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Jones Wood Foundry
Posted by nywhiz on 04/18/2011
While the bartender, waitstaff and maitre d' couldn't have been more accommodating & helpful, the space feels cramped, dark (and dreary imo) and the food is mediocre & overpriced. This place will rejuvenate the bad rep of British food. A few things are "good" (crumpets and lemon curd, sticky toffee pudding) but most is forgettable to downright bad. The daily roast (roast beef) looked and tasted a step up from a school dinner. It's a congenial spot for a drink with an excellent selection of beers and wine (no hard booze), but unless they get their act together on the food, it may not last long.
Posted by Shel on 04/18/2011
What a charming place. An interesting menu (not for everyday), good food, but caring service, especially the hosts. I'm happy to have this nearby.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/01/2011
The atmosphere is wonderful and the staff is friendly and sociable.
Posted by UES resident on 03/30/2011
The establishment is charming and the menu has potential. I had the chicken and yukon potato dish and felt it was bland and overpriced. I think the place has potential but the prices need adjusting.
Posted by Patti on 03/24/2011
I think this place is going to be hard to get in to eventually once more people discover it - it is such a nice place and food was excellent!
Posted by anonymous on 02/27/2011
I brought a couple of my bff's here for dinner last week, one of whom is a Brit, and we ALL loved this place!! It's cozy, and has the kind of bar where you could actually feel comfortable sitting by yourself, and chatting with new folks. Then you go down a few steps in the back to the dining area...adorable. Great, candle-lighty ambience, eclectic wood tables & chairs, and what looks like will be a great outdoor patio, come Spring. The service was a little slow, but the food was totally good, and tasty. I'm having my b-day party here in a few weeks...two major thumbs up!
Posted by Anonymous on 02/22/2011
I was dying to check this place out since it's in my neighborhood, the photos online looked gorgeous, and I heard they had a decent beer list. Unfortunately I was disappointed on some accounts. I may return to grab a beer at the bar but not for dinner. Pros: The space is absolutely gorgeous (especially the restaurant in the back)--- looks sort of how I imagine my dream house to be. Very classy and cozy, lots of wood, old fixtures, nooks & crannies. This is a great place to take a small group for an intimate dinner -- you can just settle in and feel right at home admist the low light and candles. The food (at least the meal I had) was excellent. The mashed potatoes are to die for! There's a decent beer selection, especially if you are a beginner to the craft beer scene. They offer all of the popular brews from around Europe and a couple from the US. Cons: The food is way overpriced. I think we were charged about $23 for my husband's fish and chips. I guess they could get away with that if hte portion was large or the food was killer good -- of which it was neither. Also, my food was bordering on cold when it was served. The bartender didn't seem to know much about beer, and was a bit unfriendly. He was definitely attentive in making sure we had what we needed, but when I tried to ask him a question he couldn't even be bothered. For someone who knows more about beer, the menu leaves something to be desired. The choices are not creative, and the menu actually had errors on it (mispelled brewery name, etc). Also, for a British beer, there is a suprising lack of UK beer offerings. I'd also recommend they figure out a way to have a hostess up near the entrance. For anyone passing by the place it looks like just a bar because the restaurant is tucked way in the back.