‘Friends’ Central Perk Coffee Shop Coming to NYC for One Month
While ‘Friends’ has been off the air for 10 years now, residents and tourists in New York City this fall will be able to step into a real-life Central Perk coffee shop for one month only.
Fans of the long-running TV show know Central Perk as the fictional coffee shop that was often the setting for the show. Entertainment Weekly reports that in honor of the 20th anniversary of the show’s initial premiere on Sept. 22, 1994, a special pop-up coffee shop will be open in the city’s West Village area (199 Lafayette Street).
The coffee shop — a collaboration between Warner Bros. Television Group, Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Eight O’Clock Coffee — will be serving free coffee and feature various props and decorations from the set of the show. Fans will also be able to take photos on the actual orange couch that was the centerpiece of the shop.
Die-hard ‘Friends’ fans will be happy to learn that the shop will also play songs such as Phoebe’s ‘Smelly Cat,’ and can be a part of daily giveaways, trivia contests and more. James Michael Tyler, who played coffee shop server Gunther in the show, will also be making special appearances.
The coffee shop will be open between Sept. 17 and Oct. 18. Those who can’t make it out to New York City during that period will be able to buy a special ‘Friends’-theme blend of coffee from Eight O’Clock Coffee.