Dear Irving

Bars , Lounges Gramercy
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Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

Whiskey Business at Dear Irving

Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

Santa Rosa at Dear Irving

Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

Hero of Little Venice at Dear Irving

Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

Dear Irving

Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

Dear Irving

Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

Dear Irving

Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

Dear Irving

Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

Dear Irving

Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

Dear Irving

Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

Dear Irving

It’s a scene straight out of Midnight in Paris—or maybe Back to the Future—all golden-age yearning and space-time shuffling. This dapper Gramercy lounge, from Raines Law Room operators Alberto Benenati and Yves Jadot, is a railroad space divided into period-piece quarters, including a tufted Victorian parlor and an ashtray-dotted hooch den worthy of Don Draper. Spend an hour at this luxe oasis and you’ll completely lose track of time—no DeLorean required.

ORDER THIS: The cocktail menu, created by Raines’ booze maven Meaghan Dorman, features tried-and-true classics (Gibson, Paloma) and house creations like the Hero of Little Venice ($15), an elevated rum-spiked root-beer float capped with fluffy egg whites and a sprinkling of nutmeg. The well-balanced Whiskey Business ($15) highlights rye’s spicy bite with smoky ancho chile, tempered with bright lemon, while the baking-spice backbeat of the lime-and-hibiscus Santa Rosa ($15)—garnished flamboyantly with mint sprigs and a cherry—imparts a bitter, earthy finish.

GOOD FOR: Feeding your nostalgic whims. The era hopping begins with black-leather club chairs and vintage glamour shots in the meticulous mid-20th-century room, flowing back into a Gatsby-esque display of decadence—crystal curtains veil banquettes, and art deco splashes everything from the gold-striped floor to the glittering tin ceiling; beyond that, a rococo, gold-leaf-kissed salon that would make Marie Antoinette swoon. Fittingly, the tunes run the gamut of Parisian accordion riffs, big-band ditties and ’60s elevator muzak.

THE CLINCHER: Cocktail waitresses in floor-length gowns appear on demand: When you’re ready for another round, just flip the small orange switch on the wall. Those firmly ensconced in their time-bending experience need not be fussed with the hubbub of newly arriving patrons—all guests must wait in the lobby to be ushered inside in a civilized fashion. That way, everyone can party like it’s 1967­—or 1923 or 1885. You decide.

Venue name: Dear Irving
Address: 55 Irving Pl
New York
Cross street: between 17th and 18th Sts
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 5pm-2am; Fri, Sat, 5pm-3am; Sun 5pm-1am
Transport: Subway: L, N, Q, R, 4, 5, 6 to 14th St–Union Sq
Price: Average cocktail: $15. AmEx, DC, MC, V
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Moriah S

What a great date spot! Well-crafted drinks, cool vibe. You feel like you're going into this elite place when you walk through the heavy drapery at the entrance. At our table, we had a little button that you pressed when you wanted service it was very high class. Expensive but fun for a pre-dinner drink!

Lindsey W

I went here last Friday after work with a co-worker. We did not have a reservation and were seated right away but I highly suggest making a reservation. They keep the capacity at a minimum so it doesn't even really feel like a bar more like an exclusive club. I love the vibe and decoration, they have a few different themed rooms/areas. We were in the Marie Antoinette Room (not sure if that's what it's called but there was a picture of her on the wall) they also had a bar area, a room like looked 20's theme and one other one which was just leather chairs. The drinks were $$$$ but very good. We also got the flat bread because drinking without food is stupid and it was very good.

I basically want to live here/have my next birthday party here. I love it.