By The Foodies./ email@example.com
Finleys of Greene Street touts itself as an eating
and drinking club, and it lives up to both missions
very well indeed.
Namesake John Finley, who passed away in late 2010 at age
67, still greets visitors on a painted wooden sign in the
breezeway, holding a mug of beer in his hand. His sartorial
elegance, including his trademark bowtie and straw boater
hat, is on full display.
The two wings of Finleys are connected by a breezeway
in the middle. On one side is the bar, where the Finleys
gang has been on the vanguard of the craft beer scene since
they opened in 1993. On the other side is the quiet, relaxing
dining room. Its lace curtains and green tablecloths evoke
old-world charm appropriate for the circa-1868 building, which
is currently undergoing renovations.
While nibbling on a basket of bread, I dove into the chili
($8.95), which, if I had been behaving myself, could have
been a meal on its own. A must for meat-lovers, Finleys
hearty recipe is loaded with chunks of beef and topped with
green onions, diced tomatoes and cheese. Perfect for sharing,
its not meant to be eaten with a spoon, but the abundant
tortilla chips that surround the deceptively deep crock of
Seafood choices, ranging from shrimp, calamari, PEI steamed
mussels, Little Neck Clams and crab cakes, fill the appetizer
menu and will be a first stop in subsequent visits; the BBQ
baby back ribs were also particularly tempting. The sliders
menu, which includes everything from mini Angus burgers to
buffalo chicken, filet mignon, lobster salad and everything
in between, is also enticing.
Keeping with the Irish theme, I dove into Chicken Galway Bay
($17.95), a savory medley of grilled chicken, mushrooms, green
onions, super-thin Julienne vegetables and roasted potatoes
served in a hearty sauce. The marriage of grilled and sautéed
flavors bring out the best in the tender chicken breast and
lives up proudly to the name evoking the Western Irish shores.
Pastas, wraps, burgers and entrees of all sorts make Finleys
an ideal place for lunch and dinner gatherings of any size
and a great place to unwind.
After overloading myself on chili, dessert wasnt an
option, but certainly will be something to consider. I couldnt
think of a better place to divvy up a dish with a few friends,
sipping coffee and unwinding after a weeks work.
of Greene Street
43 Green Street, Huntington
Atmosphere Relaxing, soothing hangout
Cuisine New American with Irish inspiration