Mary Carroll's opened it's doors on March 27th 1997, by proprietor Conor Hartnett from Limerick, Ireland. Conor moved to New York when he was 25 to pursue the American Dream. He worked as a carpenter, a painter, an artist, and fatefully a busboy come bartender ( for Lily Flannagan's . Where he met his wife Andrea, the unsung hero of Mary Carroll's ). Five years later his dream came true, when he bought a dump in Babylon Village, and set about turning a pigs ear into a silk purse. A lot has been done in 25 years, but Conor considers it a life long project to try and attain the perfect pub.
He started by naming the Pub after his mother Mary (who passed away in 2020 in her 90th year ). That was followed by hiring the greatest staff EVER. A SUPER bunch of people who are equal parts fun and professional. The physical transformation of Mary Carroll's has been extensive, but is still going on to this day. It is living and breathing and FULL of life with a loyal following that has built up over many years. But just like CHEERS, newcomers are given the Irish welcome and made to feel at home right away. It is a no judgement zone. Live and let live, and have a great time.
The food transformation came next. And has come a long way, with numerous write ups and rave reviews ( Newsday included ), with a menu developed by famous Long Island Chef - Michael Meehan,
A love of whiskey has led to the largest whiskey collection in Long Island, with over 150 to choose from.
You will see a lot of things in Mary Carroll's that will appeal to you, like the mural gallery in the patio by famed local artist, Theresa Christensen / The Original painting by the owner, done the week before the bar opened in 1997 in his kitchen / the custom metalwork, by artisan Bruce Metal, especially the one-off giant back door, designed by Conor & Bruce / the Magnificent woodwork by legendary bar builder Gary Volence, intricate details, including magnificent giant Lion Columns, crafted out of Honduran Mahogany, ( except the Cedar ceiling ) / The traditional Irish Pub Front, built by Conor, with it's hand painted" Mary Carroll's " sign, also from Conor. Every square inch of the bar has been redone over the years with Conor's designs. Yes, it's an obsession. But he will tell you that all that isn't worth a hill of beans without a great staff, that he knows he is extremely lucky to have. And they share his passion. He will also tell you that his passion is fueled by the joy his place brings to everyone who walks through the door.
If you have never been, prepare yourself for a treat to the senses and a DAMED good time. Because that's what it's all about at MARY CARROLL'S.
HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON !!:)
Contact us to book a table for any occasion. We accept reservations for up to 20 people.