Located at the point where upper Chelsea meets Hudson Yards, Maggie Reilly’s is a cosy spot in a restaurant-poor part of town. There aren’t a lot of options in the area because it is right across the street from the Hudson Yards construction site, a multi-block project that is in the process of being developed into a mixed used area of large commercial and residential buildings.
We visited Maggie Reilly’s twice. Our first visit was during a not very crowded brunch, so we realized that it might not be the best measure of the place. There is a bar in the front of the house that is surely loud and boisterous at happy hour or when there is an important game playing on one of many flat screen tvs, but the back dining room is a smaller and quieter space.
The dining area floors are lightly finished wood, and there is an upholstered panel running along the length of the room–there weren’t many hard surfaces. Unnecessary but interesting music was playing a hair louder than we like during our visit, but it wasn’t blaring. One of us finished off a tasty full Irish breakfast, while the other enjoyed a salad. The coffee tasted like it was freeze-dried and not brewed, but it’s a bar not a coffee shop. The staff was friendly and, except for the music, we were happy with our visit.
On our second visit we again were in the back dining room, but this time we came for a mid-week lunch. Once again we enjoyed our visit but there was one glaring drawback–the music volume was too loud and trebly. It was a real shame, because the music only served to make an otherwise comfortable space merely manageable. What made it worse was that, unlike our brunch visit, the music was bland, generic, modern-day bubblegum pop. Absolutely forgettable and totally unnecessary. That aside, we enjoyed our very tasty burgers.
Based on our two experiences, we think lunch and brunch at Maggie Reilly’s should always be fine unless there is a big important game or some other event playing on the multiple tvs. The noise level at dinner will depend on the day, with a greater likelihood that the space will be relaxed earlier in the week. Happy hour, especially later in the week, should probably be avoided, as the place is pretty popular and Maggie Reilly’s offers a special of a sandwich or burger plus a beer for $10 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Monday through Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m.
Sunday: 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.
Kitchen open daily 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. | Saturday and Sunday brunch served until 4:00 p.m.
340 9th Avenue (betw. 29th and 30th Streets), New York, NY 10001