Ireland may be known more for its beer and whiskey than its culinary creations, but there's much to savor this St. Patrick's Day when it comes to Irish cuisine. From meaty cottage pie to hearty soda bread, Irish food is a staple source of comfort and satisfaction. Get in the four-leaf clover spirit by trying some of these well-executed versions of Irish classics -- available St. Patrick's Day, or any day you please.
The dish: Often associated with St. Patrick's Day feasts, this dish features salt-cured corned beef that's cooked in the same pot as the milder-tasting cabbage, simmering to a cohesive, flavorful dish.
Where to have it: At Swift Hibernian Lounge, corned beef and cabbage tacos offer a modern take on the Irish meal, but still with the same hearty flavor and texture. $4 each; 34 E. Fourth St., 212-260-3600,
swiftnycbar.comCottage pieThe dish: Similar to a shepherd's pie (which uses lamb as its meat filling), cottage pie is a delicious, comforting beef-based savory pie covered in a crunchy potato topping. Some traditional interpretations are also made with bread crumbs on top, but all varieties consistently include beef and hearty potatoes.
Where to have it: Try this Irish classic at Feile, where it's made with ground beef, peas and carrots as well as cheddar-chive mashers. $15; 131 W. 33rd St., 212-695-1122, feilenyc.comBattered sausageThe dish: If you're a fan of American corn dogs, you'll love battered sausage. Made from pork sausage dipped in cornmeal-based batter and fried up until it's crispy, battered sausage is rich and hearty.
Where to have it: The battered sausage dish at Irish hot spot The Dog and Duck is served with traditional accoutrements of chips and baked beans, a plate that'll keep you full straight through your St. Patrick's Day celebrations. $16; 45-20 Skillman Ave., Sunnyside, 718-406-9048,
thedogandduckny.comColcannonThe dish: Like many traditional dishes passed down through the generations, colcannon can be found in a wide variety of iterations. Made with mashed potatoes, lots of cream or butter and kale or cabbage, this classic fare is a satisfying and hearty favorite.
Where to have it: At The Dubliner, the house-made colcannon uses braised red cabbage, mashed potatoes and corned beef. $16; 45 Stone St., 212-785-5400, dublinernyc.comIrish soda breadThe dish: Irish soda bread gets its name from the baking soda used in place of the more traditional yeast. It's also made with a soft wheat, such as that found in pastry flour.
Where to have it: For a version that's rich and airy at the same time, head to Silver Moon Bakery. Its seasonal Irish soda bread is made fresh and available for pre-order, so call ahead to be sure it's in stock before making the trek. $5.50; 2740 Broadway, 212-866-4717,