So I’ve been reading around the web and saw a story about a new restaurant opening in NYC that is an offshoot of Hawksmoor. Then I remembered a scathing review of the last English import to NYC, Bluebird. There are not many English/British places I can think of anywhere. I was having a bit of a pointed discussion on the other board with an British person who made some silly comments about Britain being the birth place of a certain dish. But the influence of Britain on the dining scene in the US is minimal which I found curious. Obviously there are more Italian and Chinese places than you can likely count. One of each in probably in any decent size town. French bistros, Irish pubs galore, Japanese sushi is found even in grocery stores, Korean bbq, German beer gardens, Thai takeout seems to be everywhere, Jamaican jerk carts, Venezuelan arepa ladies, Polish perogies, Jewish delis, Mexican tacos, Spanish tapas, and so on.
There used to be a chippy that I would go to for room temperature beer and fried fish. But it’s gone. The international section of the grocery has some bottles of HP sauce, some oat biscuits and such.
From what I see there’s a paucity of English or British food choices. Even in New England. I wonder why given the history of the US. I spent time in London working early in my career. I love a bit of bubble and squeak to go with my roast along with a lovely Yorkshire pudding but it’s not like I could head out right now and find bubble and squeak or blood pudding or back bacon on any menu I know. Any theories on why? Along with overthrowing our colonial masters we tossed out the cuisine along with the tea?