Revisiting My Favorite St. Patty’s Day Lunch (and the best Onion Rings in Midtown)
If you’re looking for a St. Patty’s Day Midtown Lunch, there really is only place to recommend… The Blarney Stone on 3rd Ave. btw. 44+45th. An Irish Bar, to be sure, but not one of those typical Midtown pubs, where the food is mediocre, overpriced and served to you by a waiter. It’s a dive in the best sense of the word, with a bar on the left, steam table/grille on the right, free for all wooden tables in the back, and some of the cheapest, most delicious lunch food in Midtown- no menus required.
When I first wrote about the Blarney Stone in January of last year, it was for the burger. 1/2 a lb. of fresh grilled meat, on a gigantic roll for only $4 is easily the best burger deal in Midtown ($6, gets you the works + fries or onion rings), but with the influx of Five Guys, the new Goodburger location , Pop Burger, and standbys like the Burger Joint, I feel like the Blarney Stone is still largely under the radar when it comes to burgers (although you wouldn’t be able to tell from the long lines between Noon and 2pm every day). The burger is still great, and amazingly they haven’t really raised the prices yet. But on St. Patty’s Day, a burger may not be exactly what you’re looking for…
Corned Beef porn, and the best onion rings in Midtown, after the jump.
If you’re an Irish Pub, burgers is not necessarily what you should be known for… and their corned beef is top notch (especially for the price). Get it served as a sandwich, or on a plate with two side dishes. One bite, and you can tell the Blarney Stone has more going for it than the prices, the fact that you don’t have to order from a waiter, and the giant portions. Everything is done in house- and you really can tell. They brine their own brisket to make the corned beef, and $6.50 will buy you a warm and massive sandwich that puts every overpriced generic Midtown deli offering to shame. It comes on rye bread, without even having to ask, and for $1 more you can get the best onion rings in Midtown- settling the question I posed in June.
Midtown Lunch’er “DDR” had emailed me about the rings awhile back, and I have to say, a better suggestion has never been offered. Handmade every morning from freshly sliced onions (not too thick, not too thin), they are battered with breadcrumbs, herbs and salt, and are really delicious. For the price, I feel comfortable saying, without hesitation, you will never have a better ring in Midtown.
So head on down to the Blarney Stone today for St. Patty’s Day. I’m sure it will be a relaxing Monday lunch, that’s fun for the whole family!
(Disclaimer: There are many Blarney Stone’s in NYC, but at this point they are all owned by different people. This is only about the one on 3rd btw. 44+45th. Oh, and don’t take your family there… ever- and certainly not today. I was being sarcastic, and can’t be held responsible for your 7 year old being vomited on.)