Maybe we have a restaurant type - Irish pubs - when in the Theater District? We recently ate at O'Casey's Times Square. Blink and you miss it, this small slice of a place abuts the cavernous construction pit on the corner of W. 46th and 8th, and has a tattoo place and the back of the Imperial as its other neighbors. It doesn't look like much from the outside, but once you step into this cozy joint, and your eyes adjust, it feels less Times Square and more local joint.
Broadway Eats: O'Casey's Times Square
As I mentioned above, this is an Irish pub, and it is open all but 3 hours a day! We've been there twice, both times for a pre-show lunch, and so the regular menu was what we ordered from. As you can see from above, they serve a variety of dishes, including "bar food" appetizers, burgers, and our favorite - comfort food! If authentic Irish is your thing, they've got you covered as well. Even though it's not my thing, the Bangers and Mash looks and smells amazing. The variety of items makes it an easy choice for a return visit - there are several things we both want to try!
We've only been here in the hours before a Sunday matinee, and business at that time is steady, but quiet. We felt welcome to stay and linger as long as we wanted, and the owner even invited us back after Sweeney Todd, which unfortunately, we couldn't that day. Long and narrow, the place never felt claustrophobic, and it was really clean. This includes the bathroom, which, though small, was spotless. We also enjoyed the framed Playbills and window cards on the walls - most from shows with Irish content and/or authorship. Great meeting of content and locale, here!
We had drinks - Mike's usual margarita ($12) and my usual rum and coke (Pepsi here) ($12). Though we did not have any appetizers, I had my eye on French Onion Soup. For our meal, Mike had a roast chicken club sandwich on ciabatta bread ($17), and I had, on our server's recommendation, the beef stew ($24). The portions were huge, but so tasty, we both cleaned our plates. Mike's sandwich came with a pile of homemade fries - potato wedges, really. My meal was a large bowl of tender beef chunks, with potatoes and carrots in a rich, delicious gravy, and topped with a dollop of mashed potatoes. It was SO GOOD!
There's something about sitting at the bar and getting to know the servers while we ate. Both the bartender and waitress were from Ireland, and it was fun just listening to them talk - about New York and about their country. And the owner was there, too, chatting us up. The drinks were a nice pour - generous. And the service was just terrific, we never had to ask for anything - they anticipated everything from extra napkins to drink refills and water. All with a good nature and some feisty chat, we felt more like we were regulars than new to the place.
We will definitely be back.
BONUS: They accept restaurant.com vouchers, if you have them!
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