St. Patrick's Day Food Tour
What and where to eat and drink around Westchester while getting your Irish on
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Whether you’re 100% or 0% Irish, St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday worth celebrating. Who can go wrong with pints of Guinness and traditional Irish food? Thankfully, Westchester is full of ways you can celebrate without needing a pot of gold. Here’s where your tastebuds and tummy can score some luck of the Irish.
Pints of Guinness at Rory Dolan's
One of the most exciting parts of St. Patrick’s Day is the parade that marches down the city’s main street, celebrating Ireland’s traditions and culture. At Rory Dolan’s, you’ll be able to drink a perfect pour pint of Guinness while the Yonkers St. Patrick’s Day Parade strolls along McLean Avenue, giving you a great view with great company.
The parade takes place on Saturday, March 19th, so it gives you an excuse to celebrate the holiday all weekend long.
890 McLean Ave
Corned Beef Sandwich To-Go at Epstein’s of Hartsdale Deli
If your style is more celebrating at home, then grabbing something of the Irish culture to-go is a perfect match. Offered seven days a week, you can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day all week long with a delicious and classic first-cut corned beef sandwich at this all-Kosher deli.
Want to step up your corned beef game? Epstein’s also offers specialty sandwiches called “Sloppy Joe’s.” Try a corned beef, pastrami, roast beef, and turkey sandwich with Russian dressing, coleslaw, lettuce, and tomato. Or, a corned beef, pastrami, meatballs, and turkey sandwich with Russian dressing, coleslaw, and sweet peppers.
There are many other ways to incorporate this Irish staple into a sandwich here, so make like a leprechaun and move in a flash.
387 N Central Ave
The Bar Menu at J.C Fogarty's
Fine dining meets classic pubs at this Irish establishment. If you’re looking for a casual meal, the bar menu is the perfect way to eat some traditional Irish food without having the whole sit-down experience.
The Bar Menu features your good ole’ Shepherd’s Pie that is a traditional Irish recipe with minced beef and minced vegetables in a homemade style gravy topped with mashed potatoes, a traditional Irish Lamb Stew served with mashed potatoes and homemade brown gravy, and Bangers & Mash; Irish sausages with scallion mashed potatoes, vegetables, and homemade gravy.
For something a little astray from the usual, they also offer an Irish-style nacho platter, which consists of tortilla chips loaded with jack and cheddar cheese, bacon bits, fried onions, and mushrooms.
60 Kraft Ave
Party at The Irish Bank
It wouldn’t be St. Patrick’s Day with a cheerful celebration. This Irish bar and restaurant boasts a friendly, casual, and relaxed atmosphere that will welcome you to join the party.
On actual St. Patrick’s Day, visitors can enjoy classic traditional fare like Irish breakfast, corned beef and cabbage, and fish and chips, drink green beer, and listen to live music that’ll make you dance the Irish jig.
You can also enjoy Irish soda bread or Bailey’s cheesecake. Food orders can also be made to-go if you’d rather enjoy the vibes of the celebration and eat later.
230 E Hartsdale Ave
St. Patrick's Day Dessert Menu at Provision's Bake Shop
This bakery specializes in homemade desserts for any occasion, so it’s no surprise they add in a special menu for St. Patrick’s Day. These festive treats are perfect for bringing them home to share with the family or bringing them to your own St. Patrick’s Day celebration.
Your sweet tooth will be satisfied with a classic staple; Irish soda bread. But you’ll also be able to have some fun with decorative shamrock cupcakes loaded with sprinkles and frosting (green, white, and orange, of course), as well as hand-painted cookies and lucky charm cookies that are designed to look like the marshmallows from Lucky Charms cereal! They’re magically delicious.
209 Wolfs Lane
The Blazer Pub
This comfortable pub will make you feel as if you’re dining in the Irish countryside as photos of Blarney Castle are placed throughout its booths and tables. They even got their name from a term coined in western Ireland in the late 1800s, by a group of fox hunters and their hounds.
After a day’s work, the hunters would gather in a temporary hut or shack to celebrate their hard-earned bounty and would set fire to the hut and watch while it blazed and burned down, thus enjoying the glow of the Galway "Blazer."
If the cool name hasn’t grasped your attention yet, the pub also features a sports bar, where aside from eating and drinking, guests can jam out with their karaoke sessions. Fill yourself up with a corned beef Reuben before dancing to the sounds of the DJ.
O’Connor’s Public House
If you want authenticity, look no further. A family-run pub, the O’Connor brothers have made sure to bring a touch of Ireland into America and even have a sister pub in Blarney Co. Cork.
They boast a choice of 13 draft beers (Guinness included, of course) and nightly cocktail specials. The pub comes with a big screen to watch games as well as TVs sported around the sports bar.
As far as Irish classics go, you can find Galway Bay fish and chips, a traditional bowl of Irish beef stew, and Nelly O’s shepherd’s pie (above).
222 E Main St
Kayla Garritano has been a freelance writer since 2017 when she graduated from Hofstra University with a degree in journalism and a double minor in creative writing and marketing. She now runs her own freelancing website, kaylagarritano.com, where she will happily flaunt her work in many different genres such as food, travel, lifestyle, and all things that make people laugh or smile. When she's finally done with the computer for the day, she enjoys keeping busy with friends and family. Whether it be attending a sporting event or concert, going to the gym, or just grabbing a drink, she doesn't know how to stay still.
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