From its green awnings to its wood-paneled interior, Lily Flanagan’s definitely looks the part of an Irish pub. But it’s not just the décor that transports patrons to the Emerald Isle: Irish food specialties take tongues along for the ride, too. Housemade batter swathes the fish 'n' chips, and mashed potatoes bake to a golden brown atop each shepherd’s pie. Bartenders pull foaming glasses of Smithwicks and Guinness from the tap or the udders of a nearby beer cow. Alternatively, burgers and sandwiches burst with American flavors, including BBQ spices from Willie B's. A roster of regular promos and events keeps up a festive atmosphere throughout the week. Visitors gather around flat-screen televisions to watch sports events or shimmy on the dance floor to the beat of local DJs.
The culinary maestros at Molly Malone's Pub & Restaurant perform a satiating jig on voracious taste buds with a menu that fuses Irish, American, and continental flavors. Like a bald eagle wearing a red wig, an order of fried sea scallops and French fries ($19.99) from the dinner menu boasts an Irish-American flare, while the corned beef and cabbage ($11.99) lunch specialty rewards loyal mandibles with an authentic Irish delicacy (see full menus and prices). Diners can feast their ears on a rotating docket of live performances.
Chefs at George Martin's Strip Steak stand guard at roiling broilers, anticipating the exact moment when each dry-aged Angus steak within has perfectly browned. Ladles of béarnaise and au poivre sauces in hand, the kitchen staff sends each order—flanked by ramekins of sautéed vegetables or hand-cut french fries—out into the cozy, candlelit dining room. Wines and signature cocktails, such as ginger cosmopolitans, pair with each entree, including the restaurant's eponymous steaks, free-range chicken, brazilian lobster tails, and veal chops. George Martin's Strip Steak also caters special events, from small gatherings in its private dining rooms to onsite celebrations for up to 100 tuxedoed mannequins.
O’Reilly’s flame-wielders dish up an eclectic menu of traditional Irish-pub fare amid fetching period décor and games fit for the whole family. Imbue taste buds with the savory flavors of a twice-baked shrimp potato ($7.48) before unbridling a gallant fleet of forks upon a legion of irish-sausage links straddled with mashed potatoes and sautéed onions ($14.98). Or invoke the Earl of Sandwich without donning a fluffernutter-encrusted crown by perusing O’Reilly’s selection of handheld eats, which includes the succulent short-rib grilled-cheese sandwich slathered in horseradish sauce ($10.48) and the Bookmaker—a robust layering of filet mignon, sautéed onions, and mushrooms ($13.48). Homemade by O’Reilly’s crack chefs, the strawberry-rhubarb cobbler robes itself with regal dollops of whipped and sweetened Jameson butter ($4.98).
Working behind his traditional, glass-front sushi bar, Chef Sho makes believers out of discriminating palates by forging an alluring Japanese menu of delicately fried delights and richly flavored fish straight from the sea. Warm, exotic appetizers such as broiled squid fire gustatory starting pistols before diners delve into heartier entrees from the kitchen, including beef marinated in teriyaki sauce, pork sautéed in ginger sauce, and vegetable tempura.
Ranked first of 177 Zagat rated sushi restaurants, Takara Japanese Restaurant’s sushi bar showcases Sho’s knack for marrying unique flavors, as tasted in the Love lobster roll, whose spicy mayo adds a tangy zest to sweet crustacean flavors. Rather than swallowing a television remote, diners can mute growling stomachs with the Oz roll’s blend of tuna and buttery avocado sliced with laser-like precision. Takara Japanese Restaurant offers catering for private and holiday events, please contact for more information.