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In Seinfeld, you’ll find four likable individuals who make up a merry band of friends. What isn’t there to like about each of the characters? Moving from one adventure to another in every episode, most of the scenes take place in New York City.
Elaine Benes is a close friend of Jerry Seinfeld – they used to date, in fact, and remained close friends after the relationship cooled. She’s described as often “acid-tongued”, sarcastic and pessimistic but that’s exactly what viewers loved about her.
But before we cover all of the characters in this much-loved sitcom, let’s talk about the main star of the show, Jerry Seinfeld. He is a comedian who lives a life that provides fodder for his comedy act. The funny part is, that his real life is indeed quite comedic!
Being the main character in the show, there is much to point out about his quirky personality. Jerry is a clean freak for instance and breaks off several relationships for reasons like his girlfriend eating her peas one at a time, or refusing to sample his pie at the restaurant.
Part of the reason Jerry’s life gives viewers so much to laugh at is the ever conniving George. George Costanza is continuously getting into jams of one sort or another, usually by trying to pull one over on someone or planning some other dishonest or devious event.
Rounding up the famous four is Cosmo Kramer, affectionately known as Kramer. He’s a guy who always has a money making scheme on the go and provides side-splitting anecdotes of his personal escapades.
The production of Seinfeld takes place mostly in California at multiple studios. Desilu Cahuenga Studios and Ren-Mar Studios, now called Red Studios, were the home of the beginning of Seinfeld. The pilot took off here, and the best was yet to come!
CBS Studio Center was the place where Jerry’s apartment was found and many outdoor scenes were created, like different shops where the cast’s antics took place as they shopped and dined.
However, besides the studio shoots, there are multiple funny scenes in Seinfeld episodes that take place in New York City. If you’d like to travel to New York City to walk in the steps of the Seinfeld characters, there are many walkable tours that can make you feel like a part of the show.
The infamous Monk’s Cafe, is actually Tom’s Restaurant, right on Broadway. Take a look below at our scene coverage to see more about this favorite eatery of the Seinfeld gang. And of course, Yankee Stadium plays a part as do other various locations. While in NYC scoping out Seinfeld locations, of course, you can also see wonderful sights like Times Square and The Empire State Building.
In this long running comedy series, Jerry is the only character who appears in every episode. The gang of four make up for the most part, the best scenes in Seinfeld, with other characters like Newman, Frank Costanza, and George Steinbrenner other memorable mentions, among many others. Watch the series and see for yourself!
The soup Nazi scene in Seinfeld
The Original Soupman Restaurant, New York City NY
Do you remember “The Soup Nazi”? Kramer is raving over the soup at the new eatery nearby. Hilarious scenes ensue at the restaurant, including Elaine getting banned from buying soup for a year when she annoys the soup seller. Instead, she could have followed the soup rules.
In various funny Seinfeld scenes, George, Jerry, Elaine, Kramer and even Newman made their way to the soup shop. When Elaine gets a hold of some of the soup man’s recipes after she was banned from the establishment, she returns and says. “You’re through, Soup Nazi. Pack it up. No more soup for you. NEXT!”
Visit The Original Soupman on West 55th Street to try their chili or lobster bisque. Take the subway to the Columbus Circle stop, see some of Central Park to build up your appetite, and then grab a bowl of soup!
Golf club purchase scene in Seinfeld
Sotheby’s, New York City, NY
Are you someone who loves to see valuable pieces of days gone by? Sotheby’s is the place to go! Past auctions have included items from Karl Lagerfield’s estates and incredible collections of wine compiled by philanthropists.
In “The Bottle Deposit”, Elaine’s boss sends her to Sotheby’s to attend an auction and purchase JFK’s golf clubs. While there, she gets into a bidding war with an old rival – nothing is ever straightforward with Elaine, right? Although Elaine does win the coveted Sotheby’s item of the esteemed golf clubs, she pays double the intended price.
In the scene, you’ll see Elaine and her rival Sue Ellen trying to outbid each other for the clubs. Elaine is the victor, only to have the clubs leave in Jerry’s car when the mechanic takes it for repair.
Why not take a visit to Sotheby’s yourself? Found on York Avenue, you can peruse the galleries of this famous auction house and view some pretty cool art on exhibition the week before it’s auctioned off. Take the Eastbound M66 which runs every 12 minutes.
Merv Griffin Show scene in Seinfeld
Kramer’s Apartment, New York City, NY
If you want to see the actual building where Kramer’s apartment (as well as Jerry’s and Newman’s) is, head to Koreatown in LA and 757 S. New Hampshire Avenue. How cool is it to stand in front of the iconic building where these 3 Seinfeld characters lived?
This crazy episode, called “The Merv Griffin Show”, has scenes with Kramer acting as though he is on stage at the Merv Griffin studio. He interviews everyone who enters his apartment. The talk show eventually gets changed to a tabloid talk show involving animals. Not only that, but Newman is Kramer’s trusty co-host, which adds an additional spin.
Participants in the Merv Griffin set scene were Jerry, Elaine, George and Kramer, with Newman making an appearance also. When Elaine arrives, she is quite surprised at the whole setup and asks Kramer what is going on.
She does not want to cooperate with his interview-style banter and turns to Jerry and says, “I am going to sidle the sidler!” She’s referring to a character who sneaks up on her at work. You’ll see this Seinfeld location where so much took place every day by walking to the apartment building just a few minutes from Koreatown. Enjoy the stroll!
George and Gerry coffee scene in Seinfeld
Monk’s Cafe, New York City, NY
Remember the Seinfeld episode called “The Beard”, when George Costanza dons a wig and both looks and feels different? He gains confidence with a full head of hair and agrees to go on a date with Kramer’s friend, Denise.
The date is at Monk’s, of course, and George discovers that Denise is bald. He has a full head of hair because of the toupee and is not impressed with Denise’s baldness. Upon returning to Jerry’s, George relays his disappointment and Elaine throws the wig out the window.
But the scene we’re talking about takes place back at Monk’s days later. Jerry and George are the characters in the scene. George says over a cup of coffee with his buddy, “I tell you, when she threw that toupee out the window, it was the best thing that ever happened to me. I feel like my old self again. Totally inadequate, completely insecure, paranoid, neurotic. It's a pleasure.” That’s so George, isn’t it?
Why not have a cup of coffee in the first or second booth, the favorite spot of the Seinfeld gang? While you won’t find Ruthie the waitress or Babu Bhatt the busboy, you can try a Lumberjack Breakfast or a Greek Salad.
Head to Broadway; Cathedral Parkway subway station or buses M4 and M104 will get you there.
Late library book scene in Seinfeld
New York Public Library, New York City, NY
“The Library” episode opens with Jerry saying, “Let me speak with the head librarian. ... Because it's absurd. An overdue book from 1971? ... This is a joke, right? What are you? From a radio station?”
Have you ever been late returning a library book? How about 25 years late? Jerry takes a trip to the New York Public Library to discuss his much overdue return of Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer. Mr. Bookman is the library investigations officer that Marion, the librarian, says will hear the case.
An overdue fine will not be overlooked, especially since Jerry has been enjoying the book since 1971. It’s the letter from the library that alerts Jerry to the trouble and of course, antics ensue. George and Kramer accompany Jerry to the library. Kramer, ever the ladies' man, begins an affair with the librarian. George, when entering the building sees a homeless man that he is certain is his former gym teacher.
The library building that the Seinfeld crew went to is no longer a lending library; instead, it’s for research. But despite the fact that you cannot go here to borrow a book, why not visit the site for a trip down Seinfeld memory lane? You’ll find the library near the 5th Avenue subway station.
Susan’s memorial scene in Seinfeld
Mountain View Mortuary & Cemetery, Altadena, CA
Our last scene takes place in New York but was actually filmed in California. Mountain View Mortuary & Cemetery is a cemetery where a lot of stories await the history buff. After all, it’s been open since 1882! Historic gravesites are yours for the finding.
It’s also where George’s fiance is laid to rest after she dies. Remember, George did attempt a few breakups with Susan, to no avail. But after licking envelopes in the process of sealing wedding invitations (George bought the cheapest invitations available) for her and George’s upcoming nuptials, toxic envelopes are Susan’s end.
Susan is alone in this Seinfeld scene, licking the envelopes until she passes out. George returns to his apartment and takes Susan to the hospital but she dies despite his efforts. But George is secretly relieved by the chain of events. He asks the doctor, “Let me ask you. Had she been exposed to any kind of inexpensive glue?”
You’ll see in the Seinfeld scene at the cemetery, George really does not have remorse, but he does show relief!
Head to Mountain View Mortuary & Cemetery in Altadena via the Fair Oaks, Mountain View or Fair Oaks, Woodbury bus stops, where Susan was buried in “The Invitations” episode. While there, you can pay your respects to George Reeves, TV’s original Superman.
From Broadway in New York to the Mountain View Mortuary & Cemetery in California, watching an episode of Seinfeld is sure to give you a few laughs. One of our favorites described here is the scene that takes place in the New York Public Library.
After all, Kramer begins a romance which is always a guaranteed funny scene in Seinfeld. And when you step back into the days of Seinfeld you are really enjoying a part of television history. Who hasn’t heard of Seinfeld or watched many of the episodes? They are timeless!
Visiting the haunts of the Seinfeld gang is something every fan will enjoy. Grab a bite to eat at Monk’s, tour the incredible Sotheby’s or meander past the apartment where hilarity took place. You’ll have a great time!