Bayside’s Monahan and Fitzgerald has been a cozy, family friendly neighborhood mainstay for the past 30 years.
Jeff Reinhardt, part owner of the pub, which is located at 214-17 41st Ave. just off Bell Boulevard, said that to celebrate the restaurant’s 30th anniversary this summer, he is bringing back the original menu from 1987 with the original prices. He said that he didn’t want to reveal too much, but the eatery’s burger will be $3.75. He added that most menus items are approximately double the original prices today.
The concept of a traditional American restaurant with a bit o’ Irish flair was originally conceived by John Monahan and Jim Fitzgerald. Reinhardt joined the business when he was 15 years old as a bus boy and became part owner in 2006. Original owner Jim Fitzgerald retired two years ago.
“I’ve done all the jobs here,” he said.
As a cook, he said he has been lucky enough to work with chefs who were trained at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park.
On the menu today, Reinhardt has a number of favorite items— the lamb stew, chicken pot pie, shepherd’s pie and steak tid-bits.
“The shepherd’s pie has been on the menu since day one,” he said. “And the steak tid-bits, we worked on that marinade for a long time. I spoil myself once a month with the bacon cheddar burger.”
Reinhardt said that he always keeps 10 beers on tap, with about four or five taps rotating, depending on the season.
He said that every night is a good night to have dinner at Monahan’s and Fitzgerald’s.
“If you’re looking for night life, come on Friday and Saturday night,” Reinhardt said. “[On Sunday], we’re busy all day.”
He also mentioned that the restaurant offers Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This month, there is a $5 wing special for a dozen wings during March Madness games.
“They’re not the puny wings either,” he said.
Reinhardt said that he is looking forward to the Mets season opener in a few weeks when Monahan and Fitzgerald will host a pre-purchased kegs and eggs breakfast, which includes MTA fare. During the event, participants will get on the train together, watch the game and then have appetizers at the bar afterwards.
Today, he said his favorite role at the eatery is coordinating and catering parties in Monahan and Fitzgerald’s upstairs room, which features a full bar and fireplace and can seat up to 70 people.
“People come in and they’ve never hosted a party before and I love [to see them] walking them through it,” he said of the space.
The second-floor catering room is also in high demand. He recommends that customers who are interested in throwing a party there to book the room at least three months in advance.
Reinhardt has a passion for his work and the community in which he works.
“This is a great neighborhood with a great vibe,” he said. “This is a great neighborhood place where you can come to have a great meal. That’s where tradition lies.”