While recently weekending in the town of Maplewood, New Jersey, my wife and I were vexed with the puzzle of where to eat? There were options aplenty, but most of them ended with the phrase “fast food” so we needed another plan. When we looked to some of the restaurants in Maplewood, we were troubled to see that, at the nicer places, the prices extend well left of the decimal point. We needed an option which was clean, satisfying, and not going to drain our account. Enter the St. James Gate Publick House. St. James Gate Publick House offered a solitary respite from the cold outside and was a satisfying winner.
On a personal note, I’m always surprised that I’m surprised by the quality and satisfaction I get from pubs and such. I’m ½ Scottish; my wife ½ Irish (we’ve been at war since 1639); our favorite New York City landlord was an Irishman named Murphy who worked at another Irish restaurant in New York City (which was largely Irish at one point). We often go out to the Irish pubs in New York City and then come home and have a row, so I don’t know why I’m always so amazed at the quality or my pleasure with pubs generally.
St. James Gate Publick House in Maplewood New Jersey was no exception. While we were both exhausted from traveling all day and both somewhat in a daze and not really knowing what we wanted to have, St. James Gate Publick House did not disappoint. We started off our meal with some beers. This may have made the rest of the evening undeniably more catered to our liking, but be that as it may, raising your Guinness high is a smart way to start!
When the time came to order our food we both surprised one another by ordering the same thing. They had these blue cheese hamburgers which I rarely see and hardly ever get, but much to my surprise my wife ordered hers before I ordered mine. I was a little reticent when I heard she was getting a hamburger because she likes hers cooked much more severely than I like mine cooked and I was worried that this meal at a bar was going to be a bust (for at least one of us). However the chefs and wait staff at St. James Gate Publick House did not disappoint. Both are burgers were cooked to our liking and the end result was definitely a big thumbs up.
St. James Gate Publick House had a bunch of televisions and a bunch of rowdy conversations and many different beers and other alcoholic beverages being slid across the bar. With that said, my wife and I were also able to enjoy our meal in relative peace which was absolutely refreshing even a tad romantic! So if you want good Irish food, beer, intimacy, sports, entertainment, rowdiness, or just a place to hang your hat in Maplewood New Jersey, St. James Gate Publick House is as good an option as any.