The Shakespeare

4.6
263 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.
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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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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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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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The Shakespeare validates parking
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Public transit
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 263 People Are Saying
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4.3
food
4.5
service
4.6
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4.1
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3.0Dined 6 days ago

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

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

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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4.0Dined 7 days ago

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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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

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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4.0Dined on August 7, 2018

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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4.0Dined on August 6, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Awesome restaurant. I recommend you all go

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

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Nice local bite

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

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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4.0Dined on May 25, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on May 17, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on May 17, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

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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2.0Dined on April 25, 2018

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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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

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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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Great outdoor patio, great food and service.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

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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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Sunday roast was just what we wanted.
Roast beef and roast pork were delicious vegetables were perfectly done and dessert finished it off nicely!

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

The upstairs restaurant at The Shakespeare is a wonderful space with high ceilings and, fantastic service and even better food. The pork chop absolutely melted and the side of bubble and squeak was a perfect compliment, along with maybe the best mashed potato in the city.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent Service and Waiter

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2018

Great cocktails, delicious food... Nice atmosphere and cute bartenders

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2018

Lovely room, excellent food, good service. Room can get noisy, but is generally a nice place in midtown for a good business lunch.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Casual yummy food. Great service Comfy atmosphere. Loved it

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5.0Dined on January 23, 2018

I have been to The Shakespeare a few times now and continue to think this is a hidden gem in a classic "old NY style"
My most recent visit was excellent.
Very attentive staff, the moment we walked in. The waiter was courteous as we were engaged in a business conversation, while also trying to keep water and wine glasses filled.
Food was excellent. Had the pork chop.
The wood lining the restaraunt is quintessntial NY, while I had gone this past summer and sat on the back porch which was perfect for outdoor dining.
Would highly recommend going as it is a great alternative to all the normal crowded places around Grand Central.

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4.0Dined on January 21, 2018

Fab Sunday roast, will defo go again when I am back in nyc

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3.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined 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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