Sophisticated pub grub in an Old World atmosphere is the hallmark of the Shakespeare, a British-style tavern tucked inside the William hotel. Accented by weathered wood-beam ceilings and dim, moody lighting, this cozy bar delivers unexpectedly elevated English fare in a refreshingly friendly, laid-back atmosphere.
Service is prone to inconsistencies, but the food readily compensates for it. Starters like the Smoked Duck & Potato Tart ($15) and poached salmon toast ($10) hold their own against classic British dishes like the luscious Scotch Egg ($10), served piping hot in a deep-fried sausage and bread crumb coating, and the pungent Welsh Rarebit ($10), an open-faced toast smothered in Tickler cheddar with hints of Guinness. Don’t miss the surprisingly toothsome Country Pâté ($11)—it's generously portioned with a velvety smooth texture that joyously melts on the tip of your tongue.
Entrees like the Organic Scottish Salmon Burger ($20) and gammon steak with a fried egg ($24) linger amongst more traditional mains like bangers and mash ($19) and a behemoth serving of fish and chips ($25)—beer-battered and deep-fried, the cod is flaky and supple under its breaded hood, with sizable thick-cut potato wedges and an herbaceous tartar sauce appropriately complementing its stature. But it’s the shepherd’s pie (MP) that reigns supreme, with delicately whipped cheddar-laced potatoes ensconcing a bed of succulent ground lamb shoulder that’s slow-cooked in a roasted lamb bone broth.
A befitting dessert list featuring Banoffee Trifle ($8) and Sticky Toffee & Date Pudding ($8) rounds out the menu, but diners would be best served by indulging in a final cold draft brew. This is, after all, a pub.
BY: TIME OUT COMMUNITY REVIEWER CHRISTINE FISCHER HEWIT
|Venue name:||The Shakespeare|
24 East 39th Street
|Cross street:||between Madison and Park Aves|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Sat 11am–11pm; Sun 11am–10pm|
|Transport:||Subway: 42nd St S, 4, 5, 6, 7 to 42nd St–Grand Central|
|Price:||Average entrée: $27. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V|
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Average User Rating
3.2 / 5
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I came here for Saturday brunch with 3 others. I was generally very unimpressed. The place was literally empty, we were the only people there. The sole waitress disappeared halfway through, and we had to run around the restaurant afterwards to look for her in order to get a check. Eating at a restaurant should not be this difficult.