It’s time for everyone’s favorite Celtic holiday: St. Patrick’s Day! Get decked out in green and shamrock-printed attire and ready for plenty of hearty fare, whiskey, Guinness, pub crawls, Celtic dance performances, and some good ol’ bag-piping jams! Sure, there are tons of Irish festivities, restaurants and pubs to choose from, but which ones are actually worth your time? We’ve rounded up the most authentic watering holes, kitchens, and events that are deserving of your patronage on this very lucky day.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
For the ultimate St. Patty’s Day in New York experience, make sure to catch the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which marches along Fifth Avenue and continues through the city. The Parade starts at 11 a.m. at 44th Street—past St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 50th Street—all the way to 79th Street. It finishes around 5 p.m. at the American Irish Historical Society at East 80th Street. Be sure to wear plenty of green and get ready for rowdy, good-spirited crowds.
Brooklyn St. Patrick’s Day Parade
If you didn’t get enough of St. Patty’s Day on the 17th, then on Sunday, March 19, be sure to swing by the 42nd annual Brooklyn St. Patrick’s Day Parade which starts at 1 p.m at Prospect Park West and 15th Street. The Irish American Parade Committee will commemorate the 42nd anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn and celebrate Irish-American contributions to New York City. At 12:45pm, the procession will honor the heroes and victims of 9/11.
Annual St. Patrick’s Day Open Day
Check out the Irish Arts Center in Hell’s Kitchen on Sunday, March 12 to attend the open house Irish extravaganza, complete with traditional music, dances, craft workshops and tea. Fun activities include getting your face painted, learning how to tap-dancing, sharpening up your football skills with the Manhattan Gaels, and enjoying the artists perform at this celebration of Irish culture.
St. Patrick’s Day Cruise
For the first time ever, New York City’s Circle Line Cruises will be hosting a St. Patrick’s Day Cruise sponsored by Coney Island Brewing Company. Setting sail on Friday, March 17, the cruise will take place on the brand new state-of-the-art Circle Line Bronx, the first of three new “Empire Class” vessels coming to Pier 83 in 2017. Passengers will embark on a two-hour cruise around the city’s most famous landmarks and enjoy complimentary Coney Island Brewing Company samples upon boarding as well as Irish-themed appetizers throughout the voyage (potato croquettes, Irish nachos, and more!). In addition, there will be a live DJ for entertainment.
Restaurants, Pubs, and Sweets
Passage Irish Bar & Kitchen
Located in Astoria, Queens, this 120-seat Irish pub offers hearty, authentic Irish food and boasts one of the largest collections of Irish whiskey. With a modern take on a traditional Irish pub, Passage serves a huge variety of specialties that you’d be hard pressed to find elsewhere. Small bites include: homemade Scotch egg wrapped in Irish sausage; Irish sausage rolls; and dumplings stuffed with corned beef, cabbage and carrots with a mustard drizzle. Hefty plates include items such as cottage pie with angus beef, peas, carrots, topped with creamy colcannon and a cheddar cheese crust; beef and Guinness pie with prime beef cuts and veggies in a Guinness infused gravy with a fresh pastry top; and Traditional Irish stew with lamb and baby potatoes. If you get there early, order the classic Irish breakfast which comes with sausage, Irish bacon, eggs, black and white pudding, and Irish brown bread. Feeling extra festive? Make that a whiskey pairing breakfast.
The Landmark Tavern
The Landmark Tavern has been in business since 1886. Not even Prohibition could stop it — the third floor was a speakeasy during that sad, sober time. This Hell’s Kitchen Irish pub and restaurant remains true to its roots with an original mahogany bar and tin ceilings. With a beverage menu that boasts everything from ports and single malt whiskeys to cocktails and classic Irish coffees, you certainly will not go thirsty here. Start your meal off with Scotch eggs and save room for plates that include corned beef and cabbage served with boiled potatoes and a juicy lamb shank with peas and carrots cabernet mint au jus. Take a seat at the bar for bites such as beer battered fish and chips or a thick burger. Generous portions, old world charm, and a historic background, the Landmark Tavern is an Irish gem.
Who doesn’t love cookies? This St. Patrick’s Day indulge in a Luck of the Irish cookie flight, only at Schmackary’s this month. For $30 treat yourself and friends to 12 St. Patrick’s Day-inspired cookies. Flavors include: Lucky Charmed, made with a sugar cookie base, cereal marshmallows, vanilla, topped with marshmallow frosting and cereal pieces; Get your Guinness fix with the Black & Tan made with a Guinness dark cocoa cookie base, semi-sweet chocolate, and topped with beer cream cheese frosting; Get in the green spirit with the Dirty Leprechaun made with a dark cocoa cookie base, green mint chips, semisweet chocolate; or Green Tea with a matcha green tea, white chocolate, macadamia nuts, green tea glaze. And for those who want a little of everything, The Hangover satisfies all your cravings with potato chips, walnuts, semi-sweet chocolate, white chocolate, butterscotch, m&m’s, raisins, coconut, cinnamon, oats.
McCarren Hotel & Pool
In the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, executive chef Christopher Reid will be cooking up traditional Irish favorites at Oleanders for St. Patrick’s Day dinner and weekend brunch:
- On Friday 3/17, feast on holiday dinner specials like corned beef and cabbage spring rolls with Irish dipping sauce, classic fish & chips and Irish whiskey lamb stew topped with a flaky crust.
- To cure that day-after hangover, on Saturday 3/18 brunch specials like Irish eggs Benedict, poached eggs served over Irish smoked salmon, and the St. Patty’s corned beef hash wrap made with corned beef, hash browns and scrambled eggs in a whole wheat wrap, will provide relief.
- Specialty cocktails include traditional Grasshopper and Irish Coffee, as well as the Misty Mint made with crème de menthe & white rum, and Emerald Isle made with gin, crème de menthe & bitters.
The Flying Cock
Head over to The Flying Cock in Murray Hill who are particularly excited about St. Patrick’s Day! To fete the day, they’ll be offering a special Cured Beef Sandwich with Horseradish Mustard Sauce, along with a special Irish Coffee using Caskmates (premium Jameson whiskey aged in stout bottles).
Zeppieri & Sons
Looking for a sweet treat to celebrate St. Patty’s Day? Pop by the Bronx’s famed Zeppieri & Sons — which has been around for over 50 years — for their homemade Irish Soda Bread made from scratch just for this holiday. Filled with raisins and topped with powdered sugar, this authentic baked good is served fresh out of the oven. While you’re there pick up some fun desserts like green cupcakes, green bagels, green and white iced cookies (a play on the iconic black and white cookie) and more.
Sweet Stuffed NYC
This innovative sweet treat is the Donut Cookie. Haven’t heard of it? That’s because it’s a new dessert created by Brooklyn-based baker, Allison Kim. It looks like a donut, tastes like a cookie, and guaranteed to make you crave more. Every donut cookie begins with a vegan chocolate chip cookie base which is then stuffed with Nutella or speculoos, and topped with an array of glazes, ganaches, sprinkles, and toppings. Click here to find out more about Sweet Stuffed NYC and order a batch in time for St. Patty’s Day!
Cronin & Phelans
Another Astoria spot worth dining at is the neighborhood favorite, Cronin & Phelans. In addition to Irish standards like their Irish style chicken curry; Shepherd’s pie; and the classic bangers and mash with sausages, and homemade mashed potatoes and baked beans; be sure to stop in for the lunch-only Irish toasty with Cheddar cheese and Irish bacon on white bread.
The McKittrick Hotel
Located in West Chelsea (home of the immersive theater spectacular Sleep No More,) Gallow Green is the place to be for a ski-lodge-meets-beer-garden vibe this unseasonably warm St. Patrick’s Day:
- On Friday 3/17 evening, head to The Lodge at Gallow Green rooftop to enjoy Mini Pork Pies with beet caviar and Dijon mustard, the signature Lodge Burger with grass-fed Angus beef, bacon and cheese, and mouth-watering Braised Beef.
- Pair with Free Will C.O.B. Ale, Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout or go for a signature Sleep No More hot mulled wine cocktail.
- For brunch on Saturday 3/18, come back to life with Gallow Green Brunch Pizza topped with bacon, eggs and cheese, or a traditional Full English Breakfast with all the fixin’s. Best enjoyed with the house special Gallow Green Bloody Mary, made with green tomato juice and SW spices.
- Full regular dinner and brunch menus will also be offered.
The Late Late
Situated on the Lower East Side, this Irish-inspired establishment takes pride in breaking the mold of the stereotypical “Irish pub” you’ll see around the country. Named after the world’s longest running TV talk show in Ireland, The Late Late features a variety of Irish cheeses and small plates such as fried pickles, fish in chip tacos, and curry fries. Though no festive shamrocks or sparkly green décor, this hot spot features a selection of DJs and other music talents to entertain guests. The real draw is its menu of over 50 Irish whiskeys and large selection of inventive cocktails, many of which feature the famed Guinness. Sip on a Late Late Old Fashioned with a Guinness cherry Reduction; a Latte Latte Irish Coffee with Jameson Black Barrel and whipped cream; or the surprisingly refreshing Black Velvet, which is a mix of prosecco topped with Guinness.
Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog
Winner of the 2016 Drinks International award for World’s Best Bar, the Dead Rabbit is a three-story bar in FiDi inspired by John Morrissey, the leader of the Dead Rabbits, an Irish-American gang from the 1850s. With a ground floor pub, a sit-down parlor, a taproom with a sawdust covered floor, and an old-school speakeasy atmosphere, the Dead Rabbit offers both libations and innovative cuisine to satisfy patrons. From brews on tap, bottled punch, highballs, mixes of beer and liquor known as Pop-Inns, and a huge whiskey selection, this energetic Irish pub also features some strong cocktails such as the Son of a Gun with aged rhum agricole, tequila, aperol, red bell pepper, citrus, tansy, and bird’s eye chili and a signature Irish coffee. If you’re hungry order lamb Shepherd’s pie, bangers and mash, or smoked haddock. Come for brunch if you’re in need of a traditional Irish brunch spread complete with puddings, eggs, and bangers.
Fish Bar at North River Landing
Fish Bar will be offering St. Patrick’s themed dishes including mashed potato croquettes with green marinara sauce; and a whiskey chocolate ganache cake with whiskey caramel popcorn.
Beauty & Essex
Chef Chris Santos and TAO Group’s Beauty & Essex of the Lower East Side will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with one of their signature cocktails, the Emerald Gimlet – featuring Belvedere vodka, basil, lemon nectar and fresh lime.
Looking for sweets? Head to TAO Downtown to enjoy a favorite dessert dish, the Grasshopper Layer Cake with Tokyo chocolate cookie and mint mousse.
Go beyond green beer and the ever-popular Guinness at this Upper East Side beer hall and restaurant this St. Paddy’s Day! Along with specialty Irish beers on draft from The Porterhouse Brewing Company and a corned beef sandwich special, Treadwell Park supplies the ultimate St. Patrick’s Day gaming spot with Pinball, Ping-Pong, and Foosball.
Molly’s Pub and Restaurant Shebeen
Widely known as the most “authentic Irish pub in New York City” Molly’s has an inviting atmosphere complete with a sawdust floor, vintage decor, and a fireplace. This Gramercy favorite, established in 1960, is known for their authentic Irish fare such as shepherd’s pie, pub sausage and mashed potatoes, corned beef and cabbage, Irish lamb stew, and of course traditional Irish breakfast with the works such as white and black Pudding, Irish sausage, and Irish bacon. Wash down the satisfying fare with a Guinness or Jameson and you’re good to go. Fun fact: “shebeen” is Gaelic for an illegal drinking establishment.