Exciting news for all the people that complain about the lack of hip restaurants on the Upper East Side: tonight, Ruairi Curtin will open his Irish gastropub The Penrose on 2nd Avenue between 82nd and 83rd streets. This is the sister establishment to downtown hot spots The Wren, Wilfie & Nell, and Bua. The crowning jewel of head chef David Mawhinney's 14-item menu is the spiced beef sandwich which is cured for 40 days, spiced in house for four days, then slow roasted for six hours.
Other savory treats include beer battered McClure’s pickles, mac and cheese, and battered Irish sausages, sourced from Butcher Block, an Irish butcher in Sunnyside. To drink, there are cocktails made with Irish whiskey, plus homemade spiked sodas and domestic beers. One of the ales is a Sixpoint Irish Red Amber that's being developed exclusively for Curtin's four restaurants.
Tonight is the opening dinner service, and after that The Penrose will be open daily for lunch and dinner. Brunch service will begin in August.
1590 2nd Ave., Upper East Side
— Ashley Mason
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