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8 Ways to Safely Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in NYC This Year

Addison Aloian/Maria Gracia Santillana | March 10, 2021 | Culture Food & Drink Lifestyle

Thomas Periti Saint Patricks Day meal kits

Thomas Periti Saint Patricks Day meal kit. Photo Courtesy: Baldor Specialty Foods

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, but celebrating might look a little different this year.

Because of COVID-19 restrictions, large group gatherings are discouraged, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate responsibly in a small group of friends or family.

From special meals at home to delightful holiday desserts, Irish author book readings, digital museum tours and more, there are plenty of ways to bring the spirit of the Irish into your week. Wear a little green and make your own fun with these safe and family-friendly St. Patrick's Day happenings across New York City.

FOOD

OddFellows Ice Cream's Irish Coffee Flavor

44 Water St., Brooklyn / Website

OddFellows is known for inventive ice cream flavors, and they're launching a boozy Irish Coffee flavor for St. Patrick’s Day. This special dessert features Knappogue Castle Single Malt Irish Whiskey and Mr. Black Coffee Liqueur, available in each OddFellows New York Store for $13.50 per pint as well as nationwide through their website as part of a “pick 6 collection” for $79.99.

Chip City Lucky Charms Cookie

Chip City NYC Lucky Charms cookie

Multiple locations across Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens / Website

The creative Chip City is launching a St. Patrick’s Day cookie flavor available to rotate March 15 to 28 at all six Chip City locations. This special Lucky Charms is a cereal cookie filled with marshmallow fluff and topped with Lucky Charms, a delicious way to celebrate the day.

Thomas Preti Events St. Patrick’s Day Feast

Thomas Periti Saint Patricks Day meal kit

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This meal kit includes everything one could possibly want to celebrate St. Patrick’s, including Shepherd’s Pie made with braised short ribs and Beauregard potatoes, brown bread with smoked salmon, cabbage braised and topped with bacon, brownies laced with Irish Cream, and more. Serving four to six, this meal can be ordered online for March 16.

Learn to Make Guinness Beef Stew

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Chef Diane Henderiks will lead a virtual cooking class, helping you and your family or friends to make a delicious and authentic Guinness Beef Stew, with fun engagement and helpful tips every step of the way. The live event will be held March 16 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., and hosted by virtual cooking lesson platform 100 Pleats. The lesson is $49.99 per screen (not per person), making for a great pod or family activity. Register ahead of time online to receive ingredeitn and kitchen equipment details.

Lucky Charms Cake from Good Enough to Eat

Good Enough to Eat NYC's Lucky Charms Cake

520 Columbus Ave., Manhattan / Website

More cereal-inspired dessert from an Upper West Side staple. Good Enough to Eat is an understatement with this St. Patrick's Day special Lucky Charms Cake. This stout-soaked laye cake is served with Irish cream frosting and covered with marshmallow cereal treats. The rainbow delight can be yours for $55, but it must be ordered 48 hours in advance. If you just want a slice, you can get one for $8 takeout, delivery or enjoy it in-restaurant.

ACTIVITIES

TENEMENT MUSEUM

97 and 103 Orchard St. / Website

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by learning more about Irish immigrants in NYC. Offering daily virtual tours of the Moore Family, the Tenement Museum takes you through the lives of Irish immigrants in the late 1860s. Even back then, the St. Patrick’s Day parade gave the Moores a way to show pride in their country. Tickets can be purchased through the Tenement Museum for the one-hour zoom tour.

MERCHANT HOUSE

29 East 4th St. / Website

While the Merchant House will not host its annual ghost tour on St. Patrick’s Day, the Noho museum will have virtual special St. Patrick’s Day showings. "In the Footsteps of Bridget Murphy” virtual house tours will take you through the lives of women in domestic service living in the 19th century. Regarded as "the oldest intact site of Irish habitation in New York City,” the Merchant House is sure to be a day of family fun. Be sure to book tickets in advance for private tours or virtual showings.

Visit the Irish Arts Center

553 W 51st St., Manhattan / Website

While the Irish Arts Center’s annual book distribution across the five boroughs is on hold for this year, the IAC will hold virtual book readings throughout the day. Local volunteers will read works from Irish authors and those part of the diaspora. Register online to receive the link for the readings, and keep an eye out for the line-up to be announced soon.



Photography by: Courtesy Chip City / Baldor Specialty Foods / Good Enough to Eat