12. McSorley’s

McSorley's Old Ale House

Midge and her new beau Benjamin, who she met in the Catskills, go to an art opening and then get a drink at McSorley’s, one of the oldest taverns in New York City. It’s a who’s who inside, with artists Franz Kline and Robert Motherwell, and activist Jane Jacobs (who had an appearance in season one). Artist Declan Howell is also present, played by actor Rufus Sewell. In one shot, you get a clear view of the wishbones on the chandeliers, left over from each local East Village boy who did not make it back from World War I.

Although the scene is shot at the real McSorley’s, the show refers to the bar as Cedar Tavern. The real McSorley’s was closed to women until 1970.