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Eileen’s Country Kitchen, A Place That Matters

Eileen’s Country Kitchen, at 964 McLean Ave., The Bronx.

To eat Irish food, soak up the country kitchen atmosphere, and gather where Irish New Yorkers gather — 24/7 — it’s Eileen’s restaurant that you want. Eileen Mannion and her husband emigrated here in 1987, when as she says, “things were bad in Ireland and there was no talk of the Celtic Tiger.” They opened Eileen’s in 1998, on the border between the Bronx and Yonkers, in an area where many stores and service organizations already catered to Irish and Irish American locals. All the food is made fresh daily in a fashion that Eileen’s mother would recognize, which by the way, does not include corned beef. That, Eileen says, is an American innovation. The restaurant is especially popular on weekends, and when you visit, also stop by the Mannion’s deli on McLean Ave. It’s called An Siopa Beag — “the small shop.”