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Posted by Guy who likes food on 03/15/2014
Went with a friend and we both ordered the fish and chips. At $20 a plate you'd expect a nice meal. It was not. Thick, greasy, unflavored fish. Save your money.
Posted by Londonfan on 02/13/2014
Saw this restaurant on one of my favorite shows, Unique Eats. My teenage daughter and were in NYC for just a weekend, and decided to make JWF our dinner choice. Loved it! She had one of the pies, we split foie gras and crumpets, as well as fish and chips. Dreamt of this dinner until we were able to return to NYC 6 months later. Took teenage son and daughter, and repeated our dinner. Bar was packed, , but back area was lovely , atmosphere, food and service were all top notch. Unique it is, and a real dining experience without being stuffy, really nice and fun. Food that we cannot get at home in the Midwest, perfect for something different for my teenage kids, would absolutely return!
Posted by e.g. on 12/18/2013
hands down the best bar on the UES. i lived up there for three years before finally moving to brooklyn, and JWF is the ONLY thing i miss about my old neighborhood. best beer in the neighborhood, best and sweetest bartenders, best goat cheese and marmalade toast.
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.