How to Celebrate Burns Night in London and New York

Burns Night is January 25, and Scots and Scotland-philes alike will be celebrating the great poet Robert Burns with plenty of great food throughout the weekend. We already looked at where to celebrate Burns Night in Edinburgh--here are some options in two other cities.

Time Out London recommends the Burns Supper at Boisdale of Belgravia (15 Eccleston Street), which includes three menus of four-course dinners and a live piper. Lombard Street (1 Lombard Street), meanwhile, is offering a three-course dinner and a dram of scotch to men in kilts. 

Burns Night at Albannach (66 Trafalgar Square) is recommended by city website Londonist: It includes a six-course menu (including three whisky tastings), the Selkirk Grace, piper and toasts in two sittings. The first is on the ground floor at 6:30pm, followed by ceilidh dancing at 9:30pm. The second, which does not include dancing, is upstairs at 8:30pm.

New York has several options for Burns Night. Courtesy of city website Gothamist, here are a few recommendations:

The Shakespeare (24 East 39th Street): Chef Robert Aikens will host a Burns Supper on Monday, January 27 with a four-course menu that includes Glenmorangie Original 10-year-old scotch whisky. (An extra whisky option can be added.) Seatings are at 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.; call (646) 837-6779 or email [email protected]

The Rookery (425 Troutman Street): This Bushwick tavern is partnering with Scotland's Belhaven Brewers for their Saturday, January 25 celebration. Belhaven will do tastings of three of their beers: Wee Heavy, Twisted Thistle IPA and Belhaven Black Scottish Stout; whiskey flights with three single malts are also available. Nice touch: Brooklynites by way of Scotland will be doing readings of Burns's poems. Good to know: People in kilts will get a free pint of Belhaven. 

incognito bistro (30 West 18th Street): This Chelsea Italian restaurant is going Scottish for the night of Saturday, January 25. (We hear the menu will include scotch broth, haggis gateaux and a choice of Scottish salmon or roast beef.) A beer tasting by Lochness Brewery will be accompanied by bag pipes. 

St. Andrews (140 West 46th Street): One of the few genuine Scottish pubs in New York City (as opposed to the more common Irish) is hosting an event on Friday, January 24 that includes three courses of Scottish fare including rack of lamb, salmon, cock-a-leekie soup and stick toffee pudding. Each course also includes a whiskey/beer pairing.