DIN­ING GUIDE

Ir­ish Fare

201 Family - - CON­TENTS - COM­PILED BY AMELIA DUGGAN AND JOYCE VENEZIA SUSS

Ber­gen County has sev­eral au­then­tic Ir­ish pubs – the kind of neigh­bor­hood es­tab­lish­ments where ev­ery­one knows your name. Most of­fer lunch, din­ner and late-night menus with Ir­ish spe­cial­ties as well as Amer­i­can cui­sine. Some of these pubs look like they were picked up in Ire­land and dropped down in Ber­gen County, with red or green ex­te­ri­ors, black-paned win­dows and lots of dark wood in­side. In­deed, many are owned and op­er­ated by na­tives of Ire­land, com­plete with brogue.

BERGEN­FIELD TOMMY FOX’S PUB­LIC HOUSE 32 WASH­ING­TON AVE., 201-384-0900

Win­ner of many “Best in Ber­gen” awards from

(201) Mag­a­zine read­ers, this tra­di­tional Ir­ish pub has fine food and spir­its served in the din­ing room, in­clud­ing Ir­ish spe­cial­ties such as bangers and mash, fish and chips and shep­herd’s pie. A host of loyal reg­u­lars keep com­ing back for live bands, Gaelic sports on tele­vi­sion, darts, bingo and trivia nights, and DJ nights.

CARL­STADT MAGGIE’S BAR & RESTAU­RANT 442 HACK­EN­SACK ST., 201-804-7738

All the clas­sic pub grub and brew along with a tra­di­tional Ir­ish food menu. Maggie’s also has karaoke, 10 satel­lite TVs show­ing ma­jor sport­ing events, and a state-of-the-art juke­box with more than 100,000 songs in a warm, cozy set­ting. The es­tab­lish­ment also hosts As­so­ci­a­tion of Ber­gen County Dartists com­pe­ti­tions.

EAST RUTHERFORD BLAR­NEY STA­TION AU­THEN­TIC IR­ISH PUB & RESTAU­RANT 258 PARK AVE., 201-531-0001

A good Ir­ish pub with a din­ing area. The bar is loud and friendly, a pop­u­lar place to watch sports on sev­eral high-def­i­ni­tion, large-screen TVs and chat with lo­cal reg­u­lars. Ir­ish spe­cial­ties in­cludes shep­herd’s pie, bangers and mash, fish and chips, as well as the “full Ir­ish” break­fast, con­sist­ing of two eggs, toast, beans, black and white pud­ding, Ir­ish sausage and ba­con and a grilled tomato.

ENGLEWOOD BIDDY O’MAL­LEY’S 36 N. VAN BRUNT ST., (201) 608-5545

The pop­u­lar Ir­ish bistro of North­vale re­cently opened a sec­ond in lo­ca­tion to Englewood, bring­ing along its tried-and-true menu of tra­di­tional Ir­ish fare.

HACK­EN­SACK HAR­LEY’S IR­ISH PUB 366 RIVER ST., 201-342-4747

An easy-go­ing vibe makes this spot a fa­vorite hang-out since 1977. It’s the kind of neigh­bor­hood place that hosts Ir­ish soda bread con­tests and cloth­ing drives, where you can play darts, play poker on Sun­days, lis­ten to juke­box mu­sic, and en­joy pub food at a good price.

LAZY LANI­GAN’S 604 MAIN ST., 201-342-6677

A fa­vorite among lo­cals look­ing for af­ford­able food and drink in a warm, cozy at­mos­phere, with an out­door deck for smok­ers. Celtic fare in­cludes shep­herd’s pie and fish and chips.

POITIN STILL 774 MAIN ST., 201-847-0660

Pop­u­lar among lo­cals who en­joy mu­sic and danc­ing, with lots of room, a sub­stan­tial bar and a fire­place for warmth on chilly evenings. The menu in­cludes a full range of pub food and Ir­ish dishes such as bangers and mash, fish and chips, shep­herd’s pie and a mixed grill of Ir­ish ba­con, sausage, white and black pud­ding, lamb chop, calves liver and a grilled tomato.

MONT­VALE DAVEY’S IR­ISH PUB & RESTAU­RANT 5 PARK ST., 201-391-9356

Es­tab­lished in 1974, the fam­ily-friendly, lo­cal fa­vorite of­fers a full menu that also in­cludes Ir­ish fare such as fish and chips, shep­herd’s pie, bangers and mash, sausage and chips and Gal­way-style mus­sels. Also a great place to watch sports and play darts.

THE PORTER HOUSE STEAK­HOUSE AND CI­GAR BAR 125 KINDERKA­MACK ROAD, 201-307-6300

The restau­rant is a true Amer­i­can steak­house in an el­e­gant set­ting, but the Ir­ish bar is com­plete with bar­rels, a gi­ant “still” loom­ing over­head, real Ir­ish an­tiques and 24 beers on tap. The ci­gar room known as the Mon­te­cristo Lounge fea­tures large leather chairs in an in­ti­mate, dark­wood at­mos­phere. Many rooms have work­ing fire­places. Ir­ish spe­cial­ties in­clude fish and chips, shep­herd’s pie and Guin­ness beef stew.

NORTH­VALE BIDDY O’MAL­LEY’S IR­ISH BISTRO AND BAR 191 PARIS AVE., 201-564-7893

A pop­u­lar new­comer in Ber­gen County, own­ers Noel and Eileen “Biddy” O’Mal­ley have brought a taste of County Clare to north­east­ern Ber­gen County. The menu fea­tures “con­tem­po­rary Amer­i­can with an Ir­ish flair” in­clud­ing fish and chips, shep­herd’s pie and a “full Ir­ish” break­fast on Sun­day. All food is cooked from scratch and can ac­com­mo­date spe­cial di­etary needs, in­clud­ing gluten-free beer.

POMP­TON LAKES THATCHER MCGHEE’S 6 WANAQUE AVE., (973) 839-3377

Guin­ness BBQ baby back ribs, sham­rock cod and Ir­ish meat­loaf are among the pop­u­lar eth­nic fare you will find at this restau­rant and sports bar. Plenty of TV screens so that you can watch the game while you en­joy your pub grub.

RAM­SEY BRADY’S AT THE STA­TION 5-7 WEST MAIN ST., 201-327-9748

Brady’s is the place “where you’re only a stranger once” and boasts din­ing rooms and bars on two floors, a var­ied menu in ad­di­tion to its tra­di­tional Ir­ish fare, a pop­u­lar late-night bar scene and darts tournaments. Ir­ish spe­cial­ties in­clude bangers and mash, shep­herd’s pie and fish and chips; an Ir­ish break­fast is served on Sun­days. It is an ideal des­ti­na­tion for all types of cel­e­bra­tions, events and par­ties, or for a small group of friends look­ing to en­joy a meal and drink.

THE SHANNON ROSE 1200 ROUTE 17 NORTH, 201-962-7602 A tra­di­tional pub at­mos­phere and tra­di­tional Ir­ish fare, in­clud­ing Guin­ness beef stew. There are 19 beers on tap at four bars, in­clud­ing Guin­ness, Harp and Smith­wick’s, in ad­di­tion to scotch malts and Ir­ish whiskeys. Also fea­tured are live entertainment, tele­vised sport­ing matches, and spe­cial events. Tra­di­tional Ir­ish fare in­cludes shep­herd’s pie, bangers and mash, Guin­ness beef stew, and Harp beer-bat­tered fish and chips – all served with Ir­ish soda bread. RIDGE­WOOD MAC­MUR­PHY’S 8 GOD­WIN AVE., 201-444-0500

Ca­sual eatery with a work­ing fire­place, pop­u­lar among lo­cal res­i­dents, with tra­di­tional Ir­ish fare as part of the reg­u­lar menu, in­clud­ing shep­herd’s pie. Reg­u­lar spe­cials on draft beers at­tract young pa­trons for a bustling late-night scene.

TEA­NECK THE COT­TAGE BAR & RESTAU­RANT 178 CEDAR LANE, 201-692-0016

Ir­ish-born pro­pri­etors John Dillon and Mickey Daw­son of­fer a full Ir­ish break­fast on week­ends and claim to pour the “best pint of Guin­ness in Ber­gen.” The friendly Ir­ish bar has a full menu with daily lunch and din­ner spe­cials, along with 12 beers on tap. Pa­trons can par­take in karaoke night ev­ery Wed­nes­day, while sports fans can en­joy Euro­pean and FIFA soc­cer or NFL Sun­day Ticket on one of the eight plasma tele­vi­sion screens. Ir­ish spe­cial­ties on the menu in­clude bangers and mash, fish and chips, and a tasty dish of sausage, baked beans and fries.

WAYNE GRASSHOP­PER TOO 26 ERIE AVE., (973) 696-9698

The Fitz­patrick fam­ily brings its cus­tomers high­qual­ity Ir­ish dishes at rea­son­able prices. Fa­vorites in­clude corned beef and cab­bage, bangers and mash and shep­herd’s pie, all home­made.

WEST­WOOD P.J. FINNEGAN’S 274 FAIRVIEW AVE., 201-664-7576

Win­ner of the “Best of Ber­gen” 2014 award for Best Ir­ish bar. The cozy space is filled with old-time sports mem­o­ra­bilia. Look for the Ir­ish and Amer­i­can flags above the door. Pa­trons can en­joy tra­di­tional Ir­ish pub fare like fish and chips and the jus­ti­fi­ably fa­mous shep­herd’s pie, as well as the enor­mously pop­u­lar Dublin steak sand­wich.

PEARL RIVER, N.Y. T.F.NOO­NAN’S 16 EAST CEN­TRAL AVE., (845) 735-6427

Pearl River lo­cals say this pub is a fave for Ir­ish fare and ev­ery­thing in be­tween.

GRASSHOP­PER TOO WAYNE

BIDDY O’MAL­LEY’S NORTH­VALE

BRADY’S AT THE STA­TION RAM­SEY

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