Here are a few of our favorite sports bars where you can cheer on your favorite teams on their journey to the Super Bowl!
Pour House, Nyack
With a name like the Pour House, you know there’s got to be good beer. And there are 12 taps, pouring beer from six microbreweries (including Defiant from Pearl River) — plus an additional 12 more taps on the way. The restaurant has a little bit of everything from Nyack, says Ryan Spicer, who owns the restaurant with Heidi Spicer and Sean Spicer. There’s a pool room, a dart room, 15 flat screen TVs and 20 tables. Add mahogany bar and bar stools, and black-and-white photos and you’ve really got something for everyone. The menu reflects that too, with a build-your-own-burger option. You choose your protein — Angus beef, chicken, salmon or vegetable — then your sauce, toppings and additions. “Like Five Guys,” says Ryan, “But more restaurant-style.” There are also salads, appetizers and entrees, too.
Go: 102 Main St., Nyack. 845-727-POUR (7687).
Spectator’s, New Rochelle
Think this place is only for college kids? Think again. This is a true neighborhood joint that draws football fans and patrons of all ages. Stocked with surround sound, giant screens, and a special stadium-style seating arrangement, this is as close as it gets to actually being at the game — and has the energy to match.
Go: 219 North Ave., 914-636-9522.
Beechmont Tavern, New Rochelle and White Plains
A Westchester favorite that’s big on the sports theme, with photos and pennants devoted to Iona athletes as well as walls of photos of all the New York teams. There are large TV screens in the bar and dining areas, and the menu hits all the usual pub fare, such as beer-battered onion rings and chili cheese dogs. Bonus: a second location in White Plains (though it’s not open on Mondays).
Go: 750 North Ave., New Rochelle, 914-636-9533; 213 E. Post Road, White Plains, 914-358-4433 (closed Mondays). www.beechmonttavern.com
Smokehouse Tailgate Grill, New Rochelle
Got a game-day crowd? Plenty of options here for taking out or eating in-house with a group. A cool twist here: you can call ahead to reserve a bar seat, high-top table, booth or big take-out order. Be sure to order the famous chili, which is made with both sausage and bacon.
Go: 606 North Ave., 914-813-8686, www.smokehousechili.com
The Sports Page, White Plains
Owner and former New York Giant Bob Hyland has wall-to-wall memorabilia, and with TVs lining the entire bar, no one misses a thing. This is the place to go for wings, beer and a classic game-day experience.
Go: 200 Hamilton Ave., 914-437-8721, www.sportspagepub.com.
New York Firehouse Grille, Peekskill
Wings, wings, and more wings. More than 40 flavors to try while watching the game on 12 large screens. The brisket and slow-cooked ribs are popular. (There’s a new smoker in the kitchen that runs constantly.) There are also 12 beer taps, and the owners are committed to supporting firemen and women, EMT/paramedics, policemen and women, teachers and members of active military by giving them a 10 percent discount.
Go: 63 Welcher Ave., 914-788-0808, www.newyorkfirehousegrille.com
Buffalo Wild Wings, New Rochelle, White Plains, West Nyack and Port Chester
With 20 different sauces and seasonings to choose from, there is something to satisfy everyone. And with more than 30 televisions in each location, you’re sure to have a great view of the game.
Go: 33 LeCount Place, New Rochelle, 914-637-9453; 1 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, 914-385-9453; 44 Westchester Ave., Port Chester, 914-690-9453; 4640 Palisades Center Drive, West Nyack 845-480-7344; www.buffalowildwings.com.
Hurricane Wings, Hartsdale
Head here for a tropical beach-shack feel with a U-shaped tiki bar in the back and views of the televisions from almost every booth or table. Mix and match more than 30 sauces and order either boneless or regular wings. There are also entrees and salads, and don’t miss the Parmesan garlic fries.
Go: 149-51 S. Central Park Ave., 914-397-9464, http://hurricanewings.com.
Yard House, Yonkers and West Nyack
The heart of the restaurant is a giant U-shaped bar with more than 130 beers on tap. The menu features everything from small bites to steak and seafood.
Go: Ridge Hill, 237 Market St., Yonkers 914-375-9273. www.yardhouse.com.
Fulgum’s Bar & Grill, Montrose
The 70-inch television in the back is as big as a movie screen! Fulgum’s is in a 116-year-old former church and schoolhouse, and the tin-roofed bar takes up nearly the entire restaurant. There are seven flat-screen TVs, so everyone can find a view of the field.
Go: 2151 Albany Post Road, 914-737-0172. Facebook.com/fulgumsbar
Here are a few other popular places to watch the game in the area. If your favorite restaurant is not listed, let us know in the comments! We’ll see it gets added.
Kennelly’s Grille House: The shamrock on the sign outside tells you there’s Irish hospitality inside. Grab a seat in the cozy dining room and order shepherd’s pie, steak, stuffed shrimp, pasta or just a hot sandwich. There’s a separate bar, as well. American. $$. 962 S. Route 9W, Congers. 845-268-9896.
Rick’s Club American: Delicious cuisine in a historical setting — the building dates back to its inception as a hotel in the late 19th century. Try some of the menu standouts like the black Angus strip steak, the “sea ‘n’ land” (sirloin steak stuffed with shrimp, roasted pepper coulis, and a sherry vinegar sauce) or the barbecue baby back ribs. American. $$. 100 Lake Road, Congers. 845-268-8787. www.ricksclubamerican.com
Publik House, The: The burgers here are legendary, especially the bagpiper, which comes with bacon, American cheese and mayo and is topped with a fried egg. The vibe is Irish pub in a strip mall setting, and the crowd can get rowdy late night. Pub Food. $. 30 W. Ramapo Road, Garnerville. 845-429-3092. www.thepublikhouse.net
Club House Bar & Grill, The: After a major renovation, this casual neighborhood staple reopened with a new outside bar and patio. The menu is typical pub food, ranging from burgers to renowned wings to lobster and porter house steaks. Another noteworthy mention: frozen drink rails on three tables and the two indoor bars keep your drinks frosty between sips. American. $$. 191 S. Main Street, New City. 845-638-1818.
Doyler & Dunneys: Get a taste of Ireland, with a pint of Guinness and an authentic shepherd’s pie, at this eatery owned by Dubliners Mike Doyle and Roy O’Donovan. They offer an array of decadent desserts like apple crumb pie and Bailey’s Irish Cream cake. Pub Food. $$. 191 S. Main St., New City. 845-639-0178. www.doyleranddunneys.com
O’Donoghue’s Tavern: In addition to the Rockland memorabilia decorating the walls and the live music on Friday and Saturday nights, a friendly and talkative staff makes this a great place to relax. Try the bistro salad, the burger, the roasted half-chicken or the Thai wrap: poached chicken in a peanut sauce. The kitchen is closed Mondays, but the bar is open. Pub Food. $$. 66 Main St., Nyack. 845-358-0180. www.odonoghuestavern.com
O’Malley’s Bar and Restaurant: This charming restaurant/bar boasts fabulous steaks, seafood, pastas, and gourmet salads in its comfortable Old World dining room. Great burgers and of course all the Irish favorites-like shepherd’s pie and fish and chips. Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, with live music Sunday evenings starting at 6 p.m. Pub Food. $$. 108 Main St., Nyack. 845-727-0514. www.omalleysofnyack.com
Olde Village Inne: A great long bar with an Irish tilt; Guinness and about a dozen more beers on tap and soccer on the TV. Burgers, shepherd’s pie, chicken potpie and the like; OVI regulars swear by their wings. Pub Food. $$$. 97 Main St., Nyack. 845-358-1160.
Gildea’s: On one side, a long, dark-wood bar with taps of Irish brews. On the other, tables with paper place mats for servings of Irish specialties, steaks, salads, big burgers and wings. The staff is very friendly. Pub Food. $$$. 61 E. Central Ave., Pearl River. 845-735-2564.
Horse and Jockey: An extensive menu of salads, burgers, sandwiches (25!), and daily lunch and dinner specials. Belly up to the bar for a beer and the game or come at the top of the morning and have the restaurant’s delicious Emerald Isle breakfast. Pub Food. $$. 33 W. Central Ave., Pearl River. 845-620-9523.
Saloon, The: Old Victorian-style pub with a model train running around the wood-and-brass bar. Listen to live piano music while nibbling on the free popcorn, or take a table for dinner. The warm spinach salad and the sliders are winners. Food til 2 a.m. on weekends. American. $$. 45-49 W. Central Ave., Pearl River. 845-735-5300.
Character’s: They do pub food right at this casual restaurant in an old Victorian. The chicken pot pie and the fried calamari are standouts, but also check out the dishes named after members of the owners’ family: Shelly’s Shepherd’s Pie and Jackie’s Irish Summer Salad. Pub Food. $$. 94 Orange Ave., Sloatsburg. 845-753-5200. www.charactersrestaurant.net
Rhodes North Tavern: The cozy charm of a country inn and the energy of a camp mess hall. Tablecloths are decorated with vintage newspapers ads, there‚Äôs live music, and families dine on pub grub, “Sloatsburgers,” and thick and juicy steaks. American. $$. 40 Route 17 North, Sloatsburg. 845-753-6438. www.rhodesnorth.com
Sterlington Station: A small dining room has burgundy tables with white paper, box of crayons included. Or dine at the wooden bar. The menu is bar food, such as thin-crust pizza, wings and burgers. Wing night on Tuesday; pasta night on Thursday; prime rib night on Saturday. Pub Food. $$. 23 Seven Lakes Drive, Sloatsburg. 845-753-2662. www.sterlingtonstation.com
Don’s Neighborhood Grill: A family favorite for its specials like thin-crust pizza and other pub food served in a casual setting with a glass wall of windows in front. Pub Food. $$. 47 S. Liberty Drive, Stony Point. 845-429-8600. www.donsneighborhoodgrill.com
Sutter’s Mill: At this popular pub, you can order a Guinness, sit back, and watch your favorite team. The menu offers typical bar food, including a great selection of appetizers and gigantic burgers like the bacon cheeseburger and the blue-cheese burger. Pub Food. $$. 214 Route 59, Suffern. 845-357-6556. www.suttersmillsuffern.com
Morgan’s Publick House: A cozy neighborhood pub with a landscaped patio and garden. Inside, a mirror-backed bar and a dart board, and a rear dining room with about a dozen tables. The food is worth noting; try the Guinness stew. Pub Food. $$. 79 Old Tappan Road, Tappan. 845-365-3653. www.morganspublickhouse.com
Sheerans Restaurant and Pub: The now-defunct LynchÔø?s has been replaced by this lovely Irish-inspired, cottage-like dining spot with burgundy-painted wood and cozy old-fashioned tables and chairs. With Chef Robert Roaquin in the kitchen you can expect an extra-special touch on your plate, whether itÔø?s a taste of Ireland or a classic steak. American. $$$. 337 N. Liberty Drive, Tomkins Cove. 845-429-6190.
Babe’s Bar & Grill: In business since the 1920s, with a funky fenced-in yard out back. Diners can still look forward to the Prime Rib Wednesday and the Fish Fry Fridays, but most of all you can enjoy an attitude-free neighborhood favorite that still brings them in. American. $$. 73 Railroad Ave., West Haverstraw. 845-429-8647.
Clarksville Inn: An 1840 inn that’s now a cozy pub and casual restaurant serving burgers, pastas, salads and wraps. Dine in the charming low-ceilinged basement with white-washed walls and a newly renovated bar, or sit on the patio and order a drink from the tiki bar in summer. Pub Food. $$. 1 Strawtown Road, West Nyack. 845-358-2801. www.theclarksvilleinn.com
Dave and Buster’s: Go to this multifaceted place for the game room, bar, and restaurant. Feast on some of the delicious eats, like the huli huli salmon (an Atlantic salmon fillet grilled with a Hawaiian ginger-sesame sauce). Already had dinner? Go ahead and play one of the several simulator games, ride a Harley, challenge your friends in a Star Wars pod race, or just sit back and watch the game at one of the two bars. American. $$$. Level 4, Palisades Center, West Nyack. 845-353-1555. www.daveandbusters.com
Pumpernickel Restaurant: A bar and restaurant with burgers, chicken wings, giant salads and homemade root beer. There are rough-hewn wood tables, faux finished walls in colors of copper and bronze and booths and banquettes. American. $$. 925 Saw Mill River Road, Ardsley. 914-479-5370.
P.J.’s Restaurant: This casual establishment owned by Patty and Jay Petrillo (hence, the “P” and “J”) pride themselves on their extremely popular Buffalo wings. Mondays feature a chimmichurri sirloin steak. On Tuesdays, burgers are half price if you eat them on premise. The Petrillos’ Happy Hours (Mon.-Fri., 4-7 p.m.) offer unique drinks. American. $$. 85 Route 6, Baldwin Place. 914-628-3131.
Meetinghouse: Good ol’ American cuisine in a modern setting with wood tables and chairs. Appetizers include chili, coconut shrimp, and Buffalo wings. Main courses run the gamut from baby back ribs and burgers, to pastas and filet mignon. Sunday brunch, too. American. $$$. 635 Old Post Road (Route 22), Bedford Village. 914-234-5656. www.bedfordmeetinghouse.com
Briars Restaurant: A burger joint that’s almost a throwback. The signature coleslaw and large portions make this restaurant’s reputation. It’s homey, predictable and friendly. Hamburgers. $$. 512 N. State Road, Briarcliff Manor. 914-762-3424.
Squires: Burgers and fries are the top picks for this pub-like eatery in Briarcliff Manor. If you’ve got a hearty appetite, dig into the smothered burger, with mushrooms, onions, and Swiss cheese. Hamburgers. $$$. 94 N. State Road, Briarcliff Manor. 914-762-3376.
J.C. Fogarty’s Town Tavern: Fish and chips, shepherd’s pie and burgers, all the Irish pub favorites. The restaurant is casual, but has fancy touches, like white tablecloths and stained glass inlays. American. $$. 60 Kraft Ave., Bronxville. 914-337-1122. www.jcfogartys.com
Quaker Hill Tavern: Drop in to this homey and airy space for a quick salad, sandwich, or wrap. Or take a load off and savor the yellowfin tuna, Chilean sea bass, or the tender rib-eye steak. There’s outdoor seating, too. American. $$$. 61 N. Bedford Road, Chappaqua. 914-238-6416. www.quakerhilltavern.com
Justin Thyme Cafe: Wood wainscotting, a welcoming bar and a friendly staff make this cafe and pub an easy night out. Start with one of the specialty cocktails. The burgers are a good bet. American. $$. 171 Grand St., Croton-on-Hudson. 914-271-0022.
Tavern at Croton Landing, The: Friendly, unpretentious, full of life, and a great place for a freshly ground half pound burger or a slice of signature thin-crust pizza. Live music on Saturday nights, state-of-the-art draft beer (eight kinds) and regular customers make it a homey, relaxing place. You can even sit outside and take it all in. American. $$. 41 N. Riverside Ave., Croton-on-Hudson. 914-271-8020.
Doubleday’s: Dig into hearty fare like a chicken cheese-steak sandwich or the baby back ribs at this sports grill. The restaurant also features typical sports-bar appetizers (nachos, chicken wings, etc.) and a variety of burgers and entrees. American. $$. 83 Main St., Dobbs Ferry. 914-693-9793. www.doubledaysbarandrestaurant.com
Gordy’s Burger House: This joint claims to have the best hamburgers in the county. It’s hard to dispute a place that’s been around since the 1960s, and gives new meaning to the word cheeseburger. Choose from six types of cheeses, including American, mozzarella, Swiss, and cheddar. Bonus: Kids eat every night for $3.95 each, and there’s a personal TV in each booth. Take-out is available. Hamburgers. $$. 502 New Rochelle Road, Eastchester. 914-664-8974. www.gordysburgerhouse.com
Mickey Spillane’s: This American pub with an Irish flair serves up a variety of specialties, including pastas, salads, steaks, seafood, ribs, and sandwiches. Watch a game on the tube while taking in libations, or stop by on a weekend and listen to live music. There’s a fireplace, too. Pub Food. $$. 431 White Plains Road, Eastchester. 914-395-3838. www.mickeyspillanes.com
Piper’s Kilt, The: This pub is known for its down-home atmosphere and comfort food: chicken sandwiches, wings, salads, and meat loaf, but its burgers are what bring patrons back again and again. They are big, thick, juicy, all-beef burgers with an array of interesting toppings. Ask for the Eastchester burger, with bacon, cheese, onion rings, French fries, lettuce, tomato, and a side of chili. Pub Food. $$. 433 White Plains Road, Eastchester. 914-779-5772. www.piperskilt.com
Nat’s Place: On east side of gritty Route 9A, one of those old-school spots with a wood-topped bar and a dart board on the wall. Never mind the decor, you’re there for the burger with special sauce: topped with caramelized onions and dripping with melted American cheese on top of a garlic bun. Hamburgers. $. 257 Saw Mill River, Elmsford. 914-592-3639.
Pete’s Saloon: Dark wood, brass fixtures and a fun happy hour with a martini selection and fine draft ales. One side of the menu is devoted to “burger alley,” but there are always sandwich specials, chicken entrees, soups, and salads, plus a selection devoted to “junk food”. Pub Food. $$. 8 W. Main St., Elmsford. 914-592-9849. www.petessaloon.com
Cabin, The: Step back in time in this restored roadhouse. The bar is friendly and the cuisine is reasonable and satisfying. There’s something for everyone, from comfort food to modern
Uncle Henry’s Sports Bar & Grill: With more than 17 televisions throughout the restaurant, you won’t miss a single moment of your game. Wings are a favorite, and they come mild, hot and hot-hot-hot, which literally threaten to singe the tabletop when ordered in a healthy count of 36 to the plate. Fortunately, beverages can be ordered by the pitcher (or by the glass, which is not likely). American. $$. 309 Halstead Ave., Harrison. 914-835-0804.
Maud’s Tavern: Order a pint and dig into the traditional pub grub. Comfort food abounds here with appetizers like nachos with chili. If you’re hungry for more, try the shepherd’s pie or a grilled Virginia ham sandwich with Gruyere cheese. Best of all, there’s a little side patio with colored lights and cafe tables. American. $$. 149 Southside Ave., Hastings-on-Hudson. 914-478-2326. www.maudstavern.com
Gordo’s Restaurant: Steak and seafood in what one online review calls a mix “between out-west and oyster tavern, both in style and on the menu.” American. $$. 415 Commerce St., Hawthorne. 914-769-9814. www.gordos-restaurant.com
Carlyn’s Cove: Larchmont’s cozy neighborhood pub. It’s also a great spot to watch sports or hang out and have a drink. It features pool table, jukebox, early bird specials, entertainment and happy hour. American. $$. 2118 Boston Post Road, Larchmont. 914-834-9788.
Chat 19: This casual bar-restaurant offers burgers, salads, soups. Come nighttime, the atmosphere changes once again-to date nights, a bustling single scene, and often, on Thursdays and Fridays, live entertainment. American. $$$. 19 Chatsworth Ave., Larchmont. 914-833-8871. www.chat19.net
Larchmont Tavern: A veritable town landmark that’s known to residents as simply “The LT,” this down-to-earth establishment features sandwiches, steaks, seafood, and pasta. Pub Food. $$. 106 N. Chatsworth Ave., Larchmont. 914-834-9821. www.larchmonttavern.com
Palmer’s Crossing: A lively atmosphere and casual cuisine draws folks to this American grill. On Fridays, there are live bands and wine tastings. American. $$. 1957 Palmer Ave., Larchmont. 914-833-3505.
Sherwood’s: A classic pub. Outside: green exterior with an awning. Inside: wood floor, wainscotting and cozy booths. It’s famous for Cajun-style ribs, barbecue Buffalo wings and burgers. Save room for the signature desserts: River Bottom Pie and Toll House Cookie Pie. Pub Food. $$$. 2136 Boston Post Road, Larchmont. 914-833-3317.
Molly Spillane’s: Mickey Spillane’s has a new sister, a sister restaurant that is. The Mamaroneck sibling of the Eastchester pub has two floors, three outdoor patios (one with an outdoor fireplace), and a huge bar (with 16 high-def TVs). It’s a draw for families, couples, and singles who come for great burgers and steaks, salads, and late night dining. Pub Food. $$$. 211 Mamaroneck Ave., Mamaroneck. 914-899-3130. www.mollyspillanespub.com
Brodie’s Pub: They’ve been serving pints of Guinness and Irish pizza to loyal patrons since 1981. Munch on Buffalo wings, cheese sticks, and potato skins. Pub Food. $$. 3262 E. Main St., Mohegan Lake. 914-528-1614.
A.J.’s Burgers: A burger joint that also serves pizza. Booths are decorated in brass and green and the brick interior is homey. Try the sliders; the chopped onions are classic. Hamburgers. $$. 542 North Ave., New Rochelle. 914-235-3009. www.ajsburgers.com
Dudley’s Parkview Restaurant: Hang out on the deck overlooking the marina in summer, and order clams on the half shell and a cold beer. In winter, settle inside with one of the best burgers around. American. $$$. 94 Hudson Park Road, New Rochelle. 914-235-4445.
NY Firehouse Grille: Dine on a wide array of pub food in this casual, firehouse-themed restaurant. You can’t leave without trying the “Famous N.Y. Firehouse Chili with Cheddar Jack and French Fried Onions.” And back by popular demand: NYFG Nacho Pizza with chili, cheddar jack cheese, olives, jalapeños, diced peppers, and sour cream. Pub Food. $$. 50 Welcher Ave., Peekskill. 914-788-0808. www.nyfirehousegrille.com
PJ Kelly’s: This place, inside the Peekskill train station, serves traditional pub fare, but is really known as a hot spot for nightlife in Northern Westchester. American. $$$. 300 Railroad Ave., Peekskill. 914-734-2100.
B&B’s Fifth Avenue Pub: A comfy neighborhood joint. Though it’s small in size, the kitchen is ready to serve everything from a light lunch to a late night snack. Outdoor seating on the open patio facing the street is available on a first come basis. Those willing to wait can hang out at the laid-back bar for a beer or cocktail. And don’t forget to try the signature B & B’s Salad (maple-glazed chicken over a bed of mixed greens and nuts). Pub Food. $$$. 531 Fifth Ave., Pelham. 914-738-8750.
Chaps: From the electric fireplace to the flat panel television, anyone will feel at home at this no frills neighborhood bar and grill. In the small dining room, patrons can dine on American fare or the house specialty, ravioli du jour. Since tables are sparse – come early or hang out at the ample and fully stocked bar. American. $$. 217 Wolfs Lane, Pelham. 914-738-4622.
McArthur’s American Grille: You’ll really get the Cheers vibe from this neighborhood restaurant. The whole family will enjoy chowing down on the pub’s traditional burgers and salads. But if you’re feeling a little fancier, try one of the blue-plate specials like filet mignon, honey-mustard salmon, or grilled garlic shrimp. And it’s right down the street from the Jacob Burns Film Center, so it’s the perfect dinner-and-a-movie spot. American. $$$. 14 Washington Ave., Pleasantville. 914-773-4281.
Michael’s Tavern: There’s something for everyone at this local tavern that serves traditional American fare. Dad can enjoy watching the game on one of the TVs, while the kids hang out in the game room. And Mom will love the reasonable price. And when the weather warms up, everyone will love the outdoor seating. American. $$$. 150 Bedford Road, Pleasantville. 914-769-9849.
Buffalo Wild Wings: Sports fans, this is your house of worship. 44 TVs. 24 draft beers. Wings with 14 signature sauces. Dollar drafts on Friday nights. Buffalo Wild Wings advertises a stadium atmosphere indoors, but watching a game here may be even better than being at the ballpark. The beers are cheaper and the lines for the bathroom aren’t as long. You can even play trivia or Texas Hold ‘Em against your neighbors. There may be no better place to spend a Sunday afternoon during football season. American. $$. 44 Westchester Ave., Port Chester. 914-690-9453. www.buffalowildwings.com
Blazer Pub, The: Known far and wide for the Blazer Burger with lettuce, tomato, fried onions, bacon and cheese on a hard roll. It’s a comfortable pub with a small bar, cozy tables tucked into nooks and an old-school feel. It’s cash only. Hamburgers. $. 446 Route 22, Purdys. 914-277-4424.
Kelly’s Sea Level Restaurant: A neighborhood joint half pub, half restaurant that serves burgers, fried fish and draught beers in a dark room with knotty pine walls. The most popular items on the menu are the French onion soup, gorgonzola salads, chili cheese fries, and the fish and chips. Irish. $$. 413 Midland Ave., Rye. 914-967-0868. www.sealevelcatering.com
Rye Grill & Bar: Three levels, three fireplaces, a huge wood-and-tile bar area and a dining room with booths fit for families. This is the restaurant for everybody. It’s been a Rye favorite for almost 20 years, and people still love the fried calamari, farfalle with sausage and olives and the camaraderie that comes with a place where everybody knows your name. American. $$$. 1 Station Plaza, Rye. 914-967-0332. www.ryegrill.com
Candlelight Inn: If you’ve lived in the Lower Hudson Valley for longer than 24 hours you’ve probably heard someone rave about the wings at Candlelight. Now considered an institution by local wing lovers, the tiny red barn on Central Park Avenue always has a crowd, many of whom order without even looking at the menu. While other dishes include juicy burgers, barbecue ribs and homemade soup, people go for the Buffalo wings and a draft beer. Cash only. 519 Central Park Ave., Scarsdale, 914-472-9706. Facebook page here.
Garth Road Inn: Classic pub fare is the headline here, though this being Scarsdale, you can also find the Garth Road Salad or a hearty Caesar. This is a place with a sense of humor. The menu advises you that “acting like a 5-year-old does not entitle you to the kids’ menu!” Pub Food. $$. 96 Garth Road, Scarsdale. 914-722-9472.
J.P. Doyle’s: Eat like an Irishman at this Sleepy Hollow pub. Those not itching for fish and chips will be pleased to see that the menu here extends beyond the typical pub fare, with entree choices like grilled filet mignon and pan-seared salmon steak. Pub Food. $$. 48 Beekman Ave., Sleepy Hollow. 914-631-3015.
Demeter’s Tavern: A long bar and tables with red-checked cloths make this pub, which has been in the Demeter family since the blizzard of 1947, a comfortable place to kick back with a burger or some wings and watch the game on one of 12 plasma TVs. Pub Food. $$. 51 Old White Plains Road, Tarrytown. 914-631-9679.
Horsefeathers: This comfortable restaurant and bar offers an extensive, almost intimidating, selection of beer, appetizers, entrees, and desserts. The dining room’s nice, but the bar area is a great spot for lunch. You can’t go wrong with one of the joint’s basic crowd-pleasers-frequent diners rave about the “serious” burgers (think big) and baby back ribs. Pub Food. $$$. 94 N. Broadway, Tarrytown. 914-631-6606.
Finnegan’s Grill: No matter where you sit-at a booth or a table-this Irish pub-sports bar-family-style restaurant offers a view of at least one of its 11 plasma televisions. But it’s the food that really draws in the diners. Regulars thrive on the chicken-wings, bourbon steak tips, Waldorf salads, flat-iron steaks, lemon pepper chicken salads, and the bacon cheddar ranch wraps. Wind it up with a triple-mousse pie, a brownie-and-chocolate cake, or some self-service ice cream. American. $$. 1006 Broadway, Thornwood. 914-747-7574. www.finnegansgrillthornwood.com
Valhalla Crossing: Dine in a century-old presidential car or an 80-year-old caboose at a former train station. The cuisine is continental but it’s the famous hamburger platter that’s all the rage, with french fries, onion rings and cole slaw. American. $$$. 2 Cleveland St., Valhalla. 914-682-4076. www.thevalhallacrossing.com
Brazen Fox, The: A complete renovation of the former Dooley Mac’s has left Mamaroneck Avenue with one gorgeous pub: mosaic tile, dark woods, TVs everywhere. Try the beef stew, or stick with the Guinness. Pub Food. $$$. 175 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains. 914-358-5911. www.thebrazenfox.com
Dunne’s Pub: Away from the usual suspects on Mamaroneck Avenue, the most authentic Irish pub experience in White Plains. Locals talking it up, live session music on Wednesday nights (call to verify), great pub food and daily specials are winners here. You can also expect an excellent traditional Irish breakfast all-day Sunday, especially during football season where out-of-market games are piped in from around the country. Pub Food. $$. 15 Shapham Place, White Plains. 914-421-1451. www.dunnespubandrestaurant.com
Emma’s Ale House: An upscale pub, perfect for after-work drinks, but just as good for dinner with the family. The atmosphere is upscale, but not stuffy, with high tables in the friendly bar and a separate dining room next door. The menu is full options from small plates (the filet mignon sliders are terrific) flat-bread sandwiches and salads to salmon and Guinness-braised beef stew. American. $$$. 68 Gedney Way, White Plains. 914-683-3662. www.emmasalehouse.com
Lazy Boy Saloon & Ale House: Kick off the evening with one from a huge selection (almost 500) of microbrew beers at this nightlife hangout that’s extremely popular on Friday and Saturday nights. There’s everything from Buffalo wings to nachos to Prince Edward Island mussels. Entrees include the usual pub fare: burgers (turkey, beef or bison), vegetable pitas or bow tie pasta with pesto. Pub Food. $$. 154 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains. 914-761-0272. www.lazyboysaloon.com
Porter House: The brick walls and the afterwork crowd make for a super loud happy hour. But in the summer, there’s a patio, and this is not just your usual pub food: quesadillas with roasted red peppers share the menu with burgers and, yes, a porterhouse. Pub Food. $$. 169 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains. 914-831-5663.
Tighe’s Tavern: An Irish restaurant open since 1935. A wall of windows separate the bar from the brightly lit dining room, which has wood paneling and yellow tablecloths. Pub fare, including burgers, hot specials like open roast beef sandwiches and what some say is the best corned beef in Westchester. Pub Food. $$. 174 Martine Ave., White Plains. 914-684-9405.
Burke’s Restaurant & Bar: A cozy, laid back neighborhood pub, where you can dine and drink at the bar, sit by the fireplace, or enjoy better-than-average pub food in the separate dining room. Families gather early for Dublin Burgers and homemade pot pies, and a late-night bar crowd scarfs down Irish nachos (chips, scallions and bacon) while enjoying live music. Pub Food. $$. 645 Bronx River Road, Yonkers. 914-237-5137. www.burkesbar.com
Clarke’s Bar and Restaurant: Clarke’s offers a good selection of American standards, like potato skins, Buffalo wings, Caesar salad, and hot open-face sandwiches. All of them are tasty but why not try the Lost in Yonkers burger? It’s 100 percent sirloin on rye with sauteed onions and Monterey Jack cheese. Pub Food. $$. 1275 Saw Mill River Road, Yonkers. 914-376-5995.
Katie’s Cottage: Cottage indeed. It’s painted mint-green with white shutters and surrounded by shrubbery. Inside, it’s bustling with the sounds and smells of friends laughing in good company over delicious food. The dark cherry wooded walls, adorned in old framed pictures, creates a laid-back, old, familiar feel. Just minutes by foot from the Yonkers Raceway, and on weekend nights there’s live entertainment. American. $$. 52 Central Park Ave., Yonkers. 914-965-0422. www.katiescottageny.com
Rory Dolan’s Restaurant & Bar: A traditional Irish pub right in the middle of Yonkers complete with live music. The fare is upscale pub grub, running the gamut from burgers and fish and chips to salmon fillets, surf and turf, and pasta dishes. Throw in the 102-foot bar, fresh Guinness, and yes, even a low-cal menu, and this place is hard to beat. American. $$. 890 McLean Ave., Yonkers. 914-776-2946. www.rorydolans.com
AJ’s Bar & Grill: Catch up on the latest game. Booths line a large part of AJ’s, but the bar, with eight televisions, is where it’s at. Football is still the sport of choice (the owner coaches the local football and lacrosse teams). Don’t forget to try the wings. During one Super Bowl, AJ’s sold 3,000 of them. American. $. 3833 Crompond Road, Yorktown Heights. 914-737-5058.
Finnegans Grill: A traditional Irish bar and grill, with great wings and burgers. Throughout the day it caters to families. At night, a different crowd comes out as the space turns into more of a pub-like atmosphere. American. $$. 347 Downing Drive, Yorktown Heights. 914-962-7771. www.finnegansgrillyorktown.com
Murphy’s Bar and Grill: A large dining room and a separate bar that entices plenty of locals by early evening. Club Murphy, a weekly late-night club occurring in the cleared out dining room, highlights this 25-year-old restaurant’s Irish roots. American. $$$. 355 Kear St., Yorktown Heights. 914-962-1800. www.murphysyorktown.com