Marty O'Brien's 1696 2nd Ave. (87th & 88th Sts.)
Upper East Side
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Marty O’Brien’s Public House is actually named after an Italian guy (Frank Sinatra’s boxer dad, Marty, replaced “Sinatra” with “O’Brien” back when Irish fighters were en vogue)—but there’s nothing Italian about this place. Marty’s offers a traditional Irish menu and features live music three days a week. Jets fans convene here for games in the fall, but TVs blast sports year-round. A tarot card reader visits on Tuesdays, Wednesday night pub quizzes draw neighborhood trivia geeks with soft spots for Guinness, and devoted regulars enjoy Marty’s $2 domestic drafts and bottles during the daily happy hour. As far as Irish pubs go, Marty’s isn’t anything out of the ordinary, but its quirky weeknight events are fun and the crowd is friendly.