An Beal Bocht Café It doesn’t get any more Irish than this small bar in the, yes, Irish enclave of the Bronx’s Riverdale. Try the totally authentic, totally satisfying Irish bacon — it’s much leaner and less smoky than what we’re used to, and it comes, conveniently enough, with cabbage and potatoes. 445 W. 238th St., nr Waldo Ave., the Bronx; 212-884-7127.
Molly’s Shebeen This Third Avenue standby is a dream, especially in winter, when the roaring fireplace completes the nineteenth-century vibe. The draw for diners? The ten-ounce hamburger, a bomb of fresh sirloin served with an optional pile of earthy sautéed mushrooms. 287 Third Ave., nr. 22nd St.; 212-889-3361.
St. Dymphna’s Pretty much all the food served in this East Village tavern is good, but first try the Irish breakfast, a platter of bright-yellow fried eggs, baked beans, blood sausage and breakfast sausage, crispy Irish bacon, and sliced home fries. 118 St. Marks Pl., nr. Ave. A; 212-254-6636.
McSorley’s Old Ale House You wouldn’t think this ancient tavern has any surprises left, but shockingly enough, the crisp homemade corned-beef hash actually justifies eating inside of such a crusty, crowded place. 15 E. 7th St., nr. Second Ave.; 212-473-9148.
Big Green Apple: Where to drink, eat, dance, and drink on Saint Patrick’s Day.