Make Like Don Draper − Take The Mad Men NYC Tour
Photo by: Anthony Quintano
Mad Men may have finished, but the iconic NYC locations used in the show remain. Whether you were Don's number one fan, loved Joan's wardrobe changes or always found yourself rooting for Peggy, it is the nostalgia of the seminal 60s show that made it such a hit. The style, fashion and power of NYC is evident in every episode, so why not check out some of the locations used in the show on your very own Mad Men walking tour?
Grand Central Oyster Bar, 89 E 42nd Street
Roger and Don enjoyed a decadent oyster lunch and martini bender in this basement bar at Grand Central Station, after which they were forced to take the stairs back up to the office and Roger threw up − just what Don had planned the whole time. Today the bar is much as it was when it opened its doors in 1913 − the only thing that has changed is the prices. Bartenders in white jackets serve oysters shipped in from across the country and the vaulted ceiling, designed by Rafael Guastavino, is definitely worth seeing for yourself.
Minetta Tavern, 113 MacDougal Street, Greenwich Village
Abe took Peggy for a romantic dinner at this Greenwich Village eatery, which once attracted artists, writers and beatniks. She assumed he was going to propose; instead, he suggested that they move in together. Restaurateur Keith McNally from the UK rescued the fading tavern in 2009, turning it into a chic Parisian bistro. Today the steak it serves is better than ever.
Sardi's, 234 W 44th Street
Don met mistress Bobbie Barret here and bumped into his old flame with her new husband. Today the place feels somewhat dated but remains a great little spot in the theatre district, with working actors receiving a discount. Try the delicious jumbo crab cakes.
The Pierre, 2 East 61st Street
Don, Roger & Co temporarily ran their own agency from a suite at this 41-storey hotel. The Pierre was built in 1930 and became the city's first hotel with TVs and radios in guest rooms; today, it is owned by the Taj Group and has undergone a $100m renovation. Classic elements of old-school NYC remain, such as the vintage mail chutes and lifts with wood panelling.
The Waldorf Astoria, 301 Park Avenue
Conrad Hilton called Don to his suite here to talk to him about a possible ad campaign for Hilton. Today this art deco-style hotel on Park Avenue is still run by Hilton Hotels. The Bull & Bear restaurant has classic 60s wood panelling and you can relax with a signature Waldorf salad.