NYC: 5 Places to Make You Think You Are Still in the UK
You’re headed for the Big Apple, but you’re already missing home. No worries. New York City is a melting pot of cultures and, believe it or not, there’s a lot here that will remind you of the UK. Remember, the Americans are your sons and daughters. Here’s how they celebrate you.
1. Myers of Keswick
Missing pork pie? How about sweets like Cadbury’s digestives? UK dish washing soap? It’s all here at Myers of Keswick. It’s your grocery store away from home. It’s located on 634 Hudson Street between Horatio and Jane St. Lots of travellers come here, because it’s one of the few places they can get authentic UK items.
2. Watch Soccer
Check your travel resources. The best bars to watch English soccer are actually Irish bars. Imagine that. Jack Dempsey’s at 36 West 33rd Street is probably the best, but you can also catch a good game at Clancy’s Pub, Eamonn’s Fiona’s Fitzgerald’s, Irish Rouge, or McGees. Actually, there are quite a few pubs in NYC that will give you the real football experience. Some are obviously better than others, so do a little hopping to find the one you like best.
3. Highlands Gastropub
Tea and Sympathy is probably the best British restaurant in NYC, but the Highlands is also a very contemporary Scottish gastropub. It’s one of the few places you can get a good smoked haddock chowder as an appetiser for lamb desipie. Wow. Best of all, this place hasn’t been “Americanized.” With a lot of restaurants, the fear is that they will try to “do UK” using counterpart materials. But, not this place. Nope. It went 100 per cent authentic. The interior has been imported from the UK, so you really will feel at home here. The only thing that’s missing is the pound sterling.
3. London NYC Boutique Hotel
The London NYC is a boutique hotel, located at 151 West 54th Street. Now, this is a very expensive hotel, and probably costs as much as your trip to the states. But, it’s worth at least walking though. You can even grab a bite to eat at Gordon Ramsay’s Maze. British designer David Collins created the interior here, so it’s got a bit of a sophistic London feel to it. Very energetic, yet understated.
5. The Bosie Tea Parlor
What’s more British than tea? The Bosie Tea Parlor at 10 Morton Street has some nice authentic teas and light snacks. Sure, they can’t spell “Parlour” correctly, but their tea is worth checking out anyway. The price is just $20 for a selection of tea sandwiches, scones, and tea cakes, macaroons, and of course, the tea.
Worried about whether this place understands British tea etiquette? It’s an understandable concern. Fortunately, this place does not disappoint. It does not serve “bagged” tea. In fact, all of the tea here is blended and developed by resident tea master Kiley Holliday.
They even respect the afternoon tea timing, and there’s even provisions here for “high tea” if you would just prefer to wait for dinner. Karen Jordan loves living out of a suitcase. When not hopping from planes or viewing skyscrapers and mountains, she greatly enjoys blogging about travel experiences for the everyday person.