Written by Laurie Wilson, Editorial@antonnews.com Wednesday, 24 April 2013 08:27
If you somehow missed last weekend’s crowds and crush as St. Patrick’s Day washed over Nassau County like a green tsunami, and all of the sentimental songs, green beer and shamrock-shaped cookies made you pine for a real Irish experience, there’s still hope. It’s no blarney, there are local spots where everyone’s Irish (or at least feels it) 12 months a year and the experience is more fun—and typically more authentic—than you’ll find on the annual patron saint baccanalia. Here’s a selection, from pint-sized pubs to pitcher-sized restaurants.
Sea Cliff loves to have a good time. In fact, this wee village on Long Island Sound, hosts an annual Pub Crawl that takes place a couple of weeks before St. Patrick’s Day. One of the most popular Pub Crawl participants is K.C. Gallagher’s, a clover-sized pub on Sea Cliff’s main drag. It’s the real thing, with beer-battered fish ‘n chips (In Ireland, sold by “chippers”). Guinness and Bass? Of course. 325 Sea Cliff Ave., Sea Cliff
Port Washington locals know they get can settle into a booth at Sullivan’s Quay Restaurant and Bar any time of year for Irish fare like shepherd’s pie and fish and chips. This is no corner pub, but a lovely restaurant that serves everything from beef to pasta. And the long, glistening bar has 20 beers on tap. 541 Port Washington Blvd., Port Washington
You gotta trust a place with a name like Greens Irish Pub in Manhasset to give a proper nod to Ireland. A menu that features house specialties fish ‘n chips and shepherd’s pie year-round joins with the requisite Guinness, and a thoroughly Irish atmosphere. In fact, from the façade to the regulars at the bar, Greens is far more Baggot Street than Plandome Road.
In Garden City, B.K. Sweeney’s Uptown Grille has a wooden polished bar that is the perfect backdrop for the popular eatery’s menu that ranges from burgers to prime rib. And if you get the impression you’re in a steakhouse, there’s a lot of that in the restaurant/bar’s DNA. Irish? Certainly, much along the lines of Gallagher’s in Manhattan. 636 Franklin Avenue, Garden City
Trinity Restaurant and Bar in Floral Park is one of the few Island spots to offer a traditional Irish breakfast (scrambled eggs, bangers, rashers and black and white pudding) and fish ‘n chips year-round. Though the dish’s name isn’t Irish, the chef’s Yankee pot roast could pass for local fare anywhere in Erin. Brews include Guinness (of course) as well as 20 Irish classics and American craft beers in a bright, relaxed atmosphere. 190 Jericho Turnpike, Floral Park
Another lucky shamrock spot that offers an authentic Irish breakfast, as well as fish ‘n chips and shepherd’s pie year-round, is popular Murphy’s Bar & Grill in Mineola. It’s a real slice of Ireland, with its red pub-front and booths and bar that seem lifted right out of the Emerald Isle. The menu is Irish and American, the beers on tap numerous, and the sports on TV thoroughly absorbing (much like a bar in Ireland). 234 Old Country Rd., Mineola.