The classic champion of the genre, McSorley’s Old Ale House is the rare tourist destination that also draws locals. Its effortless charm is irresistible. Cross the sawdust-covered floor in a space that dates back to the 1850s and join a heavy wood table for light or dark ale. Though the libations are famously limited to those two brews, McSorley’s has expanded its food menu in the last 168 years to include corned beef hash, burgers and sandwiches.
In New York City, Irish pubs are uniquely situated. Some are among the best bars in town. A few also happen to double as great restaurants. And others are, well, frankly just there. And, being that there are fewer entries to the genre than there used to be, we have a fondness for that latter category, too. Plus, they all at least aim to pour a perfect pint, and might even have some extra whiskey varieties. These are the best places to raise a glass to sláinte in NYC.
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