There are, possibly, thousands of Irish bar in New York City, along with sports bars and other spots traditionally associated with St. Patrick's Day revelry. Below, a few drinking establishments you may not have considered, where you may tip a bit of Irish whiskey or other inventive drinks while celebrating the wearin' of the green. (NOTE: Remember that the St. Patrick's Day Parade is taking place on Saturday, March 16th this year. Check with your favorite bar to see what their plans are for the weekend).
The Tippler: This social spot under the Highline is celebrating starting at 4 p.m. on Sunday, 17th with $5 Guinness Beers and $6 Peppermint Patty shots (Irish whisky, creme de menthe and creme de cacao). 425 W 15th St (between 9th and 10th Aves), 212.206.0000 thetippler.com
Ristorante Asellina: A stylish Italian restaurant might not immediately come to mind, but remember, everyone's Irish on St. Patrick's Day. The first Italian restaurant concept from The One Group is serving up the Sguattera, a blend of ginger, creme de menthe and ginger ale as a brisk pre-spring refresher (or make it at home with the recipe below). 402 Park Avenue South (next to the Gansevoort Hotel Park Avenue), 212.317.2908 asellina.com
BLT Fish Shack: Irish-inspired dishes dominate for St. Patrick's Day weekend at this stylish Union Square seafood spot. A Crab's Shepherd's Pie ($18) features lump crab, carrots and peas baked in a crab bisque and topped with potatoes and melted gruyere. Or choose the Scottish Salmon with Colcannon ($26). Start or finish your meal with the Irish Spring cocktail ($14) featuring Jameson Irish whisky, green chartreuse, orange bitters and muddled basil. 21 W 17th ST (between 5th and 6th Aves), 212.691.8888 e2hospitality.com
The Strand Smokehouse: This new Astoria temple to bourbon and smoked meats offers up house-cured Pastrami braised in Guinness Stout, carved to order and offered by the pound. Of course, you can always fall back on the large selection of smoked beef, pork and barrel upon barrel of bourbon or Irish whiskey. 25-27 Broadway (at 29th St), 718.440.3231
Sarabeth's Tribeca: Sarabeth's is keeping it low-key, as always, but you can add a bit of the Old Irish to comfort food classics like Chicken Pot Pie with a special Hot Toddy ($12), made with Jameson Irish whiskey, English breakfast tea, Sarabeth's own Strawberry-Raspberry Jam and honey. 339 Greenwich St, 212.966.0421 sarabeth.com
Saxon + Parole: The racehorse-themed social spot and restaurant in the East Village is dedicating its March Cocktail Cabinet program to an Irish-themed concoction. For about $75, you get your own, personalized bottled cocktail (about 10 drinks). Share a drink (or three) with friends, return the bottle to the cabinet, and come back another time for more. In honor of St. Patrick's Day, mixologist Naren Young has created the Tipperary (recipe below) featuring the new, spicy Jameson Black Barrel aged in charred bourbon barrels. 316 Bowery (at Bleeker Street), 212.254.0350 saxonandparole.com
(Served at Ristorante Asellina)
- 1.5 oz Alchemy Ginger Vodka
- .25 oz Green Creme de Menthe
- Splash Orange Bitters
- Ginger Ale
- Candied Ginger for garnish
Combine vodka, creme de menthe and bitters in a cocktail shaker. Add ice, shake and strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice. Top with ginger ale and garnish with candied ginger.
(Served for Saxon + Parole's Cocktail Cabinet Program)
- 1.5 oz Jameson Black Barrel
- 3/4 oz Sweet Vermouth
- 3/4 oz Green Chartreuse
- 3 Dashes Orange Bitters
Combine ingredients in mixing glass with ice. Stir patiently until well mixed. Strain into a frozen cocktail glass. Break an orange twist over the surface.
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