Irish Food

Irish beef back in the USA!

Ireland’s Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney TD, was in New York in early February speaking at a number of events of a promotional tour to mark the launch of Irish beef in the US after a 16 year absence. Amongst the main events was an unveiling to US media of the Irish Food Board’s strategy for marketing Irish beef in the US followed by a high profile launch event with top international chefs presenting to US buyers and food writers.
Commenting on the day the Minister said “this week is about building on the momentum of the recent announcement that Irish beef is the only European beef approved for sale in the US. Today in New York is the first day of our three-city promotional tour and it’s fitting that we start here in a city with a reputation for high quality food but also with deep links with Ireland. Our key aim is to build awareness and generate excitement about Irish beef among trade buyers and opinion formers. Working with these large-scale distributors will be key to building the sales of Irish beef across the US. I’m confident that we will see some business collaborations coming out of these meetings which will mark the first tangible benefits of our securing beef access”. 

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Bartender of the Week

01botwBar tender of the Week/21 Questions

Name: Aiden Lundy
Originally from Newcastle Co. Down.
In New York eight years and bar tending for the last six.

Works at:

The Keg Room
53 W 36th St.
(5th & 6th Ave.)

Q. Whats the best thing about bar tending in New York?

A. Getting to meet people from all different walks of life.

Q. And the worst?

A .The unsociable hours.

Q. Favorite way to unwind?

A. Just taking it easy watching a movie or hanging out with friends.

Q. Who would play you in a movie?

A. Probably Liam Neeson!
I would have picked Colin Farrell before he went off the drink but he’s gone all soft now LOL!

Q. Best pick up line you heard/use?
A. “Do you want to come home with me and see my picture of the Pope”!

Q. What advice would you give to the Mayor?
A. Don’t go near the horse and carriages in Central Park after dark!!

Q. Boxers or briefs?
A. Boxers.

Q. Favorite sports team/personality?
A. Glasgow Celtic of course! Lubo Moravcik my favorite player, made his debut against Rangers scoring twice in a memorable 5-1 victory.

Q. Best sporting event you attended?
A. Hands down the Uefa Cup Final in Seville, Spain in 2003.
Even though we were beaten by Porto, its still my best Celtic road trip ever.

Q. Who’s going to win the world cup?
A. Argentina, Viva Las Malvidas!

Q. Who’s playing on your ipod?
A. Everything from Marvin Gaye to Aviici.

Q. Best concert you attended?
A. My first concert, Garth Brooks in Croke Park, Dublin circa 1995.

Q. Favorite place besides your home town and New York?
A. Probably Miami. Love the Latin vibe!

Q. Favorite drink/tipple?
A. Lagavulin Scotch.

Q. Best cure for a hang over?
A. Hair of the dog!

Q. If the world was ending tomorrow you would?
A. Go home and see my family.

Q. Words to live by?
A. If it’s for you, it will not go by you.

Q. Top 3 must-see New York place you’d recommend for tourists?
A. Top of the rock, Central park and The Keg Room of course!

Q. What would you do if you won the Lotto?
A. Disappear.

Q. Cure for home sickness?
A. Don’t know, never felt it.

Q. Advice to new bartenders?
A. Be fast, funny and have a thick skin.


Sports on TV

6 Nations International Rugby
The big one this weekend is Ireland V England on Sunday at 10am New York time.
You can watch this and all the 6 Nations games live at many Irish bars ($20 cover*) including the following below;
*$20 cover charge goes to satellite TV provider, not the bar.

This Weekend’s Games:

Scotland V Italy
Saturday, Feb. 28
9.30 AM

France V Wales
Saturday, Feb. 28
1 PM

Ireland V England
Sunday, March 1
10 AM

East Village

125 1st Ave.
(7th St. & St. Mark’s Place)
(212) 979 0900

Midtown/MSG/Herald Sq.

Jack Doyle’s
240 W 35th St.
(7th & 8th Ave.)
(212) 258 1255

Keg Room
53 W 36th St.
(6th & 5th Ave.)
212 643 1400

Stout NYC
133 W 33rd St.
(6th & 7th Ave.)
(212) 629 6191

Jack Demesy’s
26 W 33rd St.
(5th Ave. & Broadway)
(212) 629 9899

Midtown/Times Sq.

Old Castle Pub
160 W 54th St.
(6th & 7th Ave.)
(212) 471 4860

Playwright 49
202 W 49th St.
(Broadway & 7th Ave.)
(212) 262 9229


81 Pearl St.
(near Stone St.)
(212) 269 1001

Upper East Side

Baker Street
1152 1st Ave.
(Corner E 63rd St.)
(212) 688 9663

Upper West Side

The Parlour
250 W 86th St.
(near Broadway)
(212) 580 8923



531 2nd Ave. (29th & 30th St.)
(212) 725-9440

Voted NYC #1 Irish Pub by AOL City Guide! 2 floors, handsome curved bar and working fireplace. Over 15 brands of Irish whiskey. Great pub food, pool table, darts. DJs weekends.

Subway: 6 to 28th St.