Royally obsessed? In celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee, indulge your inner anglophile at these British-cuisine-focused venues. Many are offering specialties for the celebration of the Queen’s 60th year on the throne. By Yvo Sin.
Tea & Sympathy
Greenwich Avenue between 12th and 13th Streets
Any list of British eats in the Tri-State area would be remiss if it didn’t mention Tea & Sympathy front and center. A store on one side sit all the British goodies you may have trouble finding elsewhere, including teas, sweets, and chocolates, and also paraphernalia like teapots, cups, and more. On the other side is the restaurant, which serves up such British classics as shepherd’s pie, Welsh rarebit, bangers and mash, even roast beef and Yorkshire pudding. For the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, the downtown venue is boasting a special menu to commemorate the event in truly regal style. The offerings include Coronation Chicken Finger Sandwiches (pictured).
A Salt & Battery
112 Greenwich Avenue
New York, NY
Walking into A Salt & Battery is much like walking into your average chip shop in London: a simple board posted up with the menu, very simple fried fare that will feed you and get you on your way in no time at all. Chip shops are to London, then, what slice joints are to New York. A Salt & Battery does an excellent job of filling this need for a proper chip shop in the West Village and offers up British delights such as chip butties (sandwiches filled with chips and ketchup, on buttered white bread), various types of fried fish, shrimp, and even scallops. Of course, to finish your meal, you can have your choice of deep fried candy bars: Mars Bar, Toffee Crisp, or a Lion Bar. Why not? For Jubilee weekend, the folks at this British tribute shop suggest Pimm’s for your drink of choice.
383 5th Avenue
Park Slope, NY 11215
Atlantic Chip Shop
129 Atlantic Avenue
A visit to either location of Brooklyn’s famous Chip Shop is where you’ll find racks of imported candy with prices that may make you gasp, but varieties you certainly won’t find easily elsewhere such as HobNobs, Curly Wurlys and Aeros. More importantly, though, you’ll find a menu full of English specialties such as the ubiquitous fish & chips, shepherd’s pie, chip butties (not for those prone to heart disease), Welsh rarebit, and much, much more. Perhaps most importantly, though, is that they’ll fry just about anything, including the British candy bars you can buy from them. For a truly British treat, try the haggis – this is for true Anglophiles.
The Spotted Pig
314 W. 11th Street
New York, NY 10014
April Bloomfield’s British roots show strongly here at the Spotted Pig. Good British-inspired cuisine like rollmops and devils on horseback can be found on the menu, which is seasonal and constantly rotates so you would do well to check the website before heading in just to make sure they have what you’re looking for, but regardless of what you find, you’ll be eating well – British with an Italian twist.