Even in New York City, with its endless dining options, it’s always been a bit of a challenge to find a restaurant that’s nailed traditional British cuisine—until The Shakespeare and The Peacock came along. Both housed within The William Hotel in Midtown, the newly opened eateries showcase the best of Britain—in decor and food—taking hearty British recipes and lightening them for today’s palate.
At The Peacock, traditional dishes, classic cocktails and fine wines are the focus, with offerings that include rabbit pie with apple cider and roast fillet of Scottish salmon served on Wedgwood china. Dine in the restaurant’s sunlit Garden Room or the candlelit Peacock Room for romantic ambiance. The Library and Library Bar are great for pre-dinner cocktails, while the Champagne Terrace offers a seasonal, booze-infused teatime.
Downstairs, The Shakespeare serves quality British comfort meals, as well as draught beers and cask ales from the UK’s Greene King Breweries and Wells and Young’s Brewing Company. Savour fried cod with triple-cooked chips in the rustic space, or enjoy privacy in the Snug, an enclosed table with a sliding window for bar service.
No matter what you choose for your main course, make sure to save room for the sticky toffee date and banana pudding served with flapjack ice cream. This delicious take on the sweet British staple is available at both restaurants.
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