Ulysses' Folk House
95 Pearl St. (Hanover Sq)
City: New York, NY
Phone: (212) 482-0400
Open Daily 11am-4am
Site: Visit the restaurant site
2nd Cuisine: Pub Food
Area: Financial District
Entree Price: $15-20
When the weather is nice head on over to Stone Street in the Financial District. The old cobblestone street is cut off to vehicular traffic, giving way to picnic-style dining where the beer and champagne is flowing. In the summer it's home to the annual Oyster Festival and as we move into fall, Octoberfest.
One of the main attractions is Ulysses' Folk House, an Irish spot serving up wonderful pub food in surprisingly large portions. Things like "Bangers in a Blanket" are served along with the more traditional "Bangers & Mash." Steak tidbits are ramped up with a horseradish sauce, while lamb chop lollipops get an Irish mustard sauce.
Our meal began with a lobster cocktail, bright red specimen served on a bed of ice with lemon wedges and cocktail sauce. The lobster was ultrafresh and sweet. We also shared an order of fried ouysters that arriving in their own mini-fryer. They are crunchy with a burst of oyster in the center, perfect for dipping in a chipotle tartar sauce. And there's nothing better with fresh seafood than beer. They have a huge selection including eleven on tap, more around Octoberfest when they bring in the German brews. We tried the Hofbrau, recommended by our lovely server, Emily, which was excellent. Having filled up on appetizers, my son and I opted to share one entree, a traditional shepherd's pie. It comes loaded with whipped potatoes piped on top and a savory lamb stew with fresh-cut carrots and peas below. It was an excellent choice and worth the 20-minute wait.
There are many more options at Ulysses. Fish & Chips are made with a Guinness tempura. Pork chops are served with creamed cabbage and mashed potatoes, while pan-seared snapper is paired with a seafood risotto. There are burgers with smoked bacon and caramelized onions, and a lobster roll served with char-grilled parmesan corn on the cob.
We capped off our meal with a tasty creme brulee. A lime tart and ice cream was also available during our visit. Ulysees is a unique dining experience that brings you face-to-face with old New York and that is truly something special!
Review By: Thomas Rafael