Food News | The City’s Top Ten Most Authentic Irish Restaurants

New York City is full of many Irish pubs and restaurants that serve up good brews and meals year-round. With Ireland’s most celebrated holiday upon us, we’re on a hunt for the most authentic of the selection! Contact us to get in touch with one of our dedicated TOWN Attachés with the inside scoop on these top New York City spots!

1. The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog

30 Water Street, Financial District

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Irish coffee is one of many specialties at The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog, a multi-level cocktail bar and eatery in Downtown Manhattan that has been voted World’s Best Bar more than once. The establishment draws inspiration from “the conviviality of Old New York and the Irish-American tradition.”

2. Donovan’s Pub

57-24 Roosevelt Avenue, Woodside

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This longtime neighborhood hangout dishes up burgers and Irish-leaning pub fare like Shepherd’s Pie. On St. Patrick’s Day, enjoy performances by bagpipers, a pint and some good pub grub, including one of the best burgers in New York!

3. The Long Room

120 West 44th Street, Midtown

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This clubby Irish gastropub features an extensive beer menu serving only the best craft, domestic and international brews.

4. McGee’s Pub and Restaurant

240 West 55th Street, Hell’s Kitchen

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Celebrated as the bar that inspired How I Met Your Mother, this wood-lined Irish space spans 3 floors and offers tasty bar food and plenty of draft beers.

5. The Landmark Tavern

626 11th Avenue, Hell’s Kitchen

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Originally opened in 1868, this Irish tavern dates back to when there was no 12th Avenue, just the shores of the Hudson River. Today, it remains one of the oldest continually operating establishments in the city, surviving even through Prohibition. Check out its classic decor and pub-grub menu!

6. The Half King
505 West 23rd Street, Chelsea

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This literary-themed Irish pub pairs its eats and drinks with readings and photo exhibits. On St. Patrick’s Day, the Chelsea neighborhood favorite will celebrate with bagpipes, step dancers and traditional Irish music from 6 to 8:30pm! 

7. The Late Late

159 East Houston Street, Lower East Side

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Situated on Houston Street, this Irish-influenced watering hole features retro 1960s decor and is known for its selection of whiskeys, bar bites and brunch fare. The holiday celebration will kick off on Wednesday, March 15th with an evening sampling Jameson whiskey, followed by Irish music the following two days!

8. Molly’s Pub & Shebeen

287 Third Avenue, Murray Hill

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Patrons of Molly’s Pub & Shebeen in Gramercy Park know and love the Irish pub for its glowing wood-burning fireplace, friendly staff and signature Shepherd’s Pie. Enjoy the atmosphere this St. Patrick’s Day, sawdust on the floor and all! 

9. P.J. Clarke’s 

Various Locations

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P.J. Clarke’s has three locations in New York City, and its Third Avenue outpost is just a few blocks from the St. Patrick’s Day Parade – perfect for those who don’t mind a crowd! Reigning as one of Manhattan’s favorite establishments for over a century, P.J. Clarke’s is a time-honored staple of Irish culture in NYC.

10. Rosie O’Grady’s 

800 Seventh Avenue, Theatre District

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A staple of the Broadway Theatre District since 1973, Rosie O’Grady’s combines friendly service with delicious cuisine. With outdoor sidewalk seating and a renowned dining and beer menu inside, the establishment offers the perfect experience for any season, especially St. Paddy’s Day!

Architecture Highlight | New York City Castle Countdown

All of these four-leaf clovers and St. Patrick’s Day decorations have us yearning for the lush, green Irish countryside dotted with ancient castles. It may surprise you to learn that New York City is home to a few castle-like structures of its own! Whether straight out of Rumplestiltskin or Harry Potter, these buildings offer a breath of fresh, medieval air and a reprieve from the city’s classic concrete structures and glassy skyscrapers. Check out our countdown of the top five castles scattered within New York City’s five boroughs!

5. Staten Island Armory

321 Manor Road, Staten Island

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With its Rumpelstiltskin-esque towers and crenelated recesses, The Staten Island Armory has stood proudly in Richmond County since 1926. More recently, the structure has become a symbol of Staten Island’s efforts to increase the validity of those landmarks that remain undesignated. It wasn’t until 2010 that the dignified castle reached landmark status! Today, this building retains its original purpose as a working base for the New York State Army National Guard.

4. Brooklyn General Post Office

271 Cadman Plaza East, Brooklyn

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For those who live in between Brooklyn Heights and Downtown Brooklyn, a trip to the Post Office means a trip to this castle. The design for this limestone castle began in 1885, with the final structure’s completion following seven years later. Featuring arched windows, steeply pitched roofs, round granite columns and a square tower, the structure embodies the Romanesque Revival style and was remodeled in 2000.

3. Jefferson Market Library

425 Avenue of the Americas

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Now a branch of the New York Public Library, the landmarked Jefferson Market building carries a storied past. Built in 1875, the architectural gem was designed by Frederick Clark Withers and Calvert Vaux in Victorian Gothic style, and was voted shortly after its completion as one of the top ten most beautiful buildings in America. Originally, it stood as a courthouse, garnering national attention during the infamous Girl in the Red Velvet Swing case in 1906, and later as a women’s prison and an outpost for the Police Academy.

2. Kingsbridge Armory

West Kingsbridge Road

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This statuesque building in the Bronx opened in 1913, and at the time reigned as the largest armory in the world. Decades later in 1996, the Kingsbridge Armory was turned over to the city and came to serve as a homeless shelter for ten years. Its next purpose will be potentially its most exciting one yet. Currently, plans are underway to redevelop the space into the world’s largest ice center complete with nine year-round ice rinks, and one with seats for up to 5,000 people. If all goes to plan, the Kingsbridge National Ice Center (KNIC) would also contain 50,000 square feet of community space.

1. Belvedere Castle

79th Street, Mid-Central Park

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Overlooking the Great Lawn and Ramble, Belvedere is one of Central Park’s crowning jewels. Though it was originally constructed as a “Victorian Folly,” (a structure whose only purpose is to be pretty), the castle now serves as both an outpost for the National Weather Service and as the Henry Luce Nature Observatory. Although the castle recently closed its doors for a year-long renovation process, the space will soon be back in action for birdwatchers and passersby alike for years to come.