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“Pretty Poor”

Connolly's Pub & Restaurant
Ranked #1,619 of 13,637 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$30 - US$30
Cuisines: American, Irish, Bar, Pub, Diner
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Restaurant details
Good for: Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Dining options: Drinks, After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Full Bar, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighbourhood: Midtown
Cross street: 3 rd & LEXINGTON AVENUES
Transit: 4,5,6,7,F,E & Metro North
Kerry
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Pretty Poor”
Reviewed 30 December 2013

My partner and I were recently in NYC over the Christmas holidays, both from Ireland.
We thought it would be nice to pop into an Irish Pub on the trip so booked on Opentable for Connolly's.
On arrival we were 'greeted' by the hostess who gave two menus to a waitress and barked at us to "Follow her" before turning and walking away. We were seated in the isle next to the kitchen despite there being other seats available and had waiters bumping past us for the first 10 minutes that we were there. We asked if we could move table and had to do this ourselves, which is fine if we has been told pleasantly.
The food matched the service really, I ordered a pint of Heineken and got a small glass of the worst Heineken I have ever tasted. It was very obvious that the pipes had not been cleaned in a long time. I got the Gaelic burger which had a stale bun and burnt burger. For desert we asked for the brownie which was again stale and had obviously been heated in a microwave.

With the number of restaurants available in and around Times Sq. I would definitely recommend avoiding this place, take it from an Irish couple, this place is not worth the trip. On top of this they try to avoid checking people in through Opentable, don't know if this is to avoid paying Opentable but I had to deal with emails from Opentable to rectify this.

  • Visited December 2013
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English first
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Good food and Service”
Reviewed 28 December 2013

Has traditional Irish foods as well as other stuff such as burgers and salads. The food was good and the restaurant was cozy coming off the chilly streets. Not the biggest portions, but enough to keep you filled. The service was good not fantastic, but the manager was always meandering around making sure everyone was alright. All in all it was a pretty good meal that we just stumbled upon.

  • Visited December 2013
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Richfield, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Great Irish Pub”
Reviewed 19 December 2013

Connolly's Irish Pub has 4 locations and we have eaten at 2 locations, 45th Street & 54th Street. Both locations are very good, rated by my very Irish wife! The Irish pub food is very good (we had the fish & chips, Shepard's Pie & Irish Stew) as we poped in 3 times to shake off the "chill". It is always fun to sit and listen the Irish chatter! Connolly's has been a regular stop for us on our visits to NYC. The staff is very friendly and the food service is quick, even during the rush of Christmas shoppers. The 45th Street location is only a couple blocks from Times Square.

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank Bruce H
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Guelph, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Food was good but automatic 21% gratuity was a shocker”
Reviewed 11 December 2013

Was here twice over a recent stay in New York......busy location. Food was good. But, for a party of 3 they automatically added a gratuity of 21%. Was shocked. Could see if it was a large party. I always tip well and was rather offended that 21% was automatically added to my bill. Thankfully I had read the bill prior to paying or they would have been getting a 50% tip! Make sure you read your bill!

  • Visited December 2013
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1 Thank besseinu
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Falkirk, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great”
Reviewed 1 December 2013

Ate here 3 times over our thanksgiving stay. Good pub food with good service and friendly staff. Thanks to shonagh (manageress) very friendly and attentive.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank lawannmarie
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