The closest thing you’ll find to an authentic Irish pub in NYC is McSorley’s Old Ale House – located at 15 E. 7th St. in the East Village. Opened in 1854, it’s Manhattan’s oldest continuously operating pub, and over the years has served people like Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Boss Tweed, and E.E. Cummings. It was one of the countries last "men only" pubs, and it wasn’t until 1970 when the National Organization for Women sued McSorley’s that they finally opened their doors to women. Inside you’ll find Irish bartenders, great ale sawdust on the floor, rowdy customers, good conversation, and about 150 years of history on the walls including a pair of Houdini’s handcuffs attached to the bar rail, as well as an original "Wanted" poster for Lincoln’s assassin.
On Saturday I was in the city with Justin, Steph, Patti, and Scott walking around the East Village. I took them there and they loved it. It was extremely crowded, which
is to be expected on a Saturday night, but we still managed to find a
seat at a crowded wooden table after waiting 20 minutes or so. A waiter
came up to us and asked us if we wanted light or dark, then came back
with two fists full of beer mugs. The prices are great, you get two
mugs for $4.50, and you have to buy two at a time. They have no
register, and only deal in cash. Being there reminded me a lot of being
in the Brazen Head in Dublin. The history on the walls is incredible…
everywhere you look there’s something that catches your interest.
There’s no music, so all you can do is talk to your friends or the
strangers sitting around you. It’s without a doubt one of the best pubs
in New York, so if you’re ever looking for a good place to go, be sure
to give it a try.