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March 2019

Everyone is Irish on St. Paddy’s Day!

The leprechauns are coming! St. Patrick’s Day, Sunday, March 17th, will be celebrated with all its local color. Throughout Westchester, towns and villages are hanging shamrocks on storefronts and homes giving the Hudson Valley its sparkling moment in the Emerald Isle. If you want to partake in the traditional foods and reveling sprinkled with a good dose of blarney, here are suggestions. Be sure to check ahead for special events, and larger groups are advised to make advanced reservations. Erin Go Bragh!



Dunne’s Restaurant & Pub is a neighborhood treasure, an authentic Irish tavern with all the traditional Gaelic accoutrements intact. Over the years, owner Sean Dunne and current owner Declan Farrell have taken great strains not to get caught up in the modernist Irish mode so prevalent these days. It is a friendly, home-style place with a good kitchen to boot, dishing out generous servings of traditional Irish-style fare at prices that will leave some money in your wallet. Declan and his staff know how to pour that mug of Guinness while keeping the crowd in spirited conversation. Try such kitchen favorites as their fabulous Corned Beef & Cabbage, Corned Beef Reuben Sandwich, Beer Battered Fish & Chips, or Salmon Crisp, grilled salmon on sautéed spinach topped with baked mashed potatoes. There is an exciting live Irish music session every Wednesday night. And Oktoberfest is celebrated the first Thursday of every month. Open 7 days for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Municipal parking. Farrell also operates Vintage, 171 Main Street, White Plains. 914-328-5803 www.vintagebar.com  Dunne’s Pub, 15 Shapham Place, White Plains. 914-421-1451. www.dunnespubandrestaurant.net



Hearty traditional St. Patrick’s Day dishes will be served. Seasoned restaurateur Paul Hurley has opened a handsome 90-seat gastro-pub next to the Avalon complex offering such amenities as a cozy fireplace, dark wood & brick walls, separate bar/lounge and full-service dining room featuring such specialties as a seafood Raw Bar, Porterhouse Steak for two, Colorado Rack of Lamb, Prime Beef Short Ribs, and a loaded 10 oz. ‘Queen of the Sound’ prime beef Burger stacked with lettuce, tomato, American cheese, fried oysters, sautéed mushrooms, smoked bacon on a brioche bun. Daily happy hours from 4 to 7 p.m. feature $1 oysters. Open daily for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Municipal & valet parking. Hurley’s Steakhouse, 15 Division St., New Rochelle. 914-738-6000 www.hurleyssteakhouse.com



When it comes to Irish revelry, many consider Rory Dolan’s in Yonkers the ‘motherload’. Last St. Paddy’s Day we got there about 4:30 p.m. and we lucked out with a spot in their parking area minutes after we arrived. We entered the big, sprawling place to a packed house, the bar area was 5-deep, and the dining sections buzzing as well. Maybe it was our timing, but we were brought to a table where we had a great view of the proceedings. By coincidence, friends of ours happened to be there and came over to join us. They were serving their St. Patrick’s Day menu and we ordered: Corned Beef & Cabbage for me, Fish & Chips for my companion. Pints of Guinness to help wash it all down. It was a scene, even at this late afternoon hour, and I must commend the staff for handling our table so smoothly. I know they had their hands full. Even Rory Dolan himself, calm as can be, came by to chat, even helped clear our table. Considering the pressure on the kitchen on this day, the food proved to be very good from the Irish Soda bread rolls to the last morsel of corned beef. By the time we left an entry line had formed, and a line of cars up and down McLean. Rory Dolan’s, 890 McLean Ave., Yonkers. 914-776-2946 www.rorydolans.com



Enjoy your corned beef with a craft brew. Located inside a renovated 1906 powerhouse Metro-North building. Growlers serves an ever-changing roster of international craft brews in a rustic 65- seat industrial space. There is a busy cocktail bar, communal high-top tables and a rear room with banquette seating. On occasion, you can hear the railroad whistle its way past. There are 20 taps on hand, and servers who are knowledgeable about their product. Wines and specialty cocktails are also available.  Burgers and Sandwiches are always on hand: Turkey Reuben, on toasted rye, Dijon mustard, Swiss, sauerkraut and Russian dressing; Growlers Beef Burger with choice of toppings, served on brioche roll; and Veggie Burger, spicy bean-based burger with tzatziki, lettuce, tomato and red onion on toasted brioche roll. Happy Hours: 4-7 p.m. Growlers Beer Bistro, 25 Main Street Dept, Tuckahoe 914-793-0608



(Morris Gut is a restaurant marketing consultant and former restaurant trade magazine editor. He has been tracking and writing about the food and dining scene in greater Westchester for 30 years. He may be reached at: 914-235-6591. E-mail: gutreactions@optonline.net)