The show was about nothing, but NYC still has plenty to show Seinfeld fans.
We don’t really need to recap this show, but just in case you stumbled onto this page by mistake: Seinfeld was one of the most popular shows ever on television, back when people watched TV on giant electrical boxes instead of tablets, phablets and netbooks. The show detailed the meandering lives of four thirtysomething singles trying to survive in NYC. Jerry Seinfeld, the show’s focal point, made his living as a comedian, just as he does in real life. The show’s sarcastic humour caught on with gen-exers and infiltrated pop culture about as much as shows like the Simpsons. But Springfield is a whole other daytrip. DOH!
Let’s kick things off at 129 W. 81st Street, the apartment where most of the Seinfeld show took place. Just a warning, though, this building looks nothing like the exterior shots often shown on the show. This address is where the real-life Jerry Seinfeld lived as he was making a name for himself. In fact, it’s where he lived next door to Kenny Kramer, the wacky neighbour that helped inspire the creation of Cosmo Kramer, played by Michael Richards on the show.
Speaking of Kenny Kramer, you may recall that this guy operates his own tour in NYC called Kramer’s Reality Tour, which runs for three hours on select weekends.
Let’s get to the good stuff. Probably the most lasting iconic image from the show is the exterior shot of Monk’s Diner, where the Seinfeld crew would trade tales and one-liners about being “the master of my domain” or eating the “Big Salad”. In reality, this diner is called Tom’s Restaurant, and it’s located at 112th and Broadway on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.
Next up is the Soup Nazi. You remember, right? “No soup for you!” Well guess what? You can try those famed Mulligatawny and Lobster Bisque recipes for yourself with a trip to one of the Original Soup Man spots located all over NYC. Al Yeganeh owns these spots. After all, he’s the guy the Soup Nazi is based on. Unfortunately, the original location has been closed for some time, but really, this is about tasting the famed soup more than anything. It’s pretty cool that this show has so many connections to reality, isn’t it?
Some quick hit Seinfeld NYC landmarks include H&H Bagels, Barneys, and the NBC building at Rockefeller Center. There’s also the Improv comedy club, the Champagne Video store, and the restaurant Mendy’s, where Jerry and fellow comedian Banja argued over whether or or not soup counts as a full meal. It totally does, btw.
Elaine fans can check out the Pendant Publishing company, where she worked for much of the show. This building is located at 600 Madison Ave on the southwest corner of Madison and 55th street.
One Seinfeld fan has created a nice comprehensive Seinfeld locations list here.