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‘Friends’ Central Perk coffee shop opens in NYC

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We all remember the iconic long couch at the Central Perk where our favorites TV friends sat and bonded over a cup of coffee. There were always warm drinks, witty banter and an awkward Gunther, making the Central Perk the perfect coffee shop of our dreams.

"Friends" besties Monica, Rachel, Phoebe, Ross, Chandler and Joey may not be real, but soon New Yorkers will be able to bring their own crew of friends to a real Central Perk location.

Warner Bros. TV and Eight O'Clock Coffee are opening a Central Perk pop-up shop for an event to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the "Friends" premiere. The event, "The One With the Free Coffee," will serve free cups of coffee in a replica of the "Friends" coffeehouse located at 199 Lafayette Street at the corner of Broome Street in SoHo.

Doors will open to the New York public on Wednesday, Sept. 17 and will be open until Saturday, Oct. 18. Hours of operation include Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, 1 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Central Perk will open Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 15 and 16 exclusively for a special media preview.

The pop-up shop includes the orange couch and other signature props from the hit comedy show that aired for 10 seasons. There will also be live performances of "Smelly Cat," and prizes will be given away to lucky fans from none other than Gunther (James Michael Tyler) himself.

Can't make it to New York's Central Perk? "Friends" fans can order the limited edition coffee at stores and online nationwide.

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