Take a cursory glance at New York’s cocktail scene and you’ll likely note a libationary landscape teeming with vintage-themed establishments harkening back to a certain bygone era, be it Prohibition, the Jazz Age or the retro 1970s. But Alberto Benenati and Yves Jadot clearly had trouble selecting just one era of inspiration for their new bar Dear Irving, instead opting to take revellers on a journey back through time via four rooms channelling the grandeur of France in 1960s, 1920s, 1850s and 1770s respectively.
Inspired by Woody Allen’s Oscar-winning, nostalgia-themed screenplay, Midnight in Paris, Dear Irving’s individual spaces all accept walk-ins, with the exception of the innermost room referencing the Age of Enlightenment. Guests will need to book ahead to soak in the reimagined opulence from plush gilded furniture to velvet curtains and a crystal chandelier. Once inside, get acquainted with mixologist Meaghan Dorma’s cocktail menu which includes signature blends like the syrupy-sweet Samoa with genever, bourbon, crème de coconut and cacao; the aquavit-based Screaming Viking stirred with Palo Cortado sherry, Cherry Heering liqueur and ginger; and the Santa Rosa, an intermingling of Pisco, Cocchi Rosa, sorel, lime, cherries, and mint sprigs. Round off the Gallic experience with a plate of traditional snacks including creamy rabbit rillettes, truffle-stuffed croque monsieurs and luscious lemon bars. Golden age reborn!