New Yorkers love a movie or TV series that makes the city a character, and The Jim Gaffigan Show gives big love to the city, its restaurants, hotels, comedy clubs and theaters- well mostly the restaurants. Every week the series shows off something that makes the city great, with some locations getting repeat love throughout the series. Gotham Comedy Club and Katz’s Deli, for example, make multiple appearances throughout both seasons. Our own Vito Calise watched every episode of The Gaffigan Show so far, and put together a list of all the New York locations that get love from Jim and Jeannie Gaffigan throughout the first two seasons. Scroll down below to see an episode by episode guide to the hotels, restaurants, comedy clubs and other attractions as well as a list of every comedy guest star. We’ve included some visual guides and enough information to plan your own Gaffigan vacation (Gaffication?). Undoubtably we’ve missed something. Let us know what we missed in the comments! We’ll add it in!
Stand Up NY. 236 West 78th Street (at Broadway), Upper West Side, New York City. Popular comedy club on the UWS, often featuring some of the best up and coming talent in New York. Featured in The Trial (S2, E2)
Central Park, Sheep Meadow: Central Park between 67th and 72nd Streets. The famous field in Central Park is a popular sunbathing and picnic spot. It’s also hosted concerts, and demonstrations, and serves as the start and ending point of the annual AIDS walk. Featured in Red Velvet If you Please (S1, E2)
The Intrepid. Pier 86 at W 46th and 12th Avenue. Upper West Side, New York City. The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is a military and maritime history museum with a collection of museum ships in New York City.Featured in No Good Deed, (S2, E5)
Museum of Natural History. Central Park West & 79th St, Upper East Side, New York City. Featured in Jim at the Museum (S2, E10)
Guggenheim Museum. 1071 5th Ave, Upper East Side, New York City. Featured in Jim at the Museum (S2, E10)
92nd Street Y. Lexington on 92nd Street, Upper East Side, New York. A New York institution, the 92nd Street Y holds a varied calendar of important conversations, lectures and presentations by the best artists, writers, intellectuals, celebrities and performers in the world. Featured in Superdad (S1, E8)
The Comic Strip. 1568 2nd Ave (at 82nd), Upper East Side, New York. One of New York’s oldest and most historied comedy clubs. Featured in The List (S2, E4)
The Plaza Hotel. 68 5th Ave at 59th Street, SE Corner of Central Park, New York City. The ultra luxurious hotel sits opposite Central Park, has been seen in countless films, and serves as the fictional home of children’s book character, Eloise. Featured in A Night at the Plaza (S1, E3)
Smith & Wollensky. 797 Third Avenue at 49th Street, Midtown East, New York City. The midtown steakhouse has been serving New York’s elite meat eaters since 1977. Its unmistakable trademark white and green wooden exterior is a city landmark. Featured in In the Name of the Father (S1, E4).
30 Rock. 30 Rockefeller Center, Midtown East, New York City. Taping location for Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Featured in My Friend the Priest (S1, E7).
SiriusXM. 1221 Avenue of the Americas, Midtown West, New York City. The headquarters for SiriusXM Satellite Radio and location where the Opie and Jim Norton Show broadcasts from. Featured in No Good Deed, (S2, E5)
Caroline’s Comedy Club. 1626 Broadway, Times Square in New York City. One of the city’s premiere comedy clubs.Featured in No Good Deed, (S2, E5)
TKTS. Times Square, New York City. Where the world lines up to get discounted last minute tickets to Broadway.
Sardi’s Restaurant. 34 W 44th St, Times Square area, New York City. The Broadway neighborhood restaurant and bar is best known for its famous caricatures lining the walls. Featured in In the Name of the Father (S1, E4)
The Statler Grill. 136 Muhammad Ali Way, (33rd Street Between 6th and 7th Avenue), Midtown West, New York City. A classic New York steakhouse located in the Pennsylvania Hotel across from Madison Square Garden. Featured in Maria (S1, E10)
Gotham Comedy Club. 208 W 23rd St, Chelsea, New York City. One of New York’s top comedy clubs, Gotham appears throughout both seasons of the show. (multiple episodes).
UCB Theater. 307 W 26th St. (and 8th Avenue), Chelsea, New York City. Located under a grocery store, the UCB Theater is where you can see members of the Upright Citizens Brigade perform every night. Featured in Maria (S1, E10)
Scores Strip Club. 536 W 28th St. (between 10th and 11th Avenues), Chelsea, New York City. Possibly New York’s most well known strip club, best known for being regularly mentioned on the Howard Stern Show in the 90’s. Featured in Maria (S1, E10)
A Salt & Battery. 112 Greenwich Ave (between W12th and W13th), West Village, New York City. The best spot in New York City for Fish and Chips, located next to the best place in town for tea and scones (Tea and Sympathy). Featured in The Trial (S2, E2)
Big Gay Ice Cream. 61 Grove Street (at 7th Avenue), West Village, New York City. A popular village location for hand made ice cream with big fun flavors. Featured in The Trial (S2, E2)
Five Guys. 296 Bleecker St (at 7th Avenue), West Village, New York City. Featured in The Trial (S2, E2)
Bleecker Street Pizza. 69 7th Ave S, (at Bleecker Street), West Village, New York City. Famous NYC pizza located in the Village on Bleecker Street. Featured in The Trial (S2, E2)
The Peculier Pub. 145 Bleecker Street, West Village, New York City. One of the first ‘beer bars’ in New York City stocking a gigantic beer list. Featured in He Said, She Said (S2,E6)
The Comedy Cellar. The Comedy Cellar. 117 Macdougal Street, West Village New York City. One of New York’s best comedy clubs, formerly considered a hidden gem until it got widespread attention in FX’s sitcom Louie. Featured in My Brothers Keeper (S2, E9)
Ben’s Pizzeria. 123 Macdougal Street, West Village, New York City. Pizzeria around the corner from The Comedy Cellar made famous for is inclusion in the intro to FX’s sitcom, Louie. Featured in My Brothers Keeper (S2, E9).
Taco Bell/Pizza Hut Combo Shop 18 E 14th St, Union Square, New York City. Featured in The Trial (S2, E2)
Wendy’s Union Square. 20 E 14th St, Union Square, New York City. Featured in The Trial (S2, E2)
Shake Shack. Madison Square Park, New York City. Famous for its fast food service with Pat LaFrieda meat and other quality ingredients. The original Madison Square Park location has been known to have gigantic lines. Featured in The List (S2, E4)
Tacombi Nolita. 267 Elizabeth St (between Prince and Houston), New York City. Garage-themed space serves fresh tacos, quesadillas & other Mexican foods with fresh ingredients served from a VW van parked inside the restaurant. Featured in The Calling (S2, E1)
Papaya King. 3 St Marks Place (East 8th and 3rd Avenue), East Village, New York City. Featured in The Trial (S2, E2)
East 6th Street Barber Shop. 216 E 6th St (between 1st and 2nd Avenue), New York. Featured in Wonderful (S1, E11)
Eastville Comedy Club. 85 E 4th St, (at 2nd Avenue), East Village, New York City. Featured in Wonderful (S1, E11)
Veselka Restaurant. 9th Street on Second Avenue, East Village, New York City. One of the city’s great lower east side Polish restaurants,Since 1954, Veselka has been serving up traditional Ukrainian food in the heart of the East Village. Should be on any list of things to do in NYC. Featured in The Pilot (S1, E1)
McSorleys Old Ale House. 15 E 7th St, (at 3rd Avenue), Lower East Side, New York City. One of New York’s top historic bars. It’s been open since the 1800’s, and legend has it that no piece of memorabilia has been removed from the walls since 1910. It’s the oldest Irish bar in New York City. Featured in The Calling (S2, E1)
Katz’s Deli. 205 E Houston St, (at Ludlow), Lower East Side, New York City. Katz’s Deli is a New York institution serving the best corned beef in the city. Featured in some way shape or form in just about every episode.
Ludlow Street. Ludlow and Stanton, Lower East Side, New York City. Featured in Go Shorty It’s Your Birthday (S1, E6)
Yonah Schimmel’s Knish Bakery. 137 E Houston St, (at Houston), Lower East Side, New York City. A New York landmark in every way serving the old Jewish classics since 1910. Featured in The Calling (S2, E1)
Bowery Ballroom. 6 Delancy Street (and Bowery), Lower East Side, New York City. Historic concert venue built in 1929. Featured in Go Shorty It’s Your Birthday (S1, E6)
The Library (Bar). 7 Avenue A (at Houston St.), Alphabet City, New York. Featured in Wonderful (S1, E11)
St Patrick’s Old Cathedral. 263 Mulberry St (at Prince), East Village, New York City. Featured in multiple episodes.
Swallow Cafe. 49 Bogart St (at Grattan), Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York. Hip coffee joint in Brooklyn. Very alt. Featured in The List (S2, E4)
Fine & Raw Chocolate Factory. 288 Seigel St (at Bogart), Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York. Artisanal chocolatier famous for using conscious, green and forward thinking ingredients and process. Featured in The List (S2, E4)
Union Hall. 702 Union St (at 5th Ave), Park Slope, Brooklyn Jim does a set here and then approaches the blogger about not being on her list. Brooklyn club that features bookshelves, fireplaces, an indoor bocce court, and a highly respected performance venue downstairs. Featured in The List (S2, E4)
Q.E.D. 27-16 23rd Ave (at 28th Street), Queens, New York, Cafe and education center- described as a place to show and tell. Features excellent alternative and mainstream performers. Featured in The List (S2, E4)
The Pilot episode introduces Jim, his family, and friends as he struggles to find balance between fatherhood, comedy, and food. Jim has to decide whether or not a vasectomy is the right choice after his wife Jeannie has a pregnancy scare. Guest stars comedian Todd Barry.
Jim tries to stop eating junk food and is then faced with his greatest challenge: a child’s birthday cake. A hungover Dave goes with Jim to a kid’s birthday party where unbeknownst to him, he is mistaken as a homeless man. Guest stars Guest Comedians: Robert Smigel as a stranger whose fries Jim eats in the airport.
Also mentioned: Balthazar, Big Gay Ice Cream
Jim plans a romantic anniversary that includes a Broadway show and stay at The Plaza Hotel. The night is interrupted by visits from Daniel, Dave, Dave’s girlfriend and her jealous ex, plus way too much tipping. Not quite the anniversary Jim had planned.
Jim and Jeannie agree to have dinner with Daniel and his father Art to serve as buffers in their tense father/son relationship. After finishing dinner, Dave joins the group for their wild night. Guest appearance by Dave Attell as himself.
Additional Places Mentioned: Dominique Ansel Bakery
Jim tries to help run some errands and spend time with the kids. Guest appearances by Janeane Garofalo as a pre-school teacher, Jessica Kirson as a woman who thinks Jim called her some vulgar names at a show one time.
Additional Places Mentioned: Tal Bagels on the Upper East Side
Jeannie swears that she wants no celebration or present for her birthday. Jim obeys and celebrates Dave’s birthday instead. Jim learns the hard way that sometimes women still want to be celebrated even if they say otherwise. Guest comedians include Tom Papa as himself, Colin Quinn as himself, Morgan Murphy as herself, Aparna Nancherla as herself, Artie Lange as himself, Eddie Pepitone as himself, Rich Vos as Himself, Bonnie McFarlane as herself, Damien Lemon as himself, James Adomian as himself.
Additional locations mentioned: Eataly
Jim has finally been asked to do “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.” Jeannie, trying to make a friendship happen between Jim and their Priest, Father Nicholas, invites him to tag along. An already nervous Jim is not pleased. Guest stars include Judah Friedlander as himself, Bill Burr as himself, Jimmy Fallon as himself, A.D. Miles as himself.
Additional Locations Mentioned: Governors Comedy Club
“Time Out New York” features Jim on its cover, calling him “Superdad.” Jeannie is happy for him, but upset that the article leaves out any mention of her. Jim tries to make things right. Janeane Garofalo guest stars as a pre-school teacher
Jim stops to pick up a Bible for Jeannie on the way to do stand up. Jim is now stuck carrying around a massive Bible and the paparazzi snap a photograph. The photo creates a media frenzy about Jim’s faith. Chris Rock appears as himself, H Jon Benjamin as a Restaurant Chain Sales Rep, Jon Stewart as himself, and Judy Gold as herself.
Jeannie’s baby sister Maria visits. Despite Jim and Jeannie’s best attempts to keep them apart, Dave and Maria arrange a date. Jeannie decides to follow Maria and Dave to spy on their date, and ends up on a wild goose chase. Esther Ku and Hannibal Buress guest star as themselves.
Additional Locations Mentioned: PDT, Del Frisco, The Cellar, Veselka, Crif Dogs
After getting frustrated with sick, lice-infested children, Jim wishes that he never got married and became a father, initiating an “It’s a Wonderful Life” homage with Steve Buscemi as his guardian angel and guide.
Guest Comedians: John Mulaney as himself, Janeane Garofalo as herself, Gilbert Gottfried as himself, Whitney Cummings as herself,
Jim searches for the purpose for which he was put on this planet and finds surprising answers. Jerry Seinfeld appears as himself, as Jim’s guide.
Jim finds himself jailed and on trial for a crime he may or may not have committed. Judy Gold, Monroe Martin, Carrot Top, Artie Lange and Gilbert Gottfried appear as themselves.
Additional Locations Mentioned: Shake Shack
Jim gets the opportunity of a lifetime but it’s a tough pill to swallow. John Mulaney appears as himself, with Tig Notaro guest starring as a Catcalling Construction Worker.
Jim faces a harsh reality on where he stands in public perception, based on a list on a comedy blog. He undertakes a quest to alt-land regain his position. Several comedian guest stars including Colin Quinn as himself, Dave Attell as himself, Todd Barry as himself, Jenna Friedman as herself, Greer Barnes as himself, Dave Hill as himself, Christian Finnegan as himself, Pete Davidson as Jeffy, a guy who runs a super alt comedy club.
Other Locations Mentioned: Creek & The Cave, The Stand, Shea Stadium (Performance Space in East Williamsburg)
Jim reluctantly does his buddy Dave a favor, and lets him open for him at a headlining gig at Carolines on Broadway. Dave takes advantage at every turn, and invites TV Land Executives to the show…to see him. Christian Finnegan guest stars as himself…Jim’s original opening act, and Opie and Jim Norton guest star as themselves.
In a continuation of last week’s episode, Dave gets a TV Land pilot and partners up with John Mulaney to write it. Jim gets a call from Will Ferrell and is asked to help out with Dave’s series. John Mulaney, Will Ferrell and Chris Hardwick guest as themselves. Jeannie Gaffigan guests as a casting director.
The three parter concludes as Jim has to audition to play himself on Dave’s show, Mulaney quits and Jim has to step in with a pep talk for Dave. Will Ferrell and John Mulaney guest stars as themselves. Mario Batali and Jon Ryan guest as actors auditioning to play Jim, and Maccauly Culkin and Kelly Ripa play Jim and Jeannie Gaffigan.
Jim and Jeannie are having some marital problems largely stemming different opinions about having another kid (they have five already). They go visit with Father Nicholas for marriage counseling and take a trip through Gaffigan family history with different reads on key moments in history.
Jim’s brother arrives in New York with the shocking announcement that he wants to quit his job, move to the city and start a career in stand up comedy. Andy Richter guest stars as Jim’s brother.
Other locations mentioned: The Bowery Hotel, Porchetta, and Parm.
Jeannie is out of town so it’s Jim’s turn to take care of the kids, with a trip to the Natural History Museum. After annoying a museum employee who observes Jim feeding his kids false info about exhibits, Jim loses the kids, and is too afraid to ask for help. Neil deGrasse Tyson guests as himself.
S2 Episode 11: Bosom Buddies (August 21, 2016)
S2 Episode 12: The Mike Gaffigan Show (August 21, 2016)