Irving Place got a little more charming when Dear Irving came to town. The bar resides on the six-block stretch stemming from private Gramercy Park. And if you're lucky enough to make it up the steps of the brownstone and past the host and curtain, you're in for a real treat. This space was inspired by a scene from Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, and it certainly evokes old-time charm, especially the back lounge which was modeled after Marie Antoinette's sitting room. The drinks and service are great, but reservations are highly recommended, if not essential. My only complaint, how can you recreate Marie Antoinette's sitting room without cake?
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Inventive cocktail bar Dear Irving was inspired by Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” and each of its four rooms is decorated to send guests back to a previous chapter in New York history, including a 1920s Art Deco room, with an elaborate beaded curtain, a 1960s mod room, a Victorian parlor, and an 18th century French room, compete with gold leaf and chandeliers. The group behind Raines Law Room speakeasy, The Peacock, and The Shakespeare created this glitzy bar whose cocktail menu is also inspired by different time periods. It includes original recipes, like the Hero of Little Venice, a grown up root beer float, as well as takes on classic cocktails, like the Gibson and the Paloma.