Dorrian's Red Hand Restaurant
Started by Irish immigrant James "Red Dog" Dorrian in 1960 and operated by his son Jack, the popular hangout became a social pillar for preppy Upper East Side teenagers, college students, and young urban professionals. It is known for its "old time" atmosphere and the chummy and clubby demeanor of its patrons. Many, if not most, patrons are regulars.
Today, the bar is still family-owned and managed by Jack Dorrian's son, Jimmy. Dorrian's has expanded to a second location in Jersey City, New Jersey. Dorrian's Red Hand is a common hang out for the players of the New York Yankees.
Dorrian's requires its patrons to adhere to a strict dress code. Men are required to wear collared shirts, and sneakers are generally frowned upon. Even the bartenders, staff, and doormen are required to dress in khaki pants and button-down shirts.
Role in "Preppie Murder"
On the night of August 25, 1986, Robert Chambers was socializing at what was then called Dorrian's Red Hand with then girlfriend Alex Kapp. That night, Kapp broke up with Chambers, apparently due to the presence of Chambers' ex-girlfriend, Jennifer Levin. Chambers later left the bar with Levin and her dead body was found the next morning. The name "Dorrian's Red Hand" was subsequently truncated to "Dorrian's" due to the obvious negative connotations of "Red Hand" following the Levin murder.
In popular culture
- Dorrian's entry, Shecky's 2004 Bar Club & Lounge Guide New York (Sheckys Media Inc, 2003).
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