When You’ve Got Mail hit theaters in 1998 it became an instant New York classic. Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan came together for their third film as Joe and Kathleen, rival bookstore owners who had unknowingly met on a dating website! We were kept on the edge of our seats wondering if they would realize the others true identity and if romance could outweigh rivalry.
The Shop Around The Corner was Kathleen’s home away from home. The shop is actually ‘Maya Shaper’s Cheese and Antique Shop’ on West 69th street. Director Nora Ephron loved the vibe so much she sent the owner on vacation then transformed her shop into a children’s bookstore for the film.
Zabars has it all; from bagels, smoked fish, and world famous knishes. Kathleen (Meg Ryan) must’ve been overwhelmed and stood in the cash only checkout line, without any cash. Joe (Tom Hanks) happens to see her debacle and helps convince the cashier to take her card, not without embarrassing Kathleen. It’s worth grabbing an authentic and well-priced meal at this famous stop-remember to watch out for the signs though.
Café Lalo on West 83rd is where Kathleen and Joe plan to meet their online crushes for the first time. When Joe arrives and sees Kathleen in the window everything becomes clear and he bales on their “date” leaving Kathleen heartbroken. Don’t worry, they clear it up and live happily ever after.
To enjoy these locations grab some popcorn, sit back, and relax on the TCM Classic Film Tour. This is the chance to step back in time with the likes of Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant to see New York the way it was back in the day!
Visitors to The Big Apple are too often stuck in the tourist traps of Midtown and Lower Manhattan. If you’re a TV and movie buff who is ready to get off the beaten path, check out Café Lalo and more on the Uptown TV and Movie Sites Tour.
* 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.