Again this week we continue our profiles of the New York dining establishments that have contributed prizes to our “Dine Like a Mad Man” Sweepstakes which you can enter by going to our Facebook page and clicking “Dine Like a Mad Man.”
The Pierre Hotel on East 61st Street features in several Mad Men episodes. It’s where Peggy Olson and Herman “Duck” Phillips have a tryst (Season 3, Episode 7, “Seven Twenty-Three”) and, when the principals of Sterling Cooper break away from the British owners to start their new agency, Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, the temporarily set up shop in Room 435 of The Pierre (Season 3, Episode 13, “Shut the Door, Have a Seat”).
The Pierre’s debut in Mad Men came in Season 1, Episode 6 (“Babylon”). When Don tries to resurrect his romance with department store heiress Rachel Menken, she agrees to meet him, but just for lunch, at the Tea Room at The Pierre. Don tries to arm her up by suggesting she have Irish Coffee, but she firmly demurs. “Coffee,” she counters.
Today The Pierre is part of the Taj Hotels Resorts & Palaces and underwent a $100 million renovation in 2009. The Tea Room is history, but the hotel’s Two E Bar/Lounge serves the Irish Coffee Don offered to Rachel. (You can find the recipe, courtesy of The Two E Bar/Lounge, in The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook.) Tipping their hat to Mad Men, the Two E Bar/Lounge has compiled a menu of Mad Men cocktails they serve every Tuesday evening from 6:30 to 9:30 pm as part of their jazz series.
An evening for two at The Two E Bar/Lounge is one of several fine prizes in our sweepstakes. If you’re the lucky winner try the Pierre Salad (maine lobster, cucumber, black truffle vinaigrette), the Tuna, Avocado and Mango Tartare or one of their other future classics. Oh, and top it off with the Classic Irish Coffee, of course!