First Look: Dear Irving, a Glitzy New Cocktail Bar That Travels Through Time

By Kelly Dobkin  |  May 30, 2014

The gist: This whimsical new cocktail den on Irving Place comes from the team who created Chelsea speakeasy Raines Law Room, and is inspired by old-world cocktail parlors and time travel.

The space: Inspired by Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris,” interior designer Delphine Mauroit dedicated elements of time travel to each of the bar's four rooms (60s mod, 1920s, etc). Bonus novelty: Servers are summoned via bell on each table, just like at Raines Law Room.

The drinks: Following suit, bartender Meaghan Dorman (also of Raines Law Room), created the cocktail menu which draws inspiration from different time periods. Choose from 15 house cocktails like the Whiskey Business: rye, ancho chile liqueur, cinnamon, and lemon, angostura bitters; or the Samoa: Bols Genever, bourbon, creme de coconut and cacao. Check out the full menu below.

The food: Small bites like Bloody Mary jumbo lump crab; chicken liver and foie gras parfait; tartares and crudos are on offer. Check out the options below. 

Dear Irving will open tonight for limited walk ins, and will be open to the public for reservations starting June 2.

55 Irving Place; no phone. Reservations can be made here and walk-ins are welcome. 

Dear Irving Menu_5.30.2014

  • Main seating area

  • Glitzy curtains separate booths from the rest of the room

  • Gibson martini