HOME > Chowhound > Manhattan >
What have you made lately? Get great advice

Gastropub Recommendations

egon Mar 4, 2010 06:59 AM

I'm in search of pub/bar recommendations (Irish influence) who have better than usual pubfare food and most importantly, great pints of Guinness. If the pint rules than please lead the way. Has anyone had a memorable pint recently, and if so, where? Thanks.

  1. Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. f
    foodyum Mar 4, 2010 08:02 AM

    2 very different suggestions, neither is Irish...
    Shortys around 42/9th dozens of beers on tap and great philly cheese steaks, not really irish in inspiration more college fratty
    Highlands in West Village, fab food - not sure about beer but the scotch selection is outstanding. More upscale

    1. b
      boccalupo Mar 4, 2010 08:04 AM

      The prototypical gastropub, the Spotted Pig, has Guinness on tap I believe. St. Andrews in the Times Square/Midtown area has a nice selection of scotch and tap beers. Some have said the food there is pretty good, although I have only had drinks there.

      1. b
        babbabooey Mar 4, 2010 08:05 AM

        let's start by finding out which ones you've been to...so we can rule them out.

        1 Reply
        1. re: babbabooey
          egon Mar 4, 2010 08:37 AM

          Gastropub has various explanations as I've searched this topic online. My main concern is finding the "perfect pint" to enjoy with good food. I will be visiting the city for four days so there really are no places to rule out. I plan on heading to the Spotted Pig but was also trying to find other recommendations where the Guinness is noted as being the best one could expect here vs. in Ireland. Thanks for your comments.

        2. t
          that_guy Mar 4, 2010 08:18 AM

          you are looking for spotted pig

          1. egit Mar 4, 2010 08:40 AM

            I'm not 100% sure what you're asking about the food. Do you want pub fare that's good? Or do you want food that's beyond pub fare?

            Anyway, some very fine guinness is poured at Molly's. The food there is good... the burgers are excellent, but it's irish pub food. Obviously spotted pig has been mentioned, but it's not Irish.

            There's a new place down on John street which is pretty good... The Open Door. I got sliders there once and they were pretty enjoyable. Though, truth be told, I was really there for the guinness and wasn't really critiquing the food.

            2 Replies
            1. re: egit
              egon Mar 4, 2010 09:02 AM

              I'm visiting with foodies and The Spotted Pig is a place we'll be visiting as reviews have been rewarding. We're trying to accommodate each others concerns: food, wine, cocktails, art, etc. We all can appreciate the finest of burgers, fish & chips, etc., but it is I who is in search of a memorable pint of Guinness even if it's just for the Guinness at this point.

              1. re: egon
                boccalupo Mar 4, 2010 09:53 AM

                If it is really all about the pour, you might check out the beer board for some ideas.

            2. s
              small h Mar 4, 2010 09:20 AM

              Not a gastropub by any means, but Failte is justifiably proud of their pints.


              6 Replies
              1. re: small h
                egit Mar 4, 2010 10:26 AM

                The thing is there are hundreds, if not thousands of irish pubs in NYC, almost all of which have guinness on tap. I'm not in a position to argue which has the *best* pour, but I can say with 100% certainty that they pour an awful lot at Molly's and they definitely know how to pour a proper pint. I go there quite regularly and I've never had a substandard pint.

                1. re: egit
                  small h Mar 4, 2010 10:40 AM

                  Molly's is a great place. But if memory serves, ALL of Failte's taps are dedicated to Guinness, and they draw the little shamrock in the foam.

                  1. re: small h
                    egit Mar 4, 2010 11:03 AM

                    I think you may be confusing Failte with Paddy Reilly's, on the corner of 29th and 2nd. There is no food at Paddy Reilly's, however.

                    1. re: egit
                      small h Mar 4, 2010 11:22 AM

                      Oh, I bet you're right. Thanks for the correction.

                  2. re: egit
                    steve h. Mar 4, 2010 10:40 AM

                    I'm a big fan of Molly's, too. Their bacon cheeseburger with a side of onion rings is my "goto" meal but the menu is more extensive than that.

                    1. re: egit
                      babbabooey Mar 4, 2010 10:52 AM

                      I think OP wants the best pour coupled with unique fare.

                  Show Hidden Posts