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Posted by SuperKat on 02/08/2013
The atmosphere is great and considering that the UES is really lacking decent restaurants, JWF is a nice addition however, I think the chef & mgmt need to google image "Scotch Eggs" and "Steak Tartare." For $9, you get a BARELY coated egg. The sausage coating is paper thin. Scotch eggs should have a super thick sausage coating - it's the main part of the dish! Also - $13 for three tiny toast points of pre-spread steak tartare? C'mon JDF.... I can go to any French Bistro in NYC and for $1 or $2 more, get a heaping plate of steak tartare. This portion is a joke. That being said, their fish n chips and steak & kidney pie is great. Let's work on the skimpy starters. We won't be ordering those again.
Posted by Stephen on 01/22/2013
Been there several times and always felt I was paying more for the priviledge of dining under the British influence than for the food or service. Entrees run about $20 and beers about $9.00. It gets packed by the bar so you really can't go for drinks unless you get there early and sit for hours. After 2 hours of dining they'll try to run you out since they have back to back reservations. Food is so so but not worth the price and service is okay unless you're a female who wants to practice flirting with the waitstaff. If you're an anglophile or a English wannabe (masterpiece theatre snob) like many on the UES are then maybe this place is for you. Only thing going for this place are the location and country tavern-like theme. You might be better off with a 6-pack of beer and a Digiornio pizzza watching some British show on public televison. Go there once or twice but don't make it a favourite.
Posted by me_anonymous on 08/25/2012
went on a Tuesday night because i wanted to dine in the neighborhood. very downtown atmosphere in this place, very pleasant staff and host. excellent food and beer. tried an English special which although quite expensive (havent paid $8 for a beer anywhere but high end clubs) really hit the spot. i would definitely recommend this place for the food , atmosphere and value.
Posted by Robin on 11/19/2011
So happy I found the Jones Wood Foundry by accident. It's a hidden gem. The dining room is warm and comfy with food to match. Really tasty British comfort food. The restaurant has interesting pre-war ceilings which gives the main room a really comfortable feel. The food was great. We started with the Kedgeree which was a pleasant surprise with a hint of Indian spice. We had the corned beef hash and a lentil dish with eggs and light spices. Everything was great, and then the dessert came a caramel banana torte which was to die for. If you are looking for a comfortable dining spot you have found your place.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/06/2011
In a neighborhood bereft of cool, low-key restaurants with tasty food, this place definitely stands out. Lovely drink selection (incl. some pricey, but delish wine cocktails) and very delicious food. Love, love the toast menu (specifically the pork rilletes, salt cod mash, and smoked mackerel pate), it's perfect for a casual bite with your beer. Haddock and chips are to die for (super potato-y potatoes and perfectly fried fish)! Bangers and mash, while a bit heavy, were dangerously delicious.
Posted by Monkey on 10/10/2011
I use to work here, and it did and still does rank amongst my favorite restaurants in the city. Its well designed and decorated. You feel at home. Service is kind and joyful. More importantly, the food is amazing. I am a food lover, and I crave something from the menu on a daily basis. Seeing as how I worked there, I can vouch for the cleanliness of the kitchen. Something I had never encountered at other restaurant jobs. So I have no problem going back. FOOD: The meat pies will make you drool for the rest of your life- my favorite is the Lamb & Rosemary, but Steak & Kidney is also exceptional. Dont shy away from it because its meat...in a pie. On the toast menu go for the Pear & Blue cheese, they poach the pears themselves, they're rather addicting. I also recommend the Potted Crab. For dessert, get the sticky toffee pudding. I didn't even like sticky toffee pudding till I worked here. Only down side is that their air conditioners are up to the place when busy, so during rush hours in summer it can be rather hot. But hey, at least you'll be sitting down with cold beers as opposed to running back and forth serving them. ;) Dont be afraid to try anything here. Except maybe the Marmite....
Posted by foodfinder on 09/04/2011
Had a terrific meal, and since I wasn't that hungry, decided to have the trout. I was delighted to find that it was light, not heavily or richly sauced. Friends had burger -- rated highly -- and the dourade, which also got high marks. We shared the trifle and the milk chocolate and sea salt tart, both of which were really great, with the tart slightly the winner. The service was friendly and the room was very nice. Will be going back, and especially good for anyone who lives in the nabe.