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Where to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day 2017

372809There’s nothing especially glamorous about meat-and-potatoes Irish fare, with its mountainous, gravy-soaked portions, and lusterless palette of brown, tan and white.  Yet those homely qualities are precisely what makes it so appealing, and why St. Patrick’s Day (celebrated this Friday) proves a welcome vehicle to push it culinary forefront.  So hoist a pint of Guinness and a hunk of soda bread instead, at The Breslin, The Dead Rabbit and more…

The Dead Rabbit

The Dead Rabbit
30 Water St
Financial District,New York 10004
(646) 422-7906

Counted among the world’s best bars, you’d be hard pressed to find a more compelling lineup of Irish whiskies (over fifty of them) and cocktails (try the “True Blue” with whiskey, Guinness, brandy, sherry, miso, ginger and peychauds) than at The Dead Rabbit.  And thankfully, there’s hearty food to counteract all that booze, from Chicken Curry, Guinness Lamb Stew and Potato and Leek Soup during dinner, to Sausage Rolls and Fish and Chips at lunch, and a full Irish Breakfast for Brunch.

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The Breslin

The Breslin
16 West 29th Street
Midtown West,New York 10001
(212) 679-1939

Though technically English, April Bloomfield is honoring her Irish comrades with a special St. Patrick’s Day menu at The Breslin; featuring corned beef, braised cabbage, crushed potatoes, sauerkraut, soda and brown bread with whole grain mustard, and a choice of Founder’s Brewing Co. Nitro Pale Ale or Victory Donnybrook Stout.

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The Late Late

The Late Late
159 E Houston St
Lower East Side,New York 10002
(646) 861-3342

Modeled after a 1960’s-style Irish residence (as opposed to stereotypical pub), this cozy, carpeted LES gathering spot supplies a warm and welcoming backdrop with which to enjoy Irish whiskey flights and Jameson-spiked coffee, as well as a Tayto Potato Crisp Sandwich, a Dubliner Cheddar Toastie, Fish n’ Chip Tacos and a Ballymaloe Burger, doused in stout-infused ketchup.

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Lillie’s Victorian Establishment

Lillie’s Victorian Establishment
249 W 49th St
Midtown West,New York 10019
(212) 957-4530

The posh, Victorian era-emulating Lillie’s (named after a British socialite, and festooned with ornate wooden carvings and antiquities, procured from an 1800′s Irish estate) is letting its hair down for St. Patrick’s Day, forgoing cucumber sandwiches for an a la carte lineup of Corned Beef, Cabbage and Potatoes, Lamb Stew and Soda Bread.

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Molly’s Pub and Shebeen

Molly’s Pub and Shebeen
287 3rd Ave.
Murray Hill,New York 10010
(212) 889-3361

The sawdust-floored, hearth-warmed Molly’s has anchored Midtown since 1895 — no wonder it’s largely considered to be the city’s most authentic Irish bar.  Certainly the inky pints of Guinness and doggedly traditional menu don’t let it down; try the Corned Beef on Rye with Coleman’s mustard and a side of curried chips, or Shebeen favorites such as Shepherd’s Pie and Bangers and Mash.

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Peter MacManus Café

Peter MacManus Café
152 7th Ave
Chelsea,New York 10011
212) 929-9691

Considering this storied, family-owned pub (operational since 1936) may close within the year, due to their building being bought by developers, it’s imperative to pay your respects on the 17th of March.  And you’ll understand the neighborhood outcry, once you consider the loss of a killer house ale, a 30-bottle strong Irish whisky list, Liverwurst and Onion Sandwiches, and an award-winning Corned Beef Reuben.

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Finnegan’s Wake

Finnegan’s Wake
1361 1st Avenue
Upper East Side,New York 10021
(212) 737-3664

Claiming the title of the oldest Irish pub on the Upper East Side, dependable Finnegan’s supplies a fine pint, smooth single malts, and sustaining eats like Steak and Kidney Pie, Bangers and Mash and Fish and Chips — which patrons can enjoy outside on bonny days.

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The Butcher Block

The Butcher Block
43-46 41st St
Queens,New York 11104
(718) 784-1078

This Queens-located Irish importer has everything you need, if you care to throw a St. Paddy’s Day bash at home.  Pick up an Irish Breakfast Value Pack (comprising sausages, rashers, butter, beans, tea, bread, and black and white puddings), or various other sundries such as McVities biscuits, Tipperary cheddar or potato farls (griddle bread).  Just as soon leave the food prep to the experts?  Catering is available as well; simply pick and choose from a list of Corned Beef, Boiling Bacon, Shepherd’s Pie and Lamb Stew.

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