The Best British Pubs in New York City

Courtesy of Highlands
Courtesy of Highlands
Julia Goicochea

Enjoy English beers, savor Scottish snacks, and be wowed by a taste of Wales without ever leaving the city at New York’s best British pubs. Across-the-pond plates, Britain’s best brews, and British vibes are what’s on offer at these local dining—and drinking—destinations.

1. Highlands

Bar, Gastropub, British

Highlands, 10th Street
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Scot-owned and operated, “contemporary Scottish-American gastropub” Highlands cooks up authentic across-the-pond plates. The award-winning cuisine here includes sausage rolls made with house-made Cumberland sausage, beef Wellington, haggis, neeps, and tatties, and a bounty of Scottish beers and Scottish-influenced cocktails. Tip: Don’t miss Highlands’ artisan selection of whisky-infused foods, including whisky bread pudding and whisky barrel-smoked pork chops.

2. The Shakespeare

Restaurant, Gastropub, Pub, British, Pub Grub

Taking inspiration from Britain’s most famous bard, The Shakespeare is a 16th-century-style British pub. Situated beneath the posh William Hotel, The Shakespeare delivers British country classics to Midtown Manhattan. Scotch eggs, bangers and mash, minted mushy peas, and sticky toffee and date pudding are all on offer at this traditional dining destination.

3. Cock & Bull

Bar, Pub, British

Cock & Bull, New York
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Neighborly vibes (plus plenty of British beers and bites) is what’s on the menu at Cock & Bull, a Midtown West pub where everyone knows your name—or at least your drink order. Get to know the locals over down-to-earth dishes, such as sausage rolls, fish and chips, baked beans, and beef and English ale pies, and wash it all down with British brews.

4. Jones Wood Foundry

Restaurant, Gastropub, British

Fish and Chips
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At Jones Wood Foundry, celebrated chef (and English expat) Jason Hicks reinvents Britain’s culinary traditions for “21st-century palates.” Here, classic savory pies come stuffed with truffled chicken and oyster mushrooms; traditional roasts feature tea-brined spring chicken, and a lamb shank vindaloo with naan pays homage to England’s Indian influences.

5. The Spotted Pig

Gastropub, Restaurant, British

Trust the 2,670-plus Yelp reviewers (and famous fans) of The Spotted Pig, and run, don’t walk, to this Greenwich Village gastropub. While Chef April Bloomfield’s global dining destination defies categorization, much of its menu can be recognized as having British roots. Chicken liver toast, minted peas, and Devils on Horseback are just a sampling of The Spotted Pig’s English-inspired offerings.

6. Longbow Pub & Pantry

Pub, Restaurant, British

Longbow Pub & Pantry, Brooklyn
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As New York City’s only Welsh pub, Longbow Pub & Pantry occupies a special place in the hearts—and on the social calendars—of British expats. Here, Welsh rarebit, sausage butties, eggs-in-a-nest, and homemade chicken curry provide a taste of home for many and a mouthwatering eating experience for all.

7. Chip Shop

Restaurant, Fish and Chip Shop, Pub, Seafood, Pub Grub

Peanut Butter & Co. Storefront
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Since 2001, Chip Shop has been the British expat’s best bet for an authentic taste of home in New York City. The expansive menu of British comfort food dishes at this Brooklyn-based pub includes baked beans on toast, haggis plates, treacle pudding, and an impressive selection of hard-to-find British draft beers. Tip: Join the Chip Shop in having fun with food as they deep-fry everything from Mars bars to extra-large fish filets.

8. The Churchill Tavern

Bar, British, Pub Grub

At The Churchill Tavern, the best of Britain is what’s on the menu. In between serving up Sunday Roasts with all the trimmings, the English-owned establishment dishes out beef and Guinness pies, mushy peas, Scotch eggs, and sticky toffee pudding.

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