Why go: If an Irish chip shop came out of a Restoration Hardware catalog, it might look like this. The dark-wood fixtures are buffed to a high gloss, but Dublin-born chef/owner Cathal Armstrong—also behind nearby Restaurant Eve—keeps it real. His menu of fried fare is served one way: in a paper bag, to be eaten at communal tables.
What to get: The Codwich—crisply battered cod served hot, slathered with tartar sauce, and stuffed into a crusty roll; fried cod or slightly milder and sweeter fried grouper; mayo-soaked coleslaw; Kitty O’Shea and Marie Rose sauces for dipping.
Best for: Meals on the run; a pint of Smithwick’s and a snack; late-night eats (it’s open till midnight on weekends).
Insider tip: PX, the terrific Deco-era speakeasy from the same team, is just around the corner; to reserve one of the 32 seats, click here.
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