2. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Steps

Cast of Gossip Girl on the Metropolitan Museum of Art steps, Met steps.
Gossip Girl cast on the Met steps. Photo by Emily V. Aragones/HBO Max

Another famous filming location in the original Gossip Girl is the “Met steps,” the lunch spot for the cool kids of Constance Billard and St. Jude’s. It’s back in the reboot and forms a critical moment where Julien can start to bring Zoya into her crew of friends. It begins by an Instagram story of course and ends with an invite to a social gathering taking place that evening. The two sisters have a ruse going on — they’re pretending not to know each other.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is located at 1000 Fifth Avenue between 80th and 84th streets, making it an over 20 minute walk from The Museum of the City of New York, where the students’ schools are located. It’s a pretty far trek for lunch, but geographic accuracy is not usually the goal for film scouting. The locations are stunning and that’s what matters.