Finnegan's Brings Out The Irish In All
By Leah & Ken/
If these walls could talk, Finnegan’s
Restaurant and Tap Room could tell a story unlike any other
here in Huntington.
A fixture of the village since 1910, the false front of a
cigar store stood during Prohibition, while in the back the
tap kept flowing Irish beer to those in the know.
Ernest Hemingway and Harry Chapin have passed through the
bar, where photos, news stories and a Blue Devils jersey hang
on the wall, although the jersey probably wasn’t there
Generations have passed through Finnegan’s Pub, and
they continue to do so.
On a Sunday night the small tables are mostly filled, with
high school students, families and even the grandson of Andrew
Finnegan, the original owner, sits down for dinner.
Tim Finnegan, a resident of Huntington, grew up inside this
pub on Wall Street. His father took over the business from
his father, Andrew, after World War II and he tells story
after story, looking to the photos on the wall for memory.
He bartended there throughout college and speaks of his aunt’s
cooking and the photo behind the bar of his father and three
uncles. Now his 22-year-old son, Timmy, the great-grandson
of the original owner, stands behind the bar and serves customers,
like those before him.
Andrew Finnegan purchased the building in 1910 after immigrating
to Hell’s Kitchen in New York from Ireland. Before Finnegan’s
it was the Huntington House, stretching all the way to Main
Street and serving as a rooming house, restaurant and bar.
Lessings Inc. purchased the restaurant from Tim’s father
Tom Forte, who has been the manager for the past six years,
seems to know every customer who walks through the door.
It’s no wonder they describe it as the “Cheers
of Huntington.” Forte believes it is one of the only
restaurants around to bear the same name since its inception.
“It’s a place for reunions,” said Forte.
“Everyone comes back here.”
They might come back for the hospitality, or the menu that
includes traditional tasty pub fare or the taps of great Irish
beer like Guinness, Harp and Smithwicks.
Appetizers or great game day snacks include Spinach and artichoke
Finnegan’s P.E.I. Mussels ($8.95), Potato Skins ($8.25)
and Buffalo Wings ($8.95).
The French Onion Soup ($5.95) was warm and flavorful, perfect
for the last few weeks
of winter or as an appetizer.
The salads are large and fresh here. The Finnegans’
Chopped Salad ($11.95) includes chopped iceberg and romaine
lettuce, gruyere, bacon, eggs, bermuda onion, tomato, chicken
and croutons with ranch dressing
The Iceberg wedge ($8.95) includes sliced tomato, red onion,
hand cut bacon, gorgonzola and olive oil dressing. You can
add chicken for $3, or grilled shrimp or steak for $5.
The classic pub food is a definite hit. The Finnegan’s
Hamburger ($8.25) is a juicy half-pound Black Angus burger
served with French fries and was a better burger than the
chain restaurants serve up.
The Corned Beef Reuben ($9.25) is one of their most popular
Each entrée is served with a big garden or Caesar salad.
The Finnegan’s Stew, a traditional Irish lamb Stew with
buttered bread ($14.95) was a great meal for a taste of true
Irish fare and for the final cold nights of winter.
The restaurant also strays from the usual with their daily
specials and entrees like Rigatoni with Sweet Italian Sausage
($12.95) with spinach in a plum tomato sauce topped with parmesan.
It heads back to Ireland though with Fish and Chips ($12.95),
a traditional beer battered cod served with French fries,
tartar sauce and malted vinegar, then brings both cuisines
together with a Grilled New York Strip Steak with Guinness
Roasted Mashed Potatoes ($16.95).
On St. Patrick’s Day they will serve up hundreds of
orders of Shepherds Pie, Corn Beef and Cabbage, and the traditional
Irish Stew throughout the day. It’s the perfect place
to spend the holiday, or any meal for that matter.
Finnegan's Restaurant & Tap Room
5 Wall Street, Huntington NY 11743
631 423 9696
Fri and Sat
12 p.m. – 10 p.m.