If you’re a New Yorker- you’re likely to be giving me a funny look right now. I’m reviewing that which is not exactly a cocktail bar or lounge. Located in the back of the Iroquois hotel in midtown (44th street between 5th Ave and 6th Ave), the Lantern’s Keep is a surprising gem. Classy and quiet. Nice drink selection, ample seating. Perfect for conversation with friends or a date. The vibe feels European to me, with what appear to be Degas prints on the wall.
I could name drop and say that the menu has the same mind behind it as Raine’s Law Room near Union Square, but I’ll let it stand on its own. One of my personal favorites on the menu was the Tailspin – a mix of Plymouth gin, sweet vermouth, green chartreuse, orange bitters & a rinse of campari, stirred and served. Everything on the menu that I tried was excellent.
So if you happen to venture near Times Square, looking for a drink, you could do so much worse than Lantern’s Keep. In fact- for great drinks and quiet conversation, I think there’s few places you could do better.