Who loved the show Friends when it was on? Hand raised.
Who still, to this day, stops when they see it on Nick at Nite? Points to self.
I’m sure I am not the only one who loved Rachel, Joey, and the rest of the gang. It is just one of those shows that was light, funny, relatable, and had memorable, unique characters. If you enjoyed the show, then of course you know where their favorite hang out spot was. (Hint: It was a coffee shop!).
In honor of the 20th anniversary of the show’s debut (yep, I feel old too), a pop up Central Perk has opened in NYC. On the corner of SoHo’s Lafayette and Broome, a replica of the beloved coffee shop has taken up residence until October 18th. With a need to reminisce about some of my favorite episodes, my lovely Friends enthusiast, Abby, joined me in checking it out.
I arrived there right before 9am, and with a little twinge of excitement when I first saw the Friends awning, I was pleasantly surprised to see that there was not a line outside. As I waited for Abby to join me, the gentleman in charge of the line let me know that this was the first time since they opened that there wasn’t a line. Sweet! Upon entering, you are completely surrounded by all things Friends. There were outfits worn by the different main characters, Phoebe’s guitar (ah, Smelly Cat), Monica’s wedding rings and wedding invitations, Ross’s Science Boy comic, the giant, white dog statue, and so much more memorabilia. On the far end of the coffee shop, they had the famous, orange couch, table, and Central Perk background that we saw in every episode. We were able to actually sit on it, and take some pictures. Also, right next to “the couch,” they had a large tv screen showing Friend’s episodes, and a fun round of trivia was going on. With all this taking place, we must not forget that it is indeed a coffee shop. To top off the experience, they were serving free 8 O’Clock coffee to all. Unfortunately, Gunther wasn’t the one who handed me my caramel macchiato (he apparently makes regular appearances), but it was a great time nonetheless.
If you are in NYC, and a lover of Friends, this is definitely something you must check out!
Central Perk NYC Pop-Up: 199 Lafayette St. (Mondays–Fridays, 8 a.m.–8 p.m., and Saturdays–Sundays, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.).
Did you love the show Friends?