Stock the bar with Old Fashioned fixins' and dust off your
chip'n'dip, the new season of Mad Men premieres on AMC
this Sunday. And though brown liquor should be listed among
the partners of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, food and restaurants
also play an integral role in the show , what with 3 martini
lunches with Roger Sterling, exotic, globe-trotting dinners by
Betty Draper and lavish pre-theater meals. Heck, Don Draper's new
marriage to Megan seems entirely predicated on her non-hysterical
handling of a spilled milkshake. Sigh ... who else longs for the
salad days of uncomplicated, quiet family
dinners at the Draper household?
Many of the New York dining locales featured on Mad Men
have since closed (The Stork Club, Toots Shor's), but some are
still going strong (it's filmed in Hollywood so they are
re-creations of the NYC restaurants). Restaurants that have made an
appearance on the show include the likes of P.J.
Grand Central Oyster Bar, though not specifically mentioned, is
believed to be the spot of the booze-soaked oyster lunch shared by
Don Draper and Roger Sterling.
Here's a handful of tasty Mad Men links to whet your
appetite for Sunday.
Elizabeth Gunnison of Esquire attempts the
Roger Sterling Diet, complete with a post-lunch hike up 21
flights of stairs.
Eater NY provides an excellent city map of Mad Men's
restaurants and bars, past and present.
Men Guide to New York takes it a step further,
listing restaurants but also hotels, department stores and the
residences of characters.
Eat Me Daily shares a recipe for
Betty Draper's Rumaki, which comes from the Betty
Crocker's Hostess Cookbook, 1967.
For "everything you need to throw the swankiest Mad Men
bash on your block," consult AMC's Mad Men
Premier House Party Guide, complete with cocktail recipes,
dinner ideas and horrifying (but realistic)
cut-out masks of your favorite characters (sorry, creepy Glenn
did not make the cut).