They say everyone is Irish on St. Patricks Day. I could use a little luck so while searching for the lucky four leaf clover, I've scoured the best events, food & drink available this side of the pond.
My first recommendation is to start your day with a solid breakfast. Especially if you plan to stop by Kilkenny's at 10am to kick off your celebration. The early opening is beer only - the kitchen doesn't open until 11! So stop by Manhattan Bagel for an egg & cheese on a green bagel, or better yet, pick up a dozen today and pass them out to your friends.
If you are looking for an Irish pub with traditional fare, there are plenty of options. Jeffrey's invites you to celebrate St. Patricks Day today & tomorrow. Their St. Patrick's Day celebration includes $1 off bottles of Guinness and Jameson drinks and your your favorite Irish dishes. Indulge in Corned Beef & Cabbage, Shepherd's Pie, or Irish Soda Bread.
organic, biodynamic, & sustainable green wines.
fresh baked green cakes (green decorations outside with black and white cake inside with fudge), and green frog cupcakes. Crumbs Bake Shop offers the St. Patty’s Cupcake, a vanilla cake tinted green with vanilla frosting and green and white sprinkles and a gold coin. Also, try the Irish Cream Cupcake, a vanilla cake soaked in coffee with vanilla frosting inside and Irish Cream cream cheese frosting on top with chocolate sprinkles. And don’t miss the ever popular Grasshopper, chocolate cake with fudge filling and green mint frosting with chocolate chips with whipped cream. For a true indulgence, stop by Jeffrey's for Bailey's Cheesecake or a Warm Apple Cake with a Jameson Sauce.
Cooking at home? Looking for an alternative to your traditional fare? It's nice enough to barbecue so why not mix it up and try an Irish Reuben? Pile 2 slices of soda bread with spicy mustard, sauerkraut, corned beef and Dubliner Cheddar Cheese (all available at Kings Food Markets). Wrap in foil and grill for 4 minutes per side over a medium flame, or until bread is toasty and cheese is melted. If your Irish luck runs out, prepare inside on a panini press or foreman grill or simply broil. Cabbage is an excellent source for vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, potassium and fiber. So eat something healthy along with your meat, beer & green cakes.
If you don't like corned beef, try the original Irish traditional dish of bacon & cabbage. The corned beef was an American invention after Irish immigrants settled into US cities where corned beer was readily available and affordable. You can make it super healthy by using turkey bacon, but after a few beers, you won't really mind.
Stay safe, remember to eat and if you find a four leaf clover, the luck of the Irish is truly on your side.