As the old adage states, everyone is Irish on Saint Patrick's Day.
Okay, so I might have made that one up, but it's true.
Regardless of whether or not you have Irish heritage, you have probably spent St. Patrick's day at home with your family enjoying full plate(s) of your mom's corned beef and cabbage.
I myself am not Irish, but I can't remember a time when my Armenian-Italian-English family didn't celebrate Saint Paddy's accordingly.
If you miss traditions like these while living on your own in the real world, you're in luck, as New York is heavily rooted in Irish culture. There are a slew of Irish pubs and restaurants across the city that will be serving up hot, comforting plates of corned beef just in time for St. Paddy's.
1. Rory Dolan's (890 McLean Avenue - Yonkers)
You might have already known that the Bronx is home to NYC's real "Little Italy," but did you know that just a couple of minutes north of the Bronx (in Yonkers), there's also a Little Ireland?
That's right, all Bronxites know its Woodlawn section is home to many Irish pubs and restaurants, but there's also a slew of Irish spots along McLean Avenue in Yonkers, including Rory Dolan's. On St. Patrick's Day, this bar will be hosting an all-day affair featuring Irish music and dancers and serving up all the Irish favorites for brunch and dinner (including corned beef and cabbage).
2. McSorley's Old Ale House (15 East 7th Street)
As one of the oldest establishments in NYC, McSorley's Old Ale House keeps crowds coming back, as folks love to check out this old-school NYC favorite.
Their hash is made with corned beef and red cabbage, served with a side steamed vegetables , and amazingly priced at $5.50/plate (that's right, nothing better than cheap, good food). So if you're going to check the place out, grab a serving (or two) of this classic dish and enjoy it.
3. Ben's Best (96-40 Queens Boulevard)
For seventy years, Ben's Best has been a Rego Park staple as the top kosher deli and restaurant around. Ben's corned beef is amongst the best in the city (alongside other kosher deli favorites Katz's and 2nd Avenue Deli), served either stuffed on a mile-high sandwich or a platter with cabbage and boiled potatoes.
4. Neary's (358 East 57th Street)
While the nearby area is packed with rowdy Irish pubs on 1st and 2nd Avenues, this Midtown East restaurant emphasizes quality, classic Irish fare and proper attire.
If you're looking for a more low-key St. Patrick's Day experience (maybe with a visit and meal ticket for when the fam is in town), check out Neary's. Their corned beef and cabbage is pink and delightful, and is a much-needed break for some from all the usual St. Paddy's Day craziness.
5. Butcher Block (43-46 41st Street)
Butcher Block is a quaint little Irish grocery store and deli that offers so much more than just a bag full of goodies to take away.
Corned beef and cabbage is a weekly special here-- the entree is served every Thursday-- and it's inexpensive, tender, and delicious. Don't be surprised if a visit here could become your weekly Thursday ritual, especially if you live in the Sunnyside area of Queens.
6. Banter Irish Bar and Kitchen (108-22 Queens Boulevard)
NYC loves food mashups, and at Banter Irish Bar and Kitchen, you will find exactly that amongst many other classics.
Try the Bubble and Squeak Dumplings (fried dumplings filled with corned beef, cabbage, and carrots with a mustard drizzle) for an eccentric take on a traditional favorite.
7. Molly's (287 3rd Avenue)
This Gramercy Park spot is no-nonsense when it comes to the pub atmosphere, featuring a fireplace and actual sawdust on the floor.
Molly's menu also boasts all your expected Irish dishes, including corned beef and cabbage served with cooked carrots and a savory parsley sauce.
8. Stagecoach Tavern (834 7th Avenue)
Good drinks, good food, and good company can all be found at the Stagecoach Tavern.
This Theater District bar and restaurant keeps very true to its Irish roots. Year-round, you can find corned beef and cabbage here, cooked to perfection and served with fingerling potatoes.
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