St. Patrick's Day celebrations tend to have a bad rep. You know -- loud, inebriated imbibers and way too much green beer. But that's not all there is to it. Here are five unique ways in NYC to honor the traditional "feast day" that involve cool atmospheres, stellar food and, yes, drink specials.
The Gorbals' elevated Irish fare
This St. Patrick’s Day, The Gorbals Brooklyn chef Ilan Hall is creating special dishes that nod to traditional Irish flavors. That includes fire-steamed cabbage (pictured) from the wood-fire grill and smoked rack of lamb, as well as red wine-braised lamb neck with oats. 98 N. Sixth St., Williamsburg, 718-387-0195,
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Mira Sushi's curry twist
A sushi and Japanese eatery may not be the obvious choice for an Irish celebration, but Mira Sushi & Izakaya is breaking the mold. From March 16-21, chef Brian Tsao will be serving up curry pie puffs stuffed with carrots, peas and curry-mashed potatoes and served with curry ketchup (pictured), melding a take on shepherd's pie with Indian curry flavors ($9 for two). Wash it all down with a bright green Good Luck Charm cocktail ($12), made with gin, Midori, lime juice, fresh mint and mint and grapefruit bitters. 46 W. 22nd St., 212-989-7889,
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August's Irish feast
Swing by former West Village favorite August’s new Upper East Side digs on March 17 for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration including corned beef and cabbage soup dumplings topped with crispy potatoes (pictured), created by executive chef Josh Eden. For just $16, pair that hybrid dish with an Irish stout. 791 Lexington Ave., 212-935-1433,
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The Meatball Shop's St. Patty's Day "ball"
The Meatball Shop is offering a St. Patty’s Day ball at each of its six locations on March 17. These special meatballs are a true homage to everything Irish — they’re made with corned beef, mashed potatoes and cabbage. Get them on a slider, hero or on their own. To take things up a notch, go for the Lucky Baller Special of one St. Patty’s Day Ball slider and one Jameson shot for just $5. Multiple locations,
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Winnie's Jazz Bar's Celtic songstress and cocktails
Located in the Refinery Hotel, Winnie’s Jazz Bar is giving its everyday performances some Irish flair. On March 17 from 8-11 p.m., enjoy live Celtic jazz, folk songs and blues music by Tara O’Grady while sipping on a variety of house-made cocktails like the Dublin Mule ($14) made with Jameson Black Barrel, Prickly Pear Liqueur and ginger beer, or the Quinoa Old-Fashioned ($16) with Corsair Quinoa Whiskey, maple syrup and muddled raspberries. 63 W. 38th St., 212-729-0277,
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