There are some restaurants that are really just meant for night-life. Don’t know what I’m talking about? I mean the places that are open but completely empty in the afternoon and just look sad and lonely in the daylight. The same places that no one would ever actually think about grabbing a meal there but are absolutely crowded with people as soon as the sun goes down. Fiddlesticks is not that.
As a pub and grill, Fiddlesticks works seamlessly as a destination to grab food, get an afternoon beer, have happy hour, or spend your night out, dancing to the DJ. The space is quite large with a main bar area and a side “lounge” room with tables for dining and another small bar. It really does have a warm, Irish pub feel, with the dim lighting; wooden floors, tables, and booths (I’m a big fan of these cozy little love-seat like booths!); and other little touches like brick walls, old paintings, a grandfather clock, and candles. They also have a party room that really has the antique vibe with old cupboards, couches, and a fireplace, and they have seating available outside in the warmer weather.
Food wise, you’ll find mostly bar food–things like nachos, chicken wings, burgers, sandwiches, and fries–but there are also some Irish favorites like Shepherd’s Pie and Bangers & Mash. My friend and I split the warm spinach dip to start and then I ordered the beef stew as my entree. The dip was really delicious and served with warm pieces of pita bread, while the stew came with some slices of white bread for sopping up the juices.
Fiddlesticks offers quite a few specials throughout the week. On Mondays, they do a $2 tacos day from noon until 10 pm, and they offer lunch specials for $7 on the weekdays. Then there’s the happy hour with $5 beers, house wines, and wells, which runs Monday through Friday from 12 pm to 8 pm. First off, it starts at 12 pm?! Secondly, some happy hours in the city stop at 6 or 7, so that’s a plus. So, what happens when it turns 8 o’ clock? Well, if it’s Sunday through Wednesday, a new happy hour special starts with $4 “Made in America” drinks and $8 top shelf liquor. Let’s just face it…it’s basically happy hour all day at Fiddlesticks.
It’s not easy to wear so many hats, and we’ve all seen places that have tried and failed, but Fiddlesticks manages to make it all work.
Warm spinach dip, beef stew
56 Greenwich Ave
New York, NY 10011