By: Stefanie DiMartino
Indoor dining has reopened in NYC and restaurants and bars have slowly been able to increase their capacity limits. It’s exciting that things are slowly returning to whatever normal is now. And thankfully, NYC is home to countless Irish pubs and restaurants, allowing you to support small businesses and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, safely, of course! Below are the best places in NYC to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
The Best Places in NYC to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
THE CAULDRON MAGICAL PUB
47 Stone Street, New York, NY 10004
For a unique and different experience, you don’t want to miss the festivities at The Cauldron Magical Pub! “The Paddy’s Day Special at The Cauldron® NYC is an extra special adult Potions Class indoors (inside The Cauldron NYC) or outdoors (in our heated Magical Snow Globes on the cobblestones of historic Stone Street). This is the only real spot this holiday to brew a lucky Irish potion. This special booking lasts for 1hr 45 minutes and includes an Irish-inspired appetizer and entree from our set menu, 2 brew-your-own molecular potions, 2 Irish shots (1 Laughing Leprechaun shot and 1 Pride of Paddy shot), and a St. Patrick’s Day swag bag (full of goodies for the holiday… complete with “a little nip o’ the strong stuff” for takeaway)!” – The Cauldron
MCSORLEY’S OLD ALE HOUSE
15 East 7th Street, New York, NY 10003
McSorley’s is a part of New York’s history. It was founded in 1854, making it the city’s oldest pub! It’s an old-time bar that stays authentic with Irish bartenders pouring only 2 ales (McSorley’s Light Ale and McSorley’s Dark Ale) and sawdust coating the floors. McSorley’s is an NYC staple and definitely worth a visit!
THE LANDMARK TAVERN
626 11th Ave, New York, NY 10036
The Landmark Tavern opened in 1868 as an Irish Waterfront Saloon. “As one of the oldest continually operating establishments in the city today, The Landmark Tavern still retains its classic old New York charm.” They offer an extensive menu mixed with traditional Irish fare and pub fare, along with an impressive whiskey list, and plenty of beer, wine, and cocktails!
NIALL’S ON 52ND
218 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022
Niall’s is the perfect neighborhood pub for good drinks and good fun! You can enjoy pub classics such as Guinness Irish Beef Stew and home-made Shepherd’s Pie.
PETER MCMANUS CAFE
152 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10011
Peter McManus Cafe has been around since 1936 and is one of the oldest family-run bars in NYC. It may look familiar to many people as it has been featured in various television shows and in movies. Peter McManus Cafe has award-winning burgers and corned beef, along with an impressive whiskey list and plenty of other drink options.
MOLLY’S SHEBEEN PUB & RESTAURANT
287 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10010
Molly’s Shebeen Pub & Restaurant has been hailed as the most authentic Irish bar in NYC. Molly’s has now reopened for spring, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day and offers spacious indoor seating, and heated outdoor seating. Molly’s was founded in 1960 and is “the most traditional Irish bar in New York, complete with sawdust on the floor and a log-burning fireplace. Renowned for its Shepherd’s Pie, hamburgers, and steaks, all for reasonable prices, Molly’s is a long-time favorite with locals and a destination for newcomers.” – Molly’s
THE DEAD RABBIT
30 Water Street, New York, NY 10004
The Dead Rabbit is a “multi award-winning Irish bar in NYC, renowned for its exceptional hospitality, cocktails, Guinness and legendary Irish Coffee.” Not only can you enjoy the inviting atmosphere and drinks, but you can also enjoy traditional Irish dishes such as bangers and mash, Irish lamb stew, and lamb shepherd’s pie. They’ve also recently introduced seven drinks and a new punch to their Taproom. “Five of the seven are Irish whiskey-based (yes!), there’s a rum drink, the fantastic Apple Martini and the punch that features gin, cachcaça and lemon.” The Dead Rabbit is the perfect spot to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!
AN BEAL BOCHT CAFE
445 West 238th Street (Graystone Avenue), Bronx, NY 10463
An Beal Bocht Cafe is a neighborhood staple and provides an authentic Irish experience. They are open for indoor dining and offer outdoor seating. Their menu offers not only great drinks and food, but also Irish specialties such as shepherd’s pie and beef stew. In addition, they also serve traditional Irish breakfast for brunch everyday. An Beal Both Cafe is a “premiere venue showcasing both Irish and local music, poetry, comedy, theatre and art exhibits. Friendly staff serves a hearty menu and tasty drinks to make sure you enjoy your time at the cafe.”
CRONIN & PHELAN’S
38-14 Broadway, Astoria, NY 11103
Cronin and Phelan’s was established in 1902, making it Astoria’s longest standing traditional Irish pub. They offer an extensive menu, with the best pub fare around including traditional Irish items like bangers & mash, Irish Shepherd’s pie, and Jameson chicken!
4202 Broadway, Astoria, NY 11103
Doyle’s Corner is a proper local Irish pub offering great food and drinks. Doyle’s has a relaxing vibe and is considered a hidden gem. You don’t want to miss out!
THE CRAIC PUB
488 Driggs Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211
The Craic Pub is open and serving on a first come, first served basis. The Craic has an upscale, but warm and inviting vibe. It’s an Irish public house “serving cocktails, craft beer, and good times.”
In conclusion, these are the best places in NYC to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Have fun, stay safe, and Sláinte!