Dear Irving

New York City-Lower East Manhattan

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May 11, 2018

Bar bites at Dear Irving, created by the celebrated chef Jason Hicks, include an aptly spicy Bloody Mary Jumbo Lump Crab, as well as Croque Monsieur, Foie Gras and Salmon Tartar with Yorkshire Pudding.

Imagine stepping into a speakeasy that is reminiscent of a French Renaissance parlor, but with all the trappings of a modern mixology den, and you have Dear Irving.   Designed to reflect four different historical eras, Dear Irving takes its inspiration from the Woody Allen film ‘Midnight in Paris’ and as you wander through the four different rooms of the bar, you will be transported either to Marie Antoinette’s chandelier-ed receiving room, a 60s style JFK room, an Art Deco-inspired Gatsby Room, or the velvet-clad Lincoln Room.

Once you’ve pulled up a pew in the era of your choice, you can press a buzzer on the wall to order your next round of drinks and your attentive server will appear, with your carefully-crafted libation (complete with hand-carved ice cubes) and perhaps a few delicious bar bites.

True to Dear Irving’s quirky style, each cocktail creation boasts an intriguing name. The Screaming Viking is a Scandinavian concoction of aquavit, sherry, cherry liqueur and a dash of ginger, while the Rebel Isle is much more tropical (read: seductively sweet) in its combination of rum, pineapple, almond syrup, bitter-sweet aperitif, lime and nutmeg. The spirit selection includes an impressive number of international bourbons and whiskies while the wines – sold mainly by the bottle – are very Euro-centric but nonetheless notable for a bar that is known primarily for its experimental cocktails.

Photo credit: https://www.instagram.com/dearirving/

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