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Lunch

Statue of Liberty Cafeteria: Lunch at Liberty Statue of Liberty Cafe Review

With both indoor and outdoor seating, overlooking the ferry dock, this is as good a place as any to grab a late lunch or snack during a visit to Ellis and Liberty Islands. The cafeteria is just that - a simple fast food outlet offering food for fuel rather than anything culinary.

If sitting outside don't let the seagulls intimidate you!

Favorite Dish: Pepperoni Pizza was OK and the coffee is pretty good.

Address: Liberty Island

Comparison: about average

Directions: Overlooking the ferry dock

Price: less than US$10

Rating: 3

Theme: American

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Apr 25, 2006
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Literally Sandwiched! - New York City

Literally Sandwiched!

Jack Demsey's Pub: My Kinda Bar #3 Jack Dempsey's Review

Having worked up a bit of a thirst from the previous two bars my feet refused to obey my brain and on continuing up West 33rd they refused point-blank to pass the doorway of Jack Demsey's. This is yet another of New York's cracking Irish-orientated bars, once again with very much a sport's theme - in this case football and especially Glasgow Celtic FC. This being despite the fact that Jack Demsey was, of course, a boxer.

Very much a locals pub in the afternoon, with an easy-going, beer-swilling clientele, friendly staff and pleasant atmosphere.

Favorite Dish: I didn't actually eat here, but the menu with its Irish lean looked good value, featuring Shepherd's Pie (made with beef!!!), Pork Chops with Cabbage and the all-day Irish Breakfast as well as a selection of American standards such as wings and burgers, all looked good to me.

Address: 36 W 33rd St

Comparison: less expensive than average

Directions: Adjacent to Empire State just up the road from Foley's sandwiched between a warehouse and a car park.

Phone: 212 629 9899

Price: US$11-20

Rating: 4

Theme: American

Website: http://www.jackdemseys.com

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 21, 2006
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My Kinda Bar #2 - New York City
Foley's NY Bar & Restaurant: My Kinda Bar #2

After lunching at Mulligan's and having a quick look at the Empire State, very impressive but the queue was posted at over 60 mins, I was overtaken by a stange dryness of the throat. Having forgetton to pack a water bottle, there was only one thing for it, find the nearest bar.

Heading West on 33rd, Foley's is well worth a quick pit-stop, purely as a remedy for dehydration and, having a glance at the menu, looks as if it would also be worth stopping for a bite to eat too.

This is an Irish-themed baseball-orientated bar very much in the the upscale modern style and in the mid-afternoon seemed to attract a predominantly local trade of beer drinkers - told you it was my kinda bar. A swift pint turned into 2 but I was starting to get a little too comfortable and hence a strategic withdrawal was required.

Favorite Dish: I didn't actually eat here but the menu looked good, with an Irish/Italian slant to the New York favourites and a few contemporary dishes thrown in. The Irish Breakfast is served "morning, noon and night".

Address: 18 w 33rd St

Comparison: less expensive than average

Directions: Opposite Empire State Building, just round the corner from the main entrance.

Phone: 212 290 0080

Price: US$11-20

Rating: 4

Theme: American

Website: http://www.foleysny.com

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 21, 2006
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The Perfect New York Lunch - New York City

The Perfect New York Lunch

Mulligan's Pub: My Kinda Bar

For a central Manhattan location for casual dining you could do a lot worse than drop into MUlligan's for lunch. As the name might suggest this is an Irish bar and whilst relatively upscale in comparison to many is certainly not too expensive. A decent sandwich lunch with a couple of beers - Smethwicks since you ask - was about the $20 mark.

Friendly Irish service with what appears to be a reasonable local trade as well as passing New Yorkers and visitors makes this a ideal drop-in place. On my only visit a woman came in and sat at the bar and just had a cup of soup and a glass of water - total $3.50 and got the same quality of service as everyone else.

Favorite Dish: This being my first foray into New York I just had to order the Pastrami on Rye just like everybody does in the movies and delicous it was too. Plenty of tender juicy meat piled thickly between rye bread with chunky fries, coleslaw and pickle - for about 8 bucks. Spot On!!

Address: 267 Madison Ave

Comparison: less expensive than average

Directions: Between 38th and 40th on the right if heading North on Madison.

Phone: 212 286 0207

Price: US$11-20

Rating: 4

Theme: Pub/Brewery

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Apr 20, 2006
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