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Posted by Anonymous on 04/02/2006
I just stopped into the Tuck Shop on my way home from work. It's a great little psuedo Australian canteen with a warm energy to it. The veg. pie was so good that I had to order a second to take home. Oh, and added bonus -good looking staff.
Posted by anonymous on 01/30/2006
Me and a friend went here to get some aussie food which we missed living in the US and it was great - the pies had a great taste and filling and it was good to cover them in tomato sauce like back home! the lamingtons were fresh and the guy behind the counter friendly. We will be going back!
Posted by corbin on 01/16/2006
If school lunch is this good in austrailia, I was born in the wrong country. I went here for a snack and ended up getting a 3 course meal. It's the kind of thing I could eat even if i wasn't hungry. I can't say enough about how tasty and satifying an experience I had.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/31/2005
Stumbled upon this place whilst walking along Houston and thought we'd wander in! Ordered a chook pie and a sausage rolls. The Chook pie was excellent - great pastry, chunky creamy fillings. Although I agree with othe reviewers that the sausage rolls are "different" - we enjoyed it very much - once again great pastry and fantastic filling. Definitely heading back soon. Pity they aren't getting grinders coffee!
Posted by Stevo on 12/30/2005
Me and some mates took a cab from Mid-Town to check out this place. Word had got out that a "Tuck-Shop" had opened (although no Mums were serving behind the counter). Word was the pies and sausage rolls were on the menu, and that lamingtons and vanilla slices were available for sweets. What we found was a quaint hole in the wall - not dissimilar to the size and feel of a galvanised iron shed, with rustic Australiana decor, and an open plan eating area like a large kitchen. To be fair, the pies and sausage rolls weren't the iconic calibre of a 4'n20, and the sausage roll filling had vegetables (??). A bit too fancy for my liking, but closer than anything else I'd found in NYC. Almost more exciting was the beer list. We drank him out of the Boags, before moving onto some Coopers Pale Ale. Nice. There is still progress to be made on the menu. Let's face it - a lot of us have been raised on a diet of pie and chips, and a well developed pallete for such delicacies needs to be treated fairly. Maybe with time the Tuckshop, like a good Shiraz, will develop from something immature (but with earthy promise), into a deeply satisfying experience that will have the mouth watering for more. I'll be back - the service, atmostphere and beer are great - but I will want to see the taste developing in those pies and sausage rolls.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/28/2005
Expat Aussies will be disappointed. On finding out that I could get an Australian meat pie into the wee hours of the morning I was more than excited. Location and atmosphere is fine, but the problem really is in the pastry and the meat. The Sauso rolls are greasy and the meat pies have meat that is so runny its like soup inside pastry. I gave them some lee way the first time, but after a second chance, I'll wait to hear better reviews b4 going back. Bravo for carrying the real beer and for the concept, just need to work on the pastry and the filling to get me back...and I would be back every week if they got it right! A few months b4 Australia Day to get it right, or lose me forever.
Posted by Libbette on 11/27/2005
Expat Aussies like myself won't be disappointed in anything from Tuck Shop, and my American husband was impressed as well. We had the "chook" pies and sausage rolls, as well as some Coopers beer. The pies were spot on -- meaty, flaky pastry -- and the sausage roll was just right too. They even had tomato sauce (ketchup) in squeeze bottles dotted around the room, so can douse your pies in the proper Australian way! We also brought a lamington home with us -- I wanted to get a flat white (like a latte), but the very friendly Aussie guy behind the counter told me he was waiting until they could afford an espresso machine (those things are not cheap, it's true). He offered to make me one using one of those stovetop espresso machines, which I declined, but it demonstrates how friendly and accomodating the service is. The meat pie (or veggie or chicken pie) is not high-end gourmet food, and Tuck Shop doesn't pretend it is. But it is satisfying, tasty, and seems to be made with decent ingredients (bad pies can sometimes have chunks of gristle and other charming bits in them, but none of that here -- ours were all white-meat chicken). We got our pies, sausage roll and beers for just over $20, and were able to sit, listen to music and read the NY Times in a relaxed setting. For me, it's like a little piece of home, one which will no doubt be appreciated even more as NY freezes over, and for Americans, it should serve as a different, fun, tasty place to eat. They seem to be expanding their menu as well, but I ask -- where are the Anzac biscuits?