Sausages and Whiskey on the UES
On an Upper East Side street corner, the neighbourhood resto/bar gets an unexpected but welcome makeover in the form of The Penrose, the hippest UES hotspot since the Gossip Girl crew popularised the steps of the Met five years ago.
A true Irish gastropub, The Penrose comes courtesy of Cork-born owner Ruairi Curtin (also behind downtown favourites The Wren and Wilfie & Nell), who teamed up with Michelin-starred chef David Mawhinney (of Per Se) to bring the city its finest battered sausages and aged Irish whiskeys.
Named after a neighbourhood in Cork, Ireland, the restaurant is fittingly, if austerely atmospheric – long curved bar, wooden ceiling and blackboard menu in the front room, communal wooden tables, brick walls and leather booths in the back. On any given night, an exuberant crowd of both uptown and downtown drinkers settle in to enjoy the extensive whiskey and craft beer selection.
The short but sweet menu of pub food includes share plates such as oyster sliders and beer battered pickles, while mains like the Spiced Beef Sandwich are dubbed Cork classics. On weekends, the full Irish breakfast is the star of the brunch menu, and every night, the bar stays open until 4am – with that level of convenience, it’s little wonder The Penrose has quickly become the staple neighbourhood watering hole.