Tir na nOg
5 Penn Plaza
New York, NY 10001
Tir na nOg’s convenient location belies its status as awesome Irish pub, catering to both tourists and locals alike. The space accommodates plenty, and the menu appeals to everyone: choose from Irish classics like shepherd’s pie, updated with Guinness-braised lamb and roasted garlic mashed potatoes to twists like the Irish oak smoked salmon on seven grain bread, featuring prosciutto, lettuce, tomato, dill sauce, served with French fries for $15. Be sure to save room for dessert: the warm lemon cake with praline ice cream is delicious.
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700 W 125th St
New York, NY 10027
Home to what some call the most authentic barbecue in NYC, Dinosaur’s off the beaten path location is large, open, and once you’re inside, you’ll wonder if you’re still in NYC proper or at some roadside pitstop. The ‘cue is tender, smokey, and an authentic mix of various regional styles. Try the Tres Hombres (pictured): choice of three meats, two sides, comes with a hunk of cornbread and will fill up even the heartiest eaters – and if not, there’s always the extreme sampler, which comes with even more food. Dig in!
54 Pearl St
New York, NY 10004
The famed tavern where George Washington himself once stayed, Fraunces Tavern’s walls ooze history. The museum upstairs should be explored for a better understanding of the historical downtown district, while the food should be enjoyed as the menu is anything but antiquated. Fish & chips are particularly nice on a sunny day, or try the open faced smoked trout sandwich, with a perfectly poached egg and arugula. Yum!