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About The Shakespeare

The Shakespeare offers well-kept beers and cask ales and friendly service in a casual no-frills environment. Serving a more sophisticated ‘pub grub’ repertoire coupled with a setting reminiscent of a 14th century tavern, the pub is the perfect place to have a pint and grab a bite to eat. We also have two elegant rooms located above the pub, The Peacock Room is modeled after a 19th Century gentleman’s club complete with an elegant fireplace. The Garden Room is decorated beautifully with artwork by Bradley Wood and a stunning Waterford Crystal Chandelier. We are as well fortunate to have Raines Law Room located in the same building at The William where guests can enjoy craft cocktails with a small bite and dessert menu.

24 E. 39th Street
New York, NY 10016
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
British, English, American

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday 11:30am-11:00pm
Saturday - 11:00am-3:30pm (Brunch)
5:00pm-11:00pm (Dinner)
Sunday - Closed





Cross Street:
Between Park & Madison

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(646) 837-6779

Website:
http://www.theshakespearenyc.com/

Catering:
For catering information, please contact events@theshakespearenyc.com

Parking Details:
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Public Transit:
Grand Central: 4, 5, 6, 7, Shuttle to Times Square, MetroNorth
Bryant Park: F, D

Executive Chef:
Jason Hicks

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
For special events information, please contact events@theshakespearenyc.com

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Details
Mon - Fri 2:00PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 5:00PM 8:45PM - 10:45PM

Private Dining

The Shakespeare offers a selection of intriguing British-inspired venues to host your private event, each with its own individual character and charm; from an intimate cocktail reception in the Library, to a full sit-down dinner in the Garden and Abingdon dining rooms.

The Shakespeare Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.0

service

3.9

ambience

4.1

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Quiet Conversation (6)
Cozy (5)
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Great for Lunch (5)
Great Beer (5)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
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Business Meals (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Fun (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Authentic (3)
Casual (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Healthy (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Live Music (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
People Watching (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Romantic (1)
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 14, 2018

The ambience was nice (though if was a cold day and we were seated on an outside wall, so cold.

Service was good. Biggest disappointment was the the roast and gravy were room temperature.

Might try again in the future with lunch.

Tags: Great Beer, Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Disappointing English Sunday roast. On Sundays, The Shakespeare serves a traditional roast that claims to be ‘just like your mother used to make’. As a Brit, I was very excited to try it out but was disappointed with the quality of the food and service. Food was not very hot and vegetables had clearly been sitting somewhere warm for some time. Even though the restaurant was pretty quiet, the service was absent, and odd. I would not recommend this place for the food. However, the ambiance is great and they do have an excellent selection of traditional English cask beers.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 14, 2018

We went last Sunday afternoon and the only thing on the menu was Sunday roast (roast beef, pork, veggie roast). I asked if the roast beef was rare and was told it was medium-rare. It was served well done and didn't have much taste. My husband had the pork roast and he thought it was tasteless. Considering that they are only doing the roast and some veggies (cauliflower, carrots, potatoes--all veggies perfectly cooked) and Yorkshire pudding (so-so). It should have been fabulous, and it wasn't. Everyone was very nice. Service was food. When I asked for horseradish sauce for the beef it came out homemade and plentiful. Maybe it was just a bad day, but it certainly didn't make me want to go back. If you are a beer lover, however, lots of choices!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 9, 2018

The bar is great! Very casual.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Great meal, table very crammed for 3 people

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Lovely setting in a historic building that once housed the Williams College alumni club. The Upstairs Downstairs dynamic is interesting. We chose downstairs and The Shakespeare’s atmosphere is authentic to a British pub experience , lots of wood, dark, moody and broken up into small rooms including one with a cosy fireplace. Attentive staff, happy to let us linger and Pub grub was on point! Bangers and mash, Shepherds Pie, Fish & Chips satisfied our dinner party. Special nod to the crispy triple fried chips, delicious. All washed down with pints of Fullers London Pride. Proximity to Grand Central Terminal makes it an easy meeting place too.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Appropriate yet filling portions. Good service. Nice atmosphere. Creative food.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 17, 2017

I took my sister who was visiting the city to the Sunday roast. It was a comfortable and fun atmosphere and our waiter was great. The drink selection was good and the food was better. We split a meal and the waiter was nice about bringing additional kitchenware. Would recommend to anyone!

Tags: Cozy
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 (London)·Dined on December 17, 2017

This is a super Sunday roast. We were in NYC from London for the weekend and this was a must have for us on a Sunday. Excellent Old Speckled Hen Ale on draft also, three were quaffed in short order by me. If we lived in NYC we would be here every Sunday :-) excellent service from our waiter also, very nice chap.

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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Met a friend here - waiter so helpful. Delicious food and room festively decorated. We dined pre-theatre and had no problem getting to the play. Thank you for a lovely meal.

Tags: Cozy
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·Dined on December 12, 2017

Excellent service and very good british pub fare. Interesting space with several rooms to explore.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Great Beer, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Excellent meal. Will return

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Very attractive setting (dining room). Excellent service. Nicely made martini and attentive service. We had very good fish dishes plus a tasty version of shepherd's pie. Perhaps small size of dining room made it noisier than expected. There was a large table of enthusiastic talkers nearby. Worth another visit.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Great Beer
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 27, 2017

The Shakespeare is a great place to go if you want a quiet, homey atmosphere to have a conversation. I find most restaurants too noisy. The menu is not huge but there is a good selection to choose from.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Excellent food and ambiance for our Thanksgiving dinner. We left full, with plenty of leftovers.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups
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 (Toledo)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Nice selection of British food, really enjoyed it and the cask ale menu.

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·Dined on November 15, 2017

Great place to have lunch with friends and be able to hear each other. Love the decor!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Loved the ambiance. Great meal at a reasonable price.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Very nice place, great ambiance

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 6, 2017

The bar downstairs servers a full menu, so if you stumble upon it when the main restaurant is closed, you can still enjoy. It has an English pub feel to the downstairs and a boutique hotel vibe upstairs so you can get the best of both worlds. The food choices and drinks selection are good - you won't be disappointed.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, People Watching, Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Good experience. Like a mini business club near Grand Central

Tags: Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Good awesome delicious

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Downstairs was very authentic and has a Brit that's what I wanted. Great beers and cosy dining. would be a great for a date. The dining room upstairs was super quiet - given it was a Saturday night it was dead. Strange choice of music as well . No really atmosphere in the dining room. Staff were attentive , although the kitchen did mess up an order - we had specifically asked for bacon on the side of a dish, as we have a non pork eater who was sharing two entrees with another person. Twice the dish came out with bacon in the burger. Bar wasn't able to do an espresso martini - seems a standard these days. Food was good but not spectacular - would like to go on a Sunday to try the roast lunch. Would like to see more choices on the menu.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

This was a disappointing experience to be honest. No real complaints about the food itself -- it was pretty tasty British gastropub fare. But considering the price point, I expected better service than what we got. The dining area was half empty on a Friday night... maybe that's why. At any rate, we left wishing we'd chosen somewhere else to go.

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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Service was slow. We were not looked after properly, e.g.: we waited a long time for refills. However, the food was very good and the ambiance as well.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

The set up in the lobby of The William Hotel is very strange but the upstairs dining room was nice. Service could have used some polish. The food was well done.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 22, 2017

I like this place and have dined here before with colleagues. But this time my reservation was not honored. Apparently, they decided to close early 10/22 and did not call to let me know the reservation I booked for 7 would be invalid. I looked like quite a schmuck when my business dinner date called me from the restaurant to tell me the place was closing in 5 minutes.

Note you can book dinner up to 7:45pm on opentable but they close at 8 OR earlier on Sundays. Not cool.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Really great spot with multiple rooms serving the same menu providing different vibes.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Great place to meet friends for lunch. Noise level low so very good for conversation.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Great drinks and bartenders. Not so much for the food options.

Tags: Casual, Happy Hour
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

The food was ok but not exceedingly delicious–it's pub-food, after all.
The atmosphere was great on the terrace. I really appreciated the service. They were all very kind and friendly.
Great beer list!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Great Beer
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Cool place, old school building/styling. Bar area very interesting and plenty of places to have a private dialog. We had dinner on the back deck area, which was really nice. Food is very good. My only main complaint was the service. It was horrendous. Lack of attention. Took 40-45 mins for the entrees to come after we had already been served our appetizers. Had to ask for the check 3 times before they finally brought it. Slow at filling water glasses.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 27, 2017

The food, ambience and service was stellar. The decor was lovely and the room was quiet enough for long conversation. I discovered that I like bubble & squeak, and I highly recommend the milk chocolate tart. Our waiter Gallagher was amazing too!

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Good find. Had a little trouble finding host as here are two entrances, one to pub and second to restaurant. Asked for burger medium well and it came back rare in middle. Was going to send it back but server never returned to check on our meal!

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Nice garden area. We enjoyed the British cuisine. Good beer selection. Waiter was very knowledgeable but maybe a little overextended.

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·Dined on September 6, 2017

This cubby hole of an English eatery is as advertised, and menu is very British/Scottish. Don't let that put you off -- the salmon is classic. But the best thing is that it is quiet, and a perfect meeting spot for colleagues coming on or out of Grand Central or Penn Station -- a terrific place to eat/meet, centrally located, yet far from the madding crowd. (And yes, Thomas Hardy would fit right in.)

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 29, 2017

They used to have a wait staff at the table seating in the Pub, now you have to order food and drinks at the bar, which is a hassle. Shame, I used to really like this place.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 26, 2017

The outdoor seating was a fantastic way to enjoy a nice brunch and cask ale.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 12, 2017

I am always happy and satisfied when coming here; although, I am sooo bummed they don't offer the Sunday Roast anymore and hope they find a way to bring it back eventually.

I came for brunch and got the English Breakfast which was great. I don't care for their sauasge here, but I think most people would disagree. My friend got the Eggs Benedict and ate the whole thing (which she never does!).... Dessert: Peach Melba for me and I really liked it and Milk Chocolate Tart for my friend which she thought was okay.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Waiter and ambiance charming .... favorite go to when I am heading out of town by train or meeting friends coming in at Grand Central. Always a pleasure...

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene
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