Corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie, Irish soda bread: These are just a few examples of traditional Irish fare synonymous with St. Patrick’s Day — a holiday the Fundivo team reports is celebrated by more than 52 percent of Americans.
And New York has the most concentrated Irish population in the US at 12.9 percent, according to Sarah Kliff at The Washington Post. So you can bet that the city and its boroughs, from Staten Island to Queens to the Bronx, isn’t lacking for authentic Irish cuisine. Outside Ireland, there’s no better place to get your fill on St. Patrick’s Day.
Here are a few of the best places in NYC where you can find a delicious, traditional meal on St. Paddy’s Day.
The Butcher’s Block
Brian Hoffman raves about The Butcher’s Block in Gothamist. He says this place in Queens is an absolute must for traditional Irish meats and sausages like black pudding and rashers. Hoffman also mentions some of the other goodies you can find here including soda bread and Irish tea.
In other words, The Butcher’s Block is a one stop shop for satiating your hunger for authentic Irish cuisine. Peruse their menu, and you’ll find even more favorites including an Irish breakfast roll, Irish cheese burger deluxe and even Irish ham.
The Flying Cock
Located in the Murray Hill neighborhood in midtown Manhattan, The Flying Cock is the brainchild of an Irish immigrant and one of the top spots for delicious eats.
You won’t go wrong with either their classic shepherd’s pie with ground chuck, carrots, peas and broiled mashed potatoes or Irish style fish and chips with Brooklyn lager beer batter, fresh cod, hand cut fries and homemade tartar sauce.
Sarge’s Delicatessen & Diner
Looking for to celebrate by eating some killer corned beef hash?
Sarge’s Deli is your spot. Also in Murray Hill, this is one of the most revered Jewish delis in the city and has been in business for more than half a century. It’s known for its casual atmosphere, great homemade food and enormous portions.
Their corned beef hash consists of their finest corned beef that’s blended, grilled and served along with three fresh eggs. It’s truly legendary.
An Beal Bocht Cafe
At An Beal Bocht Cafe in the Bronx, it’s all about one thing — Irish comfort food.
Arrive early and fortify yourself with a traditional Irish breakfast consisting of two eggs, two bangers, two rashes, black and white pudding, baked beans, home fries and toast. It’s an honest-to-goodness feast.
Or stop by later for their insanely delicious shepherd’s pie with fresh ground beef, carrots, celery and onions topped with mashed potatoes or their bangers and mash with traditional Irish sausage, creamed mashed potatoes and baked beans.
The CBS New York team sings the praises of this Upper East Side steakhouse saying that it’s an excellent spot for getting your Irish food fix on St Patrick’s Day.
Ryan Shea at Manhattan Digest concurs and lists some of the items from the Primal Cut menu. These include Guinness braised short rib stew with mixed vegetables and roasted potatoes and corned beef mac and cheese with scallions, Swiss and crispy panko breadcrumbs.
And let’s not forget about the “Primal Shepherd’s Pie” made of brisket, prime rib and Hanger Blend, cheddar cheese mashed. They’ve even got Bailey’s Irish Cream infused brioche bread pudding.
Located in the heart of midtown Manhattan, Rosie O’Grady’s is one of New York’s premier steak and seafood restaurants. Opened in 1973, they’ve been serving traditional Irish favorites for nearly half a century and are still going strong.
Some noteworthy menu items include their shepherd’s pie with braised corned beef and veal mixed with garden fresh vegetables and topped with gratin mashed potatoes and traditional fish and chips with an ale battered fillet of deep fried cod with French fried potatoes.
Or if you’re looking for something a bit more unique, go with their seafood shepherd’s pie with Atlantic cod, swordfish, salmon rock shrimp and bay scallops topped with mash potatoes au gratin.
The Horny Ram
The Horny Ram in Midtown East is a neighborhood newcomer, but with a delicious shepherd’s pie on the menu it’s more than ready for St. Patrick’s Day this year. And if you need help with your St. Patrick’s day-after meals, they serve an excellent bottomless brunch.
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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