You can only do so much shopping and sightseeing. Don’t you just want to sit down and have a pint when out and about in NYC? What better way to spend an afternoon than in a British pub, where you will get the “regular” treatment before your bum even hits the stool. Check out these 10 Brit-ish spots to wet your whistle in NYC:
Where to find it: 401 E. 76th Street
What to expect: The unassuming storefront reveals a stunningly, warm and cozy restaurant, that offers a “secret” garden in the back. The rooms are on different levels, partitioned off by French doors and exposed brick walls, which allow you some privacy; or you can get chatty at the long bar when you first walk in. This self-described “food-driven pub,” offers British dishes like English breakfast salad (yes, you read that right), a British cheese board, roasted county chicken with Brussels sprouts, fish and chips, and bangers and mash.
What’s on tap?: The bar has a number of domestic and foreign drafts, but we’re featuring the British selections in this post, which include Boddingtons, Old Speckled Hen Pale Ale, and Fuller’s London Pride Pale Ale.
Bottled beers: Samuel Smith’s Organic Lager, Wells Banana Bread Ale, Fuller’s Honey Dew Golden Ale, Fuller’s ESB Ale, Thronbridge Jaipur IPA, Sam Smith Taddy Porter, and Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer.
Standout cocktail: The mulled wine is served hot with spices.
Specialty Dish: JWD has a separate menu for toast. Now that’s British. Our favorite is the goat cheese with marmalade.
What patrons are sayin’: “So happy I found the Jones Wood Foundry by accident. It’s a hidden gem.”
2. Cock & Bull
Where to find it: 23 West 45th Street
What to expect: The Cock and Bull is centrally located, attracting office workers, tourists, and British expats who are “looking for a piece of home.” We touched base with the pub’s owner, Kevin Hynes, originally from Ireland, and he highlighted one of the restaurant’s key features, saying, “We never play the music loud, and conversation is the predominant background noise.”
What’s on tap: When you walk in you will find a long, warm, fully stocked bar with nine beers on tap, including Britcentric choices like Fuller’s London Pride, Newcastle Brown Ale, Old Speckled Hen, and Young’s London Ale. C&B also has a rotating cider tap, currently serving Ace Joker Cider, made by an Englishman in California.
Bottled beers: Belhaven, John Smith’s Extra Smooth Can, Hen’s Tooth, Innis and Gunn Original, Old Crafty Hen, Old Golden Hen, Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout, Wells & Young Bombardier English Bitter, Wychwood Hobgoblin, Young’s Double Chocolate Stout Can, Strongbow.
Standout cocktail: The C&B has a bunch of British-named drinks like the Strawberry Tequila Field’s Forever.
Specialty Dish: The menu is topped up with homemade comfort food featuring Scotch eggs, chicken pot pie, steak and ale pie. It’s hard to choose, but we’d opt for the sausage rolls.
What patrons are sayin’: “Now, I’ve never been to a pub in Great Britain, but I would assume this would be what it is like.”
Where to find it: 45 East 28th Street
What to expect: This English-owned space, boasting two floors, has been open for three years. Each room has a unique, even “quirky” flair, but are all warm and inviting, utilizing wood tables and wood-paneled walls. We reached out to the pub to ask them for a description of The Churchill in their own words, and we were greeted with this: “To quote our friend Winston, ‘My tastes are simple: I am easily satisfied with the best!'” Winston Churchill has a presence throughout the establishment, even the bathrooms (hint, hint).
What’s on tap: Belhaven Cream Ale, Old Golden Hen, Fuller’s London Pride, Crispin Cider, Strongbow, John Smiths.
Standout cocktail: The Churchill Review highlights the tavern’s seasonal offerings and is always creative and fun.
Specialty dish: Their posh version of chips is a must-try: artichoke fries with truffle aioli. You can find the full menu here.
What patrons are sayin’: “I love this place. It’s totally a no frills, good old fashioned English pub.”
Where to find it: 7316 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11209
What to expect: Longbow is the only Welsh pub in NYC. It’s the epitome of a “local,” where you’ll be on a first-name basis with the barman before you leave. While friendly, the staff take some things seriously, like soccer is football, french fries are “chips”, and a pint is 16oz, (no short-changing.) The Brooklyn tavern is the place to go for sporting events, with their website saying, “If the match is on, we’ve got it.” The pub will be airing the Six Nations rugby tournament, starting Friday, February 6, and is expecting a packed house for the first match: Wales versus England.
What’s on tap: Longbow features 12 beers on draft, including Old Speckled Hen, Wells and Young Bomardier, and Strongbow Dry Cider. The Longbow offers a service of filling up glass bottles with your favorite draft beer to take home.
Bottled beer: The bar has just over 25 bottled beers to choose from, but here are just a few to make you thirsty: Wells Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale, Belhaven Scottish Ale, and Newcastle Brown Ale.
Specialty dish: It’s hard to choose with a menu spilling over with authentic treats, but our go-to dish would have to be the Welsh rarebit.
What patrons are sayin’: “The atmosphere of this pub is really authentic and just delightful and cozy, reminds me of my months spent in the U.K.”
5. The Red Lion
Where to find it: 151 Bleecker Street
What to expect: The Red Lion attracts a late-night crowd looking for good music and tasty drinks. At the same time, if you stop in during the day, you’ll find plenty of sports fans holding down the stools, gazing up at the screens. We touched base with the pub, and they are looking forward to upcoming live music acts including Aaron Short Band, Andy Clayburn, and The Brit Pack.
What’s on tap: The Red Lion’s English beers on tap include Newcastle and Boddingtons.
Specialty dish: The kitchen is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, offering items like English breakfast, fish and chips, and homemade meat pies. It seems like a night at The Red Lion might go into the wee hours, so we’d eat something hardy like the Brit burger.
What patrons are sayin’: “My favorite place in New York City to hang out and listen to live music.”
Where to find it: 1609 2nd Ave.
What to expect: Caledonia is a Scottish whisky (no “e”) bar, located on the Upper East Side. While the pub is unpretentious, there are some basic house rules, like, “There is no best whisky, the best whisky is the one you love most.” And, it’s your job to figure out what that is. You can do some homework before heading to the pub, by checking out the extensive whisky list here.
What’s on tap: Belhaven Ale, and Innis & Gunn.
Bottled beers: Innis & Gunn Sherry Cask, and Thistly Cross Cider.
Standout cocktail: The Penicillin is made up of Bank Note Scotch, which originates from the Highlands, and ginger, lemon juice, honey and Laphroaig Single Malt Whisky. Do you think two Penicillins and a glass of water before bed will cut down on the hangover?
Specialty dish: The food is coming soon! It’s all about the whisky at the moment.
What patrons are sayin’: “This is a bar on the Upper East Side that has its heart in Scotland and its mind in the gutter.”
Where to find it: 57 Murray Street
What to expect: In addition to being a spot for cricket enthusiasts, the pub shares the same name of the pub featured in James Corden‘s Broadway show, One Man, Two Guvnor’s. We touched base with the pub, and they described The Cricketers Arms, saying, “Think of it as the Rovers Return of the Tri-State area.” Cricket isn’t the only sport watched here; if you name it, the barman will be happy to find it on the telly. There’s plenty of seating options with the row of pub stools, the handcrafted leather booths, and banquet tables.
What’s on tap: Old Speckled Hen, Old Golden Hen, Newcastle Brown, Boddingtons, Strongbow Cider, Fullers London Pride.
Bottled beers: Young’s Double Chocolate Stout, Smirnoff Ice, John Smith Bitter Can.
Specialty dish: The menu has something for everyone with both British and American dishes. The British fare that made our mouth water is the Scotch egg with Cumberland sausage.
What patrons are sayin’: “Looking for a cozy pub with good English beers on draft downtown? Look no further.”
Where to find it: 55 Liberty St (Corner of Nassau and Liberty)
What to expect: This pub might sounds massive, since it accommodates 300 people, but there are “snugs,” as seen in the above photo, in which you can tuck away for some quiet time. If you’re in a livelier mood, the tavern-style dining room might be what you’re looking for, or you can make an escape to the mezzanine living room, which offers a pool table, fireplace and luxurious leather wingback chairs.
What’s on tap: Bass, Boddingtons, Fuller’s London Porter, and Fuller’s London Pride.
Bottled beers: Innis and Gunn Original, Innis and Gunn Rum, Samuel Smith Oatmeal, Samuel Smith Organic Lager, Samuel Smith Nut Brown, and Samuel Smith Taddy Porter.
Specialty cocktail: The Pimm’s Cup is typically a summer drink, but the P&P serves it all year.
Specialty dish: The menu offers a nice mix of both American and British dishes, but if you’re going after work, it’s probably been a while since lunch, so we’d go for the English beef stew.
What patrons are sayin’: “This is a great place to gather after work with co-workers and friends.”
9. GMT Tavern
Where to find it: 142 Bleecker Street (Corner of Laguardia Place)
What to expect: Established in 2011, the Greenwich Meantime Tavern is a great spot for people watching with the ample outdoor seating. The inside boasts communal tables, where you’re likely to overhear a British accent … or two. Pubbing isn’t a spectator sport; why not strike up a conversation?
What’s on tap: Meantime IPA, Meantime Stout, Newcastle Werewolf, Holy Grail Ale, Old Speckled Hen, Boddingtons, Wychwood Hobgoblin, Strongbow Cider, Bass Pale Ale, Fuller’s London Pride, Belhaven Scottish Ale, and Newcastle Brown Ale.
Bottled beers: Sam Smith Oatmeal Stout, Sam Smith Nut Brown Ale, and Young’s Double Chocolate Stout.
Standout cocktail: The GMT punch is made with Beefeater Dry Gin, Pimm’s, fresh lemon juice, ginger, and seasonal fruit.
Specialty dish: The menu‘s pub fare includes Scotch eggs, shepherd’s pie, ploughman’s cheese plate, and fish and chips. But the Sunday Roast is what’s calling our name.
What patrons are sayin’: “A hidden English pub, GMT Tavern serves a great selection of food that transports you back to England.”
Where to find it: 140 West 46th Street (Between 6th and 7th Avenue)
What to expect: Remember that time we hosted a haggis taste here in BBC AMERICA office? Don’t be coy; you remember. We bring it up because we walked over to St. Andrews to pick up the Scottish delicacy. It was the middle of the day when we stopped in, the bar was lined with people, and the booths were full. The Scottish restaurant, which has multiple rooms, was decorated floor to ceiling in tartan. It has a nice, calming atmosphere, inviting visitors to stay for a while. St. Andrew is known for its extensive Scotch menu, which would take you ages to get through all of them. We suggest pacing yourself.
What’s on tap: Bass, Belhaven Scottish Ale, Belhaven Scottish Lager, Belhaven Wee Heavy, Boddingtons, Fuller’s London.
Bottled beers: St. Andrew has over 20 Scottish and English bottled ales, and here are just a few: Black Sheep Ale English Pale, Grozet Goosebury Wheat Ale, and Williams Brothers Session. Here’s the entire list of ales and lagers here.
Standout cocktail: The Win’Gin 12 is a nice partnering of Hendrick’s Gin with St. Germaine Elderflower mixed with club soda and fresh lime juice.
Specialty dish: St. Andrew has a full menu, ranging from starters to steak, but not too surprisingly the haggis is our first choice.
What patrons are sayin’: “I was lured here by the promise of good Scottish fare and waiters in Kilts. I was not disappointed.”
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