New York City's Best Corned Beef Cook-Off Winners Announced At 15th Annual St. Patrick's Day Reception

Reception Held for the Benefit of the Fighting 69th Infantry and Fisher


Mar 14, 2007, 01:00 ET from Friends of the Fighting 69th

    NEW YORK, March 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Just in time for St. Patrick's Day,
 the Friends of the "Fighting 69th" announced the winners of New York City's
 first official St. Patrick Day's Best Corned Beef Cook-Off contest held
 last night at the 69th Regiment Armory. The competition between New York
 City pubs and restaurants was the highlight of this year's annual St.
 Patrick's Day reception, which raised funds for the famed New York regiment
 and Fisher House. George Duran, host of the Food Network's "Ham on the
 Street," served as master of ceremonies and featured entertainment included
 Irish Tenor Ronan Tynan, the NYC Police Department Emerald Society Pipes
 and Drums, Xavier "X" Squad, Gus Hayes Band and Morningstar. Prudential
 Financial, Inc. hosted as the lead sponsor of the event.
     Contest Categories
     Best Corned Beef and Cabbage was awarded to Neary's Pub, located at 358
     East 57th Street, New York, NY.
     Best Corned Beef Sandwich was awarded to McAnn's Bar and Restaurant,
     located at 3 West 46th Street, New York, NY.
     Chef's Choice was awarded to Langan's, located at 150 West 47th Street,
     New York, NY with their corned beef and cabbage soup.
     All establishments that participated last night will have their name
     displayed on Prudential's 40 by 40 foot LED sign 300 feet above Times
     Square on St. Patrick's Day.
     Participating Establishments:
     Blarney Stone            Casey's                        Fitzpatrick Hotel
     Grandstand               The Kettle Black               Langan's
     Liffey II Bar            McAnn's Bar & Restaurant       McCormack's
     Neary's                  O'Lunney's                     Tir Na Nog
     Tommy Maloney's
     Judges                  Affiliation
     Josh Ozersky            Food Editor - New York Magazine
     John Dunleavey          Chairman - St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee
     Tom Slattery            Chairman - United Restaurant & Tavern Owners of NY
     Adrian Flannelly        Host - "Adrian Flannelly Show" and Irish Issues
                             Advisor to Mayor Mike Bloomberg
     Patricia O'Reilly       Host - Out of Ireland
     Lt. Col. Chuck Crosby   Commander - The Fighting 69th
     Patricia Mescall        Catering Manager - Marriott Marquis Hotel
     Brian Andersson         Commissioner - NY Dept. of Records
     Individual donations are still being accepted and should be made
 payable to the Friends of the Fighting 69th and mailed to P.O. Box 7473,
 FDR Station, New York, NY 10150-7473. Friends of the Fighting 69th is a
 501(c)(3) tax- exempt public charity. For information, please visit or call (914) 747-6600, ext. 11.
     Corned Beef and Cabbage, similar to the St. Patrick's Day Parade,
 originated in the United States and has only recently found its way to
 Ireland. The esteemed contest judges and the participating restaurants
 agreed that they had heard that Corned Beef and Cabbage originated in New
 York City and that is why New York City is known for the best corned beef
 and cabbage in the world.
     The 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry, New York Army National Guard, (known
 as the "The Fighting 69th" or "Irish Brigade"), has led the St. Patrick's
 Day Parade for over 150 years and served in some of the most hostile areas
 in Iraq and suffered a ten percent casualty rate, including nineteen
 soldiers killed in action.
     Fisher House, a private-public partnership builds "comfort homes" on
 the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. Annually, Fisher
 House serves more than 10,000 families, and has made available more than 2
 million days of lodging to family members since the program began in 1990.
 For further information, please visit
     Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE:   PRU), a financial services leader
 with approximately $616 billion of assets under management as of December
 31, 2006, has operations in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin
 America. Leveraging its heritage of life insurance and asset management
 expertise, Prudential is focused on helping individual and institutional
 customers grow and protect their wealth. The company's well-known Rock
 symbol is an icon of strength, stability, expertise and innovation that has
 stood the test of time. Prudential's businesses offer a variety of products
 and services, including life insurance, annuities, retirement-related
 services, mutual funds, asset management, and real estate services. For
 more information, please visit

SOURCE Friends of the Fighting 69th