Irish pubs in Monmouth County?
I was going to ask for folks' thoughts comparing St Stephen's Green and Harrigan's ... but over the weekend realized how many Irish bars/taverns/pubs there are in the area, and thought I'd solicit impressions on the good, the bad, and the empty chairs ....
I like Irish food, and the Irish Breakfast at St Stephen's was pretty good. Also like a good pour of stout ... but a good beer selection beyond that, as well.
Definitely a winner except if there's a big game on Sunday afternoon !
Family oriented and Irish music some Sundays and their menu is decent . I'm no fish eater but I have a hard time getting past their fish and chips - fresh cod well cooked and tasty fries .
Good beer selection .
Street parking .
McDonough's, Dublin House, CelticCottage, Kelly's, Rod's... all decent bars, but just because there's Guinness and Tullamore Dew at the bar and Sligos on the menu it's not necessarily a true Irish pub. Nor is St. Stephen's a true Irish pub but IMHO it's the closest in the area.
To your initial inquiry, I would submit that the food at St.Stephen's, though by know means fantastic, is significantly better than that at Harrigan's. At the latter, however, you can take advantage of the Raw Bar-Happy Hour, which is an OK value if you can get a seat at the bar. I'd also say that Harrigan's may have a slightly better selection of craft beers.
Another place to consider might be Kelly's. I don't think the food is still as good as it once was, but the reuben (pastrami or corned beef) makes it a spot worth a visit.