Food in Mouth


Molly's Pub

For the last two days, I've been listening to this filet o fish commercial. It's fun and addictive. I just play it over and over again. The first time I saw the commercial, I expected that guy with the drill to shut the fish up or something. Filet o fish is one of those things that McDonald's makes that's kinda good. Their nuggets are delicious fo sho, but the filet o fish ranks up there. My dad used to like it, and I thought it looked gross with the tarter sauce. It tasted fine though. The truth is I haven't had one in a while... but a fish burger is a might good idea. Speaking of burgers, I had a real one this past weekend from Molly's Pub. You wouldn't be able to tell from the outside, but this place serves a serious burger.


Molly's Pub is at 287 Third Ave by 22nd street in Manhattan. The outside is pretty plain and when you peer through the window, it just looks like a dimly lit bar with a lot of green Christmas lights. They have green signs everywhere, and they look totally ready for St. Patrick's Day. I'm sure if you try to come here on St. Patrick's Day, it would just be madhouse.


From what I can tell, it seems like people on the internets say that this sawdust thing is very authentic. SE:NY says the sawdust thing is like at an authentic Irish pub. My feeble google attempts did not reveal why authentic Irish pubs have sawdust strewn on the floor, so I don't know why it's a big deal. But as you can see, lots of sawdust = lots of authenticity.


Molly's Pub cooks your burger to order and they got pretty close to medium-rare. It woulda been nice to have the burger slightly more red. The ten ounce patty is absolutely huge by New York burger standards. Compared to a Shack burger, this patty is enormous. And at $10 with fries, a steal.

The patty is moist, though not dripping with juice. Melted, gooey American cheese on top provided a nice creaminess to each bite. It really is a tasty burger. Fries here are decent. They're thick enough for you to taste the potato and you still get some crunch. Skinny McDonald fries are more of my thing so these were just good and not great.

I went on a Saturday afternoon and can't tell you if Molly's gets crowded at night or on the weekends. Or if the service suffers when it's slow or anything useful like that for people who like to eat and drink when normal people eat and drink. If you like to get your drink on at 1pm in the afternoon though, this is a great place to go and get some burger in your belly along with the beer.

287 3rd Avenue.
New York, NY 10010

Map to find Molly's

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  • Looks like a pretty decent burger. Was it dense or lightly packed? Hard to tell in the photo. 10oz is a serious burger so I may have to save it for a dinner or weekend, eating that thing during lunch would surely result in a food coma.

  • It was lightly packed, and you're right, that should have been mentioned in the posting. 10oz really is a beast so you have to go hungry.

  • I love the layout of this blog. The large picture is so inviting and gorgeous. I almost want to reach and eat that burger it looks life size!

  • You know, my dad used to always eat the fish burgers at fast food restaurants too. Must be an asian thing. haha.

  • Evil. I thought this was going to be a fish post. I have that song stuck in my head too and I totally thought the same thing, that he was going to take down the fish.

    Gimme back that filet o fish, that filet o fish...

    PS Not to be so gross on a food blog, but I'm pretty sure the sawdust is to sop up spilled beer and vom- um... yeah, that stuff.

  • sawdust on the floor = easy to clean up after a busy night of drunken debauchery. but for molly's sake, i'm guessing it's more of a gimmick. the UK used to have these old pubs referred to as spit-n-sawdust pubs. am not sure of their history, only that there are still a few out there.

    also, when we went to molly's, it was somewhere between 9 and 10pm and the place was jam packed with big Irish people and army guys. packed. packed and dim. the only lights on were all the fairy lights, which had a really cool effect actually. i'd highly recommend you stop in on a busy evening just to get a feel for the brilliant chaos ^_^

    the burgers were fantastic too ^_^ all crispy lovely on the outside and juicy red yum on the inside.

  • @Ulla,

    Thank you :) The pictures on your blog are really vibrant and inviting too! All those lambs look happy!


    Haha, I wonder if it's because they thought it's healthier or something? I really want a fish burger now...


    Ahh... gotcha. The sawdust thing makes sense now. Thank you!


    The brilliant chaos sounds like fun! I might just have to take your suggestion and stop in next time to see what it's all about!

  • Molly's Burger looks great.

    BTW - the sawdust on the floor reminds me of my all-time favorite BBQ in Georgia - Two Brothers - had the sawdust floor forever until the state made them get rid of it, saying it was contrary to health standards (dropped food on the sawdust couldn't be cleaned properly.) Never did they have an illness. But that's government. I'm surprised NYC doesn't crack down on the sawdust - the food police crack down on just about everything else.

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  • Just to clear it up, the term spit 'n sawdust is a term used to refer to really rough working mens pubs and the purpose of the sawdust was to absorb the large amounts of spit their clients would deposit on the floor and to stop people slipping over in it. Bet you wish you hadn't asked now!

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