Which is more resplendent, the peacock or the Bard? To make it easier for you, at least in respect to this pair of gastropubs in a Midtown townhouse, the Peacock is the fancier one upstairs. The Shakespeare downstairs is more a pub of the people. Jason Hicks and Yves Jadot of the Upper East Side's Jones Wood Foundry have brought the same sensibility here: well-prepared, nothing-to-apologize-for British fare. At the Peacock, the menu of seafood, roasts, puddings and drinks are a bit pricier and the patrons more dressed up for the plush library setting. At the dressed down Shakespeare, look for Welsh rarebit, beans on toast, satisfyingly crunchy fish and chips and an emphasis on cask-conditioned ales.