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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.
New York, NY 10016
British, English, American
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday 11:30am-11:00pm
Saturday - 11:00am-3:30pm (Brunch)
Sunday - Closed
Between Park & Madison
$31 to $50
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The Shakespeare validates parking
Grand Central: 4, 5, 6, 7, Shuttle to Times Square, MetroNorth
Bryant Park: F, D
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
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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
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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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