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Weekend Picks: Great Irish restaurants

Potato soup is one of the Irish specialties

Potato soup is one of the Irish specialties served at The Irish Coffee Pub in East Islip. (March 1, 2010) Photo Credit: Doug Young

There will be no shortage of corned beef and cabbage on Long Island in the coming days. But Irish-themed restaurants do offer more than the St. Patrick's Day mainstay. Here are four establishments that keep green -- and not only on March 17.

Irish Coffee Pub in East Islip is the upscale member of this quartet. It's a pretty place with very good service. Menu highlights include cream of potato soup, beef-barley soup, prime rib, roast loin of pork and rice pudding. Chicken Gaelic sports Irish whiskey-brown sauce. 131 Carleton Ave., East Islip; 631-277-0007, irishcoffeepub.com

Sullivan's Quay in Port Washington sends out shepherd's pie made with ground sirloin and vegetables, under a mashed-potato crust; fish-and-chips made with beer-battered cod; grilled shell steak with Irish whiskey sauce. Stepdancing entertainment on Sunday and beyond. 541 Port Washington Blvd., Port Washington; 516-883-3122, sullivansquay.com

Molly Malone's in Bay Shore is a long-standing spot for pub fare and more. The pan-seared tilapia St. Patrick has a ginger glaze. The Irish egg roll includes corned beef. Fried sea scallops, prime rib and potato-leek soup are among the choices. 124 Maple Ave., Bay Shore; 631-969-2232, mollymalonesbayshore.com

Cavanaugh's is a restaurant and pub in Blue Point. Fittingly, it opened on St. Patrick's Day -- in 1986. The eatery's shepherd's pie is made with ground beef, vegetables, broiled mashed potatoes and brown gravy. Steak with sauteed bacon, onions and Irish-whiskey sauce, prime rib, burgers, sandwiches available, too, and there's Guinness Stout on tap. 255 Blue Point Ave., Blue Point; 631-363-2666, cavanaughsbluepoint.com

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