Seven Great Irish Pubs in NYC
There are plenty of middling faux-Gaelic watering holes that ply patrons with green beer on that shit show that is St. Patrick's Day, but if you prefer a less bastardized version of the Irish pub, the following picks should work just fine. With Guinness on our brains and sausage rolls in our bellies, here are our seven favorite Irish pubs around town.
7. McSorley's Old Ale House, 15 East Seventh Street, 212-473-9148
No NYC Irish pub listicle is complete without East Village Irish-American tavern McSorley's, which, like the surly men who've inhabited the place for well over a century, has caused its fair share of trouble (the watering hole was forced to update its arcane "men only" policy in 1970). The floor is covered in sawdust, the beer only comes in two varieties (pale ale or dark porter), and the food is exceedingly simple but better than it needs to be. Opt for corned beef hash fused with shredded red cabbage, or a bracing sandwich of liverwurst with onions with sharp mustard that you might consider using in place of smelling salts should someone in your party pass out.
Duffy's via Yelp
6. Duffy's, 650 Forest Avenue, Staten Island; 718-447-9276
If this charming neighborhood tavern's kelly green facade -- which boasts a giant shamrock -- doesn't tip you off, maybe it's time to stop drinking. That sign also proclaims that the best burgers on Staten Island can be found inside, and it's not a lie. The half-pound behemoths dwarf their English muffin buns, but it's the unabashed old-school vibe -- dark wood, tin ceilings, and tiled floors -- that makes eating these broiled patties such a pleasure. Try the Mulligan burger, which comes topped with corned beef and molten Irish cheddar.
5. Donovan's Pub, 57-24 Roosevelt Avenue, Queens; 718-429-9339
This quiet tavern has been a fixture of Woodside, Queens, since 1966, but it's only in the past decade that the corner space -- with its labyrinthine interior decorated with dark wood booths -- has become a burger destination for clued-in carnivores, who wax poetic about the bar's oversized, freshly ground patties sporting burnished crusts and sinfully juicy interiors. Purchased by two former employees (one who started as a busboy, the other a DJ) from original owner Joe Donovan, Jr. last year, the pub is runs a corned beef with cabbage special on St. Patrick's Day and hosts live music regularly.