The Shakespeare

4.6
274 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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Private dining
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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(646) 837-6779
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jason Hicks
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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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Grand Central: 4, 5, 6, 7, Shuttle to Times Square, MetroNorth
Bryant Park: F, D
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Special events & promotions
For special events information, please contact events@theshakespearenyc.com
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

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.

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

What 274 People Are Saying
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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb little gem with amazing food. Try the sticky date pudding. (Though you might have to order another $2 scoop of ice cream as it doesn’t last the whole dessert - they sure won’t give it to you for free!). Cute little patio at the back that makes you feel like you’re on a rooftop but you’re actually just 1 floor above street level.

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SW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I remember when this space was the ground floor of the Williams Club. I love what they’ve done with the place.

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PP
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 4

We like this restaurant. The food is consistently very good. The ambiance is more than comfortable. Unfortunately, we experienced both service problems and kitchen problems on our last visit which is why the overall rating is Fair. We've come to expect more from the Shakespeare Upstairs (formerly The Peacock). I'm assuming these problems will not continue. The manager did apologize and sent us dessert on the house.

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M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating a very special win

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K
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

My first visit though I will be back. Reasonable price fixed menu, two or three course. Indoor or outdoor seating plus several interesting “lounges” for cocktails and conversation. Warm and welcoming staff!

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L
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific food and great atmosphere. We had amazing cocktails at the Raines Law room. Dinner was delicious, elegant and not at all fussy. We will definitely go back!

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KR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love coming here, never disappoints! Food always spot on and the atmosphere is lovely.

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WL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Nicely decorated inside. Good service from the staff who was helpful and friendly.

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c
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Went for an impromptu business lunch. Food was very good and service as well

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j
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

What a nice find in midtown. The Shakespeare is the bar and hotel restaurant for The William, a boutique, hotel on East 39th off of Fifth. Rooms are cozy and quiet in the afternoon with a very friendly and accommodating staff. Food is typically English and done well. I had the Scotch egg for starters and it came with a perfectly done yolk. Not too mushy and not hard boiled. The pan seared salmon was delicious. My partners enjoyed the huge portion of fish & chips and shepherds pie. The only comment I have on these is that the chips were not quite as crisp as they should be. The shepherds pie was a nice mix of ground meat and veggies with a good potato crust. The sticky toffee pudding for dessert was acceptable as I 've had better. The wine list is good with plenty moderately prices glasses and bottles. The bar participates in the "Cask Marque" membership meaning they serve cask conditioned ales. However, unfortunately, they had none available on my visit. Draft "Old Speckled Hen" was a good substitute however. If you're looking for a quiet spot in mid town away from the crowds and noise in many other places please go, just not all at once! We'd like to keep this little secret to ourselves for awhile.

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AR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance! Quality of food is average. Very cool interiors.

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KB
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A nice room, a delicious meal, attentive service...at the peak dinner hour it was loud, but we had arrived earlier and it was peaceful for a while. The food was delicious!

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o
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

What a great find for a gastropub experience. Refined food, great ambiance and friendly service. Good set lunch menu as well. Highly recommend it!

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E
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular service in gorgeous setting! The Shakespeare is one of my favorite place. Great to take VIP guest! Big Thank you! to Raymie Moynagh!
Esther Mancini

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OT
New England
12 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Surprising, nice atmosphere. Staff were great. Reminded me of a Notting Hill private club from 20 years ago. Definitely adding too the Rolodex for repeat cisits

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RC
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great ambience evoking an English pub. Delicious food - the foie gras pate was amazing. Salads are good, but small for the price. Similarly wine pourings could be considered a little un-generous. Service was very pleasant but perhaps a little inattentive given we were upstairs. But overall very good, I will keep going back and happy to highly recommend. Thank you!

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BL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambience with good food, well appointed drinks and good atmosphere for friendly conversation.

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RA
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome restaurant. I recommend you all go

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a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Excellent for 3 Lions and pints of Fuller's - great staff

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JO
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was to see the England V Croatia game !! But after the game Raymey ( who looked after us during the game) took us on a great tour of the rest of the place & we were very impressed !!!
Looking forward coming again !! Thank you.

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FA
London
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Watched footie (soccer) .... World Cup excellent atmosphere

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AD
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A gem of a spot with outdoor dining in the middle of busy midtown. Very undiscovered, beautiful oasis with very good food and terrific atmosphere. Can't wait to go back. Only bad part of writing this review is my fear to let this secret out.

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P
New England
14 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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Nice local bite

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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

It was fun to eat at The Shakespeare. The food wasn't amazing, and it was pretty expensive, but overall we had a good experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Ate on the patio outside, hence it being quiet. Good food but a bit overpriced for what you get, even for NYC standards.
Would come back again for appetizers and drinks, not a full meal.
I had the gourmet grilled cheese which was ok but could have used more flavoring.

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Y
New York Area
71 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Love their burgers, definitely among the top 10 in NYC. Bonus points for having gluten free hamburger rolls as well as a vegan menu to accommodate a variety of diets.

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MC
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the Shakespeare. It was a recommendation from a friend, and we sat outside in September - it was like we weren't even in the city. This past time, we sat inside in a cozy room, and the food was delicious. The sticky toffee pudding was so incredible I'm still daydreaming about it. An all around amazing place!

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AH
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love the new upstairs menu! Great experience, per usual!

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BE
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Fisherman's pie is lacking fish, while atmosphere is great for people watching. Good selection of ales and comfortable seating.

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j
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I met a friend for dinner and while waiting, had a drink at the bar. It was pretty noisy but everyone was having a good time. Dinner upstairs was very nice and quiet. Our waitress was great and the food was delicious.

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LF
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Found this restaurant on trip advisor and decided to give it a try as it was within a few blocks where we were staying. Nice cheese board. My wife had salmon which was nicely cooked and had a tasty sauce. I had their burger and fries. A step above pub food. The wine was a basic pinot but pleasant. Nice ambiance as it felt very comfortable . Service was attentive and friendly. Will return again when back in nyc

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JM
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice and big place to have either diner appetizer, dinner or great cocktails! The staff is nice and nd efficient.

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w
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat on the patio and enjoyed a very good selection of farm fresh options from the price fixe for under $30!

Nice ambiance for a casual business lunch and great service!

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B
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

The bland and bad food was served lukewarm. THe server was sweet and peppy.

Appetizer mushroom dish was bland tasteless. The boiled Brussels sprouts reminded me of the ones I hated as a kid, except these were really hard and tough to chew.

The portions are skimpy, which is fine because we didn’t finish half our tasteless meal.

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F
New England
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pork chop is the way to go. I personally call in advance to secure my portion as they sell out very quickly!

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LR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great outdoor patio, great food and service.

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Y
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the best experience! It was old friends reconnecting and we had a delicious meal with great wine and service. Nothing could have been better!! You should definitely check this place out - it is an amazing space and the food is out of this world!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My group had a very nice experience here. The service was warm and welcoming from the moment of arrival. We enjoyed a nice business discussion in an unhurried atmosphere with a nice ambience that is great for a variety of occasions. The food was also very good and well presented. I would definitely return. Thank you!

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NY
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the snug by the bar and it was lovely for a work celebratory lunch.

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KC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I am so happy that in this area of midtown you can have an excellent burger in a space with NO TVs and no loud music. The chandelier in the dining room is lovely and it's fun to have a simple burger in a nice space. Thank you!!

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