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Celebrating Saint Paddy’s Day in Your 15 Bank Apartment

This is the first year in over a century that NYC will celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day without a parade, but unprecedented times call for unprecedented measures. While we’ll miss the bagpipes and green banners marching down 5th Ave, we know our health has to come before festivities. As Irish luck would have it, Saint Patrick’s Day may be a little quieter this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still wear your green and drink your Guinness at home in your 15 Bank apartment. Our local pubs will be there when this virus passes, and it doesn’t matter what time of year it is for you to drink some green beer and enjoy some craic with your mates at the pub!

While you might miss ordering corned beef and cabbage at our local pubs, this Irish tradition is actually very easy to make it home. Corned beef can be found in any of our local grocery stores, including Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s, and all you need to do is boil it! It’s actually the perfect food if you’re stocking up for quarantine, as it’s preserved nature means it will last quite a while in your fridge. Just boil a pot of water, and let the corned beef boil for 50 minutes per pound, and in no time you’ll have a Saint Patrick’s Day feast right in your apartment! Top it off with a pint of Guinness or a cup of Bailey’s, and you’ll feel like you’re right in the Emerald Isle!

Did you know that corned beef is actually a NYC tradition, and not an Irish one? When Irish immigrants came to the city in hordes during the 1840s, the Jewish butchers took pity on the starving Irish folk who were flooding into their neighborhoods in the Lower East Side. While beef had never been an Irish staple back home because of its affordability, the Jewish butchers introduced the Irish to the cheapest meat they had so their families wouldn’t starve in their Lower East side tenements – that meat was corned beef! Thanks to the Jewish butchers, the Irish adopted this affordable food into their diets, and a new tradition was born for the Irish holiday we all now know and love. Saint Patrick might have gotten his fame in Ireland, but his holiday is certainly grounded in tradition from New York!

Want to keep it authentic this Saint Paddy’s Day? Order your corned beef from our local butcher shop, Libia’s Meat Market and Grocery.


Libia’s Meat Market and Grocery

253 Dr.Martin Luther King Jr Blvd

White Plains, NY 10601