TV - Movies
The Real-Life
Restaurant
That Inspired
Seinfeld's Chinese
Restaurant Episode
By SAMANTHA BAMBINO
In the “Seinfeld” episode "The Chinese Restaurant,” Jerry, Elaine, and George decide to grab dinner at a Chinese restaurant, but this is easier said than done. The trio becomes understandably frustrated as the host seats table after table, including some guests who arrive after them.
Jerry Seinfeld revealed that the idea came while he and Larry David were in a similar predicament at a well-known establishment — Genghis Cohen, located in the Fairfax District of Los Angeles, California. David added, "I thought this could be a pretty funny idea, waiting in real-time. You get 23 minutes to do the show; let's just have them wait 23 minutes for a table."
Over the years, Genghis Cohen has become quite the hot spot for celebrities and tourists alike thanks to its unique food and drink offerings, in addition to live music. Because of its popularity, even big names like Seinfeld and David often have to wait their turn.