Irish Cottage Restaurant & Pub
108-07 72 Ave, Forest Hills;
Hours: Open 7 days, 11 a.m. until 4 a.m.
Entertainment: "Let your hair down" sing-a-long with
Credit Cards: All major
For the regular patrons of the Irish Cottage Restaurant and Pub,
its a homecoming. For the occasional diner, its a memorable experience. And
for the owner, Kathleen McNulty, its been 40 years of hard work and laughter.
At the back of the Pub, diners will find a country setting with table
candles, paintings of the Irish countryside, and cozy booths that "holds them in the
palm of our hands," said McNulty with a lilting Irish brogue. And when the regulars
get together at the neighborhood-drinking bar up front, "its like coming
home," she chuckled.
McNulty suggested a beer ($5.50 a pint) to compliment the Yankee pot
roast with baby roast potatoes and red cabbage dinner ($14.95). I ordered one pint, but
she brought three varities. The most popular is the Guiness, "a hearty, mans
beer," she said. The second, the Harp, was lighter and sweeter, and then the Bass,
with a medium taste.
"By the way," said McNulty, "I used to have the Yankee
Pot Roast once a week, but since Sept. 11, its become one of my most popular dishes.
Its on the menu three times a week. I think its the word Yankee that gets
The varied menu of freshly made daily specials include other favorites,
like the Sheppards Pie, a signature dish of ground sirloin, vegetables, browned
mashed potatoes with McNultys own special gravy ($10.95).
Talk about potatoes . . . the hearty, well-seasoned potato-leek soup is
something to write home about. As McNulty said, "The Irish know how to make anything
out of potatoes."
For an alternative, try the carrot, pumpkin, and beef barley soups
also palate pleasers.
There are other traditional comfort foods like corned beef and cabbage
(14.95), fish and chips ($13.95), beer-battered shrimp ($16.95), and grilled salmon
garnished with dill sauce ($16.95).