From the lights on top of the Empire State Building to the parade that marches down 5th Avenue every year, St. Patrick’s Day in NYC is a massive celebration of Irish Pride – whether you actually descend from The Emerald Isle or just enjoy bagpipes and beer.
Though largely known as a drinking holiday, it’s also a day that’s branded by all things green. And while every pub and tavern in town is sure to be offering specials on classic Irish dishes like corned beef and cabbage and shepherd’s pie, the city’s bakers will be busy turning out St. Paddy’s Day spirit in the form of green food coloring and shamrock-shaped sprinkles.
Green is not everyone’s color, but it does happen to look especially good on bagels, in mounds of frosting on top of cupcakes, glazed over cookies and swirled into cheesecakes. Here’s where to find a few of the most sought-after green baked goods in the city. Because everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day in NYC and that’s a perfectly good excuse for eating all the green-colored goodies you desire.
The Bagel Store
349 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn
Best-known for his mesmerizing and ultra-Instragrammable rainbow bagels, The Bagel Store owner and “World’s Premier Bagel Artist” Scot Rosillo, is crafting green, orange and white bagels (pictured above) for St. Patrick’s Day. These clearly aren’t your average green bagels. Like Rosillo put it, “Everyone makes green bagels, I make art.”
1515 Broadway, Manhattan
At their locations in Times Square, Brooklyn and Grand Central Terminal, Junior’s will be offering an entire menu of St. Patrick’s Day specials, including a green-tinged take on their famous cheesecake and personal-sized “little fella,” which comes decoratively swirled with emerald. Other treats served at the AAA Diamond-Rated establishment include St. Pat’s cupcakes and – a holiday version of the NYC classic – green and white cookies.
Duane Park Patisserie
179 Duane Street, Manhattan
Something sweet and eye-catching is always in store at this Tribeca bakery where pastry chef Madeline Lanciani creates cakes, pastries and other edible works of art from-scratch on premises. Seasonal treats include these impressive St. Patrick’s Day sable sugar cookie “postcards,” which feature vintage Irish images. Duane Park also specializes in petits fours for all occasions: for St. Paddy’s Day, the bite-sized cakes come adorned with green and golden shamrocks and come in gift boxes, spelling out messages like “Good Luck” and “Luck O’ The Irish.”
Home of the famous Cronut and other much-talked about desserts like frozen s’mores and cookie shots, Dominque Ansel will be bringing back shamrock macaron sets for the week of St. Pat’s. Brilliant green and filled with Irish whiskey chocolate ganache, the heart-shaped macaron “petals” are arranged to make up a four leaf clover. They are $14.50 for the set and will be available starting today, March 11, at Dominique Ansel Bakery and the new West Village Shop, Dominique Ansel Kitchen, which opened last spring.
362 West 45th Street, Manhattan/193 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn
A special flight called “The Luck of the Irish” is available at the cookie bakery for St. Patrick’s Day at their locations in the heart of the theater district and Williamsburg. The flight contains “Lucky Charmed,” a sugar cookie with marshmallows and marshmallow frosting, topped with Lucky Charms cereal; “Dirty Leprechaun,” chocolate cookies with semi-sweet chocolate and green mint chips; green tea cookies made with matcha green tea powder, white chocolate chips, macadamia nuts and a green tea glaze; and “The Hangover,” which has a little bit of everything – nuts white chocolate, semi-sweet and butterscotch chips, M&M’s, raisins, coconut, cinnamon and oats – capped off with salt and vinegar potato chips!
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780 Lexington Avenue, Manhattan/225 Liberty Street, Manhattan
212-207-8375 (Lexington)/212-603-9321 (Liberty)
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in NYC with two special cupcakes at Sprinkles Upper East Side or downtown locations. Their Irish dark chocolate cake cupcakes are topped with Baileys cream cheese frosting and a green shamrock. And for the weekend of St. Paddy’s their usual red velvet will be tinted green. Grab them while you can in store or at the Cupcake ATM on Lexington Avenue.
It looks as though Baked by Melissa’s mini bite-sized cupcakes have been struck with the luck of the Irish! The limited-edition Irish sugar cookie cupcakes are made with green and white tie-dye cake, sugar cookie icing and topped with gold coarse sugar brittle. Packs can be pre-ordered and will be available at all stores today through March 17 and online for nationwide shipping.