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Dear Irving

Bars, Lounges Gramercy & Flatiron
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Photograph: Paul WagtouiczDear Irving
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Photograph: Paul WagtouiczDear Irving
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Photograph: Paul WagtouiczDear Irving
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Photograph: Paul WagtouiczDear Irving
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Photograph: Paul WagtouiczDear Irving
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Photograph: Paul WagtouiczDear Irving
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Photograph: Paul WagtouiczDear 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, an elevated rum-spiked root-beer float capped with fluffy egg whites and a sprinkling of nutmeg. The well-balanced Whiskey Business 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—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.

By: Rheanna O'Neil Bellomo


Venue name: Dear Irving
Address: 55 Irving Pl
New York
Cross street: between 17th and 18th Sts
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 5pm-2am, 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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1. Irving Street is very quaint and feels hidden, so just walking down the street alone is a lovely experience

2. There is a guest list at the door, but do not be dissuaded, I have never had to wait very long

3. Every room is so unique and elaborate - truly feels like you have found a time machine 

4. The cocktails are pricey, but great

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I think from the cocktails I tasted they weren't anything too special or out of the ordinary considering the price. What really makes Dear Irving special however is the gorgeous themed rooms. It's definitely one of the larger speakeasies in NYC and my girlfriends and I were able to comfortably converse in the back room. I also really like that it's one of the few speakeasies that take online reservations. I also really enjoyed their lobster rolls for those who don't want to drink on an empty stomach.

I love this speakeasy! I've been here as few times, and every time I have come I have been impressed. The cocktails are delicious and unique, and the space is great for a date or catching up with a friend or two. It's hidden so you need to know what you are looking for, as there is no real signage, but I would say this is one of my favorite cocktail spots in the city. 

If it wasn't for the fact that you have to make reservations about one month out in order to get in the door, I'd be here every weekend!!! Camouflaged as a regular brownstone once you get passed the burgundy velvet curtains you are transported to old world charm & glamour. Stunning crystal curtains break the room into cozy sections that house large plush velvet sofas & intricate decorated coffee tables. Beautiful marble detailed floors give the low detailed tin ceiling competition. Need another round of drinks??? Simply press the button & a panel behind the bar lites up your table number to let your waitress know you need service. Seated at the bar?? Take in the sites and sounds of top notch mixologists in NYC. Want to really feel like totality?? Hope you get seated in the back room. French doors open up in to gold crown molded ceiling with a drop dead gorgeous crystal chandelier, Renaissance paintings, mantles beautifully decorated & stunning wing seats, plush stain gold gilded trim couches. Service is top notch & extremely helpful when helping you select a drink. Once inside & wrapped in the wonder of Dear Irving, it's easy to see why the wait is no less then a month long.

One of the few cocktail bars that is worth the wait. You can't go wrong with any drinks on the menu and the space is something straight out of the 20's. We've sat in the back room which is styled after Marie Antoinette and in the booths that are surrounded by crystal curtains! Reservations make things easier, but if you go earlier enough they usually seat you within an hour or so.


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!


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.