U.S. Coast Guard photo by PAC Tom Sperduto
On March 17th, once again, the whole world dons the green and becomes Irish for a day to celebrate Saint Patrick, the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland.
New York City in particular does “St. Patty” proud starting with the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which is not only the oldest, but also regarded as the largest and most popular(over 2 million spectators).
The parade goes up 5th Avenue from 44th to 79th Streets and since March 17th, 2013 falls on a Sunday, the parade will take place on Saturday, March 16, 2013 starting at 11:00 a.m. The parade ends at 79th Street at around 2:00 or 3:00 p.m. and then the revelers move on to “eat, drink and be merry.”
Here are five of our favorite spots to “grab a pint,” toast St. Patrick and share good cheer with real and faux Irishmen and women on this special day.
1. P.J. McCARNEY’S located at 7th Avenue and 57th Street has been a NYC tradition since 1927.
Just across from Carnegie Hall, this neighborhood favorite is the ideal pub to enjoy a glass of Guinness or 21 other brews on tap, crunch on crispy, beer-battered fish-and-chips, or watch sports with an eclectic crowd of regulars including neighborhood patrons, businessmen and performers all looking to have a good time. Grab your spot early for St. Patrick’s Day since this popular spot is sure to have an enthusiastic crowd of celebrators early in the day.
Opening in 2002, this classic Irish pub features a mahogany, brass railed bar that serves a rotating selection of 21 drafts including Dogfish Head, Founders and Bronx Brewery Pale Ale. It is also one of the few pubs in NYC where you can get cask ale which is an exciting “hop” experience.
For “Pub Grub,” you must try one of the bangers, the homemade stout chili or a choice of five different wings.
If you go after the parade, don’t be surprised to see some of the marchers who are known to frequent George Keeley's every St. Patrick’s Day. www.georgekeeley.com
Neary’s is known for its excellent corned beef and cabbage, as well as Irish smoked salmon and other traditional dishes. It is often referred to as the “Irish 21” and is packed 7 days a week with neighborhood “foodies.”
Be sure to arrive early since NEARY’S does not accept reservations, or perhaps this St. Patrick’s Day, try their Sunday brunch. www.nearys.com
The Landmark Tavern is one of the oldest continually operating establishments in NYC opening in 1868 and has reinvented itself several times including adding a speakeasy on the upper floor during prohibition. Imagine if those walls could talk!
Although newly renovated, you still step back into 19th century Ireland when you enter The Landmark Tavern which also retains its classic old New York charm with its expansive bar and friendly service.
This NYC historic treasure welcomes all their patrons as if they are regulars. Whether you are there for a lively Happy Hour, the awesome service, or the corned beef and cabbage “to die for,” this is a perfect spot to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day or any other time you are visiting the city. www.thelandmarktavern.org
5. SAINT PATRICK’S DAY PUB CRAWL- www.pubcrawls.com
If you are one of the truly serious revelers that need a multiple pub experience for St. Patty weekend this year, this is the ideal solution for you. Starting with Happy Hour on March 15th and continuing through St. Patrick’s Day, your Pub Crawl wristband welcomes you to 200 bars and pubs in Manhattan alone. Clearly this is for the “stout” of heart and we recommend that you drink responsibly while enjoying the festivities.
Throughout the weekend, remember to try green beer and bagels and enjoy!
Erin Go Braugh!
RAISE YOUR SPIRITS AND GET THE DISH!