Moran’s in Chelsea is a classy Irish institution that’s been around for 48 years. Moran’s sets itself apart from the dodgy Irish pubs that abound in Midtown, not only with its elegant décor, but also through attentive service and addictively delicious fare. One standout classic dish is the shepherd’s pie. Creamy mashed potatoes served over ground beef is the basis for a winning shepherd’s pie, but Moran’s version is the most refined and vibrantly flavorful I’ve ever tasted. The ground beef is particularly fragrant because it’s cooked in chicken stock with garlic, carrots, onions, tomatoes, string beans and peas. A dash of Worcestershire Sauce and some rosemary also add a refreshing kick to wake up the mix. When I dug into the dish I was expecting to find ground beef beneath the beautifully piped mashed potatoes, but not the hidden treasure of abundant vegetables. Moran’s shepherd’s pie is unparalleled. This is where I would choose to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!