If I am wavering on where to go, I usually wind up with a large order of mozzarella sticks or potato skins and a pint of Guinness. The world just seems a bit happier at an Irish pub.
975 Second Ave.
The antique old-world pub atmosphere is reminiscent of Ireland. The menu is always reasonable and includes Irish favorites and sports specials. Daily from 3-8 p.m. relax with $4 domestic beers and $5 imported beers and well drinks. Weekend brunch includes one free beverage — get the brunch burger ($12.95), which includes a fried egg and bacon.
842 Second Ave.
Daily from 4-7 p.m. save with $3 drafts, $5 well and wine, and $6 martinis and Cosmos. After 7 p.m. they offer additional daily specials, as well as burger and beer deals. They are a mix of an Irish pub and a rocking karaoke bar. Get ready to sing because the crowd will cheer you on. If performing makes you nervous, don’t be, Keats creates a laid-back karaoke experience with no cover charge and no song fees.
61 Second Ave.
Check out this new spot for an upscale Irish pub experience, with traditional music on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. The menu is casual, with savings from 4-7 p.m. through the week like $2 off drinks and $15 buckets (five bottles) daily. Order the buffalo fries ($6) and be ready to share. It’s the kind of place where you can spend an afternoon in the blink of an eye. The spacious layout with plenty of TVs is perfect for game days. Come with a group and score the sampler appetizer, which includes your pick of three items, for $17.
Monica DiNatale is a Deals Expert and Author of 365 Guide New York City, a treasure trove of restaurant deals and bar specials in New York. Monica has been featured as the Dining Expert for PIX 11and Good Day New York and has hosted segments for The New York Chocolate Show and The New York City Craft Beer Week Festivals. “365 Guide New York City” is available in paperback and e-book.