Dear Irving: a special cocktail parlor in New York City
Last week, I attended an event with Trilogy, a brand of natural cosmetics from New Zealand. In fact, it was a happy hour to celebrate this year and the place could not have been more special: Dear Irving, a cocktail parlor in Union Square. I loved this bar so much that I could not help and tell you about it!
From the creators of Raines Law Room, the bar is inspired by Woody Allen’s Midnight In Paris, with four rooms representing different historical eras. The most beautiful one is, no doubt, is Marie Antoinette’s, with incredible French-inspired chandeliers, paintings, and sofas. In fact, if you have been at Versailles Palace, in France, you will notice the inspiration. It was the room where we were and I would say that it is the most romantic one, perfect for a date. It’s impossible not to feel delightful! Besides, there is the JFK room, with spacious ’60s-style leather chairs and a view of the street; the F. Scott Fitzgerald room, with a scene reminiscent of The Great Gatsby, complete with crystal-esque drapes; and also the Abraham Lincoln room, which boasts an actual bar, velvet couches, and dark wood.
As I mentioned at the beginning, Dear Irving’s specialty is on the cocktails. There are 20 drink options – many of them are house creations – that carry the most various ingredients such as vanilla, coffee and lemon mixed with drinks such as gin, tequila and rum. Each cocktail costs $16. Dear Irving also offers a special selection of whiskeys, wines (from $13 a glass) and beers ($9). It is worth remembering that this is a place to drink, not to eat – you should dine before or after you stop by the place. But, if you feel hungry, there are a few choices of appetizers such as the one ordered for our table: Mix of salami, cheese and olives ($17) + spiced nuts ($6.50). There is also lobster roll, cheese plate and sandwich. You can check the full options and prices here.
Dear Irving opens from Monday to Thursday, from 5pm to 2am, Friday and Saturday, from 5pm to 3am and Sunday, from 5pm to 1am. I was there on Monday, 5:30 pm. The place was empty, but we had a reservation and, when I left the place, at 7pm, it was crowded. So, it is always good to make a reservation.
Address: 55 Irving Place.
Laura Peruchi is a Brazilian blogger, author, and entrepreneur. She has lived in Manhattan with her husband since 2014. Since then, she has shared on her blog varied content about the Big Apple. From travel tips, including unusual things to do, shopping tips, etiquette, restaurants, and a lot more, her blog has become a reference in Portuguese (also available in English) for anyone planning a trip to New York City.