Mixing business and pleasure can sometimes make a delicious cocktail.
Longtime friends and Irish bartenders Edmund Cleary and Vincent Furey partnered to create their own pub dream. They named it McShane’s Public House and built an island bar front and center, opening May 5.
Some of the liquid amber and gold that flows from the 12 beer taps is seasonal, like Shock Top, Sam Adams Summer Ale, Harp and Stella Artois. Then there is the perennial favorite: Guinness, of course. Brooklyn Lager keeps it somewhat local.
The owners – both of Yorktown but originally from Cork and Donegal, Ireland – spent at least five months renovating what used to be Los Remolinos Columbian Bar & Restaurant, one of the first Latin restaurants in Port Chester. They broke through the dropped ceiling to reveal a higher original decorative tin ceiling. They gutted the place and installed gleaming polished woods, high top tables on cast iron and booths with stained glass partitions, creating one high-class vintage saloon.
The food isn’t an afterthought either. Cleary and Furey hired a consultant to help with the menu, and it seems to hit the right notes of traditional Irish cuisine, American pub fare, trendy dishes and health-conscious options.
Irish-themed grub includes: Colcannon Croquettes with smoked pork, scallions and aged cheddar; Spiced Lamb Sliders with roast tomato salsa; Country Cottage Pie with braised short rib; Corned Beef Reuben Sandwich; and McShane’s Fish and Chips. The lobster mac ‘n’ cheese, flatbread pizza with truffle oil, turkey burger with Sriracha aioli and creamed kale nod to recent fads.
McShane’s is at 123 N. Main St., Port Chester. Call 914-937-7800 or visit mcshanesportchester.com. Hours: 11:30-4 a.m. daily. Irish breakfast brunch noon-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.
– By Amy Sowder