Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in style!
Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, it’s said. Well, if there were ever a place that caused that sense of craic to emerge, it has to be Nine Fine Irishmen at New York-New York.
The resort draws crowds of partiers and patrons to Celtic Feis on March 16-17, with a parade on the 16th from the Park through the resort to Nine Fine Irishmen at 4 p.m. The next day, things get started with a parade in the Park at 10:30 a.m. And from 11 a.m. to midnight you’ll find a variety of bands both on the Brooklyn Bridge outside New York-New York and inside Nine Fine Irishmen.
The pub itself looks like an old-time Victorian establishment, with cozy booths, wooden tables and chairs, and long bars both up- and downstairs. Appreciation of a fine drink is always a prime consideration on Saint Patrick’s, and we’d like to recommend the Irish coffee. Jameson, brown sugar and fresh-whipped cream make your coffee a fine pick-me-up. Guinness, of course, is a big thing here, both alone and in a variety of drinks like the Blacksmith, a smooth, refreshing mix of Smithwick’s and Guinness that actually seems pretty light.
Although you could just order drinks and dive into a main course, the Irish nachos make an excellent starter—potato chips are covered with beer cheese, and drizzled with a chive aioli and green onion. Other good options to begin with include the lump crab cakes, served with a crunchy cabbage slaw and red pepper aioli, and the baked brie, served on puff pastry with simply wonderful whiskey-marinated cherries.
Nosh-Nine Fine Irishmen
Traditional Irish offerings include bangers and mash, and fish and chips, but the lamb chops are a worthy option, too. The chops are served three to a plate, with a whole-grain mustard demi-glace served over barley. Chicken pot pie comes to the table in its own metal pail, with an enormous piece of puff pastry baked over the top. Cut or pull away the pastry to reveal a delicate, creamy, reddish-pink tomato broth chock-full of veggies and chicken; use the pastry to dip in and soak up the extra broth. If you’re vegetarian, order the pot pie without chicken—the chunks of carrot, onion and potato will leave you fully satisfied.
For dessert (and you must have dessert, mustn’t you?), Nine Fine Irishmen offers the Bread and Butter Pudding, with brioche, whiskey cream and caramel sauce; and a Drunken Whiskey Apple Cake baked with apples and Jameson. For an unusual twist on a tiramisu, try the Baileys Irish Coffee Cake. It’s like a hybrid of the classic Italian dessert and a trifle, with ladyfingers soaked in Bailey and Jameson mascarpone cream, which melts deliciously away in your mouth. Word of warning: With its alcohol-forward ingredients, it’s only for adults.
New York-New York 11 a.m.-11 p.m. daily, bar 11 a.m.-2:45 a.m. daily, live music begins at 9 p.m. daily. 702.740.3311