Much like the beer garden is a focal point of Northern and Central European culture, the public house (or pub for short) is a focal point of British and Irish culture. In the grand City of New York the best example of an English pub is Jones Wood Foundry. The pub, owned by Chef Jason Hicks and Partner Yves Jadot, is warm, cozy, and welcoming with an immense bar, a classy vintage dining room, a communal table customary in many such pubs, overlooking a quaint garden.
The name of the pub itself is what always really intrigued me about the place. Jone’s Wood in the early to mid nineteenth century was a park that occupied the area that New Yorkers today know as the Upper East Side. It, in a way, was the predecessor to Central Park. For Manhattanites at the time it was an escape-destination, a place where they could get away from the increasingly urbanised landscape of the island. But as Central Park opened in the latter half of the century, and the City moving ever northward, Jone’s Wood was swallowed up and almost forgotten.
Hicks and Jadot have truly succeeded in holding onto a small snapshot of history in their pub. Their menu reflects the tradition of implementing locally sourced ingredients while simultaneously creating dishes that I could imagine being familiar to pub-goers the world over. Between the menu and the ambiance I definitely say stop by, grab a pint, and stay a while.