Anglophiles rejoice! New York City has several restaurants where you can proudly wave your Union Jack. Our five favorites follow. By Jessica Allen.
Frying’s the name of the game at Chip Shop’s dual locations in Brooklyn. Among the fried goodness on offer are haddock, shrimp, chicken, and chips (obviously). For dessert, you can nosh on a fried Bounty or Mars bar. In fact, the kitchen will fry up most anything, as long as it doesn’t “destroy our oil, kill our chefs, or irritate the health department.” Decorated with newspapers, magazines, album covers, and other memorabilia from across the pond, the restaurants also serve puddings, shepherd’s pies, baked beans on toast, and Scotch eggs.
Dear Bushwick might be located in Bushwick, Brooklyn, but its heart belongs to Britain. Have a seat in the teeny-tiny, yet attractively appointed dining area and order up such dishes as an iron skillet pork chop and whole roasted stuffed bass (for dinner) or the Yorkshire pudding skillet cake with maple syrup and stewed apples and baked salt cod and potato pie (for brunch). If you want to go all out, get the “Full English” breakfast: two eggs, ham hock beans, sausage, toast, stewed tomatoes, and watercress.
The New Yorker called the Scotch egg served at the Jones Wood Foundry “a delicious death bomb.” Other notable edibles at this Upper East Side restaurant, named for an amusement park that occupied the area many years ago, include grilled gammon steak and mash, fish and chips, blood sausage, and cottage pie. You’ll want to save room for the sticky toffee pudding. Though the park is long gone, you can get a glimpse of what once was via the restaurant’s seasonal garden area.
For ten years, the Spotted Pig has been a hangout for actors, models, musicians, chefs, and just about anyone else who likes really good British pub food. Indeed, this West Village restaurant was one of the city’s first “gastropubs.” The kitchen is still overseen by award-winning Chef April Bloomfield, who hails from the West Midlands and thus knows her way around “devils on horseback” (dried and pitted fruit stuffed with chutney and wrapped in bacon) and “roll mops” (pickled herring fillets usually filled with onions or pickles), among other English delicacies.
Greenwich Avenue in Greenwich Village is the closest thing New York City has to a Little Britain neighborhood, and Tea & Sympathy sits at its heart. This restaurant prides itself on authenticity, from its teapots to its entrees like roast beef with Yorkshire pudding, steak and Guinness pie, and bangers and mash (two types of sausage with mashed potatoes and onion gravy). The afternoon tea service comes with assorted finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and strawberry or raspberry jam, cakes, and a big pot of hot tea.