Don Draper's New York
by Harrison Peck, 03/21/2012 [Updated 04/03/2015]
Photo: Malcolm Brown
234 W. 44th St., 212-221-8440
For a pre- or post-theater meal in a historic New York setting, head over to Sardi's, a landmark restaurant renowned for the celebrity caricatures that swathe its dining room walls. Once a hotbed of Broadway glamour—hosting glitzy Tony Awards parties and serving as the go-to hangout for prominent members of the Broadway community—Sardi's is now more of a draw for hungry tourists than for the Broadway glitterati. Nevertheless, this New York institution continues to serve up solid Italian and American fare and, after more than 80 years, remains one of the most popular Theatre District restaurants. Mad Men fans will recognize Sardi's as the site where Don and Bobbie Barrett celebrated the sale of TV pilot Grin and Barrett with drinks, which led to Don's car crash en route to a tryst at Bobbie's Long Island home.