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The Shakespeare

4.3
4.3
369 Reviews
$31 to $50
British
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.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    British, English, American

  • Hours of operation

    Monday - Friday 11:30am-11:00pm Saturday - Sunday - Closed

  • Phone number

    (646) 837-6779

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Jason Hicks

  • Catering

    For catering information, please contact events@theshakespearenyc.com

  • 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.

  • Private party contact

    Events: (646) 837-6779

  • Neighborhood

    Midtown East

  • Cross street

    Between Park & Madison

  • Parking details

    Icon Parking <br />The Shakespeare validates parking

  • Public transit

    Grand Central: 4, 5, 6, 7, Shuttle to Times Square, MetroNorth<br />Bryant Park: F, D

  • Additional

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

What 369 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.3
4.3 based on all time ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. PS

    PeterS

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Cozy, London like (quality) pub dining, in below street level space. Great server w personality. Great Shepard’s pie and sides, desert. Wine election could be more diverse.
  2. SC

    StephenC

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2019

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Solid menu includes traditional favorites. Definitely a keeper.
  3. MG

    MichaelG

    New England

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 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.
  4. h

    hmmm

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 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.
  5. G

    Garryowen

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 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.
  6. j

    judithm

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 12, 2019

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Went because if the good Yelp reviews. Food medium to poor. Tooooo loud. My 25 yr old dining companion wanted earplugs.
  7. JS

    JessS

    1 review

    4.0

    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.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    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.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The fish and chips was the size of a steak! 10/10 would recommend.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great waiter, Nathan !
  11. SC

    StephenC

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 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.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    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.
  13. e

    eludo

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great place. Get transported to England in an instant. Fantastic ambiance and great food!
  14. VS

    ValerieS

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    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.
  15. m

    megr

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    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.
  16. e

    elainef

    New York Area

    71 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    71 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.
  17. r

    runeliza

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 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.
  18. CC

    CeeCee

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 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.
  19. e

    einkwell

    New York Area

    26 reviews

    4.0

    26 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.
  20. MA

    MARGARITAG

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    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
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food was very good. Sticky toffee pudding was delicious! Very noisy
  22. r

    roxtravels

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    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.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    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.
  24. r

    roxtravels

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just wonderful on every level. Great place!
  25. EP

    EugeniaP

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 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!
  26. r

    roxtravels

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just a wonderful atmosphere with spectacular food!
  27. SI

    SusanI

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    4.0

    25 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.
  28. RB

    RobertaB

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    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.
  29. MR

    MindyR

    1 review

    1.0

    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.
  30. MH

    MarciH

    New York Area

    52 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    52 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!
  31. Z

    Zelmonae

    1 review

    3.0

    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.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Ruben was very helpful, along with our wonderful server.
  33. RB

    RayB

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    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.
  34. P

    Plum

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    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!
  35. E

    Eastcoaster

    1 review

    5.0

    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.
  36. RH

    RickH

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had an excellent lunch. Great food, great beers, nice vibe. I'll definitely be going back.
  37. s

    sylviad

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great fish and chips!!!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 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.
  39. DT

    DoubleT

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommend. We’ll be back soon!
  40. S

    Seriousfoodie

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 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.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between Park & Madison

  • Neighborhood

    Midtown East

  • Hours of operation

    Monday - Friday 11:30am-11:00pm Saturday - Sunday - Closed

  • Cuisines

    British, English, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Icon Parking <br />The Shakespeare validates parking

  • Public transit

    Grand Central: 4, 5, 6, 7, Shuttle to Times Square, MetroNorthBryant Park: F, D

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jason Hicks

  • Additional

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

  • Phone number

    (646) 837-6779

  • Catering

    For catering information, please contact events@theshakespearenyc.com

  • 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.

  • Private party contact

    Events: (646) 837-6779

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