With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, finding your favorite green outfit for the historical St. Patricks Day Parade and eating some traditional Irish food are likely on the top of your to-do list.
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When it comes to Irish food, there’s nothing quite like getting a taste of Ireland in the heart of New York City. From classic pub fare to modern twists on traditional dishes, these 20 Irish restaurants will have you feeling like you’re right back across the pond. So grab a pint and dig into some delicious Irish cuisine!
What Are Typical Irish Dishes?
There are many Irish dishes that have become popular all over the world. Some of the most common that we suggest trying this year includes:
- Shepherd’s Pie: A dish made with ground beef or lamb, mashed potatoes, and vegetables. It is often topped with a layer of cheese or buttery breadcrumbs.
- Dublin Coddle: A traditional stew made with bacon, pork sausages, potatoes, and onions.
- Bangers and Mash: Sausages served with mashed potatoes.
- Irish Stew: A hearty stew made with lamb or mutton, carrots, celery, onion, and potato.
- Fish ‘n’ Chips: Battered fish served with french fries.
- Corned Beef and Cabbage: A dish made with boiled beef, cabbage, and potatoes. It is often served with mustard or horseradish sauce.
These Are the Best Irish Restaurants in NYC
01 Connolly's Pub & Restaurant
The bar Connolly’s Pub and Restaurant is an Irish pub like it is in the book and is for me one of the best pubs in New York. A huge, rustic bar, lots of colourful taps and tons of good whiskey immediately attract attention. The kitchen is also excellent. The burgers are a blast!
02 The Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog
Have you ever thought about how to take the Irish Pub into the 21st century? Go check out the Dead Rabbit bar and find out. This modern Irish pub and restaurant, which opened in 2013, is one of our favorite bars of all times. As soon as you enter the bar, you are transported into another world. There is nothing ultra-modern here, but everything is stylishly trimmed to old. From the original cash register, old punch glasses for the drinks to the wooden floors covered with sawdust.
03 The Irish American Pub
The The Irish American Pub in direct neighbourhood of the 9/11 Memorial is a MUST DO for us, that’s how good it is. It is not without reason that we have been a regular here for years. What sets it apart? A wonderful uncomplicatedness, good drinks (they are really something), great prices and last but not least: probably the best chicken wings ever.
04 Dylan Murphy's
If you’re looking for a cozy, intimate Irish pub in NYC, Dylan Murphy’s is the place for you. This bar is small and features a limited menu of traditional Irish favorites like shepherd’s pie, boxty, and beef and Guinness stew. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, making it the perfect place to relax after a long day. Make sure to try the Mac and Cheese or wings for a delicious pick-me-up.
If you’re looking for a place to grab a quick drink or snack and enjoy an incredible happy hour, Feile is the place for you. This Irish pub is located in the heart of Chelsea and offers a wide variety of beers on tap, as well as some traditional Irish dishes. The menu features favorites like shepherd’s pie, fish and chips, and bangers and mash. However, locals love the Guinness Braised Short Rib Grilled Cheese, so make sure to check that dish out when visiting!
06 Finnegan's Wake
If you’re looking for the most authentic Irish pub on the Upper East Side, you need to make a stop at Finnegans Wake. This dive bar is decorated with Irish knick-knacks and photos, and they even have a jukebox filled with traditional Irish music. The menu features all of your favorite pub fare like shepherd’s pie, Guinness beef stew, and of course – fish ‘n’ chips. However, locals love the bangers and mash here, so make sure to give it a try!
07 Fitzgerald's Pub
Fitzgerald’s pub is one of the most popular Irish pubs in NYC and is known for having a great atmosphere to watch sports, listen to music or have a pint with friends. The menu features all of your favorite pub foods like wings, burgers and fries. But, if you’re looking for something different, they also offer a great selection of salads and sandwiches. Also, don’t forget to try their famous fish and chips!
08 Gabby O'Hara's
Gabby O’Haras is a classic Irish Restaurant and pub located in the heart of Times Square. This spot is a favorite for tourists and locals alike, as it offers a little bit of everything – from Irish food to live music and even karaoke! The menu features all Irish classics like shepherd’s pie, boxty, bangers, and mash. Plus, they have a great selection of beers on tap – perfect for washing down your meal! Make sure to try the beef stew as they’re famous for it!
09 Jack Doyle's
We went to Jack Doyle’s before the New York Knicks game, because it is only two blocks from Madison Square Garden (and three blocks from the Empire State Building). If you are looking for a wonderful, normal pub with great burgers and nice people, there is hardly a way around them!
10 John Sullivan's
John Sullivans is a quaint Irish pub located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan and is a great location to visit after a concert or for a late-night quick bite. This bar is a favorite for after-work drinks, as they offer some of the best happy hour specials in the city. The menu features all of your classic Irish favorites. However, most locals love to order the chicken curry, fried calamari, and buffalo wings with a pint of beer.
11 McKenna's Pub
Located in the heart of Chelsea and West Village, Mckenna’s Pub is a family-owned bar offering a warm and inviting atmosphere. The menu features all of your classic Irish favorites, as well as some unique dishes like Guinness Braised Short Ribs and Corned Beef Hash. If you’re looking for a great happy hour spot, this is the place for you! Grab one of their famous burgers and a beer to enjoy your afternoon or evening.
12 Mulligan's Pub
Located in the heart of Murray Hill, only a few steps away from Grand Central Station is Mulligans Authentic Irish pub. This is one of the best places in NYC to enjoy a pint of Guinness and some traditional Irish comfort food. The menu features all of your favorite dishes like shepherd’s pie, fish and chips, bangers and mash, and more. Don’t forget to try their famous Mulligan burger, which comes topped with bacon and cheddar cheese. So, whether you’re looking for a quick bite or a place to watch the game, Mulligans Pub is the perfect spot!
Nearby is a New York City favorite when it comes to well-known Irish restaurants in New York. This pub has been serving up traditional Irish food since 1967 and is the perfect place to enjoy a pint of Guinness and watch a game. The menu features all of your favorite comfort foods like shepherd’s pie, corned beef and cabbage, as well as bangers and mash. Don’t forget to try the lamb chops and corned beef as they’re known to be the house specialties!
14 O'Donoghue’s Times Square
Located in the heart of New York City, O’Donoghues’s Times Square is one of the most popular Irish pubs in NYC. This pub is known for its live music, ten flat-screen TVs, happy hour specials and is a favorite to watch sporting events or host a party. The menu features classic Irish dishes like shepherd’s pie and Guinness beef stew, as well as American favorites with an Irish twist like their Reuben egg rolls. Whatever you order, make sure to try the shepherd’s pie!
15 P.J. Carney’s Pub
This pub was recommended to us by some locals when we asked about the best pub in the neighborhood. Just north of the Theatre District, you’ll find friendly staff, a great selection of beers, and the best fish and chips you’ve ever had in a pub! Simply a wonderful place to relax and have a beer!
16 Rosie Dunn's Victorian Pub
Rosie Dunn’s Victorian Pub is actually located inside a designated official landmark of the City of New York. The history of the street, and building, dates back to the Revolutionary war. Inside, you’ll find brick-lined walls, wood-beamed ceilings, and Rosie’s signature gas fireplace. The menu is loaded with traditional Irish favorites like shepherd’s pie, fried chicken sandwich, grilled cheese patty melt sandwich, and more. Don’t miss out on their signature Rosie’s Famous Beef Pot Pie or Chicken Pot Pie. Both are sure to hit the spot!
17 Ryan Maguire's Bar & Restaurant
Ryan Maguire’s Bar and Restaurant is located in the heart of the Financial District of NYC and has been around for more than 20 years! This Irish pub is a favorite among locals and tourists alike, as it’s the perfect place to enjoy a pint of Guinness and some traditional Irish fare. Plus, they even offer a killer full Irish breakfast, including Irish rashers and sausage, baked beans, white pudding, and fried tomato. If you want an authentic Irish experience in NYC, Ryan Maguire’s is the place to go!
18 Scallywag's Irish Pub
Bright red on the outside, Irish on the inside! Also Scallywag’s definitely belongs on our best list. It’s a classic pub as it is written in the book: nice and friendly bartenders, a good selection of beers and great bar food – and all this at a fair price. Not for nothing is it firmly in the hands of the locals!
19 Sean's Bar And Kitchen
Newer than most Irish restaurants, Sean’s Bar and Kitchen is a great place to go for a casual meal. The menu is simple, but features all of your favorite Irish dishes along with an incredible 2 for 1 happy hour during the weekdays. Plus, they have an excellent whiskey selection! If you’re looking for a no-frills Irish pub in NYC, Sean’s Bar and Kitchen is the perfect place to go. Don’t forget to try Meg’s Curry for a delicious treat!
20 The Celtic Rail NYC
If you want to feel like family, you’ll want to hang out at the Celtic Rail NYC. This Irish pub is located in the heart of midtown and offers a warm and inviting atmosphere. The menu features all of your favorite Irish dishes like shepherd’s pie, corned beef and cabbage, and fish and chips. However, their real specialty is their loaded potatoes- it’s a must-have!
21 The Landmark Tavern
The Landmark Tavern is a historic NYC pub that first opened in 1868. This Irish pub was once a favorite of many famous writers, actors, and politicians, at one time even serving as a speakeasy. The current owner has kept the original charm of the building while also adding some of his own touches, like the large mahogany bar and stained glass windows. Make sure to stop in and enjoy its historic charm with local favorites like the chicken rollatelli.
22 The Long Room
The Long Room is a mix of a club atmosphere featuring elements of the classic Irish pub. With a large selection of imported and craft beers on tap, as well as an extensive whisky menu, this bar is perfect for those who want to experience a bit of everything. The food menu includes Irish staples like shepherd’s pie and fish and chips, as well as American favorites like burgers and pizza. Plus, they have live music every night. Make sure to try the Bavarian Uber Pretzel and the Skillet Roasted Chicken when you visit!
23 The Playwright Irish Pub
The pub has everything that a real Irish pub should have: a great long bar, sports broadcasts, a good selection of Irish whiskeys and delicious burgers. In short: a sensational bar.
24 Tír Na Nóg
Located right next to Madison Square Garden, Tír na Nóg is the perfect place to go before or after a show. This Irish pub is huge and can easily accommodate large groups. The menu features all of your favorite Irish dishes like shepherd’s pie, corned beef and cabbage, and fish and chips. The atmosphere and menu are more upscale, but the food is worth it! Make sure to try the Potato Leek Soup. It’s delicious!
25 Twins Irish Pub
Twins Irish Pub is a dark-wooded, cozy Irish pub that is one of the best in NYC. The menu features all of your classic Irish favorites, as well as some unique dishes like Guinness Braised Short Ribs and Corned Beef Hash. If you’re looking for a great happy hour spot, this is the place for you! Grab one of their famous pork sandwiches and a beer to enjoy your afternoon or evening.
These are just a few of the best Irish restaurants in NYC that you need to check out the next time you’re looking for a taste of Ireland. From traditional pubs to modern bars, there’s something on this list for everyone. So, grab a pint of Guinness and enjoy some delicious Irish food at one of these great places!
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