Just an amazing British gastropub on the Upper East Side that breaks all barriers in the land of annoying frat boy sports bars. There are only a few times in life when one walks into a new place and experiences sheer awesomeness. When that happens you just feel all
The bar area is narrow, dimly lit, and sexy. Only two small flat screens above the bar. Cool techno / dance type music playing in the background, but not too loud. Dark wood decor with a hint manliness and testosterone but inviting to both men and women. Comfy couch area near back of bar to lounge upon. Large back room dining area separated from the bar by a cool sun room dining area with a long communal table in it – great for a group gathering. The decor is outstanding back there and you feel as if you are dining in someone’s home in the UK. Comfortable and inviting and you would never know from looking at it from the outside.
Of course, for the ladies, I have to mention that all the bartenders here are hot model type guys! Each time I have been here I have watched all the women unwrap the eye candy behind the bar. Hot British bartender that looks like McSteamy from Grays Anatomy? Check. Cool tattooed Brit with spiked hair? Check. Australian surfer dude? Check. Tall dark and mysterious Brit with thin beard? Check. There is something for all the ladies here if that is what spikes your punch! These guys also love the ladies and are very friendly. Guys, keep an eye on your chick when you go to the bathroom!
I have had the fish and chips here on a few occassions and enjoyed it very much. They offer two types – cod and haddock. Both are prepared just right. Large portions and served on a wooden tray. Very cool. They have both a dinner menu and what they call the “Toast” menu which is the British version of bar food. Get the hot crumpets and thank me later! Dessert is a must! Inventive and traditional options both at the same time. I once spoke to a person next to me who was eating Bangers and Mash and he said it was terrific. They also serve brunch.
I must mention that the beer selection is superb. Only craft and British standards on tap and bottle. Love the fact that I can get a pint of Ommegang Rare Voss, or a pint of Boddingtons, or Fullers in the same seating. Wonderful. Plus, I have to mention that when I was here recently I was offered a few beers on the house. Stu (McSteamy) and Wes (tattooed cool guy) were working the bar and I was chatting with them. Before I knew it Wes was hooking me up with a few pints of Rare Voss. These guys know how to take care of a customer!
The only drawback I can see is that it is a bit pricey here, but worth it. Draft beers run $7-$10. Fish and chips are $22. Great overall menu but you surely pay for it. Also, no hard liquor here, but they have a decent wine selection, and wine cocktails are from Meaghan Dorman of Raines Law room. Talk about mixology star power!
Jones Wood Foundry is a wonderful addition to the UES bar scene. Perfect spot to end a night out, enjoy a terrific meal, go to when too lazy to head downtown, or to take a date – just don’t leave her alone with the bartenders!