Thursday, September 13, 2012

Day 893 : Jones Wood Foundry

In the far reaches of the Upper East Side sits the fabulously cozy British gastropub, Jones Wood Foundry. Stepping through the front door, you feel transported to a mews in Notting Hill or perhaps a quiet little hideaway amidst the hussle and bussle of Central London -- warm wood paneling and traditional British touches beckon you in. The menu is a mixture of Continental classics done well and inventive pub food with an extensive European beer list and a decent selection of wines and cocktails as well, it is the perfect place to go on a chilly winter eve or in our case on a positively gorgeous mid September day! In their small interior courtyard you felt like you were in your own private concrete garden which with a glass of rose was exactly what one wanted!

So what did we have?

An arugula, roasted carrot, grapefruit, avocado, and fennel salad which was fresh and aromatic yet warm and comforting -- perfection for this time of year!

Then from their small plates or toasts menu, we had their salt cod and olive tapenade crostini that was fishy, briny, flavorful and fabulous. This surely was big flavors paired with big flavors but it worked!
Along with our salt cod, we had their smoked mackerel pate simply because really how often do you find a fishy fish mousse moment on a menu!

And of course we had to have their selection of four British cheeses! Stilton, Caerphilly, Tickler Extra Mature Cheddar and Ogleshield -- an excellent window into the rustic, farmhouse cheeses that English cheesemakers do so well!

Overall - a step across the pond in a warm inviting environment that just totally and completely delighted!

Jones Wood Foundry
401 East 76th Street

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