Lets face it- the Irish enjoy a pint. Or four. Who am I to judge? Oh, and they like sports too. With the NFL’s big game coming up you’re going to need a cozy place to watch the big game with ten of your closest friends. This year why not give Kinsale Tavern a shot? Although it features a large dining room, this distinctly Irish dive has a cozy feel with great food, and a better beer list. Oh, did I mention probably the best whiskey selection on the Upper East Side?
Wait, the Upper East Side? I know, I know, I know. The Upper East Side. Who wants to go there? Rest assured, it’s far enough away from Madison Avenue that you won’t have to deal with any Fashionistas, except for maybe one very lost soul. It is two transfers from Penn, so you won’t be overrun by the bridge and tunnel crowd either.
To be expected, the bar has a fantastic Shepard’s Pie. The traditional Irish Breakfast is also great, as is the sausage and mashed potatoes and beans. The fish and chips are fantastic as well. The best-named dish is the Hot Sandwich Adventure, but as they say, a rose by any other name. While juicy and delicious, it is just a hot turkey and ham sandwich, accented by roasted peppers. They definitely get points for creativity with this one. I would be remiss if I failed to mention the wings. I would put these up against the best that Buffalo had to offer. Always served hot and fresh, and with plenty of blue cheese, don’t miss these on your visit.
On to the best part- the booze. It is worth noting that they serve pints according to the Queen. Yes that’s right a full 20 ounces as opposed to the typical 16. And lucky for us during happy hour (till 7) those pints are only $3.50! The beer list features a full 25 or so makes, from high ABV offerings to session ales for those making a day of it. Being a pub in the tradition of County Cork, there are many single malts to be had. In fact at any given time they have as many as 75, in addition to a wide selection of bourbon and other American varieties.
In addition to the typical American games, Kinsale features many international games as well. This includes many closed circuit soccer games, as well as rugby. They even feature hurling and other Gaelic events.
1672 3rd Avenue,
(Between 93rd and 94th)
New York, NY 10128
Article by: Joseph Albanese