Recently Opened Restaurants
by Julie Besonen, 05/22/2013
Photo: Andrew Kist
The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog
30 Water St., 646-422-7906, Financial District, Manhattan
Dead Rabbit is not just another Irish pub. The name may sound twee, but it's a reference to the historical hooligans famously depicted in Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York. Irish barmen Sean Muldoon (formerly of Belfast's internationally acclaimed Merchant Hotel) and Jack McGarry (of Milk & Honey in London) are hospitable, not pugilistic, hosts and make excellent, historically based drinks. They'll even make you rethink Irish coffee. It's not going too far out on a limb to declare that Dead Rabbit is one of the best haunts in the City right now, full stop. Inside the beautiful, 19th-century townhouse is a taproom serving honest Irish-British-Continental fare like freshly shucked oysters, potted shrimp with toast, lollipop lamb chops, shepherd's pie and fish-and-chips. Upstairs is a plush parlor. During happy hour, or "L'Heure Verte," as they call it, oysters are $1 and Pernod Absinthe cocktails are discounted. Monday nights feature a seisiún (session) of traditional Irish music. If only Frank McCourt were alive to see it.