Table Hopping with Morris Gut
St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 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, spirits 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!
Jack’s Bar & Restaurant, 219 Main St., Eastchester. Owner Shane Clifford and his friendly crew have all the TVs and finger foods you want. Generous specialties coming out of Chef Brendan Donohoe’s kitchen include traditional Corned Beef & Cabbage; Double-Stacked Smash Burger; Shepherd’s Pie; decadent Short Rib Mac N’ Cheese; Jack’s Meatballs; Seared Scallops; Chicken Curry; Shroom Pizza out of their woodfired oven; Berkshire Pork Chop; and Grilled Lamb Sliders. 914-652-7650 www.jackseastchester.com
Rory Dolan’s, 890 McLean Ave., Yonkers. To many in the greater Westchester Irish community this is the motherload. There will be feasting galore all day and evening. Try to get there off peak, if possible. There is a parking lot. Visit Rory’s newest spot in White Plains: Archie Grand. 914-776-2946 www.rorydolans.com
Growlers Beer Bistro, 25 Main Street Depot, Tuckahoe. You can feel the rattle of the Metro-North railroad as it passes by. A great selection of craft brews available daily. Knowledgeable staff. Good kitchen, too. 914-793-0608 www.growlersbeerbistro.com
The Quarry, 106 Main Street, Tuckahoe Good tavern fare and friendly networking make this a comforting spot to unwind. The Quarry will be all dressed in green for the day with Irish specialties and spirits. 914-337-0311 www.thequarryrestaurant.net
(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. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)