Since it was sanitized of smut in the Giuliani years, Times Square has become the bane of many New Yorkers’ existence. Swarming with tourists intent on stocking up on Disney and M&M paraphernalia, it’s the last place most discerning natives want to go for a good drink. But in the last couple of months, several new and reinvented cocktail lounges are upping the ante in the neighborhood. The latest, Lantern’s Keep, opens today in the Iroquois Hotel (49 West 44th Street).
Featuring a drinks list designed by Raines Law Room’s Meaghan Dorman, the bar is located in a former private room in the hotel’s restaurant, Triomphe. The cocktails will be the serious type, with top-shelf ingredients and ice by the Okamoto studio in Queens.
Lantern’s Keep arrives on the heels of Paramount Bar, which was recently relaunched in the Paramount Hotel. It’s serving twists on classic cocktails and an all-female lineup of DJs. Then, of course, there’s the Rum House in the Edison Hotel, which opened earlier this year, specializing in live music and inventive cocktails that drink like old favorites. Sure beats the BK Whopper Bar, that’s for sure.