Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry’s trilevel mid-19th-century saloon, The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog, is not your average, run-of-the-mill Irish pub. “We are continually pushing for improvement and scrutinizing everything we do. We also want to shatter the dogma or misconceptions associated with the Irish bar,” says McGarry, who was named America’s top bartender by The Daily Meal in 2014. The New York pub’s specialization is Irish whiskey; it currently serves 147 different types. Half of the bar’s cocktails, served in the second story sit-down parlor, are dedicated to the spirit.
Try the expertly executed Irish coffee, made with quality filtered coffee, not espresso; cream with more than 36 percent fat content; and Bushmills Original Irish Whiskey. No wonder 200 to 300 Irish coffees are sold daily! Always bustling, the ground-level taproom serves craft beers and crowd-pleasing cocktails. The hearty Irish and British food menu has all the requisites, like fish and chips, sausage rolls, and Scotch eggs, along with some modernized offerings like burgers and truffle fries. (The Dead Rabbit/Yelp)