Lantern's Keep

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Photograph: Jolie Ruben
Lantern's Keep
Midtown West
Haute cocktails aren’t easy to come by around these parts, but this intimate salon—tucked in the back of the Iroquois Hotel—provides an inviting nook for enlightened tipplers. Marble tables, pale blue velvet chairs and Impressionistic paintings help conjure the European salon scene of the 1920s and 1930s. Meanwhile, a small library of cocktail tomes (The Savoy Cocktail Book, Jerry Thomas’ Bartenders Guide) is reflected in the classic mixology behind the bar. Among the more esoteric throwbacks is a heady Boulevardier, a sort of love child of the Negroni and the Manhattan that mellows the spicy bite of Elijah Craig bourbon with Campari and sweet vermouth.
Venue name: Lantern's Keep
Address: The Iroquois New York, 49 W 44th St
New York
Cross street: between Fifth and Sixth Aves
Opening hours: Tue–Sun 5:30pm–midnight
Transport: Subway: N, Q, R, 42nd St S, 1, 2, 3, 7 to 42nd St–Times Sq; B, D, F, M to 42nd St–Bryant Park
Price: Average drink: $14. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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