Jerry Seinfeld, Zabar’s and Barney Greengrass All Show up in New UWS-Themed Vampire Weekend Video

A screengrab from the video, which is available to watch below.

The band Vampire Weekend briefly stopped traffic at Zabar’s earlier this year to film a music video. Now the fruits of those labors are visible and they’re…kinda fun! We reported on the video when it was being filmed, an event that rankled some people who were trying to buy dinner.

Actor Jonah Hill directed the video for “Sunflower,” the new song from Vampire Weekend — a band that got its start at Columbia University and has an affinity for the Upper West Side (they even wrote a sing called M79).

In the Sunflower video, which you can watch below, singer Ezra Koenig and others hang out behind the counter at Zabar’s and in the Barney Greengrass cafe section. The video keeps spinning so try to hold down your lunch. Seinfeld makes faces and then a sort-of joke (?) at the end about lox? Anyway, it’s worth a listen!

ABSURDITY, FOOD | 13 comments | permalink
    1. B.E. says:

      It’s like seeing rooms in your own home suddenly on television. Fun!

    2. UpperBestSide says:

      I anxiously await Mr. Hill’s forthcoming Modest Mouse concert video, filmed in B’Nai Jeshurun, Congregation Rodeph Shalom, and my grandmother’s kitchen

    3. Ish Kabibble says:

      Missed the joke’s first line.

    4. Thomas Godfrey says:

      Wow, now that was pathetic

    5. Kathleen says:


    6. Nelson says:

      In spite of a bit of motion sickness, I dig the video & song. And our neighborhood!

    7. jerry says:

      Neither the video nor the song does anything to bring Zabar’s or Barney Greengrass to any meaningfull representation of their presence on the Upper West Side.

    8. michael j ols says:

      not even a mention of Steve Lacy? that’s more interesting than anything else that was said

    9. Joe says:

      Appalling, puke-inducing video from a wretched “band.”

      Whatever talent Jonah Hill possesses it is entirely absent from this video.

    10. DenaliBoy says:

      A waste of 2 minutes