“St. Patty's Day Dining”
Surely there’s more to St. Patty’s Day than just beer, beer, and more beer (and possibly green beer), right? Well, surprisingly, yes. Read on for a list of special St. Patrick’s Day suppers happening around town at restaurants that won’t just put green food dye in the soup and call it a dinner. Drinking in your P.J.’s
For a true Irish celebration (with music and everything) check out any of the three landmark P.J. Clarke’s on St. Patrick’s Day when traditional bag pipers will be playing throughout the day. Their menu will feature all of the Irish favorites – corned beef and cabbage, Shepherd’s pie, Irish beef stew, and bubble and squeak (a sort of cabbagey potato pancake). If you love the food but not the raucous environment, you can enjoy the same traditional Irish day fare in a more intimate setting at Sidecar. Sidecar is situated above P.J. Clarke’s at 55th Street location, reservations are recommended. P.J. Clarke’s has three locations. Dinner hours will be extended for St. Patrick’s Day. Call the restaurants for more specifics. www.pjclarks.com.
P.J. Clarke’s 55th Street
915 3rd Ave @ 55th St.
Open 11:30 a.m until 4:00 am
P.J. Clarke’s Lincoln Square
44 W. 63rd St.
Open 11:30 am until 2am
P.J. Clarke’s on the Hudson
250 Vesey St.
Open 11:30 a.m until 12am
Wild Wine Geese
There’s a little Irish in everyone, even the French! The très chic (and newly renovated) Park Avenue Bistro will be celebrating St. Patty’s Day with a Wild Wine Geese Dinner. Never heard of Wild Wine Geese? Well it’s got a bit of history. The term "Wild Geese" was used in Irish history to refer to Irish soldiers who had left to serve in continental European armies between the 16th and 18th centuries. “Winegeese” was another name given to the emigrant Irish families and their descendants who were involved in the wine trade. This Wild Wine Geese Dinner is inspired by both terms and while it does not include geese, unfortunately, it does include Irish sausage rolls (homemade pork sausage with roasted garlic wrapped in puff pastry with spicy brown mustard), French Irish pot roast (beef bourguignon with pearl onions and roasted carrots over creamy potatoes), wine geese cousin (crispy duck confit with red and white braised cabbage in a port wine reduction and fingerling potatoes). They’ll also be serving the classic Irish soda bread with butter (yum!). Dinner is $38 per person and will include wine pairings.
A cool note: the prix fixe will also include a $10 donation to the Ireland Funds, the largest worldwide network of people of Irish ancestry dedicated to raising funds supporting programs of peace and reconciliation, arts, education, and community development throughout Ireland.
Park Avenue Bistro is located at 377 Park Avenue South (between 26th Street and 27th Street), 212-689-1360. www.parkavenuebistronyc.com
.An Irish Week at August
For anyone who’s still craving Irish even after the big green day has passed, no need to worry. The folks at August Restaurant will be ‘toasting the Irish’ for several days, at least, from March 17th through March 21st, with the famous Guinness Extra Stout and daily Irish-comfort specials including house-made corned beef and cabbage ($18) and Irish Stew ($20)—lamb cabbage, potatoes, turnips, carrots, barley and mint. And if you’re company is over the celebration by then, August’s delicious and quaint dinner menu offering their traditional European fare should please any craving.
August is located at 359 Bleecker Street (between Charles and W. 10th Street, 212-929-8727. www.augustny.com.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day Everyone!
Posted: March 13, 2008 - 9:52 am