Here's a look around The Peacock and The Shakespeare, the upstairs restaurant and the downstairs pub opening tonight at the William Hotel in Murray Hill. Both are the work of Yves Jadot and Jason Hicks, the restaurateurs behind Jones Wood Foundry. English-born chef Robert Aikens, most recently the executive chef at Stephen Starr's Philadelphia gastropub The Dandelion, is at the helm of both kitchens, serving versions of classic British fare like rabbit pie, cider-glazed pork belly, and bangers and mash. The Peacock is the more refined of the two places, with crystal chandeliers, ornate wallpaper, and a lounge called The Library populated with wingback chairs. The Shakespeare, meanwhile, has more of a tavern feel, with dark wood paneling, pub food, and a focus on beer. Although both places open tonight, the full lunch and dinner menus won't be rolling out for another week or two. For now, the full drink menus are available, plus the "toast" menu, which includes bar snacks and a variety of toasts topped with things like potted rabbit or Welsh rarebit. Check out both spaces, and all the menus, below:
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[All photos by Bess Adler]