Drink like a Mad Man at Don Draper’s favorite NYC haunts

Written By kom nampuldu on Sabtu, 04 April 2015 | 18.18

A century from now, if people want to know how affluent Manhattanites lived, dressed and partied in the 1960s, they need only watch "Mad Men."

For seven seasons, Matthew Weiner's AMC series — about the unraveling of tall, dark and handsomely tormented ad man Don Draper, played by Jon Hamm — has resurrected the New York City of yore, re-creating its restaurants, office towers and hotels on Los Angeles soundstages.

Not all of these venues survived the march of time.

Gone are La Côte Basque, La Caravelle and Toots Shor's, where Don decamped after test-driving a Jaguar. (Gone, too, is that Jaguar dealer-ship in Midtown.) Never-theless, notes the show's head researcher Allison Mann, many places that loom large in the series are still with us.

As the show's final season premieres Sunday, here's a look at Don Draper's New York.

1. Roosevelt Hotel, 45 E. 45th St., at Madison Avenue

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The stately Roosevelt — named for President Theodore — pops up several times in the series, notably in Season 2.

It's where Don decamps after Betty kicks him out, and it's a pretty plush bachelor pad, with leather chairs and mahogany walls. Remember Sal Romano, the gay-curious guy from Season 1, played by Bryan Batt?

In the lushly appointed bar at the Roosevelt, he orders a Campari with a twist before meeting Elliot from Belle Jolie Cosmetics, who offers him dinner . . . and a view from his hotel room.

​2. ​Sardi's, 234 W. 44th St., between Seventh and Eighth avenues

Photo: AMC

The theater hangout gets its close-up in Season 2's "The New Girl," when Don has a rendezvous with Bobbie (Melinda McGraw, left).

Dropping into the scene: Don's ex-lover Rachel (Maggie Siff, in pink). The show lovingly re-created the restaurant down to the caricatures on the walls.​

Photo: Getty Images

3. The New York Athletic Club, 180 Central Park South

"Where would Don Draper swim?"

That's the question Weiner asked his researchers, who fixed on the New York Athletic Club.

In Season 1, Episode 9, rival ad man Jim Hobart invites Don to join the club — and his firm.

In Season 7's "The Strategy," Hobart returns, this time to talk turkey with Roger Sterling in the club's steam room.

4. Time-Life Building, 1271 Sixth Avenue

Photo: Getty Images

Home to Don's agency Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, the building also held prestigious dining spots the Hemisphere Club and the Tower Suite.

"You know, I've always wanted to eat here," a Heinz exec confesses in the Season 5 ep "At the Codfish Ball."

Not only does the ketchup chief get his wish, but Don's wife Megan secures the account by focusing on the homey quality of Heinz's beans.

5. ​The Waldorf Astoria, 301 Park Ave., at 49th Street

Photo: AMC

In Season 3's "My Old Kentucky Home," Don meets Conrad Hilton at a country club.

Turns out Hilton lives in one of his own hotels — the Waldorf, where adman and client later meet. The hotel resurfaces in Season 4's "Waldorf Stories," this time as the location for advertising's Clio Awards, where Don — after winning for a slogan he stole from someone else — gets sloppy drunk.

6. Barbetta, 321 W. 46th St., between Eighth and Ninth avenues

Photo: (Left) Getty Images, (right) Christopher Sadowski

In Season 4's "The Summer Man," Don takes society gal Bethany Van Nuys on his first real (as in nonadulterous) date since his breakup with Betty.

The Theater District staple — the oldest eatery on Restaurant Row — was a popular hangout in the '60s, a place that saw the likes of John Lennon, Andy Warhol and actor Dudley Moore, who dined there all the time.

Alas, Don doesn't run into any of them. Instead, he spots Betty with her new man, Henry Francis.

7. Benihana, 47 W. 56th St., between Fifth and Sixth avenues

Photo: Jonathan Baskin

Don prepares for an upcoming meeting with Honda by researching Japanese culture.

So he kills two birds with one stone by taking his upscale sweetie Bethany to Benihana in the Season 4 episode "The Chrysanthemum and the Sword."

Turns out Don's rival, Ted Chaough, had the same idea (albeit without Bethany).

"We chose [Benihana] because it was a new thing when it opened back in 1964, so it would be a good place for Don to research for Honda," Mann says. And what a bargain: Complete dinners back then cost $4.50 to $6.75.​


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