Mad about Manhattan

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Now in its sixth series, Mad Men has inspired many of us to travel to New York in search of 1960s glamour and the fast-living consumer lifestyle pedalled by Madison Avenue. Men with slicked back hair and skinny ties, chatted up broads in bars thick with smoke. Lounge singers sang Sinatra covers in velvet voices – while Betty and Don Draper types embraced the Madison Avenue dream. Fancy a glimpse of ‘60s Manhattan glamour?  Our friends at Cheapflights have the lowdown on the lounges, liquor and cigar bars, restaurants and bakeries in the Big Apple that would make even the Rat Pack envious!

New York

Get the sixties style
First things first, kid. Nobody will take you seriously in that outfit! Transform your look at Hooti Couture store in Brooklyn, the city’s vintage mecca. Guys don a skinny tie and dapper suit; dolls slip into a figure-hugging dress and hit the town ready to explore the city.

‘60s sweet treats
Hail one of New York’s iconic yellow cabs and head to one of the city’s favourite old-time bakeries, William Greenberg Desserts, for its famous black and white cookies. Seen in season five of Mad Men, the iconic bakery on Madison Avenue is popular with celebrities, both past and present.


Roger Sterling (John Slattery) and Don Draper (Jon Hamm) in Mad Men

Drink the night away like the Drapers
While smoking habits have changed since the ‘60s, Merchants NY Wine and Cigar Bar is one place you can still stock up on vintage cigars and their history, as the experts educate your palate and mind. With plush furnishing and an enviable selection of wines, Merchants has a sense of elegance and luxury of eras gone by. For an authentic Mad Men experience head to the Roosevelt Hotel, Don Draper’s temporary crash pad after Betty kicked him out in season two, and the Madison Club Lounge. Sidle up to the bar and order a Manhattan or an Old Fashioned, and rap with the other guys and dolls enjoying the ‘60s atmosphere.

Mad Manhattan Menus
Satisfy your Mad Men appetite with a visit to Grand Central Oyster Bar, from that oyster scene of season one, or Keens Steak House, seen in season three. Opened in 1885, Keens is still considered one of the city’s greatest meat palaces, as famous for its mutton chops as its impressive collection of Abraham Lincoln memorabilia. Alternatively, indulge your fantasy and taste buds at Patsy’s Italian, Sinatra’s renowned favourite restaurant. Just steps from Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Centre and the Theatre District, Patsy’s has become equally as iconic on the NYC map. You dig?

New York remains a popular destination for Brits


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