The third season of Master of None has just been released on Netflix after a four year hiatus. For those looking for more of what came in earlier seasons may be surprised, both in terms of the main stars and the filming locations. Aziz Ansari, who plays Dev, returns only briefly and the show is focused on Denise (Lena Waithe) and her partner Alicia (Naomi Ackie) and their journey using IVF try to get pregnant while living in upstate New York. Ansari co-wrote the season with Waithe, who appeared in previous seasons as Waithe. Accuracy in portraying the IVF experience was important to the creators, and the production had IVF specialists consulting in person and remotely and medical advisors for all hospital scenes.
If you’re curious where Master of None filmed in upstate New York, you are in for another surprise: the whole season was shot in the United Kingdom! The house that Denise and Alicia live in was actually built on a soundstage, conceived by production designer Amy Williams with paintings on the walls by artists from whom Lena Waithe has collected works, including Bria Murphy, Robert Pruitt, Courtney Webstar, and Carrie Mae Weems. If you are catching up on the first two seasons of Master of None now, you can check out all the fabulous filming locations in New York City below!
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 one and two!
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.