Dining Out: Irish eats, Brooklyn style

With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, it’s only fitting that you find yourself eating, drinking and being merry at one of the borough’s many Irish-influenced watering holes that double as eateries, not just parade-day but all month long.

Right along the route for the Bay Ridge Saint Patrick’s Day Parade (stepping off Sunday, March 20), there’s The Wicked Monk (9510 Third Avenue). An Irish bar and grill, the Monk serves up an authentic monastery décor on top of traditional – yet affordable — Irish-American eats with a twist (like, the Reuben Spring Rolls or the Mini Shepherd’s Pie). Stop by on the weekends and you might even catch some live music. The Monk’s menu is also flanked by a plentiful registry of draft and tap beers to wet your whistle.

If you’re looking for something a little different – but equally delicious – saunter just a few blocks away to Pipin’s Pub’s pop-up location at 9023 Third Avenue. The decades-old eatery — which, in late 2015 announced that it would close its doors at its longstanding 97th Street cornerstone location so to reopen in a larger space down the pipeline – prides itself on its all-American classics. But, the Irish Burger (served up with Swiss cheese, bacon and sour cream for just under $10), is a fan favorite.

Then there’s O’Sullivan’s – a family-favorite located at 8902 Third Avenue. Adorned with a green awning on the outside, and a warm, old-timey feel on the inside, O’Sullivan’s is a classic in every sense of the word.

Branching out of Bay Ridge, one might look to McMahon’s Public House in Park Slope. The restaurant, rooted at 39 Fifth Avenue (right near the Barclays Center) is known for its Irish-American fare and flair. Its menu boasts everything from the classics (chicken wings, onion rings and fried calamari – to name a few) to some real game-changers like Irish Nachos (crispy hand-cut waffle fries, seasoned ground beef, melted cheeses and tomatoes) and the Bangers and Mash (Irish sausage “bangers” with red wine onion gravy and house-made mashed potatoes). Don’t forget the Full Irish Breakfast (two eggs, Irish bacon, Irish sausage, black and white pudding, home fries, baked beans and grilled tomato) served daily for just $12.95 a (hefty) plate.

Those looking a little more south might enjoy a night out at Peggy O’Neill’s (1904 Surf Avenue). This Coney Island hotspot (around since 2001) cooks up Irish-American pub food – all while serving up a selection of beers and well drinks to keep patrons satisfied. From the Irish Nachos (done here with chili, cheese, guacamole, sour cream and jalapenos) to the Corned Beef Sandwich (piled high on rye bread), Peggy’s knows how to please the Irish palate. Pair any meal with the watering hole’s impressive lineup of live music and you’ve got yourself a night out on the beach town.


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