Emmett O'Lunney's

4.4
53 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Top tags:
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Comfort Food
  • Casual
Located in the heart of New York City's Theater District, Emmett O'Lunney's Irish Pub is a family-owned Irish Tavern known for its delicious food, extensive drink menu, and lively atmosphere.
Opened in 2005, Emmett O'Lunney's Irish Pub offers delicious food at reasonable prices with the friendly atmosphere of a neighborhood gathering spot. Sit and enjoy a drink at one of our two bars, come in for a quick lunch, or have dinner before or after the theater.
We pride ourselves in our excellent Irish & American fare, as well as our extensive selection of beer, bourbon, whiskey and scotch. We cater to a vast audience - the casual eater, business lunch meetings, pre/post-theater dinner; sports fans, the beer drinker (with two bars) and the budget conscious diner - and always strive for excellence in everything that we do.
We're your local neighborhood pub, right in the middle of the busiest place on Earth.
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New England
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The steak appetizer was wonderful. Very tender. The wait staff was pleasant. We were late and when I called to let them know we would still be there the person I talked to was very kind and assured me he would save a table for us. We were going to the theater and the food came quickly and we had plenty of time to relax, people watch and get to our show.

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a
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Welcoming atmosphere starting at the door! Greeted immediately, seated by friendly staff at our already prepared reservation table for 8. Fast bar services for our drink order. Excellent menu options, including gluten-free. Delicious, reasonably priced meals all around. Recommended for friendly pub-fare groups pre- or post- theater!

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DL
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

Nice for a quick bite. Nothing unique typical Irish pub menu. But service is really good and value not bad

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RB
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

A wonderful lunch at Emmett O’Lunny’s. The food was quite good. We were meeting up with a friend that we hadn’t seen for a very long time. The service was very patient with us since we needed time to catch up. Even though we spent 5 hours over lunch we were never rushed or disturbed. A great afternoon

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RL
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Very nice restaurant. Food was good& experience overall was quite good. Great place for lunch before a show!

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CS
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service! Good food! Definitely will come back again!

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AK
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Four of us all very satisfied with our meal choices. Would definitely return

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LT
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

From the gentlemen at the dor to the waiter atmosphere it was great

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OT
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

A fun, casual spot located near so many theaters. We sat at bar and dined before a show. Lisa the bartender was friendly and helpful. She made sure we got our food quickly as she knew we had a 7 pm curtain. Perfect for a quick bite and cocktail before a show.

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JF
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Very good choice for a quick pre-theater dinner. Very conveniently located for Wicked, Oklahoma, and Beetlejuice, in particular.

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SL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Went here after watching a broadway show. Lemon drop Martinis and Corn beef were a hit. Staff were attentive

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CR
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

One of the best pub-fare spots in Manhattan. The only downside is that they supposedly open at 11AM, but they didn’t let us in until 11:30, even though it was POURING RAIN outside- we couldn’t wait at the bar?? Really!!

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SC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely and friendly staff, very attentive. The food was excellent too.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 4Food 2Service 5Ambience 3

The service was wonderful.
The quality of the food tasted prefab.
The portions for the price were inadequate.
The interior was designed beautifully and quite clean.
But when you get in there it does feel quite like a tourist trap.

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DK
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Host was great, checking on us several times during our visit. We had the Shepard’s pie and key lime cheese cake. Both very good. We didn’t see much of our waitress but she was waiting on a lot of tables and others workers picking up the slack. Nice place and didn’t feel rushed at all. Restaurant was very clean including the bathrooms. Will definitely be back and recommend to our friends.

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DZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Handled an after theater party of 13 with no problems. Great food, options and service

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Overall ok, make sure you take ID even if you are over 35! Food ok, waiter not great, table of eight took drinks order for two and walked off? Didn’t seem able to cope with a group but very friendly, lack of proper customer training seems to be the norm for NYC

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Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great restaurant

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DB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

I am considering not using Open Table anymore for finding restaurants. This is the second time in 3 weeks that a restaurant, highly rated by Open Table users, turned our to be a complete disappointment.

I find it hard to believe that my life's dining experience or my taste buds are so much better than others, but based on our experiences in these last two restaurants, I am either having very bad luck, or expecting too much, or those that are rating these restaurants so highly are just wrong.

We came for lunch on a Saturday. There was one waitress taking care of the entire restaurant when we were there; needless to say our service was slow due to this.

I ordered bangers and mash, looking forward to getting authentic Irish sausage with my mashed potatoes and gravy. What came were "HOT DOGS" from a package, boiled, with no grill marks or caramelization; they looked raw. There was a lump of mashed potatoes in the middle of the plate, with uncooked onions and about a tablespoon of gravy. I asked for some more gravy and didn't notice until we left the restaurant that they had charge me $1.50 for the extra gravy. Really?

The other 2 diners ordered the Shepard's Pie. It was more ground beef than lamb with peas in gravy, under-seasoned, in the middle of the dish, with the mashed potatoes piped around the meat, not baked under the potatoes, as it is supposed to be prepared.

Very disappointing. Not at all recommended. Will never return.

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P
New England
43 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Atmosphere was low key
Food was very good

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BA
Indiana
12 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

It was my granddaughter’s birthday and they did not even acknowledge it!

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BV
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 2

Food's good (haute gourmet quality never expected). Service was great, served made us feel welcome. Noisy, but what else to expect in a pub?

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L
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

You must order the shepherds pie and go during the live music! Great place for St. Patrick’s Day!

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TB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good service. Had the Shepard’s pie came very hot and good. My friend had streak which was cooked right and good. Also drinks very good and reasonably priced.

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TW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were very happy with our visit. We made an online reservation and were seated immediately upon our arrival. The waitress was very nice. The food was good. More importantly, we met up with family that day and although our meals were pretty much finished, we never got the feeling they were waiting for us to leave. Would definitely go back.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent comfort food.
Service was excellent.
A bit noisy but after a bit got used to it.
A definite go to for easy familiar dining

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PA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Food was great; nice place; friendly staff. Would definitely go back if in the area.

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AZ
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great place! Casual with great menu. Went here before seeing The Cher Show and it was great food and quick service!

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KA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

The onion soup was great, however, my reuben sandwich was terrible, cold, no sauerkraut..the service wasn't great, our ketchup bottle was empty and it took us asking 2 times for it to be filled, then the waiter lost my friend's debit card when he was returning the bill...we had to look for it on the floor in the restaurant..

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B
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Place was very nice. Food was outstanding.

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CC
Key West
4 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Classic Irish pub and restaurant in the NYC theater district. Great ambiance, authentic and creative food, friendly service and a great value in a convenient location.

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KK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

I was satisfied with everything until I got the bill. At the bottom of the bill they had printed the suggested gratuity and calculated the amount to leave as a tip if you want to leave 15%, 18% or 20%. I started to fill out my credit card receipt leaving a 20% gratuity, but then my wife noticed that they had already added an 18% gratuity to the bill. The server did not mention that the gratuity was included. I bet many unsuspecting guests do not realize the tip is included and leave double gratuities. This is dishonest on the part of this restaurant.

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r
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Very nice experience eating at O'Lunney 's before play. Beef stew and shepherd's pie outstanding. Irish onion soup great. Only, negative was wife's salad showed up with no dressing. Highly recommend.

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d
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

If you are looking for a quiet place before the theater, this is not the place. Although the maitre d' accommodated us in a section that had less noise. Food was fine, prices were not astronomical, and service was on point. Water glasses were filled several times during the meal. We ordered the pear and goat cheese salad, and a burger. Burger was cooked to our request, perfectly. Would go there again. Salad had plenty of toppings.

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D
Salt Lake City
53 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Amazing fries. Burger was juicy and the bun was soft. Shepherd's pie was pretty tasty. Chocolate mousse cake was rich and very good

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RE
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fun atmosphere, great food and exceptional service

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M
Charlotte
21 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service and really good food at reasonable prices for NYC!

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NM
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 5

Steaks were not worth the $, the rest of the food was passable. The drinks were good but small(martini). We eat out very often. I would not return here, sorry🙁

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Boise
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 3

If you're up for the possibility of a live band, or super loud music past 10:30 p.m., this is the place. Lol. Service was really awful... took forever just to be noticed. Our server was m.i.a. during most of the meal. Food was actually pretty good, so a huge plus there.

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S
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent Ruben!!! Very reasonable & good service, location!!

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