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Irish-American comfort food for chilly days

Shepherd's pie is baked and served in a

Shepherd's pie is baked and served in a cast iron pan at Amity Ales Brewpub & Eatery in Amityville. Photo Credit: Benjamin Petit

This time of year, as chilly winds pick up, the hearty fare of Ireland has particular appeal.

Fortunately, Long Islanders won’t have to venture too far from home to hook up with shepherd’s pie, fish and chips and other traditional Irish comforts.

MANNING’S PUB & GRILL377 Old Country Rd., Carle Place; 516-279-4444

At this cavernous, cacophonous Irish-American sports pub, the appetizer sampler platter is served on a shamrock-shaped wooden board holding such items as corned beef and cabbage egg rolls and a warm pretzel. Entrees include shepherd’s pie crowned with creamy mashed potatoes laced with kale and chicken potpie with house-made crust.


FLANAGAN’S PUB451 Hawkins Ave., Lake Ronkonkoma; 631-588-9843;

At this handsome Irish spot, the shepherd’s pie, fish and chips and corned beef and cabbage are on the menu. 


O'HARA’S ALE HOUSE & GRILL611 Port Washington Blvd., Port Washington; 516-321-9254

This Irish spot can warm you up with shepherd’s pie, bangers & mash, corned beef sliders and fish and chips. 


AMITY ALES BREW PUB & EATERY192 Broadway, Amityville, 631-464-4646

In rustic-chic surroundings, Amity Ales Brew Pub & Eatery serves up craft brews — at least one made on premises — and a menu of satisfying Irish-American pub classics. Recommendations include a warm pretzel with cheddar ale dip, baked clams, a thick juicy burger with irresistible hand-cut fries and ultra-comforting shepherd’s pie.


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