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What’s a show without our favorite cozy TV kitchens? Well, just the same a classic show always needs a classic coffee shop. Check out some of the coziest TV coffee shops, some of which are actual places in the real world, and some of which are getting recreated in honor of the greatness of the fictionalized ones. Maybe you can get yourself an orange mocha frappucino while you’re at it.
Monk’s Cafe “Seinfeld”
For nine seasons, some of the best conversations we ever sat in on were at Monk’s. Didn’t they always show that it was Tom’s Restaurant, which is at the corner of 112th and Broadway, during the exterior shots? Why did they bother calling it Monk’s?
The Peach Pit “Beverly Hills 90210”
The Real Peach Pit Cafe exists in Beverly Hills, California. The reboot of the show as “90210” kept Nat running the diner but did a modern renovation, which obviously blew in comparison to the old fashion diner of the original.
Central Perk “Friends”
How they always managed to get that couch is beyond me. It’s hard enough to find a comfy seat for two in New York, let alone six, but then again they’re much funnier than I am. In 2014, a pop-up coffee shop of Central Perk opened to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the show. Gunther was there, probably being a creep!
The Max “Saved by the Bell”
The Max was the place to go for school kickoff parties, dance competitions, bro fights, you name it. Seems a bit small. Couldn’t someone get these kids a gym? The restaurant was recreated in Chicago recently with a colorful modern update; it’s available to be dined in as we speak and likely has a lengthy wait.
Loyola’s Family Restaurant “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul”
Located on Route 66, Loyola’s was the diner for both Mike Ehrmantraut’s “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul.” Lydia and her Stevia packets met with Mike in season five of “Breaking Bad” to convince him to kill all his guys. Then again, in season two, Mike was met by Hector Salamanca who tried to convince him to change his mind about ratting on Tuco, just to name a couple through lines.
Cafe Nervosa “Frasier”
Niles and Frasier Crane had their fair share of joe and witty banter at Cafe Nervosa for the better part of the series, which ran for an impressive 11 seasons. Bet they miss that place, considering Kelsey Grammer is one of the X-Men, and David Hyde Pierce’s career highlight since is reprising his role on the “Wet Hot American Summer” Netflix adaptation, which is set for a season two.
Cafe Grumpy “Girls”
The real struggle of a New York twenty-something has been richly indulged, much like any good cafe pastry, on HBO’s controversially received “Girls.” The show is sort of home base, which is set in New York’s Greenpoint neighborhood on Brooklyn’s Meserole, for Lena Dunham and company and their never-ending anxieties.
Luke’s Diner “Gilmore Girls”
Located in Stars Hollow, Connecticut, Luke’s Diner is a real location, formerly a William’s Hardware, for the lady drama from 2000 to 2007. It was announced in 2016 that the show would get a revival on Netflix as “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.”
Espresso Pump “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”
Every good slayer needs a cup of joe to keep them up with the vampires, am I right? The little Cali town of Sunnydale had its local coffee joint in Espresso Pump, that was, until it was destroyed in 2003 in the final season of Joss Whedon’s slayer show. Is it me, or does anyone else miss Sarah Michelle Gellar and her classic girl-on-girl kisses?
“Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee”
The genius of Jerry Seinfeld’s new style of show, “Comedians in Cars,” is that every episode is set in another coffee spot, whether well-known or under the radar. Typically set in Los Angeles, but occasionally New York and other major cities, Seinfeld not only brings on exciting comedian guests, he gives a look into some neat locations of the coffee underworld, as well as teaches a generation of boys about manly classic cars, even if it’s not as hot as Nina Agdal talking classic cars.