Though 20 months have passed since the last episode premiered, Louis C.K. has not been sitting idly back, reveling in his success as a stand-up comic and a television auteur. In the almost two years between season 3 and 4 of his show (which premiered earlier this week), Louie has been touring the country performing stand-up, starring in an HBO special, and has been featured in movies directed by David O. Russell and Woody Allen. What makes Louie so special is that it is truly one man’s vision—a vision that takes place almost entirely in NYC.
Louie films his journey through family, love, success and depression in a Cinéma vérité style (observational, closer to documentary). Louie’s NYC is not made up of sets to make NYC seem more than it is. In celebration of Louie’s return to the small screen, we detail NYC locations featured in the first season of his ground-breaking and innovative television show.
1. Ben’s Pizzeria
During the show’s opening credits, we see Louis C.K. walking out of the West 4th Station in the West Village heading to a gig. On the way to that gig, he makes a pit stop at Ben’s Pizzeria on 123 MacDougal Street. While no one will say that the pizzeria contains the best pizza in the city, it has been a haven for the bar scene as it is a quick and cheap place to eat, after you spent who knows how much on cocktails and craft beers.