The leprechaun has become the unofficial mascot of Ireland in much the same way as the image of our first four presidents playing chicken in a swimming pool has come to universally represent America. Revel in a friendly synthesis of cross-cultural victuals with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Irish fare and drinks at Cryan’s Beef & Ale House, located in South Orange.
Cryan’s Beef & Ale House is a local meeting point for hungry tongues and hops-craving humans, and its lively atmosphere helps diners avoid food-induced power naps. Entrees like the steak fries-flanked Cryan’s burger ($7.95) or the corned-beef sandwich ($7.95) toe the line between American favorites and across-the-pond staples, and ideally complement a cold pint of domestic or imported ale. Browse the full menu before heading in for a friendly meal over which you can hash out ownership stakes in a Gary-Busey impersonators-for-hire company.
The New York Times mentioned Cryan's Beef & Ale House in a feature on South Orange, and the Star-Ledger featured the restaurant. Eight TripAdvisors give it an average of 3.5 owl eyes. Six Yahoo! Locals, five Yelpers, and five Google Mappers give the ale house an average of three stars, and 60% of Urbanspooners like it.
Cryan’s Beef & Ale House
Mention the Cryan family to South Orange locals and they'll probably tell you stories. They'll talk about the sons who've worked as chiefs of the local police and fire departments, the father who emigrated from Ireland in the '40s, and the lively parties held at Cryan's Beef & Ale House. Captained by the youngest son, Jimmy, the 30-year-old local landmark is the last of the 30 pubs and eateries the family owned throughout Jersey.
An Irish flag waves outside the cheerful Celtic storefront, beckoning passersby in for some beer and Irish pub classics. Inside, a St. Patrick statue smiles down on rows of cushy green booths, where diners wrap their hands around corned beef sandwiches and hearty Angus beef burgers. Among regular patrons are students from the nearby Seton Hall University and a woman named Carol, who has eaten there every night since 1982. Throughout the week, the restaurant plays host to lively events, from spirited DJ college nights to traditional Irish music shows.
South Orange Village
24 1st St.
South Orange, New Jersey 07079