Iconic New York Diner from ‘Three Days of the Condor’ Still Going Strong After Nearly 100 Years

Even A-list actors, it seems, are fans of filming locations! As New York Times “critic at large” Amanda Hess reported back in 2020, “One morning in January, Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick found themselves together on the Upper East Side, close to a luncheonette they used to love, with an hour to spare. Parker couldn’t recall the name of the spot, but she did remember that 20 years earlier, Broderick had told her that it was the one from Robert Redford’s C.I.A. lunch run in ‘Three Days of the Condor,’ and that shared memory was enough to navigate them to the door of the Lexington Candy Shop.” SJP is such a fan of the historic NYC diner, in fact, that just this month, cameras captured the actress shooting a scene there for an upcoming season two episode of the “Sex and the City” reboot “And Just Like That . . . “ along with Che Diaz themself, aka co-star Sara Ramirez.

It is not hard to see the eatery’s appeal. Standing corner-side at 1226 Lexington Ave., just three short blocks from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the nearly century-old restaurant is a certified step back in time, a pristinely preserved slice of nostalgic Americana situated right in the heart of the city.

As the name suggests, the establishment initially operated as a candy store/soda fountain, founded in 1925 by Greek transplant Soterios Philis, who hand-crafted chocolate confections each day onsite in the basement. According to CBS News New York, Philis chose the prominent brick-faced corner storefront thanks to the fact that it “faced oncoming traffic,” therefore “maximizing visibility.” The gimmick worked. Lexington Candy Shop has been a staple of the Manhattan landscape – not to mention filming scene – pretty much ever since.

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