I was a little nervous to come to Dead Rabbit for brunch on a whim.

I had only done 2 instead of the usual 5 hours of online research so had just barely memorized the complete menu and my knowledge of the exact square footage was sadly lacking (but still solid – and I could find the bathroom with my eyes blindfolded).

However, I’m always up for an adventure, so here we are!

We were able to snag the last two seats at the bar before a crowd descended on us waiting anxiously for us to get the hell out. Until the upstairs dining room finally opened.

The Dead Rabbit, an Irish pub having been voted the Best Bar in the World a few years in a row, is a tiny three story establishment in FiDi.

Our waitress was friendly but just the right amount of cold that we didn’t incorrectly assume we could stay all day. Our expiration date was the very moment we took our last sip.

The cocktails were delicious just creative enough but no so esoteric that you wondered how many pretentious, obscure Italian liqueurs they could cram into one drink.

The food matched the drinks in terms of quality and flavor.

The corned beef sandwich on buttery grilled rye was the best I have ever had.

And the Chicken Pot Pie, while it didn’t have the usual creamy white sauce, was packed with flavor and that crust was perfection.

If there could be one complaint, it would be our bartender did not seem to want to bring us a water.

Which is completely understandable.

I’m sure her inner monologue (replete with a light Irish accent) was something along the lines of “I’m not here to hydrate you pieces of shite”.

30 Water St
New York, NY 10004 b/t Broad St & Coenties Slip
Financial District                   

Phone number (646) 422-7906





Scotch Egg
Organic egg, Cumberland sausage, Colman’s mustard, hash browns

Chicken Pot Pie
Braised chicken, peas, carrots, mashed potatoes and gravy

Corned Beef Sandwich
House made coleslaw, gruyere, chips