Dydd Gwyl Dewi Hapus — or “Happy St. David’s Day!”
Ex-pats pinned themselves with leeks and daffodils and made a beeline for New York’s only Welsh taproom — LongBow Pub and Pantry in Bay Ridge — where they waited gladly for seating room in a packed house to celebrate the feast day of Wales’s number one boyo.
The watering hole on Third Avenue and 73rd Street didn’t welch on the cheer for the patron saint: a special menu for the March 1 bash bubbled over with traditional treats — potato leak soup, Welsh rarebit, and lamb with mint sauce, anyone? — washed down with Penderyn Sherrywood whisky and ales from Tomos Watkin’s.
The playlist was Welsh-friendly, too, with lilting offerings by Duffy, Cate Le Bon, Stereophonics, Manic Street Preachers, Catatonia, and “Mr. Tight Pants,” himself — Tom “It’s Not Unusual” Jones.
LongBow’s reputation as an oasis for a good pint, pub grub, friendly chitchat, and televised soccer and rugby matches paid off handsomely, with revelers traveling in from across the city and beyond for the infectious knees-up, said Jennifer Colbert, who owns and operates the establishment with her Welsh-born hubby, Michael.
“We had people come in from Manhattan, Staten Island, and Long Island, I’ve never seen so many Welsh jerseys in one place without a rugby game going on!” she laughed.
The festivities delighted regulars like Buddy Kayser, too.
“I had good food, a lot of laughs — I’m always happy when I leave,” said the elevator constructor who lives in the area.
News of LongBow’s Cymru charm also reached Welsh government, which sent over a boatload of promotional items to attract visitors to the quaint United Kingdom nation where vowels are in short supply, and where women proudly wear their national dress — a red cloak and tall black hat — to the grocery store.
“They sent us pins, flags, flowers, all sorts of things — this is our St. Patrick’s Day,” said Colbert, who marked the jolly occasion by prominently displaying the imposing Welsh pennant — a red dragon against a green and white background.Reach reporter Shavana Abruzzo at sabruzzo@c
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