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
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