While some holidays follow specific guidelines for celebration, St. Patrick's Day offers ample freedom on the matter. You can hit up one of the city's best Irish pubs, or try your hand at making Irish whiskey cocktails at home. But for those seeking something slightly less traditional, New York restaurants and bars are turning out specials ranging from emerald-hued bagels to Irish-coffee–infused ice creams for St. Patrick's Day.
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Irish whiskey ice cream flights at Oddfellows Ice Cream Co.
Sam Mason's madcap creamery joins forces with Clontarf and Knappogue Castle for a three-scoop flight of Irish-whiskey–infused ice creams. Work your way through a Dead Rabbit Irish coffee-inspired variety, a straightforward whiskey version and a burnt marshmallow creation topped with Little Boo Boo Bakery's spiked marshmallows. $10
Car Bomb Cha-Chunker at Genuine Liquorette
On Thursday, master bartender Eben Freeman will serve a special bulldog-style Cha-Chunker cocktail for St. Patrick's Day. He starts by adding Irish cream liqueur to a can of Guinness, before dunking a mini bottle of Jameson into it. $12.86
Photograph: Courtesy of Genuine Liquorette
Peppermint Paddy at Syndicated
Bartender Kenneth Vanhooser will whip up a Jameson-based cocktail with green citrus and peppermint oil, while the cinema-gastropub hybrid screens the 1993 horror flick Leprechaun. $10
St. Patrick's Day bagels at the Bagel Store
The creator of the famed rainbow bagel nods to the Irish flag with a green, white and orange round imbued with Jameson whiskey. $3.95
St. Patrick's Day milkshake at Black Tap
Lines are probably still wrapping around the block for the burger joint's crazy, overflowing shakes, but there's now one more option on the menu. This week, try a vanilla–flavored green milkshake with a marshmallow rim, topped with sour rainbow candy, sour skewers, Lucky Charms and gold chocolate coins. $15
Photograph: Courtesy of Black Tap