SOUTHERN WESTCHESTER, N.Y. -- It's been said we're all a little bit Irish come St. Paddy's Day. It's also been said March 17 is a great excuse to eat, drink, and enjoy that famous Emerald Isle cheer.
Everyone knows about the White Plains bar scene and parade March 14. Everyone also knows about the Spillane siblings : Molly Spillane's in Mamaroneck, Maggie Spillane's in Mount Vernon and Mickey Spillane's in Eastchester where you'll find piles of corned beef and cabbage, traditional Irish music and a wait staff ready to serve you with melodic lilts.
Not to mention the many bars and eateries that line McLean Avenue in Yonkers (hello Rory Dolans !), the famous Irish breakfast at Eileen's Country Kitchen, and the always proud Yonkers parade.
So, in the spirit of "going green," we've included some of the lesser-known Celtic celebrations. Got one we missed? Tell us about it in the Comments area below.
Irish Concert, Empire City Casino , Yonkers : Start your St. Paddy's celebration Sunday, March 8, with the sounds of Shilelagh Law, Celtic Cross and The Pipes and Drums of the Police Emerald Society of Westchester. Concert starts at 3 p.m. and tickets are $17. Go Green: 810 Yonkers Ave., 914-968-4200.
St. Patrick's Day Sunday Brunch, Bronxville Women's Club , Bronxville: Spent Sunday March 15 enjoying a spread catered by Sheldon Party Services. Advance reservations by March 12. Event starts at noon. BWC members are $20; non-members: $25. Go Green: 135 Midland Ave., 914-337-3252.
BID Concert, New Rochelle Public Library , New Rochelle: From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 15, the Westchester Harp Ensemble will serenade with free Celtic music in the Ossie Davis Theater. Go Green: 1 Library Plaza, 914-632-7878.
Live Music at Katie's Cottage , Yonkers: Come at 7 p.m. March 17 for a live performance by the Pipes and Drums of the Police Emerald Society of Westchester followed by a 9 p.m. show by Martin Kenny. In between, enjoy forkfuls of Irish specialties such as fish and chips or shepherd's pie. Go Green: 521 Central Park Ave., 914-965 0422.
Chocolations , Mamaroneck: Satisfy your sweet tooth with Irish cream truffles, in milk and dark chocolate, and shamrock-shaped goodies where holidays are taken seriously. You'll also find Irish soda bread from Mamaroneck's Westchester Bakery. Go Green: 607 E Boston Post Rd., 914-777-3600.
The Butchers Fancy , Yonkers: Get food to go, including authentic Irish soda bread, corned beef and Irish boiled bacon. The store also stocks a variety of Emerald Isle specialty imports. The bread, by the way, is only offered in the days leading up to St. Patrick's Day. Go Green: 961 McLean Ave., 914-237-8260.
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