2. The Gaslight Cafe
The Gaslight Cafe was a real location—a coffeehouse and music venue that hosted the likes of Bob Dylan, beat poets like Allen Ginsberg, Jimi Hendrix, and many more. It was open at 116 Macdougal Street in Greenwich Village between 1958 and 1971. The famous venue has been shown in Mad Men and Inside Llewyn Davis.
Portions of the montage in the first season where Midge and Joel are in the cab going through Greenwich Village are filmed along St. Mark’s Place in Alphabet City, where you can see spots like the Yaffa Cafe and the bar St. Dymphna. The exit of the Gaslight Cafe is also filmed along St. Mark’s Place across from the Yaffa Cafe. The interior is a set filmed at Steiner Studios in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.