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Eileen's Country Kitchen

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Popular neighborhood spot serving Irish food

Place Details

Borough : Bronx
Neighborhood : Woodlawn
Commercial, Food & Drink

Place Matters Profile

By Elena Martinez

Eileen’s Country Kitchen, a restaurant serving traditional Irish fare, is nestled among the storefronts on McLean Avenue, which is the border between Yonkers and the Bronx. The two principal thoroughfares near Eileen's -- Katonah Avenue in the Bronx and McLean Avenue in Yonkers -- both contain many Irish establishments and serve as the center of the local Irish residential and commercial enclave. Eileen's place is important because she is continuing the tradition of small "ethnic" restaurants that help sustain New Yorkers’ flavorful palettes.

By the early decades of the 20th century, the Irish had created settlements throughout the Bronx. By 1950 there were 450,000 first and second generation Irish in New York City. The 1965 immigration law slowed the settling of Irish in New York, but in the 1980s, immigration from Ireland to the U.S. again increased. During that decade, Ireland was going through very difficult times....

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Sources

Personal communication with Kathleen Mahon, August 14th, 2003.

Interview with Eileen and Eugene Mannion by Elena Martínez, October 29th, 2003.

Interview with Eddie Nallen by Elena Martínez, September 11th, 2003.

Nominations

Mary Mahon

Nominated through the Place Matters project, Hidden New York: A Guide to Places that Matter


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