Prodigious amounts of Guinness and corned beef will be poured and served in the next few days, and everyone will break out the green hats, shirts and shamrocks.
Drawing on a recent two-day Irish pub crawl, and past experience, here’s the 3rd best Irish pub in New Jersey.
St. James’s Gate Publick House, 167 Maplewood Ave., Maplewood; (973) 378-2222. Small, cozy pub in the village with wood floors from vats once inside the Guinness brewery in St. James’s Gate, Dublin. The food’s first-rate; try the Gaelic steak, a pan-fried sirloin in a Jameson Irish whiskey sauce with sautéed mushrooms; the fish and chips; and the Publick House fries. One tip — ask for them extra crispy.