Sun-Thu, 11:30am-2am; Fri-Sat, 11:30am-4pm
A, C, E at 42nd St.-Port Authority Bus Terminal; C, E at 50th St.
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Diners don't have to fly to the U.K. to experience an authentic British gastropub, but they do have to hike West to Eleventh Avenue. Open since 1868, the Landmark Tavern originally sat right on the Hudson River to better serve the neighborhood's dock workers. The restaurant's now a touch inland but still enjoys great water views and, since July 2005, the energy of new ownership. After years of neglect (and a temporary closing in 2004), the Landmark was taken over by Michael Young, owner of Druids, and his business partner Donnchadh O'Sullivan. They've completely refurbished the space in antiquarian style; an inlaid tile floor, tin ceilings, beveled mirrors, carved mahogany paneling, and tremendous bar (made from one piece of wood) resurrect the former glory. Australian chef Bryce Cole has added some ambitiously prepared and presented new American and globally eclectic choices to the menu—Egyptian Dukka-crusted halibut and seafood tapas—but the more traditional pub fare remains the better choice. Shepherd's pie, Scotch eggs, potato and leek soup, and fish and chips are all on hand, as are a few dozen single-malt whiskeys to whisper low to the dock worker in all of us.Brunch
Sat.—Sun., 11:30 a.m.—4 p.m.
The kitchen closes at 11 p.m.
Landmark gourmet burger, $11.50; shepherd's pie, $16