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“ Lantern's Keep Shakes Up Midtown's Cocktail Scene”

Until recently, Midtown wasn’t exactly known for its high-end cocktail culture. Yet a new crop of revamped lounges, such as Paramount Bar and The Rum House, have upped the ante in this unexpected destination. The latest addition to the neighborhood is Lantern’s Keep, a swanky cocktail salon nestled deep inside the Iroquois Hotel. Inspired by Parisian parlors of the 1920‘s, this intimate 25-seat haunt evokes European sophistication with dark wooden walls and décor accented with rich velvet and marble.

To lure discerning cocktail aficionados, mixologist Meaghan Dorman (head bartender at Raines Law Room) has crafted an impressive list of throwback libations ($14) and expertly creates her concoctions using four different types of ice. You'll find classics such as the Poet’s Dream, a mix of gin, dry vermouth, Benedictine and orange bitters, as well as inventive offerings like the gin Floradora, with fresh raspberries, gin, lime juice and house made ginger syrup.

For sipping sans cocktail, a selection of wines from France, Austria and Italy ($12-$18) and a variety of beers ($8-$10) extend the menu, while Executive Chef Jason Tilmann (Triomphe) offers accompanying small plates ($8), such as decadent Seared Sea Scallops with porcini mushrooms and foie gras butter, and Pan Fried Chicken Liver Crostini with sherry braised onions.   

Lantern’s Keep is located at 49 West 44th Street, 212.453.4233, www.lanternskeepny.com.

—Megan Murphy


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