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Irish Breakfast at Stop Inn. [Photograph: Sara Markel-Gonzalez]

St. Patrick's Day is coming up on March 17th, which means that whether or not we actually have Irish ancestry, we get to pretend to be Irish anyway. One of the best parts? Planning where to eat. We've looked back at our favorite pot pies, fish and chips, and corned beef—traditional Irish and otherwise—to tell you where to get the best.

Irish Breakfast

Let's start off the day with a classic Irish breakfast, which typically consists of fried eggs, bacon, sausage, white pudding (sausage), black pudding (blood sausage), toast, and fried tomato. It's just what you need to fortify yourself for that Guinness later.

Stop Inn: This tiny diner in Woodside offers a full traditional Irish breakfast.

Butcher Block: If you want to make breakfast at home instead, head to this Irish specialty grocery to stock up on Irish ham, boiling bacon, and black pudding.

Shepherd's Pie

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Bliss Street Station's Shepherd's Pie. [Photograph: Sara Markel-Gonzalez]

Shepherd's pie is classically made with lamb or mutton (since shepherds deal with sheep) but in America you're more likely to find a beef filling.

PJ Horgan's: The shepherd's pie at this Queens Irish pub has a buttery potato topping crisped under the broiler. Once you hit the beef filling, it's savory with just the right amount of rich brown sauce, peas and carrots.

Bliss Street Station Restaurant: This old-school pub's shepherd's pie is a simple but satisfying rendition—the salty gravy is balanced out by the smashed potatoes on top.

Chicken Pot Pie

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Tea & Sympathy's Chicken Pot Pie. [Photograph: Niki Goldstein]

Molly's Pub: This classic Irish pub serves a great chicken pot pie, topped with golden puff pastry and delivered piping hot.

Tea & Sympathy: This dainty British tea shop boasts over 30 kinds of tea as well as classic British dishes, including one of our favorite chicken pot pies in New York.

The Green Table: This one comes packed with chicken and veggies and topped with an especially buttery crust.

PJ Horgan's: Here the crust is a wide dome over a creamy sauce with peas, potatoes, carrots, and large chunks of chicken breast.

Fish and Chips

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A Salt & Battery's Fish and Chips. [Photograph: Nick Solares]

For a primer on what fish and chips mean across the Atlantic, hit up this guide to our favorites. Here are the most St. Patrick's Day-friendly:

A Salt & Battery: This British chippery that serves our favorite fish and chips in the city.

ChipShop: This chippery is shortly behind A Salt & Battery, and they even serve plaice, a rare fish in New York but common in the UK.

Jones Wood Foundry: This Upper East Side pub prefers golden slabs of haddock with excellent chips.

Donovan's Pub: The classic Queens pub with a very respectable fish and chips.

Corned Beef

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Hash at McSorley's. [Photograph: Nancy Huang]

Corned beef is more Irish-American fare than it is purely Irish, but that won't stop us from enjoying this salt-cured beef on its most popular day stateside, especially corned beef and cabbage, the Irish expat's version of back bacon and cabbage. We've also included some our favorite corned beef overall, which comes from Jewish delis as much as Irish pubs.

McSorley's: This iconic East Village pub's corned beef hash is salty and sweet without being too greasy.

Ben's Best: This Rego Park deli has been serving more than 180 pounds of corned beef the same way every day for 61 years. They definitely have got the goods.

Second Avenue Deli: One of the city's best spots for corned beef.

Katz's Delicatessen: Short of the pastrami, corned beef is a must-order here.

Soda Bread

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PJ Horgan's Soda Bread. [Photograph: Sara Markel-Gonzalez]

Soda bread is a quick bread made with baking soda in lieu of yeast and studded with raisins and caraway seeds (mostly an American innovation). It's ideally served warm (it takes well to reheating) and is best slathered with butter.

PJ Horgan's: Every entree here is served with warm soda bread—soft, moist, caraway-and-raisin-studded, it's sweet but not overly so, and even better when spread with butter.

Bouchon Bakery: Thomas Keller's soda bread is fancier than most, individually wrapped in pretty paper and without the misshapen edges typical to most soda breads.

Amy's Bread: The soda bread from one of New York's best all-around bakeries is dense with a glossy top, nearly sconelike, and not too sweet with a real caraway punch.

Tom Cat Bakery: Without a retail location of its own, you can find Tom Cat Bakery's goods in the city at Murray's Cheese Shop, among other places. Tom Cat's soda bread is like a classic loaf of bread, with a light texture and crackly crust. Great plump raisins are embedded in the slightly sweet bread, with just the faintest hit of caraway.

More Irish Bites

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Sausage Rolls at Stop Inn. [Photograph: Sara Markel-Gonzalez]

Want more? Here's an assortment of more Irish goodies for you.

Sausage Rolls at Stop Inn: The sausage rolls at Stop Inn are well worth the wait: fresh out of the oven, the crust is buttery, flaky and tender, with a white sausage link tucked inside.

Pot roast at Butcher Block: Butcher Block's specials change daily, but the pot roast (served on Tuesdays) is particularly noteworthy. The meat's so tender it doesn't need gravy, but it doesn't hurt.

Bangers and mash at PJ Horgan's: Four sweet sausages, smothered in mushroom gravy, resting on a mound of buttery smashed potatoes make the bangers and mash here a hearty and satisfying meal.

Ham and leek pie at the Dog and Duck: Try the Dog and Duck's creamy, ultra-rich ham and leek pie. Thick cream sauce blankets chunks of pink ham and leeks, and comes topped with a thin, two-layered crust.

Boxty at Chipper Truck: New York's only late-night Irish food truck serves up many Irish classics, but our favorite is their boxty, an Irish potato pancake, served with eggs and beans.

related venues
The Dog And Duck 45-20 Skillman Ave, Sunnyside, NY
Bouchon Bakery 1 Rockefeller Plz, New York, NY
Jones Wood Foundry 401 E 76th St, New York, NY
The Chipper Truck 237th Katonah Avenue, Bronx, NY
Butcher Block 43-46 41st St, Sunnyside, NY
Ben's Best Deli 96-40 Queens Blvd, Rego Park, NY
Bliss Street Station Restaurant 4702 Greenpoint Ave, Sunnyside, NY
Katz's Delicatessen 205 E Houston St, New York, NY
ChipShop 383 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Amy's Bread 672 9th Ave, New York, NY
Amy's Bread 75 9th Ave, New York, NY
Stop Inn 6022 Roosevelt Ave, Woodside, NY
Donovan's Pub 57-24 Roosevelt Ave., Woodside, NY
Bouchon Bakery 10 Columbus Cir, Fl 3, New York, NY
Amy's Bread 250 Bleecker St, New York, NY
PJ Horgan's Bar and Restaurant 42-17 Queens Blvd, Sunnyside, NY
Molly's Shebeen 287 3rd Ave, New York, NY
McSorley's Old Ale House 15 E 7th St, New York, NY
A Salt & Battery 112 Greenwich Ave., New York, NY
2nd Ave Deli 162 E 33rd St, New York, NY
Tea & Sympathy 108 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY
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