It has been 20 years since Friends took the world by storm, and to celebrate, New Yorkers can indulge their love of comedy and coffee in their very own Central Perk.

It was the celluloid coffee shop where for ten years Joey, Ross, Rachel, Phoebe, Monica and Chandler captivated millions with their revolving-door love lives, work traumas, make-ups and break-ups.

To mark the anniversary of the phenomenally successful sitcom, fans can visit a replica coffee bar in Manhattan, order a free drink and kick back on the same orange sofa used on the set.

Gunther, the blonde-haired barista played by actor James Michael Tyler, will put in appearances, and there will be special performances of Phoebe's unique guitar ballad Smelly Cat.

Sponsored by Warner Bros and Eight O'clock Coffee, the café will be open from 17 September until 18 October on Lafayette and Broome streets in SoHo, one of New York's trendiest neighbourhoods.

Props from the show will be on view and fans can order coffee from the Central Perk chalkboard or win prizes.

Friends memorabilia will be on sale and there will be DVDs and Blu-ray giveaways for the lucky few.

The hit show, seen on US television from 1994 to 2004, won dozens of awards and garnered global celebrity for actors Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry.