Top Irish pubs and restaurants in NYC: Dead Rabbit, Hartley’s, more

The Irish pub brings to mind overflowing pints of Guinness beer and perhaps some questionable shamrock-infused decorating choices. Don’t get us wrong, that does have its charm, but New York’s Irish food scene has much more to offer.

From traditional bar menus and draft beer watering holes, to elevated modern cuisine, all five boroughs put some plates on the table when it comes to Gaelic hospitality. Head to Molly’s Shebeen for über traditional bites, out to Hartley’s in Brooklyn for locally sourced fare, or up to An Beal Bocht Cafe for a taste of Irish music and art.

Whatever your scene might be, these spots will have you feeling lucky.

Tuck yourself into this downtown hideaway -- literally. Dead Rabbit is a cozy space nestled onto a small street just steps from the water. Founded by two Irishmen who wanted to mix the time-tested Irish pub with contemporary charm, Dead Rabbit has received much buzz for its innovative cocktail offerings. Peruse the award-winning drinks list and order a plate of fish and chips, complete with mushy peas. (Dead Rabbit, 30 Water St., Manhattan, 646-422-7906,