WATCH: Interview with Chris Sell, British Founder of New York’s Chip Shop

Chris Sell, owner of New York's Chip Shop restaurants

Anglophenia, Mind the Gap’s mother blog, has been zipping around New York City, interviewing British chefs who have achieved culinary stardom in the the most competitive city on the planet.

Recently, they chatted with Chris Sell, who is co-owner (alongside wife Vicki) of Brooklyn’s Park Slope Chip Shop. Founded in 2001, it has become renowned for its piping hot fish ‘n’ chips and, yes, fried Twinkies. (The venture quickly proved so successful with locals that he opened a second location, the Atlantic Chip Shop, in Brooklyn Heights.)

How did Chris make good on his vision to bring authentic British pub food to the States? Watch the interview.


Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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  • Robert

    Nice to know Fish and Chips are doing well in New York, often wondered where if anywhere I could get some. Had heard a rumour they were available at Conney Island and I was watching a TV drama the other day set in mid west town and behind the actors in one scene could clearly be seen a store front displaying the sign Fish and Chips so how common are fish and chips in America and how do they compare to what you’d get in Britain. Apparently the quality varies greatly in Britain the best being in the North of the country and the closer to the sea the better but that maybe a northern rumour. The best I’ve had where on the Yorkshire coast.

  • Deanna Mirsky

    There’s plenty of good fish and chips in the US, at least on the Northern coasts. Some of it is found in so-called lobster pounds or clam shacks, usually near the beach but oddly, sometimes in inland fish places Vermont and New Hampshire. Fried onion rings are a frequent accompaniment and they are often great! Irish pubs, which are more and more ubiquitous, also tend to have excellent fish and chips. And whatever they call themselves, most coastal restaurants have fish and chips on the menu; you have to ask the locals to find out which have the really good fish and chips, as there are always some duds which dish up frozen pollock.

  • Margaret Husband

    I moved from the UK 10 years ago to the west coast, not far from San Francisco, and have never found any decent fish and chips here. Granted you can find fish and chips served in puesdo British restaurants and Irish bars but they are nothing like the real deal. The fish are in small pieces (there are several pieces in each serving) and smothered in beer batter. As for the chips – forget it. Oh, how I long for a large, tasty fillet of fish and thick, crispy chips served over the counter.

    • Maureen

      You have to go to Bodega Bay, or The Mayflower in San Rafael do a fine Fish and Chips…..

    • Stephen

      Try “Fish” restaurant in Sausalito…the best fish and chips I’ve had so far in the States..and I’ve been here over 20 years

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  • Robert

    When you can get Fish n Chips in America how are they served and how do you eat them? Sounds a dumb question, maybe but back in Britain they’re mainly a fast food, eaten while walking or siting on a park bench and only occationally eaten indoors. And there is a distint differance, not something that can be defind, but there’s something more satisfying about eating them striaght out of the wrapping paper outside in the open air and if you can do it at the seaside it’s even better. So how do Americans eat them?