"Friends" Pilgrimage: Central Perk Opening in NYC
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If you’re a fan of the classic sitcom “Friends,” here’s a perfect place to go next time you’re “on a break” — a coffee break, that is.
Warner Bros., the studio that produced “Friends,” is opening a real-life Central Perk coffee shop in New York City. Central Perk, as “Friends” fans know, was the fictional café where the gang of six New Yorkers hung out and consumed more coffee than Juan Valdez pulling an all-nighter.
Warner Bros., working with Eight O’Clock Coffee, is bringing Central Perk to life to celebrate next month’s 20th anniversary of the 1994 debut of “Friends” (reading that the show first went on the air two full decades ago had us reaching for the coffee ourselves this morning).
Now’s your chance to hang out in Central Perk (Photo: Getty Images)
The Central Perk set has long been a popular stop on the Warner Bros. VIP studio tour in Burbank, Calif. But for the occasion, Warner Bros. wants to bring the fictional coffeeshop back to its native New York. Even though the sitcom Central Perk was in Greenwich Village, the real-life Central Perk will be a temporary, month-long “popup” in the neighborhood of SoHo.
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The couch from “Friends” will be there for you at the real-life Central Perk popup (Photo: Getty Images)
“Friends” fans who stop by Central Perk will get free coffee, as well as a double shot of “Friends” nostalgia. Props from the coffee shop’s TV counterpart will be on display, including the real orange couch from the show.
Gunther will be there too (Photo: Everett Collection)
The “Friends” actor who played Gunther, the barista who harbored the unrequited crush on Rachel, will make some appearances. And, best of all, there will be weekly performances of Phoebe’s awful/brilliant songs.
Expect riotous sing-alongs to Phoebe’s “Smelly Cat” (Photo: Getty Images)
Located at 199 Lafayette Street (near Broome Street) in New York City, Central Perk will be open from September 17 through October 18. The day to be there is September 22; it was on that night in 1994 when Monica, Rachel, Phoebe, Chandler, Joey, and Ross first came into our lives. If you’re looking to make a “Friends” pilgrimage to mark the occasion, there’ll be no better place to raise a mug in tribute.
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