As they say, everyone’s Irish on March 17th — so provided you haven’t given up Guinness and corned beef for Lent, you’ll want to start plotting out your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations now. And we’ve got your guide to holiday-friendly destinations — from rare whiskies and Bangers & Mash at the award-winning Dead Rabbit Grocery to naturally green delicacies at the plant-based by CHLOE.
The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog: Equally inspired by Irish-American tradition and the conviviality of Olde New York, this James Beard-nominated, multiple award-winning, bi-level establishment boasts a taproom on the ground floor, employing craft beers and whiskies (over 50 Irish options including Yellow Spot, Teeling Rum Finish, and 17-year old Knappogue Castle), and a plush parlor upstairs, which offers a full food menu (Potato Leek Soup, Bangers and Mash, Guinness Lamb Stew, Braised Local Rabbit), as well as cocktails and communal punches. You can even pay a visit to the adjunct grocery, to pick up hard-to-find Irish exports, including Andrew’s Liver Salts, Horlicks Malted Milk Drink, Tayto Cheese Crisps and Haywards Pickled Onions.
30 Water St., (646) 422-7906
by CHLOE: For a more health-conscious spin on St. Patrick Day, visit the 100% vegan, plant based and Kosher certified by CHLOE, which is really going green this month with a series of holiday-inspired specials, including (No) Cream of Mushroom Soup, Smashed Avocado Toast with oven roasted tomatoes and basil, Sautéed Kale with carrots and apricot, Iced Irish Coffee, Chocolate Beer Cupcakes with Irish whiskey buttercream, Shamrock Sugar Cookies, and Kale Chocolate Chip Pancakes during brunch.
185 Bleecker St., (212) 290-8000
Jones Wood Foundry: Serving elevated British fare on the Upper East Side, this three-story space comprises a sky-lit communal hall overlooking a garden, a proper sit-down dining room, and a countryside-style pub; any of which provide the perfect backdrop for a St. Patrick’s Day feast of Caerphilly and Adrahan Cheeses paired with pickled pears, honey and biscuits, Meyers of Keswick Sausages laid atop yukon gold mash, and Beer Battered Cod and Chips or Lamb and Rosemary Cottage Pie, accompanied by mushy peas, bubble and squeak, a pint of Guinness, and Sticky Toffee Pudding for dessert.
401 E 76th St., (212) 249-2700
Merchants River House: Situated along the Hudson River Esplanade, with prime views of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island from its floor-to-ceiling windows and spacious patio, this is an especially picturesque place to commemorate St. Patrick’s Day, with festive cocktails like the “Lucky Leprechaun” (vodka, lemonade and soda) and the “Green Goblin” (tequila, pineapple, orange juice, blue curacao), as well as a slew of food specials, such as Guinness Honey Glazed Meatballs, Irish Soda Bread, and Lamb Kebabs with onions and peppers.
375 South End Ave., (212) 432-1451
St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl on Grand Street: Party your way from one end of East Williamsburg to another during this annual St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl, sponsored by the Grand Street BID. Start with free pizza and $4 drafts at Dar 525, head to The Grand National for Irish Car Bombs and plates of Corned Beef and Cabbage, continue on to the Bushwick Country Club for gratis barbecue and tastes of Cutty Sark, 2 Gingers Whiskey and Jameson Black Barrel, and end up at Lady Jay’s, for free-flowing pints of Guinness, paired with shots of Tullamore Dew.
Syndicated: Quickly emerging as a go-to place to celebrate any sort of holiday in Brooklyn, this brand new movie house-cum-restaurant is ringing in St. Paddy’s Day with screenings of the cult horror flock, Leprechaun. They’re also offering two, themed whiskey cocktails and a beer-shot combo, so be sure to try the “Peppermint Paddy,” made with Jameson Irish Whiskey, green citrus and peppermint oil, and the “Jamo Roy,” featuring Jameson, sweet and dry vermouth, bitters and brandied cherries, as well as a combo of Oskar Blues beer and a shot of Jameson, both tinted green.
40 Bogart St., (718) 386-3399