Americans love to party on St. Patrick’s Day -some cities more than others. But the holiday is about more than just parades, Kiss Me I’m Irish T-Shirts, and pints of Guinness. For foodies, it’s also about delicious Irish food.
Whether you want a classic boiled dinner of corned beef and cabbage or something with a bit more of a modern twist, we’ve created a guide to the top St. Patrick’s Day destinations’ food that you absolutely must try. Sláinte!
The list has to start with Boston. Though it’s a matter of some debate, Boston may have hosted the United States’ first St. Patrick’s Day parade as early as 1724, and today, the largest ethnic group within the city is people of Irish descent! Here are some places you’re going to want to check out for authentic food:
· J.J. Foley’s Café: This South End pub has been family-owned and operated since 1909. Enjoy classics like fish and chips and Irish brown bread, or feed that inner foodie with adventurous offerings like truffle mac and cheese or fig and goat cheese pizza.
· The Black Rose: Reserve a spot for the 17th at this Faneuil Hall pub that offers authentic Irish hospitality and craic. You can eat a full Irish breakfast if you come early, or enjoy Guinness stew and bangers and mash on in the day.
When a city goes so far as to dye their river green, you know they’re serious about St. Patrick’s Day. And the food scene is no exception. Here are our picks:
· The Curragh: This Edison Park gem has over 30 beers on tap and the best Guinness pour in the city. If you’re not feeling beer, you can also choose from a selection of whiskeys. To eat, they have lots of “Irish Fayre” ranging from the creative veggie boxty to the old standby of corned beef & cabbage.
· O’Shaughnessy’s Public House: This one is newer on the scene, but with its 1890 building, deep wood tones, and exposed brick, it looks every bit like a pub you’d find back in Ireland. It’s the perfect spot for foodies, with creative appetizers like corned beef-stuffed egg rolls and Irish curry popcorn!
New York City
Known for its massive St. Patrick’s Day parade that includes marchers all the way from Ireland, New York City knows how to party on March 17th. Here are your best options to eat on the big day:
· Neary’s: Jimmy Neary’s pub has been an NYC landmark since he opened it on St. Patrick’s Day of 1967. This classy spot is often called “The Irish 21” and has the best hospitality around -Mr. Neary himself will greet you at the door. While you can’t partake in that hospitality at the moment due to COVID, you can support this fixture by ordering takeout on St. Paddy’s Day!· The Dead Rabbit NYC: Get yourself a legendary Irish coffee at this award-winning Irish pub and cocktail bar. Traditional bites include lamb stew and corned beef sandwiches!
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