Not every restaurant featured in the “Sex and the City” franchise is real. Raw, where Smith first waited on Samantha in episode 76, doesn’t exist. Nor does La Doleur Exquise, the, ahem, S&M-themed restaurant in episode 24. However, there are still plenty of opportunities to retrace Carrie’s Manolo Blahnik-ed footsteps around the island of Manhattan — especially at its restaurants. In honor of the release of Sex and the City 2, here are some of the real-life restaurants featured on the series and in the films, at which you can raise a Cosmo to Ms. Bradshaw and her besties.
Carrie bursts into tears while tearing into a steak at this clubby Manhattan classic as she learns Big has returned to town from Napa to have “a little heart thing” done (aka angioplasty).
Jittery jazz musician and club owner Ray King vies with Big for Carrie’s attention at the on-screen opening of this hip Midtown restaurant.
This midtown stand-by marks the spot where Carrie is discovered and recruited as a “real” model for Dolce & Gabbana, only to wind up as fashion roadkill.
Carrie and John’s rehearsal dinner for their temporarily doomed wedding is held at perennial Chelsea hotspot Buddakan in the first big-screen adaptation of the series.
It was Irving at Irving when the show filmed, but now it’s the stylish Casa Mono, outside which Carrie and Charlotte spend time deciding how many of the male passers-by they would, um, well, you know.
Carrie’s 35th birthday party is a bust as her buddies and Big stand her up, leaving her sitting solo at this NYU-nabe fave.
This Lower East Side tavern is the actual location for the very fictional Scout, co-owned by Miranda’s man, Steve, and Carrie’s former fiance, Aidan.
Before there was a Jean-Georges restaurant in this Manhattan home-décor mecca, Charlotte butts heads here with Bunny, the mother of all mother-in-laws, over a new bed for her and Trey.
The second time’s the charm (at least for a time) for Big and Carrie as he serenades her over Italian food at Da Marino, where Chris Noth is a real-life regular.
This Michelin-starred restaurant is the setting for an unexpected reversal of fortune for fan fave Carrie, as Big breaks the news that he’s betrothed to Natasha.
The site of rich Richard’s black-and-white ball, a green-with-jealousy Samantha is caught red-handed taking her revenge on her promiscuous paramour.
In the Sex and the City movie, Carrie breaks the news of her engagement to Big to two of her gal pals at the elegant The Modern restaurant, prompting Charlotte to inelegantly scream.
Samantha can’t keep her mind on pool as Carrie and her pals shoot the breeze and a bit of stick at Slate in Manhattan’s Flatiron district.
Rich Richard tries to woo back Samantha after she discovers his wicked ways, but his efforts are all wet when Samantha throws a dirty Martini in his face. Carrie and Co. also lunched at SushiSamba 7 in another episode.
A fabulously (and finally!) pregnant Charlotte runs into John in the first film and tells him she rues the day he was born — seconds before her water breaks and her second child is born.
Blue Water Grill
A Union Square favorite, Charlotte brunches at Blue Water Grill with Arthur, a Harvard grad, whose behavior is more perilous than chivalrous.
Before it was Mexican fave Centrico, it was Layla, at which Mr. Big (who was Mr. Ex) attends Carrie’s birthday party. There are both belly dancers and awkwardness as the single scribe celebrates another year.
Commerce’s predecessor, Grange Hall (also this blogger’s favorite extinct restaurant), served as the Paris restaurant where Carrie’s French fans fete her (albeit without her) in the final episode of the series.