Get Your Irish On This St. Patrick's Day In Manhattan

by Tracy Kaler

A pint of Guinness at St. James Gate--photo by St. James Gate

If you aren't completely exhausted from Saturday's parade, get out and about in NYC and celebrate the Irish on St. Patrick's Day this Sunday. Marathoners and spectators will no doubt be scattered throughout Manhattan for the New York City Half Marathon (Go Hubby!), so there will be loads of people on the streets running, celebrating, and of course, drinking.  

After the runners have recovered and the temperature creeps beyond the thirties--yes, it's mid-March and it's going to be that chilly, grab some green beer and a few shots of Jameson, followed by a plate of traditional Irish fare.
We're sharing some of our top picks to party like you're in the Emerald Isle, because on this day, we're all Irish.  And guaranteed, the celebration will be going on all day long.

Biddy's Pub, Yorkville
Owned by two Irishmen, Barry and JJ, this tiny pub is hidden off Second Ave. on E. 91st St. The popular neighborhood spot doesn't serve food, but you can order delivery from any of the nearby restaurants. Known for its regulars and friendly staff, you'll have a memorable St. Patty's Day if you can get in the door. If JJ is working, tell him Tracy says "Sláinte!"

Biddy's is a tiny unassuming bar in Yorkville--photo via Biddy's Facebook page

Finnegan's Wake, Upper East Side
This old-timey Irish spot has been a staple in the neighborhood for decades. It's no fuss, no muss, but you can't get much more Irish than this. Although this pub attracts an older crowd, surely the ages will vary on the feast of St. Patrick. Take in some of the memorabilia from the past, including a portrait of James Joyce, while you sip your beer in the taproom.

Memorabilia at Finnegan's includes a portrait of James Joyce

Landmark Tavern, Hell's Kitchen
Opened as an Irish saloon in on the shores of the Hudson in 1868, this quintessential NYC tavern is one of the oldest continually operating establishments remaining in Manhattan. With a full menu including Irish dishes like Corned Beef and Cabbage and Bangers and Mash, as well as other bar favorites like burgers and wings, Landmark definitely keeps your food cravings in mind. The friendly service and old-world atmosphere, not to mention the wide selection of beer and single malt whiskeys, will make the trip to 11th Ave. worth your while.

The Landmark Tavern will take you back in time--image via Landmark

St. James Gate, Upper West Side
Owned by Kevin, Paul, and Siobhán, all hailing from the Emerald Isle themselves, the menu at this Upper West Side staple offers plenty of delicious options. Their calamari is some of the best anywhere, and the fish and chips can't be beat.  Get there early for a seat to grab brunch or an early dinner, otherwise you'll be fresh out of Irish luck with only a few pints o' Guinness to wet your whistle.

The St. James Gate is at the corner of 81st and Amsterdam on the Upper West

The Crooked Knife at 14th Street, West Village
This comfy bar is conveniently located a stone's throw from the 123 trains on 7th Ave. and the ACE on 8th Ave. so you can stumble to the subway after you imbibe. Known for some of their froufrou cocktails, the brewsky options are plentiful as well. Try and grab the lounge seating in the front window if you'll be hanging out for several rounds.

Located on W. 14th the Crooked Knife is convenient to transportation--via Crooked Knife

McSorley's Old Ale House, East Village
The oldest pub in New York City, McSorley's is a must-visit for anyone in town. Established in 1854, it boasts the title "New York's oldest continually operating saloon," and does it with pride. You'll only find two types of alcoholic beverages here, McSorley's Light and McSorley's Dark, so drink the Jameson before you arrive.

At McSorley's, you'll drink beer and beer.--via McSorley's


sylvia said...

How fun!!

Phil Holtberg said...

Such great suggestions! McSorely's is my fav, but keep quiet about Biddy's! It's right across the street from my apartment and it's a hidden gem!


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