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bennyt2271 Mar 4, 2011 01:21 PM

Guys, trip to the city and next week for Big East tournament and we are looking for some nice dive bars and Irish pubs to hit either on the way to or around The Garden?? Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated

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    pranksy RE: bennyt2271 Mar 4, 2011 01:38 PM

    The best dive near MSG is Billy Mark's West. It's not a fake dive but the real deal.

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    Billymark's West
    332 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

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      AdamD RE: bennyt2271 Mar 4, 2011 01:58 PM

      Desomds tavern on park ave south between 29th and 30th. True NYC divey irish bar without the high prices. Easy walk to the garden after a few beers. $5 burgers and $5 pints.
      And I guess you need to hit the blarney stone near MSG.

      Rattle n hum. 33rd street near the empire state building. GREAT beer list, acceptable bar food. Keep it simple. Beer is pricey though.

      Tir Na Nog is an irish pub right next to MSG and has decent beers and over priced but consistent, decent food. Make a reservation if you go. A half-assed attempt at an irish gastropub. But perfectly acceptable for the area. The place to go if you have someone that is picky about their food (i.e. wants a salad and a piece of fish rather than nachos and a burger).

      Local, right across from the garden on 33rd between 7th and 8th has a good beer list and good sliders-dont expect much-other dishes are not good and service can be spotty-but order a bodingtons, tell the server you are in a hurry, and you can get a decent (although not gourmet by any stretch) meal and drink before the game.

      Heck when I go to concerts at MSG, that is my pub crawl.

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      Tir Na Nog
      5 Penn Plz, New York, NY 10001

      Rattle 'n' Hum
      14 E 33rd St, New York, NY 10016

      Desmond's Tavern
      433 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10016

      Local
      1 Penn Plaza, New York, NY 10119

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        prima RE: AdamD Mar 5, 2011 06:52 AM

        This is on a tangent, but I was wondering, are there any places you'd consider Irish gastropubs, besides Tir Na Nog, elsewhere in Manhattan? I realize champ is on the menu at the Spotted Pig, but would be interested in a gastropub with even more of an Irish element.

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        Spotted Pig
        314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

        Tir Na Nog
        5 Penn Plz, New York, NY 10001

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          coasts RE: prima Mar 5, 2011 08:03 AM

          Moran's, maybe?

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            pranksy RE: coasts Mar 5, 2011 08:33 AM

            Moran's is pretty standard stuff. Very tasty but I seem to recall the portions being shockingly small for pub grub.

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              coasts RE: pranksy Mar 5, 2011 02:49 PM

              if i remember, i only ever had their Shepherd's Pie, always a big and heavy dish, and a burger, which is also typically a good size. can't say how other entrees are portioned. i used to frequent Kennedy's on 57th bet. 8th and 9th, but sadly they closed last month.

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              Kennedy's Bar & Restaurant
              327 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019

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                prima RE: coasts Mar 15, 2011 03:27 PM

                Thanks for the suggestion!

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                Moran's
                146 Tenth Avenue, New York, NY 10011

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                  roze RE: coasts Feb 10, 2012 09:40 AM

                  Holy Crap! Did Kennedy's really close down? That place was always full of regulars almost every day of the week. How could they clse down?

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                    coasts RE: roze Feb 10, 2012 10:26 AM

                    Lost their lease. It has reopened, but it's a shell of what it once was. Bad vibe caused by rude servers and "upscale" spin on what should be regular dishes. Feels like it belongs in Vegas now.

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                      roze RE: coasts Feb 14, 2012 06:32 AM

                      Ugh...That's so sad. The cozy neighborhood vibe of the place was the best.

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              AdamD RE: prima Mar 5, 2011 08:13 AM

              Good question. Im not really sure to be honest. I usually just grab a burger or grilled chicken at most irish pubs as I am usually drinking when I am there!

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                prima RE: AdamD Mar 15, 2011 03:28 PM

                Probably a safe bet on most pub menus ;-)

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                anil RE: prima Mar 6, 2011 07:41 AM

                Try Druids on 10th Ave and 50th. It has above average food, and is a local pub on top of it all, where locals hangout.

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                Druids
                736 10th Ave, New York, NY 10019

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                  prima RE: anil Mar 15, 2011 03:26 PM

                  What would you recommend on Druid's menu? Is Druids currently the best bet for an Irish bar with decent food in Midtown West?

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                    foodmonk RE: prima Feb 9, 2012 06:06 PM

                    Well, I'm a little late in updating this, but I thought it wouldn't hurt to chime in. Druids is a great place to go if you are looking for decent food at an Irish bar. The main bar has an attractive section for dining with linen table cloths, etc. The bar itself can get a bit boisterous, but I've never seen it loud enough to bother diners.

                    A real treat in summer is the backyard garden.

                    Landmark Tavern on 11th Ave. just a few blocks south has the same owner as Druid and is supposed to also be quite good -- I've never been there, but it is well-reviewed, so that is also an option.

                    Someone mentioned Brickyard, but that can get quite lively (rowdy, even), so I'm not sure I would go there for the food alone.

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                    Landmark Tavern
                    626 11th Ave, New York, NY 10036

                    Druids
                    736 10th Ave, New York, NY 10019

                    Brickyard
                    785 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

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                      prima RE: foodmonk Feb 10, 2012 07:09 AM

                      Thanks, foodmonk! I loved the food at the Landmark in the late 90s, and I'm due for a visit. I was introduced to the Landmark by a friend who was a big fan of Spin City, who made a point of visiting the Landmark whenever he was in NYC.

                      Didn't realize it had the same owner as Druids.

                      Hope to finally get around to trying Tir Na Nog.

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              small h RE: bennyt2271 Mar 4, 2011 03:24 PM

              Second Tir Na Nog (for fancy), and add the Molly Wee (for the opposite of fancy).

              http://www.tirnanognyc.com/homepage.php
              http://themollywee.com/index.htm

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                fourunder RE: bennyt2271 Mar 5, 2011 03:05 PM

                Blarney Stone or Blarney Rock.......cheap Corned Beef to boot.

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                  foodwhisperer RE: fourunder Feb 9, 2012 07:39 PM

                  I second Tir Na Nog.. Wow, Blarney Stone is still around. I used to love that place. Katz's isnt the only place with hand carved meat. Blarney stone did hand carved Brisket, corned beef and more and at very reasonable prices, and very tasty.

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                    fourunder RE: foodwhisperer Feb 9, 2012 08:42 PM

                    The Blarneys all deserve landmark status .....

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                      Silverjay RE: fourunder Feb 10, 2012 07:29 AM

                      The Blarney Stone with the steam table/ carving station on the south side of 32nd St. closed a few years ago. That was a killer spot for MSG events, especially the BET. Now it's gone and the BE is in total turmoil (Central Florida? SMU?). Times have changed.

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                        fourunder RE: Silverjay Feb 10, 2012 07:37 AM

                        Sad to hear....

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                  MahatmaKanejeeves RE: bennyt2271 Mar 6, 2011 02:35 PM

                  Rudy's at 44 St and 9th ave is a great dive. There is more of a neighborhood crowd. than at the bars within a block or two of MSG. Look for the statue of a pig in front.

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                  Rudy's Bar & Grill
                  627 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

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                    bennyt2271 RE: bennyt2271 Mar 7, 2011 09:48 AM

                    Thanks everyone for the tips, definitely have some good starting points...Much Appreciated!

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                      brightlightsbigcity RE: bennyt2271 Mar 15, 2011 05:03 PM

                      Foleys on 33rd is a nice Irish Pub I frequent pretty regularly. It's full of sports memorabilia (seats from the Old Shea/Yankee stadium), I believe the oldest urinals in the city (don't quote me on this). Also they have a lot of flat screens and have no attitude about switching the channel for you. Vast collection of beers and a few micro brews. As for the food, it's the typical Irish pub/bar fare but the menu has enough options to keep you going through the whole tournament.

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                      Foley's
                      18 W 33rd St, New York, NY 10001

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                        KevinMooney RE: bennyt2271 Aug 9, 2011 09:57 PM

                        Saw lots of good names in the other replies. The only one I go to often that wasn't mentioned is Tempest Bar NYC, at 30th and 8th. Sort of a cross between an Irish pub and dive bar; a level above Molly Wee and Blarney Stone, but still good drink prices. Best part is that you can have pizza delivered from the place next door.

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                        The Molly Wee
                        402 8th Ave, New York, NY 10001

                        Tempest Bar
                        407 8th Ave, New York, NY 10001

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