5pm-8am; free buffet
2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, J, Z at Fulton St.
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Located in the financial district, underneath a large apartment complex and next door to a Burger King, T.J. Byrnes is an Irish pub that’s a bit tacky, but still well-meaning. Its wood-paneled and hunter-green walls are dotted with framed pictures of good olde Eire, but its full collection of St. Patty’s Day tchotchkes are kept behind the bar: marvel at an oversize, shiny green shamrock, teddy bears in novelty T-shirts, and a leprechaun garden gnome. Some of the old-timey touches are charming—there’s a still-working vintage cash register, hanging plants in the windows, and an hors d'oeuvres buffet at 5pm (dinner time!) on weekdays. There’s also a private back room and a much larger semi-mirrored dining area, complete with giant American and Irish flags hanging on the walls.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.