Zebra wallpaper from the pilot of Mad Men — possibly a reference to the famous wallpaper at Gino, or maybe just inspired by what Gay Talese wrote about it: Restaurants are really about relationships, having less to do with menus than with the delight in eating out and being nourished by nights that are savored and seasoned with memories that link people with palatable food and bottles of wine and a romantic line and a waiter’s wink and a chance meeting in a crowded dining room that is followed by a kiss on the cheek from an elegant middle-aged woman who 30 years before, at this very table, had sat with the young man I used to be, before things changed between us and throughout most of New York—except in this particular place where we used to meet, on Lexington Avenue south of 61st Street, this enduring and irresistible neighborhood restaurant called Gino.

Zebra wallpaper from the pilot of Mad Men — possibly a reference to the famous wallpaper at Gino, or maybe just inspired by what Gay Talese wrote about it:

Restaurants are really about relationships, having less to do with menus than with the delight in eating out and being nourished by nights that are savored and seasoned with memories that link people with palatable food and bottles of wine and a romantic line and a waiter’s wink and a chance meeting in a crowded dining room that is followed by a kiss on the cheek from an elegant middle-aged woman who 30 years before, at this very table, had sat with the young man I used to be, before things changed between us and throughout most of New York—except in this particular place where we used to meet, on Lexington Avenue south of 61st Street, this enduring and irresistible neighborhood restaurant called Gino.