Experience British Culture in the West Village.
Even though London is one of my favorite cities, I can’t hop on a jet and travel across the Atlantic every time I need a British fix. Luckily, while living in New York, I can explore a piece of the UK after riding the subway for less than 30 minutes.
To experience Great Britain in NYC, I suggest heading to the West Village, where several spots celebrate British food and culture. Have a smashing time!
A Salt & Battery, 112 Greenwich Ave
Fish ‘n’ chips is undoubtedly a traditional dish in England, and you’ll find some of the best in the states and in New York City at this West Village eatery. Choose from pollack, sole, haddock, and whiting, with a side of chips. Cole slaw, onion rings, and Heinz baked beans are delectable sides. Garnish your deep-fried basket of goodness with the homemade tartar sauce. A winner on Bobby Flay’s Throwdown, A Salt & Battery is a trans-fat-free zone and cooks in fine vegetable oil only, so you can feel less guilty with every succulent bite.
Tea & Sympathy, 108 Greenwich Ave
Next door to A Salt & Battery is its sister store Tea & Sympathy, a British shop that serves more than just tea. Savor dishes like the Scotch egg, thick chicken soup, bangers and mash, and Welsh rarebit. Choose your sip from more than 30 teas including T & S’s own brand, as well as coffee, iced tea of the day, and other other favorite English beverages like Lucozade and Hot Ribena. Don’t forget the scones, and for big eaters, the full English breakfast.
Myers of Keswick, 634 Hudson St
Meander a bit further west and you’ll land at this family-owned grocery, which opened its doors in 1985. Purchase fresh takeaway items like pork pie, Cumberland sausage, and Stilton cheese. Groceries run the gamut from biscuits and shortbread to canned and jarred goods, tea towels, and UK souvenirs. Whether you’re an expat, a visitor, an Anglophile, or want to relive fond memories of shopping in British grocery stores (like me!), Myers of Keswick is a must during your tour. Be sure to look for Molly, the shop’s cat, who’s quite the local celebrity.
The Spotted Pig, 314 W 11th St
Stumble one block west of Hudson to April Bloomfield’s gastropub, where she cooks classics with a modern twist. Though pork is highlighted throughout the menu, you can also choose from dishes like the Smoked Haddock Chowder with house made crackers, and the chargrilled burger with Roquefort cheese and shoestring fries. The interior takes me back to many a day when I sat in an English pub with good friends –the Spotted Pig is the kind of place where you walk in and feel like you’ve been before, and can’t wait to return.
Oh Great Britain, these neighborhood haunts will hold me over, until we meet again.