A Warm Irish Welcome to O’Grady’s Public House

It’s nice to go to an Irish pub with traditional Irish dishes. I may not have a single thread of Ireland sewn into my blood, but by God, I love chicken pot pie, fish & chips, and bangers & mash! Yorktown has been in need of something good like this, and we finally got it!
Several months ago while I was in town, I noticed that a bar that use to be there was no longer there.  Instead I saw a green sign that read O’Grady’s Public House. Even though the sign was there the windows were covered in brown paper and I couldn’t help but to smile knowing this place was sure to be Irish. I mean the name was O’Grady’s. How much more Irish could you get?
I was in the mood for trying something new, and what better of a place to go than the new pub in town. My wife and I took to our destination and arrived just before the crowd. O’Grady’s was set to have country music night and I wanted to get there before the place filled up. As we entered, I was taken by surprise as the place had changed dramatically. Though it was still the same size, everything about O’Grady’s was different from what the previous pub once was. This place was attractive!
We were greeted by our hostess and were seated near the O’Grady’s name that took up most of the back wall.  Our waitress came over moments later to take our order. To me, hospitality and service is key when it comes to a restaurant and some may say it is the most important thing…aside from good food. Well, this place had both; the service was prompt, and the staff was kind. 
Fresh house salad with killer dressing
As I flipped through the menu, I looked over several possible dishes that would please me that night.  There was a beautiful selection of burgers, but I was in the mood for a dish. It was then that I came upon two possibilities: Irish Whiskey Chicken, or Chicken Murphy. Both sounded so delicious, but by the grace of Saint Patrick, Arlene was thinking about the Irish Whiskey Chicken. That meant I would get the Chicken Murphy and I could try both.
Irish soda bread
Orders were placed, and we received our house salad and Irish soda bread. I start by saying, “Mad props on the house salad and the house dressing, O’Grady’s!” The salad was FRESH and that dressing was killer. I am not sure what it was made of, and I thanked the waitress for recommending it, but it was off the wall. It probably wouldn’t be a good idea, but I could drink the dressing straight. And that Irish soda bread!? Loved every bite. If this place makes their own Irish soda bread, I tip my hat to them.
It wasn’t long before our main dishes came out, and when they did, it was a sight to remember. The aroma of Arlene and my dishes was mouthwatering. I had never heard of Chicken Murphy, but Sautéed chicken breast, peppers, onions, and potatoes in a white wine butter sauce sounded magical.
Chicken Murphy
Arlene’s dish was the Irish Whiskey Chicken: a Pan seared chicken breast, tomato, mushrooms, and leaks in a creamy Irish whisky sauce with a side of mashed potatoes. I made sure I sampled both the chicken and the mashed potatoes. Both were delicious.
Irish whiskey chicken.

Check out them mashed potatoes.
Arlene said that this was going to be our new place to eat, and I think she was right. With all that being said, this place has great service, excellent hospitality, and great food. And with this, my friends, I leave you with an old Irish blessing:

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.
O’Grady’s Public House
1927 Commerce Street
Yorktown Heights, NY
(914) 214-8600

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