And just like that, Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte, and even Samantha — in a confirmed but likely brief cameo — have returned for Season 2 of the Sex and the City sequel.
Although Carrie was never really a cook in Sex and the City (sweaters in the oven and all), And Just Like That... has been giving her kitchen a more prominent role. Aside from that scene in Season 1, the first moments of Season 2 find Carrie making good on a (supposedly) decades-long goal of poaching an egg. “Did you know stoves aren’t just for storage?” she says, to a justifiably surprised Charlotte.
Still, we can rest assured that the newly expanded roster of girls, which now includes real estate agent Seema and recently dumped bread entrepreneur Anthony, will continue to spill stories about boyfriends, blow jobs, and balls at the Met in restaurants and bars all over New York City.
As with the first season, we’ll be tracking (almost) everywhere Carrie and friends ate across the city episode by episode, in case you need a new gossip spot of your own. But with Miranda having followed Che to Los Angeles at the end of Season 1, we’ll also need to expand our scope to the West Coast. In Samantha’s immortal words from Sex and the City Season 3: “All the kids are going bi” — bicoastal, in this case. Naturally, some spoilers will follow.
Episode 1, “Met Cute”
The first episode of Season 2 opens on a particularly horny montage, with nearly all of the show’s main characters getting ready to get busy in the bedroom. The carnal bliss is short-lived, however, as relationship trouble plagues nearly every couple. The season premiere also takes place on the day of the Met Ball, which leads to a scramble for dresses and a number of ticket swaps, one of which occurs over lunch at Daniel.
Zooba, 100 Kenmare Street
Carrie’s former podcasting co-host, Jackie, buys her lunch with a blue credit card from “Smurf National Bank” at this Egyptian fast-casual spot in Nolita. He’s treating Carrie to thank her for wearing his wife’s dress to the Met Ball, but gets shot down when he asks if she can get a couple extra tickets for the two of them.
Daniel, 60 East 65th Street
Daniel Boulud’s 30-year-old titan of fine dining, Daniel, appears twice in Episode 1. First during a lunch between Carrie, Seema, Anthony, and Charlotte where the four discuss the upcoming Met Ball as well as their relationship troubles.
Later in the episode, Seema is back at Daniel with the man she’s been seeing, Zed, to meet his son and ex-wife for the first time. When she learns that Zed still lives in the same building with his ex (“She has the top two floors! I’m on the first!”), she storms out to get ready for the ball.
GGT Tokyo, 120 East 28th Street
Nya visits this Japanese restaurant and cocktail bar on the Nomad and Murray Hill border for a quiet dinner alone. After a couple of glasses of Malbec a man who introduces himself as Toussaint sidles up to the bar where she’s sitting and hits on her. She’s flattered, but doesn’t go home with him — or try the molten chocolate cake which, according to Toussaint, “will make you see the face of God.”
Episode 2, “The Real Deal”
The cast are all learning how to embrace what’s important and let go of what’s not in this episode. For Charlotte, that means accepting her children for who they’re turning into. For Carrie, that means sticking to her guns about not saying the word “suppository” on her podcast. By the end of the episode, a few of the girls appear to be starting over, setting the stage for new adventures this season.
KYU, 324 Lafayette Street
Carrie and Seema chat about relationship red flags and vaginal wellness podcast ads over martinis at this flashy Miami import known for its pan-Asian BBQ. The two didn’t seem to partake in any of the restaurant’s signature duck breast “burnt ends” or coconut cake, but they each leave resolved to solve the problems they came in with.
Le Coucou, 138 Lafayette Street
Charlotte begins her episode-long freakout over her daughter selling off a Chanel dress to buy an electric keyboard over lunch with Lisa and Anthony at Le Coucou, what Ryan Sutton called the “beating, albeit transplanted, heart of grand old French cuisine in New York,” when he reviewed it in 2016. Of course this group would consider a place with chilled shrimp in champagne sabayon perfect for a casual lunch.
Nello, 696 Madison Avenue
Seema gracefully leaves a date at the Upper East Side’s Nello, an Italian restaurant known more for its celebrity clientele than the food. It also came under fire a few years ago for banning a woman from dining alone at the bar, claiming it was “cracking down on hookers,” so it’s a good thing Seema didn’t try to stick around and finish her meal solo.
Over on the West Coast...
Neptune’s Net, 42505 CA-1, Malibu, CA
Miranda finds herself stranded outside of this Malibu mainstay, which slings fried fish and chowder in bread bowls for bikers and tourists alike. It’s been featured in numerous movies and TV shows already, including The Fast and the Furious, Point Break, and a flashback episode of Gossip Girl. Unfortunately, Miranda merely uses it as a landmark to catch a ride home. Maybe she can visit next time she’s stranded on the PCH.
Rao’s Hollywood, 1006 Seward Street, Los Angeles
While Miranda is on her way home from Malibu, Che and Tony Danza (yes) talk through their creative visions for the pilot Che is filming at the Hollywood location of famed New York red-sauce joint Rao’s. A portrait of Robert De Niro watches over their pasta and wine, as Tony Danza argues that it would be weird if he played Che’s Mexican father. Fair enough.
Episode 3, “Chapter Three”
It’s a bad week for everyone except Charlotte. With the podcast studio having gone kaput, Carrie’s wrapped up in audiobook recording drama. A thief has ripped Seema’s Birkin out of her hands in broad daylight on the sidewalk, and Miranda ends up back in NYC after struggling to juggle her relationships with Che and Brady. Lucky for us, it means there will be much more NYC dining to come.
The Evelyn Hotel, 7 East 27th Street
At lunch, LTW and Charlotte catch Carrie and Nya up on “MILFgate,” involving the MILF ranking that’s making the rounds at The Arbor School. In perfect timing, LTW receives an email with the list. She and Charlotte are happy to find themselves at spots two and three, respectively.
Rosecrans Florist & Cafe, 7 Greenwich Avenue
Carrie is struggling to record the night of Big’s death for her audiobook, so she comes up with a modern solution: She fakes Covid, hoping her team will hire a narrator. Alas, book editor Amanda, multitasking while getting coffee and flowers, calls Carrie to let her know she’s scored an extra week of recording time.
Avena Ristorante, 22 East 66th Street
Over grissini, Seema and Anthony talk about their respective experiences with robberies. Although they remark that the menu’s $24 gazpacho is yet another of the city’s grifts, Avena, a northern Italian restaurant, doesn’t appear to serve gazpacho in reality. A “sick” Carrie bails on lunch to eat a burger at home instead.
Varsano’s Chocolate, 172 West 4th Street
After coming clean about her Covid act, Carrie takes Seema to neighbor Lisette’s jewelry show. Continuing the episode’s crime theme, a man stuffs Lisette’s jewelry into his jacket and gets away with much of the collection. The next day, Carrie brings Lisette chocolates from this Greenwich Village shop as a condolence.
Flex Mussels, 1431 3rd Avenue
While eating mussels Seema and Carrie get drinks and toast to the good and the bad of New York City — specifically, Seema finding her Birkin, and the two of them being seated at a communal table. There’s an upside: Down the table is a group of cute Australian rugby players.
Episode 4, “ALIVE!”
Reunited in NYC, the group’s central tension this episode is the new challenges that come with aging. Carrie is coming to terms with being perceived in a different way than she feels, Charlotte is facing the reality of evolving bodies, and Miranda is having to adapt to her relationship with Steve and an adult Brady while also building her dynamic with Che. It’s time to debrief over drinks.
L’Adresse NoMad, 1184 Broadway
Carrie and Jackie go to breakfast, but having broken his “no hollandaise before noon” rule, he’s forced to run to the bathroom. Alone, Carrie spots Enid, her old Vogue editor. Enid’s tenure at Conde Nast has ended and she now writes a successful newsletter called Ask Enid. In an awkward back and forth, Carrie angles for a mention of her book, but Enid turns her down, instead inviting Carrie to participate in her new publication for older women.
Poppi, 20 East 69th Street
Carrie, her ego bruised from being considered within the same age bracket as Enid, fills Seema in on the situation over coffee.
Rosemary’s, 18 Greenwich Avenue
The best Sex and the City conversations always happened over brunch, and the topic of the day at this sunny Italian restaurant is Harry’s recent “invisible” orgasm, as Charlotte describes it. While Miranda says she’s never really liked “mayo,” Charlotte is — to the group’s surprise — a big fan. It’s in these moments that Samantha’s absence is truly felt.
The Mark Bar, 25 East 77th Street
With their kids away, LTW and Herbert get a nightcap at this hotel bar off Madison Avenue and discuss their upcoming anniversary party.
Ana Wine & Spirits, 20 Hudson Yards
Che is back from Los Angeles and moving into a new apartment in Hudson Yards (of course they are) with assistance from Lyle, their ex-husband who we met in episode 2. Miranda and Carrie, armed with a bottle from the nearby Ana Wine & Spirits, help them settle in.
LTW and Herbert host an anniversary dinner at an ornate fictional restaurant called Dulcimer. Waiting on Harry, Charlotte starts chatting with gallery owner Mark Kasabian (played by none other than Victor Garber), who remembers her from her gallery days. When the other guests are slow to arrive, LTW presses Herbert about the invite: It turns out that he forgot to send it, leaving them with just five guests but enough oysters and lobster for 31.
Enid’s home, 129 East 73rd Street
With motivation from Seema, Carrie attends a finger-food luncheon for Vivante!, Enid’s new publication, with Gloria Steinem also in attendance. As the curved staircase and bookshelves make clear, Enid’s home is also Miranda Priestly’s iconic townhouse in The Devil Wears Prada, which hit the market in May for $27.5 million. Carrie learns her worrying was for nothing: Enid invited her for her money, not her age.
Episode 5, “Trick or Treat”
The shadow of aging and death has hung over this season, but Episode 5 brings us back to what made Sex and the City so fun in the first place: meet-cutes and one-night stands. Carrie gets a taste of new flirtation, Nya has a walk of shame, and Seema finds a surprise after meeting a new man.
The Bar at the Baccarat Hotel and Residences, 28 West 53rd Street
Carrie, Nya, and Seema meet up at this glitzy, chandeliered hotel bar where all the drinks are served in Baccarat crystal. It’s a pricey spot to scope out men: With drinks that start at $30, the bar has made headlines for its $5,000 cocktail featuring gin made from saffron, 100-year-old Chartreuse, a gold-covered cherry, and a Baccarat glass souvenir. Seema hits it off with the representative for a gin brand.
Citarella, multiple locations
Carrie apologizes to George, the man who flew off his bike and broke his wrist after Carrie stopped in the bike lane, by showing up at his apartment with soups and snacks from this upscale gourmet market. In real life, Sarah Jessica Parker has often been spotted shopping at Citarella.
Up Thai, 1411 2nd Avenue
Out with Che, Miranda sweats over red curry at this Upper East Side Thai spot with idiosyncratic decor including Moroccan lanterns and wood-paneled walls. She floats the idea of moving in with Nya, to which Che responds: “The only thing I’m worried about is that spice all over your lips, because I’m not trying to have curry-lingus later.” Should have saved that one for the “comedy concert.”
Episode 6, “Bomb Cyclone”
With Carrie bracing herself for WidowCon, Miranda wrapped up in Che and Steve drama, and NYC getting hit with a snowstorm, nobody’s dining out this episode. There is one crucial meal, however. Nya cooks a paella dinner for Carrie, Miranda, and Charlotte. At the table, the topic of Aidan — now divorced — comes up and stays on Carrie’s mind for the rest of the episode.
Episode 7, “February 14th”
Thanks to the email Carrie sent at the end of Episode 6, we’ve been launched back into the Carrie and Aidan whirlwind. Valentine’s Day has love on everyone’s minds: For Miranda, it’s a chance to get back into dating after meeting a cute audiobook narrator at Books Are Magic in Brooklyn, while Charlotte, Nya, and Seema use the holiday to romance — or fall back in love with — themselves.
Verōnika, 281 Park Avenue South
Over lunch at this “objectively opulent” restaurant in the Fotografiska museum, Carrie tells Charlotte and Miranda about Aidan’s upcoming dinner invitation, which is scheduled for Valentine’s Day. Only Charlotte, always the optimist, makes a big deal about this scheduling: To her, all signs point to Aidan being single. Carrie appears to have the organic farmers salad, Charlotte gets the salmon, Miranda goes for the halibut in lemon-sorrel sauce, and there’s an order of tempura oysters topped with caviar for the table.
Gotham Bar and Grill, 12 East 12th Street
Charlotte chides Harry to get on OpenTable to make a reservation for Valentine’s Day, though he’s initially resistant to going out on such a gimmicky holiday. They’re waiting for a table at this otherwise bookworm- and solo diner-friendly downtown restaurant when Charlotte starts feeling off and needs to be whisked away by an ambulance. In the hospital, she finds out it was just a rogue weed brownie.
Il Corso, 54 West 55th Street
Carrie shows up at Il Corso, a decades-old Italian restaurant around the corner from MoMa, for her Valentine’s Day dinner with Aidan. Twenty minutes with no Aidan turns into 30. Suddenly! A text. Carrie realizes then that she chose the wrong restaurant door: Misreading the signs, she ended up in 54 West 55th Street and not 60, where Aidan is already seated.
Benoit, 60 West 55th Street
Calling to mind the one souk scene in the cursed Sex and the City 2, Carrie and Aidan — tall and longhaired as ever — lock eyes from afar on the sidewalk. The two catch up in a big red booth at Benoit, Alain Ducasse’s New York outpost of an over century-old Parisian restaurant, before heading back to Carrie’s West Village apartment.
Episode 8, “A Hundred Years Ago”
Things are getting pretty domestic for Carrie and Aidan, who spend part of this episode shopping for kitchen gear to outfit Che’s apartment, which they’re renting out every so often instead of going to a hotel. (Between the Big money, the book money, and Aidan’s West Elm money, Carrie and Aidan’s collective pockets are deep!) While Seema struggles with their rapidly progressing relationship and what it means for her friendship with Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte, and Anthony are all busy adapting to new challenges in their workplaces.
Reyna, 11 East 13th Street
At this Toronto export “clubstaurant” near Union Square, Carrie catches Seema, Charlotte, and Miranda up on her plans to visit Aidan’s family farm in Virginia and then invites them all to dinner during Aidan’s next visit. Although none of the girls appear to have ordered them, the restaurant’s Lebanese tacos are a menu standout, according to Eater NY senior critic Robert Sietsema.
Zaytinya, 1185 Broadway
Jose Andres opened the NYC outpost of Zaytinya, his established D.C. restaurant, in the Ritz-Carlton’s NoMad location last year. It’s where Charlotte and Miranda join Carrie and Aidan for dinner and learn more about his chickens. In a pleasant surprise, Seema shows up as well, despite her previous hesitation about spending time with Carrie and Aidan.
Episode 9, “There Goes the Neighborhood”
Carrie and Aidan’s relationship continues to progress, making Aidan’s aversion to Carrie’s old apartment a bigger problem in need of a more permanent solution. Brady and Lily, Miranda and Charlotte’s kids, respectively, may or may not be hooking up, and Harry throws a fundraiser for Herbert Wexley’s campaign, where drama over the pork dumplings adds a challenge to the catering plans.
House of the Red Pearl, 96 South Street
Seema brings along Ravi, a new client-turned-romantic interest, to dinner with Aidan and Carrie at this spot in the Tin Building. Ravi is a director and Aidan, it turns out, is a huge fan of his films.
Chipotle, multiple locations
At the fast casual chain, Charlotte and Miranda debate whether or not their kids are becoming more than friends. Miranda decides to try a taco with “one of those plant based things,” while Charlotte, racked with anxiety about her daughter’s love life, doesn’t have an appetite.
La Mercerie, 53 Howard Street
Cathy, Aidan’s ex-wife, arrives early to meet Carrie for coffee at this Soho restaurant. Cathy has read Carrie’s latest book and, while she enjoyed it, wants to make sure Carrie isn’t planning to use Aidan and her kids as material for her future work.
Episode 10, “The Last Supper Part One: Appetizer”
Having decided to pass her iconic West Village apartment off to Lisette and buy the bigger Gramercy Park place, Carrie spends this episode readying for the big move and planning her farewell gathering, which seems likely to be an uncomfortable evening. Che and Miranda, who will both be in attendance, have gotten into a tiff after Che’s comedy show, and Aidan is feeling the strain of being away from his boys.
Paul’s Daughter, 1001 Riegelmann Boardwalk
Aidan is slowly breaking Carrie out of her Manhattan comfort zone. They trek out to Coney Island — Carrie’s first time, despite living in NYC for 35 years — to visit Steve. Tired of that “bougie Brooklyn bullshit,” he has taken over this old-school boardwalk seafood shack.
Seeds & Weeds, 96 South Street
At brunch at this vegetarian restaurant in the Tin Building by Jean-Georges, Carrie learns that she’s won the raffle in the Arbor School’s spring charity fundraiser: a private dinner for 16, to be cooked in her home by a yet-to-be-named fine dining chef. Carrie decides to use the dinner as a goodbye to her old place.
Chapel Bar, 275 Park Avenue South
At this chapel-turned-bar, Charlotte and her new coworkers toast to her successes, including selling a painting to “Unholy” singer Sam Smith. The bar is attached to Fotografiska, which also includes the restaurant Veronika where the girls went to lunch in Episode 7. Annoyed by constant texts from her family, Charlotte tosses her phone into a blender of margaritas.
Episode 10, “The Last Supper Part Two: Entrée”
The season ends with Carrie assembling her nearest and dearest for the last supper before moving to her new place in hopes of starting fresh with Aidan. The “Michelin-starred” chef cooking the night’s meal turns out to be Touissant, who flirted with Nya in Episode 1. The writers have blessedly given us a reprieve from the season’s more frustrating elements: Everyone is on their best behavior, patching up their conflicts for a mostly happy season finale. Samantha makes her long-waited cameo.
Carrie’s apartment, 66 Perry Street
With the closet emptied and the bookshelves cleared out, Carrie’s apartment makes a good venue for a big dinner party; since the kitchen remains less than ideal, Toussaint cooks downstairs in Lisette’s apartment. He serves an appetizer that he calls “Enjoy Olives” and instructs the guests to eat a green olive followed by a black olive and then to lick a spoon with the “essence of tangerine blossom.” Everyone is impressed, but Nya is the most exaggerated with her praise.
Of all the breakups in the Sex and the City universe, this one might be the hardest. Carrie’s West Village apartment is the stuff of so many fantasies: where we learned nice sweaters could live in the oven instead of skillets, where New York City life seemed messy but in a glamorous way, and where Carrie so often “couldn’t help but wonder” as she sat by the window and wrote. The apartment was like another character! But as with the show’s many love interests, it’s time to move onto the next one.