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The Shakespeare

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Photograph: Filip Wolak <p>Fish and chips at the Shakespeare</p>

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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

The Shakespeare says
Terrace Open! ALL DAY for a lunch in the sun, a fruity sangria, a light bite or, a delightful dinner date!

By: Time Out contributors

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Address: 24 East 39th Street
New York
10016
Cross street: between Madison and Park Aves
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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Opening hours: Mon–Sat 11am–11pm; Sun 11am–10pm
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