In the first episode of Gossip Girl 2.0, Julian Calloway and her minion, Luna, set some very specific guidelines for Constance Billard’s new girl Zoya: “Sant Ambroeus or Yura for coffee, Starbucks for group orders. The Met Steps or the Great Lawn to hang. J.G. Melon for burgers—although they check IDs. Mezzaluna not Serafina, Sweetgreen but for pickup only. Dumbo Hall, not Dumbo House. Never Uber.”
Got it? Good. Because for this glamorous gaggle of over-privileged and under-supervised teens, it’s all about seeing, being seen, and social-media storying in the right places. And unlike their posh predecessors, they’re patrons of places far beyond the bougie bounds of Park Avenue (and not just to turn down their nose at Dan Humphrey in Williamsburg). “Prince of New York” Obie considers Dumbo his kingdom, while Constance queen bee Julian resides in a towering penthouse above Tribeca. Meanwhile, group outsider Zoya holes up in a rent-controlled Upper West Side apartment (that’s, shhh, really her grandma’s).
So, in an act of vital service journalism, this writer—who is pushing 30, mind you—fastidiously watched the first season of the HBO Max iteration to find out where, exactly, the cool kids are going these days. Below, find the hot haunts of New York’s new scandalous elite—you may even be inspired to visit them yourself.
Where to Eat
Julian Calloway grabs breakfast before school at the Robert De Niro-owned Locanda Verde, whereas lil sis Zoya loves the bagels from Sadelle’s. A swanky gala is held atop Danny Meyer’s Manhatta, and when Obie wants to go over-the-top for his girlfriend’s birthday, he gets a food truck from Frenchette. (“The only thing she should be thinking about is whether she wants a croissant or a crepe!” He professes.) Meanwhile, bad boy Max makes quite the scene at Indochine, while lemongrass chicken skewers are passed around him.
What to Do
Gossip Girl’s subjects are a cultural crew—they still sit on the Met Steps, but they’ll also talk about the exhibits inside. They scheme at The Public during Jeremy O. Harris plays. Oh, and Luna never misses an opening at the Gagosian gallery.
Where to Go Out
Julien hits a Fashion Week after party at The Blond, while the fictional “Dumbo Hall” lines up exactly with Dumbo House—but since this crew has already made clear that it isn’t (see those aforementioned rules!), we’re making comparison to NoHo’s Zero Bond, the buzzy member’s only club with Baccarat chandeliers and artworks by Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, and Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Originally Appeared on Vogue