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.
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One of the Bronx's northernmost locales, Woodlawn is the only neighborhood in New York that still receives a steady stream of fresh Irish immigrants. There you'll find Sean's Quality deli and this shepherd's pie, perhaps not food to lust over, but undoubtedly a taste of home, wherever you're from.
The Butcher's Fancy, an Irish butcher shop in Yonkers, took over its storefront from an old-school Italian butcher. Now, mortadella and mozzarella are swapped out for homemade Irish sausages, boiling bacon and imported Irish cheeses. The refrigerator and freezer are filled with Irish must-haves such as root vegetables and even frozen French fries flown in from the mother country. And the shelves are lined with familiar snack foods, teas, and crackers.
Market Tours: Irish Ham, Boiling Bacon, and Black Pudding at The Butcher's Block in Sunnyside, Queens
On a quiet side street off Queens Boulevard in Sunnyside, Queens, there's a cartoony wooden cutout of a maniacally gleeful butcher (with unnaturally blue eyes), grasping a red cow. Then you notice the shamrocks painted on the window behind him. And the bold red letters hinting at other treats inside: boiling bacon, corned beef, black and white pudding, rashers. Welcome to The Butcher's Block, one of NYC's few Irish grocery stores.
Shepherd's Pie from Bliss Street Station. [Photos: Sara Markel-Gonzalez It's St. Patrick's Day tomorrow! Green beer and corned beef and cabbage are fine options, but if you're in the mood for something a little more authentically Irish, try some...
In the spirit of St. Patrick's Day, make it a point to grab a brew and a bite at McSorley's Old Ale House, the oldest Irish pub in the city. Established in 1854, the bar has seen its fair share of wars, presidents and mobsters, from the Civil War to Prohibition to post-World War II. Today it is an East Village icon, a tourist destination as much as a local hangout, and home to some of the city's rowdiest bar crowds after 6 p.m.
The bar, with its hearty Anglo-leaning pub grub curated by Joaquin Baca of, among other places, the Rusty Knot (another boisterous watering hole with food that's better than it need be), is one of the finest spots for good-natured revelry in the city.
From left: Amy's Bread, Bouchon, Tom Cat. [Photos: Robyn Lee] Top o' the morning to you! We'd set out to find you a tasty Irish soda bread for St. Patrick's Day, but all three we tried were excellent, in...
The Butcher Block in Sunnyside, right off the 7 train, is equal parts Queens grocery store and British-Irish importer—and it's full of all sorts of Irish foods for your St. Paddy's Day needs. Take a walk through in the slideshow...
Walking the block or so from the 7 train in Sunnyside, Queens, I nearly passed right by the Butcher Block. I guess I was expecting something a little greener, something that shouted Irish. I should've known better: The Butcher...