The Shakespeare

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369 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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British

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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
British, English, American
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Hours of operation
Monday - Friday 11:30am-11:00pm
Saturday - Sunday - Closed
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Phone number
(646) 837-6779
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jason Hicks
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Private party facilities
The Shakespeare offers a selection of intriguing British-inspired venues to host your private event, each with its own individual character and charm.
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Private party contact
Events: (646) 837-6779
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Catering
For catering information, please contact events@theshakespearenyc.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between Park & Madison
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Public transit
Grand Central: 4, 5, 6, 7, Shuttle to Times Square, MetroNorth
Bryant Park: F, D
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
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SC
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Solid menu includes traditional favorites. Definitely a keeper.

MG
New England
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

the ambiance and decor was the best part. the food was decent- the Shepard's pie was all potato. not much flavor and too starchy.

the server was not attentive at all. we had a hard time getting refills on our water while we were having our dinner. she hardly looked up and never checked in on us.

the food is pricey considering what it is.

h
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Come here before around 5 p.m. and it's great--cozy, old-fashioned atmosphere, nice staff, good value, good food. As the happy hour crowd came in it became unbearably loud and crowded. Bellowing people, really unpleasant. I would go again but not at happy hour/dinner time.

G
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience2

My second visit there. Love the food and the cask ale. Went vegan with the cauliflower steak this time. Feelings are just so-so about the bar which was very crowded and very noisy. Dining room is very pleasant and what this review is about.

j
New England
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Went because if the good Yelp reviews. Food medium to poor. Tooooo loud. My 25 yr old dining companion wanted earplugs.

JS
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Good venue for a work lunch. We were delighted to be allocated a private booth for our group of seven. Friendly staff. Side of chips was delivered fairly late after the rest of the main meals after asking about them twice. Pie and pint combo was not billed to expectations - where we started with some pints and did not order extras during the pie and pint meal, but were charged for the original pints on top of the lunch deal anyway.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The service and food were very good. The ambiance of the outside patio is very nice, however the smell of the NYC streets made it a bit of an unpleasant experience.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fish and chips was the size of a steak! 10/10 would recommend.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great waiter, Nathan !

SC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience1

This was my first and last visit to the restaurant. My lady friend and I went to see the Downton Abbey movie and she wanted English cuisine for dinner. I made reservations at the Shakespeare. When we got there the restaurant was in the basement of The William. The dinning area was far from "pubish" and more like "dumpish." I had a Shepard pie which was essentially a bowl of mash potatoes with a slight hint of lamb in the base. Yuck. My lady seemed to enjoy her food; she had Scottish eggs for an appraiser and bangers and mash (sausage and mash potatoes) for entree. My bottom line is that I was disappointed and my lady was not. Keep in mind English cuisine is not very well known and I can see why.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience4

Cask ales on top were all local and non imported. The website says very differently as I was hoping for UK ones. Drinks were slow to come out. Shepherds pie was small and not enough lamb in it. Tasted fine. Just a little disappointed with the casks on offer and the size of the dish.

e
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place. Get transported to England in an instant. Fantastic ambiance and great food!

VS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food, attentive staff and reasonable prices for New York city and this area. Air conditioning was too cold for us. The staff turned it down when we asked but it went back up not long after. We had asked for the patio but was told it wasn't available so that was a disappointment. Would have liked to know ahead of time when booked with OpenTable as we might have made a different choice.

m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

It was too cold with the air conditioning very high, and it was very noisy. But the food is very good and they Accommodated adding a third person and graciously moved our table.

OT
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Lovely place with great service and very good food. The seat cushion covers in the garden are need cleaning desperately, but that's my only suggestion. Will def. go back.

r
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience2

I'll definitely return, hopefully when it's quieter. It was not the restaurant's fault -- there was a large, loud, rowdy party, but our waitress was sympathetic and accommodating. I had the special, a brook trout which the waitress described as "summer on a plate," and it was indeed delicious. Looking forward to trying the regular menu on my next visit.

CC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There are several dining spaces at The Shakespeare. During my most recent visit, I was in the bar area with a friend, which was a little louder than I like. (I'd rather not have to shout across the table to have a conversation.) The other areas are generally quieter. The food and service are very good. I highly recommend the restaurant.

e
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good pub fare in a tavern-like setting. Food was good, but a bit pricey for lunch. Service was friendly. On a nice summer day, the ambience is a bit dark as you’re below sidewalk level, but could imagine it would be a cozy spot in Autumn and Winter. The restaurant is connected to the William Hotel, which may be why prices are inflated above expectation.

MA
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, so beautiful designe , great food and good prices , nice people working there..wanna visit this place again

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was very good. Sticky toffee pudding was delicious! Very noisy

r
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We fell in love with this little hidden gem of a place; it feels authentically like a British pub, and the food is perfect. We went 3 times in 3 days, and our only regret is that we had to leave town before it opened again. Just wonderful.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even though we went to celebrate a birthday, this is a place you could enjoy for any occasion. Great food and great service.

r
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just wonderful on every level. Great place!

EP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fun historical ambience and menu. A bit loud with music and close tables as are most NY restaurants. Portions were modest so you may want to order appetizers if you like a full, satisfying mea but prices are also modest. Food was good and everyone enjoyed their meal!

r
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a wonderful atmosphere with spectacular food!

SI
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I love dining in their enclosed garden which provides a lovely ambiance in which to have a delicious meal with great service.

RB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lucky surprise, this little Pub is very charming, lots of young people at the bar during Happy Hour,
but the food is great, service is excellent, a fun place to have a light bite.

MR
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

They used to have a really nice, quiet dining experience in their upstairs restaurant and I loved it. This time I went and was told that they only do events upstairs and that I had to go downstairs to eat. It was so loud I couldn't hear the people at my table or the server.
The server was also very rude, which was very different than previous experiences upstairs.
I used to love this place and recommend it, now I will not be going back and certainly do not recommend it.

MH
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Went to The Shakespeare after work with friends because it was recommended as a great place close to work. We really had a great experience. Food was very good and so was the service. We ended up ordering s bunch of appetizers and 2 bottles of wine. Loved everything we ate. The sliders and fries were my favorites! If you need a place to go in midtown, I highly recommend it. They have a big bar, and a patio. We will be back!

Z
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food was ok. I wouldn't give it a 5 star. I ordered the fish and chips. I wish the fish was not as crispy. Unfortunately, I had my mind set on getting the calamari for starters but we were told there was a problem with the gas and so some items were not available on the menu. That kinda sucked.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ruben was very helpful, along with our wonderful server.

RB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Have had several good meals here. It’s really convenient because it is fairly close to Grand Central. They’ve recently closed the upstairs dining room which makes it a challenge to hear if there are a lot of people downstairs. I’ve had pretty good meals here but this last time I unwisely ordered the “Cobb Salad”. It was a smattering of iceberg lettuce leaves (even though I ordered the “large”), with a few small green olives (for some reason), a hard boiled egg, maybe a quarter of a slice of bacon broken up into tiny bits, a few pieces of avocado, and a slice or two of beefsteak tomato. In other words, NOT a Cobb Salad.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Highly recommended if you are looking for a lot of British pub ambiance and food/drink options. Impressed with the multitude of vegan options!

E
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pleasant and clever staff. Great food and beer. One of the very few places I’ve seen here with good English beer from a cask. Worth the visit just for that.

RH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an excellent lunch. Great food, great beers, nice vibe. I'll definitely be going back.

OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great fish and chips!!!

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They are friendly and polite, and inferior is pretty. Their pie and draft beer lunch special is good price. I like the place a lot.

DT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend. We’ll be back soon!

S
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and service were great. My companion and I both had the salmon and it was cooked perfectly. The sticky toffee pudding was also a definite highlight. Wonderful experience with authentic British decor.

GT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding. Everyone was so nice. They certainly made us feel important and the food was so good my wife forgot to share hers with me.

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