In the show ‘Friends’, is there a reason why the coffee shop was called ‘Central Perks’?

In the show ‘Friends’, is there a reason why the coffee shop was called ‘Central Perks’?

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  1. The coffee shop was called Central Perk.
    It was in New York, presumably somewhere close to Central Park.
    “Perk” is a word used to describe the process of making coffee. It derives either from “percolator,” an old-fashioned word for a coffee pot, or from the sound such a pot makes when it is at work. When coffee is being made, you would say that it is “perking,” or perhaps “on the perk.”
    Funny story: Many years ago, I was in a short comedy skit (part of a college welcome week mixer) in which all of the different people on stage had to act like different kitchen appliances. Weird but funny. Two people who were supposed to be the toaster stood facing each other at arms length with their arms out in front of them, and person who was the slice of toast jumped up fro between them. Anyway, the guy was assigned the part of the coffee maker didn’t really do anything except sit on his chair the whole time, and every few seconds he would say, “Perk.” That was it.

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  2. Yes, there is a reason. Central Park is in the center of New York. It is a very popular place for both locals and tourists. To “perk” means to percolate (or make) coffee. So a place called “Central Perk” is a play on the name Central Park – the word Perk makes it clear that it is a coffee shop.

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  3. Central Park is a famous park in New York City, where the show is set. Percolation is also a method of brewing coffee. It’s a play on words.

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  4. It was called Central Perk not Perks. As to the name, well it was set close to Central Park in New York. The address on Rachel’s wedding invitation is in Brooklyn rather than West Village where the apartments (and Central Perk) are supposed to be located.

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  5. First, it was called “Central Perk”. Second, it was a play on the place “Central Park”, which is a major/famous park in New York City.

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  6. I have not watched many of the Friends’ programme but I assume that it has some connection with Central Park or Parks but they have changed “parks to perks” because this word means that you get extra for your money. The word “perks” is a shortened form of “perquisites” or more modernly “purchases”.

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