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Feb 2, 2011 05:37 AM

Gastro Pub Upper East Side

I remember reading a blurb a few weeks ago in the Dining In section of the Times about a new gastro pub opening in the east seventies. Since this area is a restaurant wasteland, I was wondering if anyone had any more information about it?

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  1. i don't find the area a restaurant wasteland.

    that said - searching the times for the term "gastropub" brings up nothing - do you have any more details?

    1. Is it possible you remember incorrectly, either what you saw or where you saw it? The only gastropub references I was able to find that come (vaguely) close to answering your question are these:

      2/2/11 DEAN STREET Nate Smith, who was head chef at the Spotted Pig, has opened his own place, which he is not calling a gastropub. Then what do you call a tavernish setting with a menu of pickles and deviled eggs as bar snacks, and dishes like pork pâté; smoky fish cake; sausages and stewed onions; and roast beef with horseradish? 755 Dean Street (Underhill Avenue), Prospect Heights, Brooklyn; (718) 783-3326.

      12/7/10 PARK AVENUE TAVERN Devon Gilroy, who was at East Side Social Club, runs the kitchen of this “American gastropub” with self-service beer taps: 99 Park Avenue (39th Street), (212) 867-4484.

      And I concur with thew. Plenty of decent restaurants in that area.

      1. I think you're referring to Jones Wood Foundry on 76th just east of 1st ave. It's apparently "soft opened," though I haven't been over to try it out yet.

        Jones Wood Foundry
        401 E 76th St, New York, NY 10021

        5 Replies
          1. re: small h

            2 blocks from my house. if i'm figuring correctly it used to be a kids crafts place called wild blue in that space. i wonder what they mean by classic pub

            1. re: thew

              Here's the skinny on Jones Wood Foundry courtesy of Thrillist today:


              Seems its bar menu debuts this evening with full menu in play next Friday.

              1. re: Diva Diner

                when i walked by yesterday is said they were open but not taking CC yet. i may check it out tonight

                1. re: thew

                  My card has has bragging rights to being the first processed. They got their cc service last night

        1. I went the other night for a drink. They had a limited bar menu limited to charcuterie and othe rbar snacks. They said the full kitchen menu should be available Friday.

          They serve beer and wine. the beer list was decent with selections like Fuller's, a Sixpoint light ale, a few Germans and Belgians. I think about 8-10 taps in total. Prices were $7-$8 for a pint. I am not sure how this would evolve but the bartender told me they would try to get some more British ales which I am hopeful for.

          I briefly glanced at the wine list and it looked like it had a decent selection.

          The space itself was pretty nice. The bar up front looks like an upscale type pub. The back rooms are kind of cool with a closed in courtyard being the center piece.

          Definitely interested to see how this evolves.

          1. Curious to see if anyone has eaten from the full menu yet and their thoughts.

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              1. re: jinglejangle

                i've eaten there twice off the full menu. the food is very good, but a bit expensive for what it is. not so much that i wont go, but enough that i wont go weekly or anything

              2. re: MVNYC

                My husband and I went to Jones Wood Foundry for dinner Saturday night and we had a great time. We had the scotish egg - which was really good and chilled soup for appetizers (I had the corn and he had potato leek) and the fish stew and skirt steak for entree. The steak was amazing but the stew was just average. We finished with the sticky toffee pudding and the chocolate/sea salt tart and both were outstanding. I have a sweet tooth, so we will definetely go back. The room is really nice and the service is friendly, although a bit uneven, our waiteress forgot to mention that they had specials. The bill was $130. before tip for 2 with 3 glasses of wine. I thought it was pretty reasonable. It is a great addition to the Upper East Side and I look forward to my next sticky toffee pudding.

                Jones Wood Foundry
                401 E 76th St, New York, NY 10021

                1. re: Toot

                  Thanks for the report. I have been here a couple of times and mostly agree with you. the rooms are interesting and the food is pretty good. However I think that it is over priced for what it is.

                  1. re: MVNYC

                    i agree. i think the food is well prepared, but small portions for the price, and high prices for the type of food. but i'll still go once in a while. i was hoping i'd want to go a few times a month, tho - i like the atmosphere at the bar