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In November 2015, Master of None quickly become an over-weekend sensation (we admit, we binge watched the whole first season). The New York City-set comedy stars Aziz Ansari with a cast of hilarious regulars like Noël Wells from SNL, Eric Wareheim, Kelvin Yu, and Lena Waithe, and guest stars like Claire Danes, Busta Rhymes, Noah Emmerich, and Colin Salmon. Attacking relatable subjects like dating, immigrant parents, children (or lack thereof) and more, the show brings a levity to even difficult subjects clearly close to the hearts of creators Ansari and Kevin Yang, from debates about minority casting in television to politics (even finding a way to cleverly diss Bobby Jindal in a funny way).
Equally fun for us has been tracking down the film locations in Master of None, featuring some of our favorite spots in New York City. What we love about the Master of None locations are that they all feel like neighborhood spots Ansari and his team probably already hang out at, rather than some all out film scouting affair.
After season one debuted, the New York Times interviewed us about the show’s film locations that took popular culture by storm. And now that season two has been released, we’ve updated the below list with new locations.
Without further ado, here are the locations in season two. Jump forward to season one if you’re just catching up on the show here.
Season two of Master of None begins in Italy, nearing the three month mark after the close of season one. Dev (Aziz Ansari) has broken up with his girlfriend Rachel and books a one way ticket to Italy to learn pasta making. At the opening of season two, we learn he has come to the small town of Modena. (In real life, Ansari really did go to Modena, learned pasta and Italian to prepare for the role). In episode 1, Dev and Arnold go to Osteria Francescana in Modena, run by chef Massimo Bottura for Dev’s birthday. . It’s been named one of the fifty world’s best restaurants and featured in the Netflix show, Chef’s Table.
By episode three, Dev has finished his apprenticeship in the pasta shop and decides to head back to New York City.
1. Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Transfiguration of Our Lord, Williamsburg
The third episode is titled Religion, and the opening sequence covers the age-old spectacle of parents dragging their children to important ceremonies – across a wide range of religions. The very first scene takes place at the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Transfiguration of Our Lord, located on North 12th Street in Williamsburg, built between 1916 and 1921, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s notable exterior is matched by a colorful and ornate interior.
2. Oleander’s, Williamsburg
In the Religion episode, Dev and his family meet a more devout Muslim family for dinner. They go to Oleander’s, a mid-century style tropical themed restaurant inside the McCarren Hotel and Pool on North 12th Street. According to the restaurant’s website, the design concept by Heather Maloney at Definition:Design, features “classic bentwood chairs, comfortable banquettes, over-scaled Tiffany chandelier lighting and soaring accent wall – covered in the evergreen shrubs that are its namesake – complement the copper clad bar and checkerboard floor for an overall relaxed atmosphere.”