Food & Drink

The NYC Mad Men Guide: How to Drink Exactly Where They Did

Published On 04/13/2014 Published On 04/13/2014
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1. The Slipper Room 167 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

The Slipper Room is one of the city's more popular theater and nightlife lounges that features some of the most interesting shows in New York City. Here you'll find burlesque and variety shows that have been around since 1999, as well as some newer acts. If you are looking for a laugh (or a raunchy night out), we highly suggest stopping by.

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2. Grand Central Oyster Bar 89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017

Grand Central's landmark Oyster Bar has been around since 1913 and, despite losing business due to the decline of long-haul train travel, its reinvention around the mid-'70s revived it into what's now an award-winning American restaurant serving super-fresh, top-quality seafood. It also has an extensive wine list.

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3. Roosevelt Hotel 45 E 45th St, New York, NY 10017

Offering 1,015 elegant and comfortable rooms, the Roosevelt is one of the best hotel stays in the Big Apple. With 30,000sqft of event space (including a pair of ballrooms), and a number of bars and restaurants, the Roosevelt offers luxury, comfort, and convenience.

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4. P.J. Clarke's 915 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10022

A New York institution, P.J. Clarke's has delivered on the fancy cheeseburger promise since 1884. And while Midtown in the new millennia no longer projects late-20th century old money glam, the venue continues to maintain a setting of demure class. Come for the bacon cheeseburgers, stay for the exemplary cocktails.

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5. Sardi's 234 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036

For over 90yrs, Sardi's has been serving the pre- and post- theater crowd in Times Square. This historic institution serves up classic, American fare, ranging from deli-esque eats like their chicken club, to more substantial mains such as jumbo lumb crab cakes or a sirloin steak.

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6. Keens Steakhouse 72 W 36th St, New York, NY 10018

Keens was the gentlemen-only meeting place for all sorts of playwrights, publishers, producers, and newsmen of the Herald Square Theatre District back in the day... which was 1885, by the way. Today, the legendary steakhouse maintains its reputation and continues to deliver quality eats in an old-timey atmosphere, and women are now allowed in (!!). Wondering what to order? Try the mutton chops, word is you won't regret it.

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7. Dublin House 225 W 79th St, New York, NY 10024

Looking for a properly poured Guinness on the UWS, then stop in at the Dublin House for a fresh pint.

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8. La Grenouille 3 E 52nd St, New York, NY 10022

This upscale, East-side Frenchstaurant is known almost as much for its lavish, flower-strewn decor as it is for its cuisine. Their signature dish is a Grand Marnier souffle that's worth the wait.

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9. White Horse Tavern 567 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

Dating back to 1880 as a hangout for longshoremen, this West Village saloon later became a popular gathering spot for literary lushes like Michael Harrington, James Baldwin, Dan Wakefield, John Ashbery, and Hunter S. Thompson; a popular myth even says that Dylan Thomas’ ghost haunts his favorite table in the room where his picture now hangs. Take your chances with a ghost run-in and enjoy the roomy West Village digs (a rarity for the neighborhood's bars) with a beer or cocktail, but remember to grab cash beforehand, since debit and credit aren't accepted.

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10. Benihana 47 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

Benihana in Midtown makes for a great hibachi experience (flying shrimp! onion volcanos!), or just a nice place to grab some sushi for lunch. To make a night out of it, arrive early and grab some cocktails (coconut mojito, sake sangria) and appetizers (spicy salmon tartare, shrimp tempura) before you head upstairs for the show.

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11. Barbetta 321 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

The interior of Barbetta looks opulently old school -- it's staged to look like it did in the mid '60s, and they even still serve some of the same menu items that they did in 1906 (with ingredients NOT from 1906, thankfully). Come for upscale, authentic Italian (their gnocchi is legendary) and leave happy.

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12. Minetta Tavern 113 Macdougal St, New York, NY 10012

In the heart of Greenwich Village, Minetta Tavern boasts a classic oak bar, vintage photos on the walls, and supremely delicious burgers (amongst other menu items). Its Black Label Burger has quite the reputation -- it's an 8oz blend of Pat LaFrieda prime dry-aged beef, cooked until there's a nice, light crust on top, then dressed with caramelized onions on a custom brioche bun.

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13. Le Cirque 151 E 58th St, New York, NY 10022

Though its mention on Mad Men wasn't entirely accurate -- the season was set in 1968 and the restaurant didn't open until 1974 -- this classically French restaurant is still a Manhattan institution. Having bounced from the Mayfair Hotel to the New York Palace Hotel and finally landing at the Bloomberg Building you can expect the crème de la crème with a slight Belgian flair from Executive Chef Raphael Francois, who has worked for many a Michelin-starred restaurant. And of course, there's no chance you'll miss one of the tallest wine towers in the city.

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14. Carnegie Deli 854 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019

Carnegie Deli is a city food landmark in Midtown West that can get a little clogged with tourists (and New Yorkers, if we're being honest), but is still well worth your time. Pick up the half-pastrami, half-corned beef Woody Allen, which was named in the director's honor after he featured the deli as the backdrop in Broadway Danny Rose. Pair your sandwich (on rye, always on rye) with pickles and matzoh ball soup and you're golden... and incredibly full.

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15. Ferrara Bakery & Cafe 195 Grand St, New York, NY 10013

Located in Little Italy, Ferrara Bakery and Cafe has been family-owned for five generations, which has perfected their delicious Italian/French desserts such as cannoli, sfogliatelle, gelati, and more.