The Shakespeare, a relatively recent Midtown opening on E 39th Street, is an adorable British pub with an authentic feel, elegantly executed takes on both traditional and fusion fare and a cozy, wooden library-like vibe. It has now quietly launched a brunch program on Saturdays and Sundays, served from 11am - 3:30pm, and is worth a visit.
Start your weekend off right with bites by Chef Robert Aikens. The Shakespeare offers dishes that would make any Brit feel right at home, from bubble & squeak with poached eggs, hollandaise and steak sauce to an indulgent plate of "eggy toast," known here in America as French toast, with brioche bread, vanilla custard, bananas and maple syrup.
But don't worry, star-spangled loyals, there are American treats here to please you, too. The menu also includes options like Scotch pancakes with caramel maple apples and cinnamon cream, varieties on eggs Benedict and a truly satisfying burger made from a blend of aged New York strip, skirt, short rib and chuck and topped with smoked bacon and Cheddar cheese, among other things.
There are even plates made to appease any sweet tooth, like crumpets with lemon curd, honey, butter, raspberry and sticky toffee date and banana pudding made with sticky toffee rum and chocolate sauce and served with flap jack ice cream.
Find the full menu here, and then give them a call at 646-837-6779 to book your reservation.