The Cricketers Arms has opened on Murray, in the space that was local favorite Uncle Mike’s. If you’re British, you’ll be in heaven. There’s a Tudoresque façade, a quintessentially pubbish name, a crease (it’s a cricket word) on the floor near the bar, and all manner of British knickknacks. “A friend went back to Britain last summer and went crazy at jumble sales,” says owner Brian McLaughlin, who also owns the Dark Horse on Murray, the Irish American on John, and Liam’s on Fulton.
The menu lists all manner of British greatest hits—not just fish and chips, Scotch eggs, bangers and mash, and sticky toffee pudding, but chicken tikka masala, mushy peas, baked beans, cottage pie, and a “full and proper English brekkie!” (Exclamation point not mine. You can also get something called Loftus “Ruby Murray” sauce on the side.) There are also more American options: burgers, sandwiches, and entrées such as chicken Marsala and steak. Prices are reasonable, with burgers starting at $10 and that chicken Marsala going for $16. On Sunday, the restaurant will serve a classic British roast.
The bar area makes up a relatively small part of the overall space, which is sure to please neighbors concerned about their street. And McLaughlin says that TVs will only be on when there’s a reason for them to be on—soccer games and cricket matches being two prime reasons.
“There’s nothing like it down here,” says McLaughlin. “Or even in the city—I’ve been to places and they don’t have this, or they don’t have that. If the British give the thumbs up to this place, then other people will come.”
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The Cricketers Arms is at 57 Murray (between W. Broadway and Greenwich), 212-619-5550; thecricketersarmsnyc.com.
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