4, 5, 6 at 86th St.
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Among the crush of the UES frat-boy establishments (the Big Easy, Tin Lizzie) is this pub venerated by neighborhood old-timers. And by old-timers, we mean an over-30 post-work crowd and longtime Yorkville locals. Movie memorabilia—mostly from the namesake seventies David Lean film about an Irish girl smitten with a British soldier—line the walls, along with vintage photos of Dubliners and assorted tchotchkes like a collection of beer steins, cast-iron pots, and a saddle. Two prosthetic legs hang from the ceiling behind the bar. The twelve-inch TVs with dodgy reception have finally been replaced with flat-screens, but the Chuck E. Cheese–style basketball game still stands in for darts. The staunchly anti-gimmick attitude (unless you count the free bags of chips on tables in the back) and slightly dated aura make Ryan’s Daughter the sort of cozy neighborhood haunt you’d want on your block. Try their amber house ale on tap—it’s somewhere between a Guinness and a Sam Adams.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.