The Weekender

As we reach the final stretch of our favorite show about New York’s admen and women of the 1960s, it feels only proper that we spend the weekend enjoying Old Fashioneds and Manhattans in retro fashion.

So suit up in your 60’s best, request a 1964 Chrysler Imperial Crown (okay, maybe an uberX will do!) and go visit the city’s classic haunts — the fine establishments that have served the men and women of Madison Avenue for decades.

Here’s your Uber-approved guide for a retro-glam weekend:

  • Pull up a seat at Sardi’s: Head upstairs to the bar and enjoy a martini at this Theater District staple. Take some time to browse the celebrity caricatures that cover the walls and be sure to keep your eye out for well-known actors enjoying cocktails after their Broadway performances.

  • Dine on truffles and fine wine at Barbetta: This Italian restaurant is an NYC institution. Having originally opened its doors in 1906, Barbetta is the oldest restaurant in the city that’s still owned by its founding family (the Maioglios). The setting of many TV shows and movie scenes, Barbetta’s vintage Northern Italian decor and old-New York style will transport you to a whole other world. The legendary restaurant has bragging rights for being the “first” of many things. Take a look at this long and impressive list.

  • Post up at one of NYC’s oldest saloons: Tonight, after your long day at the office, we suggest requesting an Uber ASAP and bee-lining it to P.J. Clarke’s on 3rd Ave (the original) to join the suits for a well-deserved stiff drink. What was once a favorite watering hole of Frank Sinatra, Jackie Kennedy, Buddy Holly and others, remains unchanged and is just as inviting as it was back in its heyday.

  • Stay classy at The Rose Club: Uber over to The Plaza Hotel. The swanky, mahogany-walled  and velvet-laced cocktail den just off the hotel’s main lobby sets the scene perfectly for anyone looking to step back in time. Sip on classic cocktails and enjoy some excellent people watching.

  • Hunker down at Clover Club: While this Boerum Hill cocktail bar may not have actually appeared in the show, it definitely fits the part. With some of the best cocktails in the city, the historic Brooklyn saloon offers a cozy respite for any Brooklynite looking to throw on a fedora and enjoy a perfectly crafted Old Fashioned.

  • Slurp down oysters at Grand Central Oyster Bar: Stop in for a dozen oysters and a vodka martini this weekend at the city’s famous oyster bar. The underground Grand Central Station restaurant (which has been around since 1913) was often the go-to spot for admen business lunches.

Don’t be afraid to order another round as you’ll always have a safe ride home with Uber. Enjoy the weekend. Uber on!

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