Eat and Drink Central Perk 'Friends' pop-up cafe opens Wednesday Actor James Michael Tyler, known for his role as Gunther from the television show "Friends" sits on a couch inside a temporary "pop up" reproduction of the "Central Perk" coffee shop. Photo Credit: Getty Images / TIMOTHY A. CLARY By LORENA RAMIREZ/ Special to amNewYork September 16, 2014 8:36 PM Print Share Share Tweet Share Email To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the hit TV show “Friends,” a pop-up replica of Central Perk will be open in SoHo on Wednesday, serving free coffee for a month. Together with Warner Bros. and Eight O’ Clock Coffee, the coffee bar, 199 Lafayette St., is slated to stay open until Oct. 18. Fans can expect to see signature props from the show, such as the iconic orange couch and order coffee from the famous Central Perk chalkboard. Throughout the month there will be contests and giveaways and select special appearances by James Michael Tyler, who guest starred on the series as a barista. There will also be “Friends”-themed merchandise and Eight O’Clock Coffee Central Perk Roast available for purchase. By LORENA RAMIREZ/ Special to amNewYork Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments Comments section is temporarily on hold. Here’s why.