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Tuck Shop – Delicious Australian Meat Pies in the East Village

Lau Dec 11, 2010 01:31 PM

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Tuck Shop is a small restaurant doing mainly take-out in the East Village. They specialize in meat pies from Australia. The shop is really small, the kitchen takes up most of the place, there are two small tables and a small high counter to eat at. I’ve been coming here for a couple of years, but I’ve never written about it. It’s a pretty simple place, so I’ll just right into the food.

- Traditional Meat Pie with Pea Soup Floater: The pie is individual size; it’s probably 5 inches across. The outside is a golden brown flaky pastry crust that is a little buttery and just generally good. It’s filled with ground beef that has been seasoned and kind of creates its own sauce. I like to get it with the “pea soup floater” which means it comes with a pea soup which you dump over the meat pie, I think it goes pretty well with the meat pie and enhances the dish. Overall, it is very good. I’ve tried most of the other pies at one point or another, but this one is my favorite. 4.25/5
- Sausage Roll: The other main dish they serve here is the sausage roll. It’s a cylinder shaped golden brown flaky pastry that is filled with minced pork, sage, onions, carrots and some other seasonings. Overtime I’ve actually started to think that I like it better than the meat pie although I always get both and then share them. The thing that really kicks up the sausage roll is eating it with some Sriracha sauce, which goes really well with the sausage roll. They have it at Tuck shop if you happen to be eating there. Overall, it’s a great dish. 4.5/5
- TimTam cookies: I tried these cookies last time I was there. They are made by Pepperidge Farm and apparently are popular in Australia, I don’t think they normally sell them in the US. It’s two chocolate cookies with chocolate crème in the middle and then covered in milk chocolate. I think they are quite good. 4/5

Overall, I really like this place and I highly recommend.

Tuck Shop
115 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009

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  1. daffyduck RE: Lau Dec 11, 2010 03:23 PM

    they're good. i like their vanilla slice dessert a lot too. you should try Myers of Keswick next time, I like them more than Tuck Shop.

    Myers of Keswick
    634 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

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    1. re: daffyduck
      Lau RE: daffyduck Dec 11, 2010 09:31 PM

      interesting, never heard of it...ill def try

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        daffyduck RE: Lau Dec 11, 2010 09:55 PM

        it's take out only. u may want to take them home and heat them up yourself, or you can just eat them on the spot. they also have other european goods to check out in the store.

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          RandyB RE: daffyduck Dec 12, 2010 01:26 AM

          Do they do Cornish pasties? Sidney style from a pasty wagon, you take a plastic squeeze bottle of ketchup, insert the tip into the pasty, and squeeze a LOT of red goo into the middle.

          I had some good Cornish pasties on a recent trip to Australia, but without the sauce.

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            Lau RE: RandyB Dec 12, 2010 06:59 AM

            daffyduck - its not take out only, you can eat there, they have places to sit, but its very small

            randyb - i dont think they have those, here's the menu http://www.tuckshopnyc.com/menu.php

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              daffyduck RE: Lau Dec 12, 2010 08:53 AM

              Oh I didnt know. The last time I was there was about 10 months ago. I asked them if I could sit on a little table they had there and they said know the table was for decoration. They may have changed the place up, I'm glad I should stop by soon.

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                RandyB RE: Lau Dec 13, 2010 01:27 AM

                That menu sure brings back memories of OZ So, do the lamingtons at the Tuck Shop look anything like the ones in the photo I am attaching? For this, my host started with bakery-bought, then she added the whipped cream and fresh strawberries.

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                  Lau RE: RandyB Dec 13, 2010 03:29 AM

                  they do look like this except no whip cream and strawberries. although the one time i tried it, which was a while ago, i wasnt crazy about it

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                    RandyB RE: Lau Dec 13, 2010 11:59 AM

                    Let's say the berries and cream made the lamingtons good enough to try once, since I was in OZ, but not a second time.

                    Luckily, my host did wonderful desserts from scratch. She just said we first had to try frogs and lamingtons, neither of which she made herself. Now ask the Tuck Shop if they can do an authentic Pavlova, a famous and really good Autralian or New Zealand dessert. That would be worth the trip. (See photo of my friend's Pavlova.)

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          JungMann RE: daffyduck Dec 12, 2010 02:55 PM

          I love Myers of Keswick, too, but pork pies are a totally different animal. I love the mildly seasoned pork sausage in short crust, but it's no substitute when I'm craving a flaky crust and spicy Australian beef mince.

          Myers of Keswick
          634 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

        3. JMF RE: Lau Dec 13, 2010 08:08 AM

          I thought Tuck Shop was mediocre at best. And that's being kind.

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            serious RE: JMF Dec 16, 2010 01:02 AM

            ditto, but you are being too kind.

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              JMF RE: serious Dec 16, 2010 04:39 AM

              yes, but I'm known for that.

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              GoodGravy RE: JMF Dec 16, 2010 09:59 AM

              Meat pies aren't revelatory experiences. They're things school kids on up slather ketchup all over and eat for lunch. As such, the Tuck Shop's pies are good, but more expensive than you'd find 20 hours away in Oz.

            3. MVNYC RE: Lau Dec 22, 2010 05:43 PM

              The Thai Chicken Curry pie is good too. I like the Tuck Shop, the pies have nice flaky crusts and tasty fillings (mostly).

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                EV_Eats RE: MVNYC Dec 23, 2010 02:23 PM

                Agreed, the Thai Chook pie is great, but I'm still stuck on the Steak & Guinness! I just love the smell of pies when you open the door at the Saint Marks location!

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                minibrings RE: Lau Jan 4, 2011 06:13 PM

                Having moved from Adelaide, the Tuck Shop is where I go when I'm missing Oz and have a craving for a traditional pie floater. Their meat pies are very similar to the average meat pies that I'd buy in Oz (and NZ), but I like their pie floaters, especially when consumed with a bottle of Coopers Pale Ale. Yum. It made this homesick South Australian very happy.

                They now have a second location in Manhattan so I guess their business is doing all right..

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                1. re: minibrings
                  Lau RE: minibrings Jan 4, 2011 06:46 PM

                  ah yah a friend of mine from australia echo'd the same comments as you, ive never been to australia so im glad to hear that it is similar to a regular place there

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                  t19103 RE: Lau Oct 2, 2011 08:49 AM

                  I had my first meat pie yesterday at the Tuck Shop. Also wanted lamingtons but didn't see any. The meats pie was surprisingly good. 6 bucks for a small circular individual pie. Very home made appearance. I was starving so anything would have been ok but I liked it. Not as flavorful as Jamaican Beef patties but I have given up on finding a meat filling that comes up that standard.

                  I also had some Argentine beef empanadas later in the day and they were quite flavorless. I have had empanadas countless times from Cuba and other countries but these were the least flavorful I have ever encountered. I will mention the name of the place in another dedicated thread.

                  As far Tuck Shop is concerned, I would try it again. I have only had Australian once before so I want to give it a chance.

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                    Lau RE: t19103 Oct 2, 2011 09:09 AM

                    yah i like adding the pea soup to it as i think it gives it some good flavor or conversly they are excellent with sriracha sauce.

                    btw next time you go make sure to try the sausage roll and make sure to put sriracha sauce on it, its awesome

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