FINAL!! NYC – Manhattan blognic – Easter Monday

FINALIZED: I will celebrate Holy Mass (EF) at Holy Innocents on 37th BTW Broadway and 7th at 6:00 pm.

Mass will take about 30 minutes.

We will then go about 5 minute walk to an Irish pub –

Tir na Nog

5 Penn Plaza
(8th Ave at 33rd St)

So… you can come to Mass, or go to the pub a little early but we are thinking 6:45-9:00 pm.

Buy your own drinks and your own snacks and come and go as you please.

This is easy to get to, for sure… right across from Penn Station.

I you have not indicated your intention to come yet, using the poll below, please do.

Bring others if you want.   The place is pretty spacious. 

There is nothing on at the Garden.  There are not too many TV sets.



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  1. tonio5555 says:

    I would most likely attend at that time.

  2. Rob Cartusciello says:

    I will most certainly be there. My wife will not be able to attend because of work.

    I can think of any number of places to meet in NYC. Union Square is accessed by a number of subway lines that also connect to Times Square, Grand Central Station & the 14 St. PATH train. Penn Station does not, however, provide great access to Union Square.

  3. Rob Cartusciello says:

    It being Eastertide, I would relish a good beer.

    The Old Town Bar at 45 E. 18th St. has an upstairs room that could handle a group if you call ahead. It was/is a favorite of several Irish literary figures (which, unfortunately, includes Frank McCourt)

  4. Rob Cartusciello says:

    The Heartland Brewery at 35 Union Sq (17th St.) is another option. Not as much charm, though.

    For any place in NYC, I’d call ahead and tell them how many people to expect.

  5. mgalexander says:

    Muldoon’s on Third Avenue and 43rd Street is around the corner from Grand Central Terminal and Saint Agnes Church (where the extraordinary form is offered on Sundays). It is a favorite after-Mass spot for me and my friends.

  6. mgalexander says:

    Oh, I should clarify that, as its name might suggest, Muldoon’s is an Irish pub.

  7. FrCharles says:

    I should be able to make it down from Yonkers, thought I’m not certain. I don’t get out much, so I can’t help with suggestions. ;)

  8. The suggestions about places to meet are very good. I appreciate them.

    Given that we have at least 10 as of the time of this writing, … I wonder if it wouldn’t be a good idea for me, wisely, to turn this project over to a New Yorker.

  9. Pedantic Classicist says:

    Vah! Proh dolor! I’m flying out of LGA at 7:45 that evening. I’m afraid it’s just a little too late for me to make it. :( Happy Easter all the same!

  10. Pedantic: Are you in Manhattan now?

  11. Animadversor says:

    I previously made some suggestions here, to which I might refer you. Here is another:
    Lillie’s at 6 pm. Yelp, Google and their own site. I cannot say I’ve been here, but it looks rather nice.

    Since as Father notes, there could well be more than a few of us, it might be good idea to call the prospective establishment Sunday evening, at which time one ought to have a decent idea of how many will come, and ask them if they will be able to accommodate us. Also, one should have a few other nearby places in mind in case it should prove necessary to decamp for elsewhere, should the original spot turn out to be uncongenial.

  12. Animadversor says:

    Ah, Father, apparently your spam filter doesn’t like something about the way I format some of my posts. There is one waiting now for you to extract it, if you want.

  13. adeodato says:

    The Campbell apartment is in Grand Central — very nice, but a bit expensive. Monday is the last day of Passover, which means that many places will be virtually empty. I would look for somthiing on the Upper East Side or the Financial district.

  14. marajoy says:

    why isn’t there an option for “yes, I know what a blognic is, but, no, I won’t be there?”
    (maybe cuz too many people would click that, and he doesn’t actually care about the people whose answer that would be!) :-P

  15. 21 so far? Holy Cow. I am starting to think that we may need a public park!

  16. Heather says:

    Here’s a suggestion…why not Chelsea Brewing Co. at the Chelsea Piers? The food might not be as good as Fr. Z makes, but they have a variety of choices at reasonable prices (for NYC) and of course beer. Most importantly, they can accommodate large groups. It’s also on the water, so the atmosphere is nice.

    Here’s the regular menu:

    They have a special menu for tour groups–for this, I imagine you need to call ahead:

  17. Heather: That is a pretty good idea! Hmmm… Chelsea Pier… pretty easy for people to get to, also.

  18. BTW… I am not thinking that this should be a big meal together.

    People can come and go, get their own drinks or snacks or share or work it out as they wish.

    Very free wheeling.

  19. Animadversor says:

    It looks very bright, airy and (importantly, it would seem)spacious. And it’s location on the water is very appealing. On the other hand, Father, I’m not sure that I would consider it “pretty easy” to get to, since, assuming one is using public transportation, one would either have to take a crosstown bus at rush hour or else take a bit of a hike from the subway station. So by Manhattan standards, I should say it’s not too hard to get to. But let’s not agonize over this….

  20. Mitchell NY says:

    Yeah the West Side along the pier is not so easy to get to with public transportation, and on the way out can be a pain to find a cab. Isn’t there a bar or something inside the magnificent Grand Central Stations somewhere? I heard it is pretty nice, kinda old world feeling and of course, right smack in the middle of transportation needs uptown and downtown as well as crosstown. Have you been or do you know it Father? Coming from LI to Queens to Manhattan puts me somewhere round 7 if I can do it. It is all about location and the quickest entry point for me. BTW, what is a blognic usually encompass? Can we sit around and talk about the Faith and the Church or is it kinda like we don’t talk about work when going out after work, and this is more like a personal meet and greet, different people, different faces? Forgive the question, if silly..

  21. Animadversor says:

    Certainly something around Grand Central would be the most likely to be convenient both for those coming from out of town and for those coming from within the city. But let’s not agonize over this….

  22. Folks: I don’t yet know Manhattan well enough to make a suggestion. Remember: this is not for a big sit down meal or anything of that sort. Very informal. Come and go as you please.

    Is there something at Grand Central Terminal, or very close to it, which is spacious enough to handle 25+?

  23. JonM says:

    It’s a shame I am still in exile from the Garden State!

    20 odd people, I think Father will soon need a staff. Actually, he has needed a staff of sorts for some time ;-)

    Happy Easter!

  24. Rob Cartusciello says:

    I’m a native New Yorker, even if I am based in the Princeton area these days.

    Chelsea Pier is beautiful and has easy access to the High Line. Still, it is not very convenient for many.

    There appears to be a move for something near Grand Central Station. Muldoons is an option, though I do not know it very well, and am unsure they have an upper room.

    I can speak very highly of O’Neill’s at 729 Third Avenue (@ 45th/46th). They have an upstairs room that could accommodate us well. They could arrange a server come & go with drinks. There is food for those who so desire.

    Here is a link to O’Neills: The telephone is: (212) 661-3530

    I am bringing several Princeton students with me, so up the count by two or three.

    I am willing to be the point man for this event. If you would like me to call and set things up, just say the word.

  25. Rob Cartusciello says:

    P.S. My wife & I will be celebrating Easter in high Italian style with the Errico family this afternoon, but I will check throughout the day if you would like me to take charge of arrangements.

  26. Heather says:

    Near Grand Central would be great–but the closer you, with your numbers, the more $.

    There is a nice, reasonable Italian restaurant on Lexington and 39th Street called Fagiolini.

    I have taken priests there before due to its proximity to where the SSPX celebrates Mass-so far no complaints! It’s also a block away from Our Saviour, FWIW.

    What makes it a useful choice, is that they have an upstairs that can accommodate a large group:

    If you call ahead, they can set aside the upstairs for you. You don’t have to use the catering/party menu. FYI, I can recommend he mushroom appetizer–it’s delicious.

  27. Heather says:

    Also, FWIW, I don’t think Chelsea Brewery is difficult to get to, and since its not someplace you’re planning to have a major dinner (just drinks, bar food) it might be better–again due to the size of the group.

    Sadly, I will not be attending–I won’t be returning from out of town until late Monday night…have fun everyone…and of course…Happy Easter!

  28. Animadversor says:

    Ouch, caught in the spam filter again, Father! Is there a maximum number of hyperlinks that one can put in before the trap snaps shut?

  29. chloesmom says:

    Too bad I live in the Montreal area — sounds like fun! Enjoy the “blognic”, and Happy Easter to all!

  30. dirtycopper says:

    Wish I could attend but I must work midnights. So close, yet so far. Hope everyone who can attend has a great time.

  31. BLOGNIC FINALIZED! See top entry.

  32. Heather says:

    That is a great pub! You’ll love it. I can recommend the Shepherds pie-it’s very nice.

    I didn’t suggest it because I’ve only ever been there when its crowded and I wasn’t sure if they could accommodate a large group.

  33. Animadversor says:

    Excellent choice, it would appear! Very easy to get to, especially for the reverend moderator. The pictures on their web site are very attractive. It would seem that they have a room that they call “The Cathedral,” in which some of the seats appear to come from stalls in a choir….

  34. Roland de Chanson says:

    Tír na nÓg! Terra iuvenum!

    Vivat Hibernia! Restituatur Insulae sanctorum et doctorum Ecclesia atque Europae iterum fidem Catholicam instillet. Spississima sub auroram nox est.

  35. Gwen says:

    Pictures, please, for those of us nowhere near NYC.

  36. Rob Cartusciello says:

    I concur, an excellent choice. See you there!

  37. pelerin says:

    Have you any blognics planned for England this year Fr Z?

  38. Rob Cartusciello says:


    I will bring name tags to help folks identify one another.

    Do you have need for a server at the Mass? It would be an honor.

  39. pelerin: I am hoping to get across the pond this spring.

  40. Rob: I think the servers are organized, but you might stick your head in at the sacristy. I am not in a position to say.

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