Central Perk will temporarily open in New York – CLOSED


To celebrate the 20h anniversary of the Friends premiere, a pop-up café modeled after Central Perk will open in Soho.

I’ll tell you more about it in this article.

What is Central Perk?

If you have never heard about the TV show Friends and the café where the characters used to meet.

Central Perk is not real, it was made only for the show. Well, it is inspired by Cholmondeley’s, a café at Brandeis University, the alma mater for David Crane and Marta Kauffman who created the show.


Why will the pop-up café be set up in New York?

Warner Bros Television Group & Warner Bros Consumer Products) and Eight O’Clock Coffee channel decided to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the TV show by sponsoring that pop-up café, dedicated to the fans of the show Friends.


Where will the pop-up café be?

The pop-up Central Perk Café will be located at 199 Lafayette Street, New York, 10012 (at the corner of Broome Street), in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood.

For how long and when will the Central Perk café be open?

The pop-up bar will open on September 17th and will remain open only through October 18th 🙁

It will be open everyday from 8.00 am to 8.00 pm, and from 10.00 am to 8.00 pm during the weekends.


Will you be able to meet the actors?

No. Jennifer Anniston (Rachel), Courteney Cox (Monica), Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe), Matthew Perry (Chandler), Matt LeBlanc (Joey)y  David Schwimmer (Ross) don’t plan to show up during this month.

But, if they are in NYC at this time, I don’t see why not! They may want to see how it looks.

James Tyler (Gunther), the barista of the café fell deeply in love with Rachel, will make special appearances.


What to do in Central Perk?

Even if Central Perk is not a real café, its replica will serve real coffee, hot chocolate, tea, and you’ll find cookies, muffins, cupcakes…).

You will be more than welcome to take a picture of the TV show set, seated in the famous Central Perk’s couch.

You’ll listen to “Smelly Cats”, the song written by Phoebe, and each week they will invite some artists for improvised performances.

There will be a souvenir store with a lot of Friend-themed merchandise you may purchase.

You can participate in several contests and giveaways throughout the month featuring prizes related to Friends (DVDs…).

On September 29th, there will be special activities and giveaways celebrating National Coffee Day.


Videos of Central Perk in the show Friends

Let me show you some Friends’ scenes shot in Central Perk.


I hope you’ll be visiting New York at this time, because it’s just a pop-up café!

If you plan to swing by Central Perk, take a picture of yourself and I’ll publish it here.

Alex of BPVNY will be there in October, soon I’ll post his photo in NYCTT 😉



My fist trip to New York was in 2007 when I was working for an airline company. I was born in the US, I lived in Mexico, in Europe in between Belgium, Spain and France… Well, let’s say I know about travelling! I bring my experience of NYC to the blog, to provide the best travel tips you could imagine!

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