower East Side, above a dumpling restaurant, 217 East Broadway.
Gossip Girl: Eleanor Waldorf holds her Fashion Week Show at the Lower East Side venue Capitale, which occupies the landmark Bowery Savings Bank building.
Spider-Man 2: Peter Parker’s (Tobey Maguire) apartment is located on the Lower East side at 187 Chrystie Street, opposite Sara D Roosevelt Park
Independence Day: South Street and Pike Slip on the Lower East Side serve as the setting for multiple street scenes in the film.
* 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.