Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Tir na nOg


Tir na nog main dining room

Since 1998, Tir na nOg has been one of the best Irish pubs in NYC for St. Patrick’s Day.

From our Celtic-inspired New American Menu to the Celtic script behind the bar and adorning our Cathedral room wall to the finest Imperial pint of Guinness poured in NYC, there’s no doubt you’re in a legendary Irish pub from the second you walk in our door.

Of course, St. Patrick’s Day and the days and weeks surrounding it are particularly magical times at Tir na nOg. We have live music throughout the month and lovely crowds nearly every day and night. We look forward to greeting you with a thousand welcomes this St. Patrick’s Day.

Our schedule of live music for March:

March 8th: Morningstar

March 9th: Dead Mile Dance

March 15th: Pio and Peadar

March 16th: Whist, Mary Courtney, Strong Tae, Pio and Paedar (noon to 2 am)

March 17th: Morningstar (starts at 7 pm)

March 22nd: Morningstar

March 23rd: Soundelicious

March 29th: Pio and Paedar

March 30th: Video DJ

Pio and Paedar

Pio Ryan is an Irish-tenor-banjo-musician who launched the Irish Tenor Banjo program. He plays traditional Irish music, with unique blues & bluegrass undertones. He plays at Tir Na Nog with Peadar O’Hici on guitar and vocals, who is known for his traditional Irish sound and occasional old language lyrics. Preview Pio & Peadar’s classic sounds here, with a clip of a performance in Red Hook.


Morningstar is comprised of Mary Courtney on vocals guitar, and bodhran, John Nolan on accordion, and Bernadette Fee on fiddle. Mary is an Irish native who started Morningstar in the 1980s, and both John and Bernadette are native New Yorkers, though you wouldn’t know it by their sound! Mary has been called “one of the very best!” and often moves Irish ex-pats to tears. Get a sneak peek of her sound, or check out her album, here.

Check out our Facebook page to find out in advance about performances, drink specials, and more.

Tir na nOg Welcomes Phish Fans for #YEMSG 2012


Tir na nog main dining room

Tir na nog has been a favorite stomping ground for Phish fans since it opened 15 years ago. We welcome their return tonight for the first of four nights of the 2012 NYE Run at MSG.

Phish fans devour our Irish Cheddar Cheeseburgers and our bar menu that ranges in price from $9 to $13 for classic American and Irish delicacies such as Rice-dusted Calamari, Raw Blue Point Oysters, Meatballs, Sausage Rolls, and Buffalo Wings, all of which explain why nearly every review calls Tir na nog one of the best restaurants near Madison Square Garden.

While Phish phans have always appreciated the fact that we pour the best pint of Guinness in America, they’ll also love our line-up of American Craft Beer on tap, which vaunt us into the circle of best bars near MSG as well.

We also offer our fabulous dinner menu includes a wide range of entrees, such as a Cider-brined Thick Cut Pork Chop or Tomato and Herb Crusted Salmon Fillet, or the best Shepherd’s Pie you’ll ever have. For those so inclined, we also offer our Champagne Cocktails.

Welcome back Wooks!

The Best Irish Pub Near MSG Welcomes The Who

The Who bring their Quadrophenia Tour to Madison Square Garden this week. To keep everyone happy, they also play a good selection of their classic hits.

If you have tickets for The Who, you’re wondering which are the best restaurants near Madison Square Garden.

Tir na nOg, the best pub in NYC, is right across the street. We offer savory fare and a world-class selection of drinks, as well as a gluten-free menu. We offer $5 drink specials all day, every day; current offers for just $5 are pints of Heineken, all types of Margarita, and Pinot Grigo.

Of course, all this comes with the hospitality for which the Irish are famous, and a classic decor that itself is worth the trip.

A family friendly restaurant near Madison Sq Garden

Over the next week, 50,000+ young fans will get to enjoy the experience of a concert at Madison Square Garden.  First, Justin Bieber brings his Believe Tour to the World’s Most Famous arena for two nights on November 28 and 29. Next, British boy band One Direction comes in for one night on December 3. Of course, not long after that, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas takes over The Theater at Madison Square Garden for a two-week holiday run.

Tickets to the concerts sold out within minutes of going on sale. You probably have tickets and want to know the best family friendly restaurants near Madison Square Garden before Justin Bieber, or want to know a good restaurant to direct your kids to. Perhaps instead you’re dropping your kids off at the show and want to find a place to have a little adult time while waiting?

Surprisingly, in each case, the best choice is Tir na nOg. We now have two locations for you to consider: our longstanding location in 5 Penn Plaza, on 8th Ave near 33rd St., and our new location, TIr na nOg Times Square, at 315 W. 39th St., just west of 8th Ave. The former is right across the street from MSG, while the latter is a 6-minute walk away.

The area around the Garden is chock full of gigantic sports bars, some of which teens should not be walking into, with or without a parent. But Tir na nog is a family friendly restaurant near Madison Square Garden. We offer a kids’ menu for the younger ones, and savory fare for older kids and mom and/or dad. Customers of all stripes and shapes have written many flattering reviews of Tir na nog.

Drop by Tir na nog and we promise not only our legendary Irish hospitality, but you won’t hear a single note of the teen pop music that has been playing non-stop in your house for months.

Call us at 212-630-0249 to reserve your table today.

The best restaurants near Madison Square Garden

Ever since we opened 14 years ago,, Tir na nOg has been known as one of the best restaurants near Madison Square Garden.

Food critics, the mainstream press or our customers all agree  –  Tir na nog is a gem that combines the hospitality of a traditional Irish pub with New American cuisine and the finest Irish and American craft beers on tap.

We’ve always attracted a nice crowd of Knicks fans, Ranger fans, concert goers and even families attending the circus and shows in The Theater at Madison Square Garden. We  manage to offer something for everyone, while not losing focus on anyone, and continuing to evolve with the times.

This evolution continues as we introduce a second location – Tir na nOg Times Square, located at 315 W. 39th St., just a 5-minute walk from the entrance to the Garden. There, you’ll find the same world-class hospitality, New American cuisine, and an even broader selection of Irish, Belgian and American craft beers, as well as a selection of the finest wines and cocktails. The 6,500 square foot space is absolutely spectacular, with the same historic touches that you find in our original restaurant.

Our customers coming from or returning to the Times Square area, Port Authority or elsewhere in midtown West may find Tir na nOg Times Square to be an even more convenient option for food and drinks before and after events at Madison Square Garden.

We look forward to greeting you again this season!

Syracuse Alumni Meetup Before USC Game

Tir na nOg is a long-time favorite meet up for Syracuse Alumni before games at Madison Square Garden. We’re expecting a sea of Syracuse fans before the USC football game as well. We’re right across the street from Penn Station, which is where most Syracuse fans will be heading to take the NJ Transit train to MetLife Stadium Meadowlands.

Buying food and drink at MetLife Stadium is not an enjoyable experience; you’ll encounter long lines, harried vendors, and sky-high prices. Do yourself a favor. On your way to the NJ transit train to the Meadowlands, stop by Tir na nog, right across the street from Penn Station, for a bite to eat and a pint or two.

Our brunch menu is a little bit Irish, a bit American, and of course comes with a free Mimosa, Screwdriver, or Bloody Mary – would it be brunch otherwise? Served starting at 11 AM on the weekends, we promise that you’ll love our Vanilla French Toast or the popular Smoked Salmon Benedict.

We also offer a bar menu that ranges in price from $9 to $13 for classic American and Irish delicacies such as Crispy Calamari, Raw Blue Point Oysters, Meatballs, Sausage Rolls, and Buffalo Wings.

For the budget-minded, we offer $5 drink specials all day, every day. Our American craft beers include Lagunitas IPA and Smuttynose Pale Ale. Of course, you can also enjoy pints of Guinness, Harp and Smithwicks as well.

So stop by Tir na nog and enjoy outstanding, reasonably priced food and drink in an unhurried atmosphere. Then, when you walk into MetLife Stadium and see the harried purveyors of expensive, mediocre fare, just smile and say, “No thanks, I’m full.”

Stop by after the game as well!

The Best Place to Eat Before the US Open

The only upside about the end of the summer in NYC is that it’s time for the US Open.

New Yorkers who stay behind while others leave town quickly learn that this peaceful period can be one of the most enjoyable parts of the year in NYC, and the US Open is a big reason why.

We have some good news for procrastinators – as of the time of writing this, tickets are still available on the official US Open Website.

Food and drink at the US Open is quite expensive, and often subpar. We understand – they have 12 days to pay their bills for the year and use temporary facilities– but you’re there to watch world class tennis, not to mollify their logistic problems by paying way too much for a mediocre hamburger and warm beer!

We have some good news – Tir na nog is an upscale Irish pub right across the street from the Long Island Railroad, which is the best way to get to the US Open from NYC, taking you there in 16 minutes.

Every summer we draw tennis fans who fill up on our reasonably priced, first-rate food and drink before leaving NYC for the US Open, and return to us for dinner after the matches.

We offer a full lunch and dinner menu or our convenient bar menu, so we can keep everyone in your party happy – whether happiness is a pint of Guinness and Raw Blue Point Oysters, Magners Cider and Irish Smoked Salmon on multi-grain bread, a Kir Royale and Sautéed Lemon Sole, or one of our champagne cocktails and chicken liver pate.

Let’s review:

  • at the US Open, you can have a mediocre hamburger and two warm light beers for about $40;
  • at Tir na nog, you can have Blue Point Oysters and two fresh pints of cold Hoegaarden White Beer (or our other 18 beers on tap) for $26.

Which shall it be?

For those weekend matches, our spectacular brunch (with a free brunch drink!) is a perfect way to start your day of tennis.

We offer $5 drink specials all the time, a terrific food and drink special every evening, and a $40 prix fixe three-course dinner with wine pairing on Saturday night.

Of course, we’ll also be showing the US Open on our TVs, and we welcome you to watch with us, from your very own “courtside seat.”

If you’re just filling up with us before heading to the USTA National Tennis Center, then the Long Island Railroad, located across the street from Tir na nog, is the best way to get from Manhattan to the US Open will get you there in a mere 16 minutes. Alternatively, you can take the A/C/E train, right outside our door, to Times Square, and transfer to the 7 train to the Mets/Willets Point station.

Make this the year you fully immerse yourself in the US Open, one of New York City’s greatest sporting events. As one of New York City’s best Irish pubs, we look forward to greeting you before and after each day’s matches.

Watch the Premier League Matches at Tir na nOg


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With a solid customer base from ex-pats and tourists of England, Ireland and elsewhere in Europe, Tir na nOg has naturally developed into a haven for fans of European sports.

Tir na nog is the best bar in NYC to watch the Barclays Premier League matches. During the season, which begins on August 18, we open at 9:00 am every Saturday and Sunday to show all matches.

We’ll be serving our standard brunch menu, with many football fan favorites, such as
Traditional Irish Breakfast, Irish Cheddar Omelet with Bacon Rashers, Grilled Steak and Eggs and Corned Beef Hash with Eggs.

We will also show all matches during the week. If some weekday you drop in to catch a match and for some reason we don’t have it on, let us know, and we promise to quickly rectify that.

Come find out why many consider Tir na nOg the best Irish pub in NYC and the best place to watch Premier League in NYC.

A Saturday Night $40 Prix Fixe Dinner with Wine Pairing

Tir na nOg is widely considered the best Irish pub in NYC. Yet every restaurant has its slack periods, and for us, that is the heart of the summer. Madison Square Garden closes for four months for construction, and many of our regular customers flee the city on weekends for the beach or mountains.

As a result, we create a summer full of irresistible dining specials to bring in a new crowd.

On Saturday nights, we offer what we believe to be the best dinner special in NYC. We offer a three-course gourmet meal with wine pairings for just $40.

Choose from three appetizers, four entrees, and two desserts, and a glass of red or white wine with each course.

For instance, you can start off with our famous Prince Edward Island Mussels and a glass of champagne, move on to our Mediterranean Spice-Dusted Salmon with a glass of Gruner Vetliner H&M Hofer, and finish your meal off with a Carmelized Banana Cake and a glass of Sauternes Chateux de Myrat.

Or, you could instead choose our Pistachio-crusted Goat Cheese and a glass of Pinot Noir, followed by our Pan Roasted Free Range Chicken with Sangiovese Rosso Picerno, with a dessert of chocolate mousse with a glass of Cascina Fonda Moscato D’Asti.

Either way, the total price for your meal (before tax and gratuity) will be just $40 – a price you will never find for such a repast on a Saturday night at a highly rated NYC restaurant.

Call us at 212-630-0249 or visit us on Open Table to reserve your table today!


Ten Ways to Spot an Exhibitor from the New York International Gift Fair

Tir na nog looks forward to welcoming exhibitors from the New York International Gift Fair at the Javits Center next month. As the best Irish pub in NYC, we offer timeless hospitality to weary visitors to our fine city, and every year we welcome scores of exhibitors and attendees from NYIGF.


We have exhibited at many trade shows ourselves, so we know they are over-stimulating, exciting, exhausting, rejuvenating, exhausting, emotionally draining, exhausting and totally worth it.

Supersize all these words, stretch them out over nearly a week, and you’ve got the NYIGF.

After a day of $4.00 warm diet Cokes (why are they always warm!?) and barely edible $15 “meals” at the Javits Center, everyone who’s done the Gift Fair knows that “I-must-find-good-food-and-get-a-cocktail-and-sit-down-NOW” feeling.

So, where should the tired, poor, huddled masses of exhibitors head when that feeling hits? Easy – walk 3 avenues east to Tir Na Nog and we’ll make you feel new again.

Whether you’re taking a load off with colleagues and want to savor a Leffe Blond Ale and Raw Blue Point Oysters, or you’re taking buyers out for champagne cocktails and Sauteed Lemon Sole, or hosting a cocktail party for a large group (ask about our low-priced packages!!), we’ve got you covered. Tir na nog offers something for everyone.

A typical lunch at Javits Center

We’ll be sure to take extra special care of our friends from NYIGF. In most cases, you won’t even have to tell us – we’ll simply spot one or more of the Ten Signs You Exhibited at the NYIGF Today:

1)   The waitress tells you her name and you respond with your name, booth number and “elevator pitch.”

2)   When your menu arrives, you get confused because it’s not marked “purchase order.”

3)   The waiter tells you the specials, and you ask him “what’s the delivery on that?”

4)   Your waitress delivers your drink, and then takes your food order, which you conclude with “and I need a refill on my drink.”

5)   Your high heels are in your handbag, and you’re asking your boss for a foot massage.

6)   You’re looking around the room for product demonstrations, expecting to see toys flying in the air or crawling around your feet.

7)   When you see someone carrying a Swarovski-encrusted squirrel, you’re not the least bit startled.

8)   Half your dinner conversation starts with “can you believe….!”

9)   You keep looking at your cell phone, because you can’t believe you have service continuously.

10)   By the end of dinner, you’ve miraculously recovered enough to suggest a few drinks at the bar, because you feel much better and “you won’t be that tired” in the morning.

At the end of your exhausting days at NYIGF, let Tir Na Nog bring you back. With a stellar tradition of outstanding food and drink and customer service, and $5 drink specials all day and night, we’re the best restaurant near the Javits Center.

Cheers to a very successful NYIGF and selling season for all!