Like the rest of the free world, I’m beyond excited about the premiere of Mad Men on Sunday, March 25th. Last year, longing for our favorite faces from Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, we rounded up New York City restaurants that Don Draper dined at. Today, we’re wondering where he and the rest of the Mad Men characters might dine in the Big Apple during season 5!
Restaurant: 21 Club
Location: 21 West 52nd Street, New York, New York
Casting note: Open since 1929, we’re certain that the stylishly clubby 21 Club would be a must-eat for the agency’s out-of-town clients, so we’re not sure how this icon of Manhattan’s power-dining scene hasn’t yet received its close up. Also, how dashing would Don Draper look sitting beneath the Bar Room’s fabled toy ceiling-scape?
Restaurant: Café Carlyle
Location: 35 East 76th Street, New York, New York
Casting note: A favorite of café society, and wildly popular since the mid 1950s, Café Carlyle could provide the perfect opportunity for new parents Pete and Trudy Campbell to enjoy a stylish night of the music of George Feyer and fine dining sans baby. The murals by Marcel Vertes remain intact, leading us to believe Café Carlyle’s star turn isn’t far off.
Location: 56 Beaver Street*, New York, New York
Casting note: Arguably one of America’s most influential historical restaurants, Delmonico’s has had several locations, the longest-running of which is 2 South William Street in the Financial District. Operating from 1837–1890, again from 1891-1917 and later from 1929 to 1977, in the very same space that houses the contemporary Delmonico’s (*whose address is mysteriously listed as 56 Beaver Street), the Mad gang brass should dine here the next time they visit their stockbrokers.