Like all holidays, St. Patrick’s Day is a day when we get away with doing things that are deemed unacceptable on ordinary days. Running around in green onesies, handing out Lucky Charms cereal to strangers, and drunkenly yelling the phrase “Luck of the Irish!” to couples mid-makeout is strongly encouraged and instantly Instagrammed. And when it comes to fuel for the ride, the wackiness continues, as food and alcohol finds any excuse to intermingle. Tuna with Jameson soy sauce? Yeah, why not. Bread pudding stuffed with banana Jameson shots? Can’t say no. Here are NYC’s most unusual:
- St. Patty Melt Burger: a 4 oz. burger topped with corned beef, Irish cheddar, mustard, and sauerkraut, available now.
- Kiss Me I’m Irish Spiked Shake: a creamy shake full of Bailey’s, Jameson, & Murphy’s Stout, blended with a shamrock cookie and whipped cream, available now.
Bounce Sporting Club:
- Tuna with Jameson Soy Sauce: savory, alcoholic, Sunday only.
- Banana Bread Pudding with Jameson shots: paired with butternut squash ice cream and eggnog & banana shots, Sunday only.
- The Jameson Goodbye Cocktail: drink infused with Jameson, green tea, lime juice, & mint tea, $18, available this weekend.
- Pastrami Spring Rolls: meat, fried, wrapped, perfect, this weekend.
- Guinness Chocolate Cupcake with Bailey’s Buttercream: as described, served in a jar, available this weekend.
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Summer Fridays. Ahhhh. We get out of work earlier, we take more Fridays off, and we drink and dine outside until we’re kicked off the curb. In preparation for the season, and in celebration of spring, Kingswood has introduced the monster of all brunches: the THREE-DAY BRUNCH.
Kingswood – a beloved little ivy-covered nook in the West Village – understands our want for leisurely dining in warm weather, hours/days off from work, and homemade banana bread. Starting March 23rd, this American-Australian earthy spot is opening its doors every Friday, extending their lauded brunch to three days and welcoming brunchers looking to start the weekend early – and right!
And by “right,” we do mean “with a Canadian lobster roll” brunch special; or perhaps "the pork fritter sandwich with watercress;” or maybe even our favorite: the fried egg sandwich alongside a basket of nutella and vanilla-sugared mini-doughnuts.
Does this sound like something that interests you? Yeah? Then head to Kingswood on Fridays from 11am-4pm, and start that weekend!
Alex Naidus is the bassist for The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. This is his take on four places he likes, and one place he doesn’t.
Vanessa’s Dumplings – "Unbelievably cheap and delicious. I don’t even bother with the dumplings usually – just go straight to the scallion pancake pork sandwich. Number P4 on the big board, I believe? I always think I’m gonna feel terrible after such a grease bomb, but somehow it never happens. Magic."
Stella Dallas – "My favorite second-hand and vintage shop. Strikes the perfect balance of cheapness, volume, and quality. Better and more interesting stuff than a Salvation Army-type place and nowhere near as expense as a vintage-only or more boutique-y spot. Also, they play classic rock radio and have a super-friendly staff that’s smiley but ultimately knows to leave people alone and let ’em wander.
Housing Works – "Staffed by volunteers, proceeds going to the namesake AIDS and homelessness advocacy group, it just sorta feels right here. And it’s pretty cheap. Sometimes I think I’ll just stop in for a tea or something, but always end up walking out with a few books. I went to a wedding here once, too, and it was lovely."
Record Grouch – "Not the most efficient place to find a record you’re looking for, but a fantastic place to browse stacks. It’s cramped in the basement of a clothing store, but the quality ratio is surprisingly high."
NOT SO MUCH
Dishes – When I worked in midtown. I got a little too wrapped up in "fighting the tyranny of the omnipresent $12 salad place." Still, this place is really annoying!