From green cheesecake to traditional Irish soda bread, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by eating one of these delicious treats in New York City. By Carly Petrone.
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Fans of Magnolia Bakery will be happy to know that they can pick up vanilla or chocolate St. Patrick’s Day Cupcakes ($24) with vanilla or chocolate buttercream frosting topped with luck-of-the Irish Shamrocks and clovers. If cookies are more your thing make sure to pick up a dozen of their adorable Shamrock Sugar Cookies ($8) that are sprinkled with green sanding sugar and tied in a special St. Patrick’s Day tag. Finally, nut lovers out there can feast on Pistachio Cupcakes ($24) with pistachio meringue buttercream. Can’t make it to the store? They do nationwide shipping so anyone in the country can celebrate March 17th with Magnolia Cupcakes (all products are shipped frozen). Please call 1.855.MBAKERY for local pick-up and delivery orders. Check website for various store locations.
Those looking for traditional Irish Soda Bread should head to Amy’s Bread. These crunchy nibbles fly off the shelves so make sure to get there (or place your order) early. Choose from Regular Irish Soda Bread, an authentic recipe from one of their original bakers, or enjoy a heartier Whole Wheat version (which has a hint of molasses in it). Both are great toasted with a dab of butter and a hot cup of coffee or tea. Both kinds are $18. Check website for store locations.
If you haven’t tried the newly opened Sprinkles Cupcakes then make your way over to their Upper East Side location. Now’s your chance to try their decadent Irish Chocolate or Green Velvet cupcakes. Stop by next door to Sprinkles Ice Cream and eat yours a la mode. Warning: with flavors like Crème Brulee and Captain Crunch, you’ll probably have a sugar rush for a while. But isn’t that the point?
Okay, we all probably can’t wait to get our hands on the Shamrock Shake from McDonald’s but they’re nothing compared to the Thin Mint milkshake now being served at Big Gay Ice Cream. Owners just made the announcement that these are back on the menu (until they run out of cookies in April) so make sure to get some while you can. Although this seasonal treat isn’t technically being served in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, you can certainly make it your holiday treat for the day. Check website for East Village location information.
Spend your day perusing all your favorite desserts during St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Grand Central Station. Junior’s Bakery will be serving Irish Swirl-Plain Cheesecake ($17.50) with a green cream cheese swirl throughout, Mini Shamrocks-Plain Cheesecake ($4.50) shaped into a shamrock covered with chocolate and striped with green coloring, Mini St. Patrick’s-Themed Cupcake Sampler ($13.95), and Mini Green and White Cookies ($17.95/lb.). Zaro’s Bakery will also celebrate with Green & White Cookies ($3.50) while Neuhas Belgian Chocolate is offering its Haute Patisserie Collection for $48. Those looking for a salty treat should head over to Shake Shack for the “When Irish Fries Are Smiling”: Shack fries topped with horseradish cream, scallions, and crispy all-natural applewood bacon ($4.50/each). You could stay inside Grand Central Station all day! Open until 9 p.m.