We thought we knew what to expect from an Irish bar. Then we got a gander at Lunasa and saw the future of Celtic pubs: minimalist decor dominated by a sleek wooden bar, a verdant back garden and a notable absence of shamrock paraphernalia. Disparate small plates further distinguish this watering hole and include chicken skewers; crisp vegetarian spring rolls; and thin, grilled pizzas. Faithful to their birthplace, owners Patrick Byrne and Gavin Whiston imported a state-of-the-art Irish compression system to pull drafts, which they say makes for a perfect pint of Guinness.
126 First Ave
|Cross street:||between St. Marks Pl and E 7th St|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Fri 2pm–4am; Sat, Sun noon–4am|
|Transport:||Subway: L to First Ave; 6 to Astor Pl|
|Price:||Average drink: $6. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V|