1999-07-14 / Restaurant of the Week

Ryan’s Bar & Grill A Cozy Neighborhood Retreat

One of New York’s up-and-coming neighborhoods is Long Island City and Ryan’s Bar & Grill is one of the reasons why this area of Queens is becoming so attractive. Once thought to be strictly an industrial neighborhood, Long Island City has been slowly evolving into a clean, residential community that boasts incredible views of Manhattan and a five-minute train ride to the Big Apple.

Located at the intersection of Vernon Boulevard and Jackson Avenue, Ryan’s attracts an eclectic crowd comprising all different ages and backgrounds. Carpenters and artists to businessmen and women, actresses and housewives, a happy mix of patrons gathers each night at the bar of this cozy neighborhood retreat. In fact, it reminds part owner Bob Grant of his native Liverpool, in the north of England. He and Charlie Blair, an Irish-American, opened Ryan’s just about a year ago. They celebrated their first anniversary on the Fourth of July, with plenty of fireworks in the sky over the East River.

In addition to the freshly poured pints of Guinness, Harp and Bass on tap, Ryan’s serves delicious food and desserts at very reasonable prices for your dining pleasure. Dive into one of their tempting appetizers such as mussels a la France, prepared with saffron, white wine and herbs. Fried calamari rings are crispy and light, served with tomato sauce. Put your seat belts on and have plenty of water nearby if you order Ryan’s buffalo wings. These are some of the tastiest and hottest wings I’ve tasted, well worth the third degree burns. They cool off your mouth with a refreshing salad of mixed baby greens.

Try the entree that everyone is talking about-Ryan’s prime rib dinner. Just $14.95 gets you a thick and juicy cut of premium prime rib of beef, cooked to your taste and served with a generous helping of creamy mashed potatoes, baked, if your prefer, and healthfully sauteed fresh vegetable of the day. Another reason to visit Ryan’s is the Seafood Lover pasta, brimming with fresh shrimp, clams, mussels and tender scallops in a light pink sauce over a bed of angel hair pasta for $13.95.

A board outside boasts the daily special. One of these, the steak au poivre, was an exceptionally tender cut of shell steak with a creamy cracked peppercorn sauce, cooked to perfection. This dish was served with potatoes and vegetable for an amazing $11.95. For a lighter meal, try the grilled marinated chicken with fresh herbs or the blackened catfish. Chef Mario prepares fresh salmon poached in white wine for a real treat.

At lunchtime or dinnertime, enjoy one of Ryan’s famous half pound burgers, topped any way you like and served with fries for $5.95. Deli sandwiches are piled high with delicious cuts of roast beef, turkey or ham for about $5.50. Hot sandwiches include the grilled chicken BLT or delicious hot corned beef on rye, served with cole slaw and french fries.

Desserts at Ryan’s make you feel at home with moist, delicious carrot cake, apple crunch pie or creamy cheese cake. Enjoy a mug of fresh brewed coffee or have them spike that with a "wee bit" of Irish whiskey for a special treat. Ryan’s is open for lunch and dinner, from 11:30 am till about 9 pm, Monday through Friday, and Saturday, dinner only from 4 pm till 10 pm. On Sundays, Ryan’s is open all day and night for cocktails and music only.

Come see what has been attracting so many people to Long Island City-great views, nice people and a friendly, neighborhood bar and restaurant called Ryan’s.

Ryan’s Bar & Grill

50-02 Vernon Blvd.

Long Island City,

(718) 784-5557

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