While the characters in <I>Mad Men</I> seem to keep strictly liquid diets, rich in vitamin M (martinis), they do, on occasion, temper their drinking with food, usually in the classiest of joints, with all the charm of the era as their appetizers. The restaurants below include some actual locations from the show and a smattering of New York's finest, most ageless eateries, all perfect for recreating that elegant heyday of the advertising industry!
One of America's most beloved restaurants, Gramercy Tavern serves inventive American cuisine in a rustic yet elegant setting. Opened in 1994 by legendary restaurateur Danny Meyer in a historic landmark building, the Tavern has welcomed guests to enjoy its contemporary American cu...42 E 20th St (bet. Broadway & Park Ave. S.)
The iconic and shuttered Café Des Artistes is reopened as The Leopard at Des Artistes, serving Italian fare with Neapolitan roots. A variety of recipes are influenced by the local aristocracy, in contrast from the popular traditions containing poor but nutritionally healthy ingre...1 W 67th St
Classic steakhouse located in the heart of the Upper West Side, within walking distance to Lincoln Center, Lincoln Square Movie Theatre and Central Park. Designed with a nostalgic decor that is reflective of the 1960s era and offering , offers dry aged steaks cooked to perfectio...208 West 70th Street (bet. Amsterdam and West End Avenues)
The Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant first opened its doors way back in 1913, in what was then a brand new, state-of-the-art, Grand Central Station. With its cavernous architecture and sweeping white tiled ceilings, the restaurant evokes this old New York in all its gran...Grand Central Station - Lower Concourse
Ralph Lauren opens a restaurant called the Polo Bar. What can you expect? Horses! But this ain't Iceland, so the horses come with the décor and not as an entree. This equestrian-themed subterranean spot is found just steps away from his flagship store on 5th Avenue and 55th Stree...1 East 55th Street (at 5th Avenue)
In the heart of New York's Theater District, Sardi's has been the the toast of Broadway for decades. Known for the hundreds of caricatures of showbiz celebrities that adorn its walls, Sardi's opened at its current location on March 5th, 1927. Featuring both a pre-theater and post...234 W 44th St
In 1885 Keens Chophouse opened independently under the ownership of Albert Keen, by then a noted figure in the Herald Square Theatre District. Keens soon became the lively and accepted rendezvous of the famous. Actors in full stage make-up hurried through the rear door to “fortif...72 West 36th St. (5th and 6th Aves.)