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If you were planning on celebrating the royal nuptials at this Victorian-era “gin palace”-inspired bar near Times Square anyway, you should definitely order a slice of this cake on the menu for one day only. Arrive in appropriate wedding attire, and you can prepare for the broadcast with a buzz from a free cocktail.
St. Patrick’s Day holds a lot of significance to both Burke and co-owner Frank McCole. “Coming from County Mayo and County Monaghan, St. Patrick’s Day is a national holiday at home, but celebrating the Feast of Saint Patrick in New York City has become a memorable tradition for us.” He continued to tell us “our guests can kick back with a pint of Guinness. We will have special menus for St. Patrick’s Day with Irish classic comfort dishes.” Burke added that there is plenty more to be excited about from Lillie’s after March. “We have a new afternoon tea time at Lillie’s Times Square from Mondays to Fridays between 11 AM to 4 PM, featuring a classic tea selection, tea-infused cocktails, savory sandwiches, and sweets. It’s a great afternoon treat, especially for the Broadway and theatergoers during the week.”

They say time travel has been invented, but if you step off the bustling streets of modern Manhattan into Lillie’s, you’ll think you’ve been transported to a Victorian gin palace. Named for Lillie Langtry, a late British actress and socialite of the 19th century, Lillie’s Victorian Establishment’s locations in midtown and near Union Square Park sport décor accents shipped across the Atlantic from a Victorian mansion in Northern Ireland. Stop in on a Saturday or Sunday for $17 brunch complete with a boozy drink of your choice or unwind on a weeknight with a a dram of whiskey or scotch or a pint of beer.

Lillie’s Victorian Establishment, which has locations in Times Square and Union Square, pays homage to the late 19th century style with their Victorian era-themed design.
When I asked Tommy Burke what one of the keys to the success of his longstanding New York establishments is, he said, “We’re basing them on a time a long time ago. It’s not trendy. This time will never change because it’s gone, so it will last forever.”

If you like chic walks through time, then the historical atmosphere of Lillie’s Victorian Establishment is the place for you. This incredibly spacious, high-ceilinged, and vintage restaurant satisfies hunger and the longing for a good, cold brew. Although the brunch menu may not be as lengthy as some of the others in this list, the dishes they do have make up for that. If you’re worried about calories then opt for the incredibly refreshing Watermelon and Feta Salad, complete with mint, lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, and cucumber. You’ll walk out feeling full but virtuous.

Lillie’s Times Square & Union Square will offer their two signature cocktails just for Valentine’s Day, including the Chocolate Champagne and Valentine’s Vesper. Price is $13.

This restaurant, with locations in Times Square and Union Square, has gone all out with its decorations for the last eight years.

“When you come in, you have no choice but to get into the Christmas vibe,” Lillie’s employee Ronan Kerr said. “The music and the decorations and the food: everything just oozes Christmas.”


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