The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog
Get St. Paddy’s Day started out right with a classic Irish breakfast from The Dead Rabbit. This meal is about as hearty as it gets and comes with eggs, back bacon, pork sausages, black and white pudding, grilled tomato, wheaten bread and Kerrygold butter.
Or if you’re not in the mood for breakfast, you can always go with their bangers and mash, which is made of Cumberland sausage, mashed potatoes, onion gravy and herbs or the lamb shepherd’s pie with curried lamb, herbs and potato puree.
There’s no way you’ll leave hungry. And at the same time, bask in the ambience of this amazing establishment that feels like you’ve gone back in time to the 19th century.
Molly’s Pub and Restaurant Shebeen
Here’s a place on Third Avenue that’s been around since 1895 in one form or another and has developed a reputation for being one of the top pubs in the city for authentic Irish fare.
Browse through Molly’s brunch menu and you’ll find a full Irish breakfast with two eggs, white and black pudding, Irish sausage, Irish bacon, tomato and home fries as well as their amazing homemade corned beef hash also with eggs and home fries.
Or if you arrive later in the day, go with their corned beef and cabbage, Irish lamb stew or pub sausage and mashed potatoes. You can’t lose at Molly’s.
The Chipper Truck Cafe
Go just a bit north to Yonkers, and you’ll find this amazing spot that specializes in mouthwatering Irish fare.
At The Chipper Truck Cafe, you’ll find everything from an Irish salad with fresh lettuce, ham, a hard boiled egg and tomato tossed in an Irish salad cream dressing to an Irish sausage roll to an Irish omelet — complete with three eggs, Irish bacon, Irish sausage and black and white pudding.
Or if you want try something a bit more out of the box, go with Irish pan boxty, which is the equivalent of an Irish pancake but made with potatoes.
The Kettle Black
Ellen Freudenheim at TripSavvy writes that The Kettle Black is an awesome place to pop into on St. Paddy’s Day when in search of traditional corned beef and cabbage. But that’s not all. They’ve also got some delicious shepherd’s pie with ground sirloin, vegetables and homemade gravy baked in a garlic mashed potato crust.
And they have two locations for added convenience: one in Brooklyn’s Bay Ridge and one on Forest Avenue in Staten Island.
Ben’s Best Kosher Delicatessen
What would St. Patrick’s Day be without some killer corned beef? That’s exactly what you’ll find at Ben’s Best — a true NYC deli institution with roots going back to 1945.
Grab one of their famous overstuffed corned beef sandwiches, which will satisfy even the most ravenous of appetites. Erin Zimmer at Serious Eats writes that Ben’s typically goes through an average of 182 pounds of corned beef a day, but that amount triples on St. Paddy’s Day.
Or opt for “Ben’s Famous Corned Beef and Cabbage” that comes complete with a boiled potato.
The Pig ‘n’ Whistle
The Pig ‘n’ Whistle on 3rd is just shy of its 50th birthday this year, and its classic shepherd’s pie is still a favorite among regulars. A couple of other menu standouts are the pulled pork (cooked for five hours) and the classic Reuben.
Heads up: There are also a few 12-year-old Irish whiskeys behind the bar to wash your meals down.
2nd Avenue Deli
Zimmer points out another great spot for corned beef — the 2nd Avenue Deli, which has one location in Midtown and another on the Upper East Side.
Although this place isn’t exactly Irish (it’s your quintessential kosher Jewish deli), it does have some mind blowing hot corned beef. You can get it as a sandwich, or you can opt for their corned beef and cabbage or corned beef hash, which is their tip of the hat to the Irish.
If you’re looking for something upscale without any “snootiness” (no reservations required), Neary’s is a great option. The family-run restaurant was actually opened on St. Patrick’s Day in 1967 and has an old school, classy atmosphere (proper attire required) that recalls a bygone era.
Here you’ll find the classics like corned beef and cabbage along with wild “Irish” smoked salmon.
This place has history embedded in its walls and is a genuine New York landmark. Founded in 1927, P.J. Carney’s has earned quite a reputation and has received accolades from The New York Times and Time Out New York.
Although the majority of food is American, they’ve got some wicked shepherd’s pie as well as fish and chips that come with a delectable, house made tartar sauce. So if you’re looking for a spot with a cozy, intimate feel and great food, it’s hard to beat P.J. Carney’s.
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