Listen Up, Ladies: Irish Nachos Now Served on Flip-flop Row

A real underground spot.Photo: Daniel Maurer

We rarely travel to Khakistan the area around NYU thats mobbed with people wearing khaki unless were checking out newcomers like the Half Pint, or more recently, the Irish-owned basement bar that opened there this week. As you can see, 99 Below (not to be confused with 99 Miles to Philly there is a cheesesteak on the menu) is pretty much any other pub, but a couple things are worth mentioning.

The place pours real Irish pints (twenty ounces, not sixteen); theres an undersung Abbey beer, Grimbergen, on tap; and the food thats offered until 2 a.m. includes a ten-ounce strip steak, lobster ravioli, and Irish nachos, made with sauerkraut, Irish cheese and deep-fried potato skins instead of chips. Girls love em, owner Cathal OBrien boasted to us more than once, and sure enough our perfectly sober drinking companion chopped down a mountain of them with the edge of her hand, voodoo-chile style. How did DailyCandy miss this one?

99 Below, 99 MacDougal St., nr. Bleecker St.; 212-387-8292.

99 Below menu