Monday, August 6, 2007

Never Mind the Bollocks Here's ....



To the uninitiated it may seem odd that Beef Aficionado would be covering a fish n chip shop in Brooklyn, even though I grew up in England. But if you have been to a chippy in England you may have noticed that virtually all them sell a menu item called a steak and kidney pie. Truth be told the pies in chippy's are usually prepackaged crap, in general it is wiser to stick to the fish which comes fresh from the North Sea. To find a truly great pie you usually need to find a pub that makes them in house. Fortunately Chipshop in Brooklyn make their own pies and they are magnificent.




Steak and Kidney Pie and Chips

While the thought of eating kidneys may seem repugnant to many I assure you they can be wonderfully tender and sweet. If you have eaten a hot dog kidneys were probably amongst the better things that you consumed. At least in a pie you know what you are eating. Chipshop also offers a steak and onion pie but I urge you to try the steak and kidney. Tender beef and kidneys in a hearty broth make up the filling for this savory delight. The flaky crust and rich onion gravy make for a hearty meal. The chips at Chipshop are superb, crispy on the ouside but with an airy flavorful interior and they actually taste like real spuds.



Plaice and chips

Plaice is my favorite fish from UK menus and I was delighted to find it at Chipshop. I have never had it on these shores that I can recall. It is close to sole, which most chip shops in America use in its place, but it is sweeter with a buttery texture. A wonderful fish, expertly battered and fried.



In England beans means Heinz



Old Speckled Hen ale for the Gents



Young's Lager for the ladies



Treacle Pudding with custard



The treacle pudding was the best I have ever had, leagues ahead of the stogy rubbish they served at school. The pudding here is light, airy and spongy with a crisp shell. The custard providing the perfect accompaniment. For Ex Pats and locals alike Chipshop offers a tasty slice of England, The food is superb and I love the punk aesthetic inspired decor. Highly recommended.

Chipshop

129 Atlantic Ave.
(bet. Clinton & Henry Sts.)
Brooklyn, NY

383 Fifth Ave.
(bet. 6th & 7th Sts.)
Brooklyn, NY

2 comments:

neil said...

I'm an ex-pat of sorts, been in the US for the last 6 years studying. The one thing I really miss foodwise is a good pie and a cornish pasty.

I'm in New England so I can get the fish and chips pretty well, but the pies are sadly lacking.

Nice blog you got here.

Nick said...

Cheers for the comment Mate. We have a few decent pies here in NYC. Aside from Chipshop you can get them at Myers and A Salt and Battery. Myers also does pasty's, bangers and pork pies. I have yet to try them out but apparently Aussies are big on pies and there are a few places opening up here also.

http://www.myersofkeswick.com/

http://www.asaltandbattery.com/