Instead of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with the traditional green beer, New Yorkers can snag some of these green treats and drinks in honor of the holiday.
The festive treats have spread to Krispy Kreme locations throughout the country. Doughnut lovers can stop by one of their spots on St. Patrick’s Day and order their O’riginal Glazed Doughnut. The chain’s signature sweet bite receives a holiday makeover made with green dough and a hot glaze in the traditional style. New Yorkers can show their green pride while taking a bite of this delectable dessert.
The Rag Trader
70 West 36th Street
New York, NY 10018
Forget about those green eggs and ham; instead, head to The Rag Trader for a traditional Irish meal. From brunch to dinner, there is no shortage of Irish dishes, including corned beef and Swiss cheese on rye. St. Patrick’s Day wouldn’t be complete without an order of corned beef and cabbage. To wash down all of that corned beef, order the green-bird Smuggler’s Run. Made with rum, lime, Curaçao, pistachio and vanilla, this creamy drink is the ideal alternative to green beer.
45 West 27th Street
New York, NY 10001
For New Yorkers looking to embrace a Victorian-style St. Patrick’s Day, they can head Oscar Wilde. The Flatiron restaurant is named after one of literature most prolific writers who happens to be Irish. Throughout the day, the restaurant is serving corned beef and cabbage and Irish Soda Bread. Just stop by and sit at the city’s longest bar and try The Warhorse. The specialty libation is made with Irish whiskey, lime juice, honey syrup, ginger ale, muddled mint, and peppercorns.
496 9th Ave.
New York, NY 10018
Craving barbecue grub, New Yorkers can celebrate the day at one of Hell’s Kitchen’s newest restaurants for St. Patrick’s Day. Jax BBQ is offering a limited edition Leprechaun Frozen Margarita. The luck of the Irish lasts all day with this green cocktail. Made with tequila, green apple, and Grand Mariner, the drink will be all offered on March 17 for $5.
Legend says there is a leprechaun’s pot of gold at the end of every rainbow. However, STK is changing that with the Leprechaun’s Libation. The green cocktail is made with vodka, lime juice, simple syrup, jalapeños and basil leaves. This festive cocktail is available at all of the popular restaurant’s locations, including the Meatpacking District, Downtown and Midtown.
John Friia is a freelance journalist and native New Yorker writing about food, drinks and lifestyle. You can follow his adventures on Instagram.