The Mad Men series may be all but a memory, but many of the fictional Don Draper’s haunts live on. You can raise your glass at one of his pricey favorites like Keens Steakhouse, Grand Central Oyster Bar, Barbetta or The Palm… or choose his more budget-friendly P.J. Clarke’s, Vander Bar or Dublin House. If the latter is more your style (as it is mine), the following list of nearby eateries and watering holes is just what this production manager (and the client) ordered. So grab a cab and enjoy a bite, a beverage—or both—at these reasonably priced options when you are in town.
Don’s Upper West Side “Old Irish Pub”: Dublin House—225 W. 79th Street, between Amsterdam Avenue & Broadway. The Dublin House is a real New York City Irish neighborhood bar. Established before Prohibition, it is literally and figuratively a historic landmark.
George Keeley (good for groups)—485 Amsterdam Avenue, between W. 83rd & W. 84th Streets. Try the Irish Cask Ale
The Dead Poet (literary theme/friendly)—450 Amsterdam Avenue, between 81st & 82nd Streets
Luke’s Lobster (a Northeast lobster shack/luncheonette)—426 Amsterdam Avenue near 80th Street
Blondie’s Sports Bar (good for groups)—212 W. 79th Street, between Amsterdam Avenue & Broadway
West 79th Street Boat Basin Café (waterfront/seasonal)—Riverside Park
Amsterdam Ale House (restaurant and craft beer bar)—340 Amsterdam Avenue at 76th Street
Don’s Hell’s Kitchen “Italian”: Barbetta, 321 W. 46th Street between 8th & 9th Avenues. Within this beautiful brownstone, the oldest family-owned Italian restaurant in New York offers a traditional Italian menu and one-of-a-kind New York experience.
Arriba Arriba (Mexican)—762 9th Avenue, between 51st & 52nd Streets
Hibernia (Irish sports bar)—401 W. 50th Street, between 9th & 10th Avenues
Bourbon Street Bar & Grille (New Orleans theme)—346 W. 46th Street, between 8th & 9th Avenues
The Pony Bar (assorted microbrews)—637 10th Avenue, between 45th & 46th Streets. Try the Fresh Chester Pale Ale
Don’s “Steaks & Seafood” for Grand Central Riders: The Palm Restaurant (The Original)—837 2nd Avenue at 45th Street. The Palm philosophy is simple: Treat guests like family, serve great food and always exceed expectations. The restaurant became a place to not only enjoy an excellent meal but also catch up with friends and close business deals.
Hofbraü Bierhaus NYC (good for large groups)—712 3rd Avenue at 45th Street
The Campbell Apartment (upscale lounge, but can get crowded at peak times)—15 Vanderbilt Avenue near 43rd Street
Tequilaville—52 Vanderbilt Avenue, between 42nd & 43rd Streets
Vander Bar—45 E. 45th Street, between Madison & Vanderbilt Avenues
Don’s Nightcap a Little Further North: P.J. Clarke’s (The Original), 915 3rd Avenue at 55th Street. Step inside and you’ll know instantly why P.J. Clarke’s became a legendary haunt of the famous, infamous and unknown alike.
Outside the Box:
Midtown 1015 at Sutton Place (seasonal rooftop bar)—1015 2nd Avenue, between 53rd & 54th Streets
Don’s Place for “U.S. Prime Steaks” near Penn Station: Keens Steakhouse—72 W. 36th Street, between 5th & 6th Avenues. “Bar for Grown Ups: Extraordinary selection of scotch, great house ale… Plus: mutton chops.” —New York Magazine
With the Grain:
Féile (Irish food)—131 W. 33rd Street, between 6th & 7th Avenues
Stout NYC (Irish pub with a large menu)—133 W. 33rd Street, between 6th & 7th Avenues
Rattle N Hum (revolving microbrews)—14 E. 33rd Street, between 5th & Madison Avenues
The Ginger Man (a beer lover’s paradise)—11 E. 36th Street, between 5th & Madison Avenues
Have some advertising fun following in Don’s footprints. Can you think of any other bars or restaurants mentioned or visited on the show? Feel free to share your finds or comments on these places. Cheers!