A Friends Reunion + Central Perk IRL = Best Week Ever
20 years after Central Perk became the favorite hangout spot of Rachel, Ross, Monica, Chandler, Phoebe and Joey, the iconic Friends coffee shop is being recreated IRL. Obviously, you and your crew have a new favorite java joint.
The pop-up Perk will open its doors on the TV-group’s home turf in downtown Manhattan starting September 17 through October 18, where the storefront will be staged with props used in the series, including the only orange couch you’ve ever really wanted to sit on. To make sure you’re never stuck in second gear, the coffee shop will be serving up free cups of joe to a soundtrack of “Smelly Cat” and other Phoebe Buffay-approved tunes. But there’s even more in store for Friends fanatics, including daily giveaways, anniversary merchandise, trivia contests and even a guest stint by CP barista Gunther, whose hair we hope is *still* as blonde as it was back in 1994. It doesn’t look like an all-cast appearance is in the cards though — if the mini-Friends reunion on Jimmy Kimmel Live! is any indication, you’d better sip that coffee before it gets too cold.
If you can’t make it to 199 Lafayette Street this fall, here are some other ways to keep the Friends nostalgia alive
– Copy the crew’s most mesmerizing dance moves from the show, including GIFs of throwback moves from Monica + Rachel and the wackiest dances from Mike Hannigan, aka Paul Rudd
Are you freaking over this Friends news? Will you be making the trek to NYC for the Perk pick-me-up? Tell us in the comments below.