Published December 16, 2013
A British Behemoth in Murray Hill
Great board game. Legendary film.
And, it turns out, a pretty great idea for a restaurant...
Welcome to The Peacock
and The Shakespeare
. The first is an opulent dinner-and-cocktail
spot, opening Wednesday. The latter’s an ancient-looking British tavern downstairs from the
former, opening tonight. They’re both at The William.
Here’s what you need to know:
The Peacock has six rooms. Among them...
you’ll want to post up with a cocktail you got from...
—... The Library Bar.
It’s a lounge. With a bar. And a fireplace
. But more importantly that bar.
—A parlor-like dining room.
It’s date catnip: bright, airy, full of painted
—A study-like dining room.
It’s lit by a chandelier. And a fireplace. More date
The parlor and the study are where you’ll get serious.
And by get serious, we mean
feast upon shepherd’s pie (made with lamb) and banoffee trifle. (Banoffee is British for “delicious
The Shakespeare is for a different kind of thing.
An after-work thing. Or a languorous
fish-and-chips lunch thing. There’s two underground rooms here, both full of candles and British cask
beers and reminiscent of the wooded taverns you’d find in the birthplace of a certain English playwright.
(Yes, that one.)
There’s a snug.
For the uninitiated, that’s a single-table private nook. You’ll
reserve it for clandestine meetings of any kind. It’s adjacent to a sliding window that puts you in direct
contact with the bartender.
Thus began your love affair with snugs.
at The William
24 E 39th St
(between Park and Madison)
New York, NY 10016