Promising a debut later this month, Fifth Avenue Restaurant Group’s two latest proprieties will be their most elaborately themed yet, offering a choice of a “rustic Italy” or “olde Britain” dining experience at the Grand Canal Shoppes.
Replacing the shuttered Tintoretto Restaurant & Bakery and neighboring Fifth Avenue’s own Gondola Bar, set to transform into Smith & Wollensky in 2019, Royal Britannia Gastro Pub and Pizzeria Pronto will feature “tchotchke” packed interiors and patio seating for the pub.
Future guests entering through an “arcade” will encounter a pizzeria where pies will be quickly prepared in 800-degree oven. Seating is provided in a faux wine cellar setting, filled with ”vintage antiques” imported from Italy.
The Royal Britannia Gastro Pub has built a mock “British parlour,” called The Huntroom, a long, stand-alone bar, and the option of seating in “pub booths.”
On the “teased” menu, “olde-world dishes with a modern twist,” like “thick cut bacon and eggs,” the “Royal Britannia poutine,” burgers, sandwiches, bratwurst, “classically British fish and chips,” chicken and mushroom pies, and a prime rib with Yorkshire pudding.
A series of alcohol-infused milkshakes include the “drunken jelly doughnut,” spiked with Grand Mariner.
Menu choices far less likely to be found in a traditional English pub are highlighted by a “dry-aged New York steak,” calamari “Rhode Island-style,” a “classic Reuben,” “Kobe beef sliders,” Chilean sea bass and a “chicken and waffle melt.”
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