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My Perfect St. Patrick's Day: The NYC Theater District

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day—or any day—in the Theater District, with an Irish breakfast, Irish plays and a drink of Irish whiskey.

With St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) falling on a Thursday, it will be easier (and safer) to get my Irish up on a weekend in the Theater District. I’ll start things on a hearty note with a  traditional Irish breakfast—fried eggs, potatoes, mushrooms, bacon, sausage, black-and-white pudding, fried tomatoes and toast—at the spectacularly decorated Lillie’s Victorian Establishment (249 W. 49th St., 212.957.4530), giving my morning regards to Broadway.

I might choose to see “Hughie(Booth Theatre, 222 W. 45th St., 212.239.6200) by Irish-American playwright Eugene O’Neill, the rarely-revived two-hander about a down-on-his luck 1920s hustler and a patient hotel clerk, starring Oscar winner Forest Whitaker. Or I might indulge in Stephen Karam’s comedy-drama “The Humans(Helen Hayes Theatre, 240 W. 44th St., 212.239.6200), about an Irish-American family struggling to forget their troubles and make it through Thanksgiving intact.

Either way, I’ll probably get a shot of “Irish courage” (that’s whiskey to the rest of you), which I can imbibe in comfort at the bar of the ever-gracious Glass House Tavern (252 W. 47th St., 212.730.4800) before braving the evening (these plays are dark).

At any rate, whatever you do in this town for St. Paddy’s Day, may the luck of the Irish be with you!

St. Patrick's Day in NYC
Lillie's Victorian Establishment (Courtesy Lillie's Victorian Establishment)