Opening today in The William hotel, The Shakespeare is an underground pub with cask ales and a British menu — and a sister restaurant, The Peacock, upstairs.
The Story: Yves Jadot and Jason Hicks of Jones Wood Foundry in Yorkville have brought in British chef Robert Aikens to collaborate on this double-decker project: The Peacock is the ground-floor restaurant, whereas The Shakespeare is the more casual basement pub.
The Look: Modeled after the Stratford-upon-Avon of Shakespeare’s 16th century, the pub has antique English menus and wall-hanging prints, as well as a “snug” — a traditional small, private room set off from the rest of the establishment.
The Drinks: As befits a pub, The Shakespeare’s beverage program has a strong English slant, with a number of British beers on tap (in a monthly rotating beer list) including cask-conditioned ales.
The Food: Expect hearty British classics, smartly updated: deviled eggs with curry powder and smoked paprika, and warm Scotch eggs with Guinness mustard sauce are two of the enticing bar bites, along with more substantial fare including fish and chips, above, and bangers and mash.
The Peacock and The Shakespeare
24 E. 39th St.