Blarney Stone — 76 decibels

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You just got out of Penn Station and you’re tired, thirsty, and hungry. You know there is a high-end food court somewhere nearby, but you’re not sure where it is. Frustrated you look for the first place that offers something to eat and drink, and there it is: the Blarney Stone. You’ve read that many other locations of the Blarney Stone have closed in the last few years and you think this may be your only chance to experience it.  So suspending disbelief, you wander in hoping that you may be pleasantly surprised. Never stop dreaming.

Sadly, your dream will not be realized at Blarney Stone. Long and short, it’s dark, the music is too loud, and the food is merely adequate. But it will do in a pinch. The music was both loud and odd during our visit–we felt like we were sitting in an airport hotel lounge circa 1993. A couple of regulars lingered at the bar, one of whom slurred a bit too loudly that he couldn’t go to another nearby bar because he got in trouble on account of his drinking too much. Somehow the waitress was cheery despite her surroundings.

Our lunch at Blarney Stone was okay and we got to cross “check out Blarney Stone” off our bucket list. There isn’t much right around Penn Station, so you could do worse. We were there for a late lunch so we can only guess as to how loud the space gets at night. From reviews left at various sites it appears that the Blarney Stone is a good, cheap place to stop off for a drink or nosh before seeing a game or concert at Madison Square Garden. Presumably the place will be packed at those times and could be raucous, so avoid if packed.

HOURS

Monday through Saturday: 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m.

Sunday: 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.

LOCATION

nue (betw. 30th and 31st Street), New York, NY 10001

WEBSITE

Blarney Stone

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