London's Calling (You to Dinner)
by Julie Besonen, 05/16/2012
Steak and kidney pie. Courtesy, Jones Wood Foundry
Jones Wood Foundry
401 E. 76th St., 212-249-2700, Upper East Side, Manhattan
Downton Abbey sorts would be comfortable at this civilized Upper East Side pub where the servers are well-dressed and the patrons who appear gainfully employed stand one another rounds of drinks while discussing the finer points of Scotch eggs. Jones Wood Foundry has settled into the neighborhood's groove and takes its food, wine and beer selection seriously. The bar menu features snacks like potted shrimps, Marmite (love it or hate it) and crumpets with lemon curd and butter. Past a lounge with a Union Jack–upholstered banquette is a garden patio and a cozy, wood-paneled dining room. At night, there's candlelight, Myers of Keswick bangers and mash and crispy duck leg confit with bubble and squeak. Brunch is when you can get a hearty English breakfast, toad in the hole or kedgeree with smoked haddock.